Ikanos acquires Doradus technologies News & Analysis 7/31/2006 Post a comment Ikanos Communications Inc. has acquired the privately-held Doradus Technologies Inc., a digital TV DSP specialist founded by Ikanos' former director of engineering Sam Heidari.
Conexant loss widens despite higher sales, margins News & Analysis 7/27/2006 Post a comment Broadband communications semiconductor supplier Conexant Systems Inc. reported a GAAP net loss of $67.1 million, or 14 cents per share on sales of $251.6 million in its third fiscal quarter ended June 30. By comparison, Conexant lost $10.1 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $242.6 million in the previous quarter.
Atmel, Tundra team on interconnects News & Analysis 7/26/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor suppliers Atmel Corp. and Tundra Semiconductor Corp. have made an agreement enabling Atmel to deliver leading-edge system interconnect products to the extended-reliability markets.
IDT acquires SigmaTel's codec lines News & Analysis 7/25/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Integrated Device Technology Inc. has agreed to acquire SigmaTel's AC-97 and High Definition Audio (HD-Audio) PC and Notebook audio codec product lines, for $72 million in cash.
Chip switches USB 2.0, audio signals in single package Product News 7/25/2006 Post a comment Pericom recently developed 3.3-V devices that it claims are the first to support both USB 2.0 High Speed and high-fidelity audio signals in a single chip. Housed in a 3.5-mm X 1.5-mm TDFN package, the PI3USB411 and PI3USB412 are aimed at handheld applications such as mobile phones and MP3 players.
TI results meet guidance News & Analysis 7/24/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor supplier Texas Instruments Inc. posted second quarter sales of $3.7 billion, up 11 percent sequentially and 24 percent from a year ago. Earnings from continuing operations were $2.4 million or 47 cents per share, up 42 percent sequentially and 34 percent from a year ago.
SMBus interface bridges analog and digital circuits Product News 7/20/2006 Post a comment Check out this SMBus to analog interface device that digitizes analog signals for use with digital microprocessors. Microsemi's LX1800 can be paired with its ambient light sensors to incorporate microprocessor-controlled digital dimming of backlight lamps in LCD displays.
Vimicro cuts Q2 guidance as expenses pile up News & Analysis 7/17/2006 Post a comment Fabless semiconductor supplier Vimicro International Corp. said Monday it expects to record $3.6 million in unanticipated costs and expenses for its second quarter, reducing its earnings by 9 cents per share.
Broadcom takes $750M charge for stock options News & Analysis 7/14/2006 Post a comment Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. said it plans to restate results for the past five years and record additional noncash expenses of more than $750 million related to granting stock options to employees.
RAID-on-Chip controller brings SAS storage to the masses Product News 7/9/2006 Post a comment Product reviewVitesse has developed a pair of PCI Express-based SAS RAID-on-Chip controller ICs that are sharply lower in price than conventional devices. The VSC7250 and VSC7251employ RAID on Demand technology, which allows customers to use a single board design to meet various data protection requirements with a pay-as-you-need model that cuts development costs.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.