Broadcom offers $47 million to buy NFC pioneer
News & Analysis 6/18/2010 Post a comment
Fabless communications chip company Broadcom Corp. has announced that it has agreed to buy Innovision Research & Technology plc, a pioneer of RFID and NFC circuits and intellectual property, for $47.5 million in cash.
WiMAX group updates mobile standard
News & Analysis 6/16/2010 Post a comment
Amid threats from a rival standard, the WiMAX Forum has reached a milestone in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.
PicoChip raises $20 million for femto push
News & Analysis 6/15/2010 Post a comment
Baseband chip supplier PicoChip Design Ltd. has secured an additional $20 million of equity funding to support expansion plans in the femtocell market. The ten-year-old company said it is on track to achieve 50 percent quarter-on-quarter sequential revenue growth in the second quarter.
TSMC's May sales rise is lower than average
News & Analysis 6/14/2010 Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its unconsolidated May sales were approximately NT$33.84 billion (about $1.05 billion), an increase of 3.5 percent over April 2010 and an increase of 38.3 percent over May 2009.
An IMEC Technology Forum compendium
News & Analysis 6/11/2010 Post a comment
Set out below are a number of articles, videos and a photographic slideshow authored from a press tour to the IMEC research centers in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Leuven, Belgium. The tour was held immediately prior to the IMEC Technology Forum in Antwerp, Belgium, where many of the same topics were discussed.
Wafer prices, allocation up in Q1, says GSA
News & Analysis 6/10/2010 Post a comment
Rising wafer prices, longer lead times and, in some cases, wafer rationing, characterized foundry chip supply in the first quarter of 2010, according to a survey conducted by the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Diodes enters standard logic product sector
Product News 6/9/2010 Post a comment
Built on an advanced 5V CMOS process, Diodes has launched two series of single-gate logic products: the 74LVC1Gxx series, which provides users with the eight most popular standard logic functions in SOT25 and SOT353 package options, and the 74LVCE1Gxx series, which offers enhanced performance versions of these same functions.
Achieve robust designs with Six Sigma--Part II
Design How-To 6/8/2010 Post a comment
Customers want reliability, efficiency, flexibility, and affordability. To deliver products, this robust, quality manufacturing isn't enough. Here's a complete blueprint for implementing Six Sigma product design including such proven techniques as Voice-of-Customer (VOC) and Critical-to-Quality (CTQ) to Kano modeling. See how Six Sigma bridges critical gaps between R&D, product and process.
Freescale scales down mixed-signal microcontrollers
News & Analysis 6/8/2010 Post a comment
Freescale moves entire microcontroller line to the 90 nanometer node, in order to offer its unique thin-film storage (TFS) that can be configured as either a large flash or a small EEPROM, plus includes analog functions, touch interface and super long batterlife and multiple low power modes.
Chip processes gesture recognition for innovative HMIs
Product News 6/7/2010 Post a comment
Gesture recognition is not only a technology for computer games and mobile devices – it increasingly is also an option for innovative automotive human-machine interfaces. Chip maker Elmos AG now has implemented the respective signal processing within one chip.
Software drives mesh nets for smart meters
News & Analysis 6/7/2010 Post a comment
Arch Rock is releasing software based on Internet Protocol standards for a new generation of radio chips from companies such as Analog Devices and Texas Instruments aimed at supporting wireless mesh neighborhood networks to link smart meters to utility networks.
20-nm ready for tape out in 2012, says ST
News & Analysis 6/4/2010 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV will be ready to tape out designs using a 20-nm CMOS low power process technology in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Jean-Marc Chery, the company’s chief technology officer.
ST sees strong demand, no inventory build up
News & Analysis 6/4/2010 Post a comment
STMicrolectronics told analysts that it sees strong customer demand and no signs of that demand going to inventory. With the company stating that it is running its manufacturing at full capacity utilization the comments highlighted that 2010 should be a boom year.
HP researcher predicts memory-centric processors
News & Analysis 6/2/2010 1 comment
Hewlett-Packard researchers are exploring ways to make their memristor the centerpiece of a future server design and have determined low power processors such as those based on ARM cores are superior for some data center workloads.
New specs rev Infiniband to 100 Gbits/s
News & Analysis 6/2/2010 Post a comment
The trade group behind the Infiniband interconnect is adding new 50 and 100 Gbit/second milestones to its road map, claiming its members will deliver products for them by early 2012 as the technology revs up to compete with the next wave of Ethernet.
Analysis: Big spenders reinforce boom-bust cycle
Blog 6/1/2010 2 comments
A surge in announcements of increased chip making capital expenditure is not going to make an impact any time soon. But when the spending does hit it will almost certainly produce an oversupply bust sometime as consolidation amongsts the pure-play IDMs exacerbates the boom-bust cycle.