Samsung triples Q3 profit on better chip ASPs News & Analysis 10/30/2009 1 comment South Korea's Samsung Electronics recorded a sharply better operating profit in the third quarter, thanks largely to better demand and higher average selling prices for memory chips, the company said.
Intel, Numonyx claim phase-change memory milestone News & Analysis 10/28/2009 13 comments Researchers from Intel and its flash memory joint venture, Numonyx, have demonstrated the ability to stack multiple layers of phase-change memory (PCM) arrays within a single die, a breakthrough that could pave the way for PCM to one day displace multiple existing memory technologies in various applications, they said.
Spansion cuts more jobs News & Analysis 10/26/2009 Post a comment NOR flash vendor Spansion acknowledged that the company cut an undisclosed number of jobs as it continues restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Hynix returns to profitability News & Analysis 10/23/2009 Post a comment South Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor returned to profitability in the third quarter on 26 percent sequential sales growth, the company said.
DRAM rebound to continue in 2010, says iSuppli News & Analysis 10/22/2009 Post a comment The DRAM industry is likely to continue its rebound in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which said sequential growth in DRAM revenue and pricing during the second and third quarters was the strongest the industry has seen in at least five years.
Forum split on future of chip startups News & Analysis 10/21/2009 1 comment A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
SanDisk 4-bits-per-cell enables 64-Gbit flash memory News & Analysis 10/13/2009 1 comment Flash memory card company SanDisk Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) has announced that it has started production shipments of memory cards based on the company's X4 flash memory technology. This technology holds four bits of data in each memory cell, twice as many as the cells in conventional multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory chips.
Insolvent Qimonda launches IP licensing group Product News 10/12/2009 Post a comment Insolvent memory chip manufacturer Qimonda has established a company dedicated to the company's semiconductor license business. On the block is what insolvency administrator Michal Jaff calls one of the world's largest semiconductor-related patent portfolios.
UMC to take Singapore fab to 40-nm manufacturing News & Analysis 10/8/2009 Post a comment Leading foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has said that its Fab 12i in Singapore has begun an expansion project to increase capacity and enable the 300-mm fab to use 45-nm and 40-nm manufacturing processes.
Americas region continues to lead semiconductor recovery News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment The Americas region achieved actual sales of $3.22 billion in August 2009, up 7.6 percent from the same month a year before, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. The Americas, which is dominated in terms of sales by the U.S., remains the only region able to demonstrate monthly sales growth year-on-year.
August 'actual' chip sales hint at double dip News & Analysis 10/7/2009 Post a comment Despite the optimistic commentaries heaped upon the global sales of semiconductors in August by the Semiconductor Industry Association and others, the months' sales returns show the gap between sales this year and last year increasing. The Americas is the only region bucking this trend.
Samsung to report big Q3 sales increase News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Samsung Electronics said it expects to report third quarter sales of approximately 36 trillion won ($30.8 billion) and an operating profit of roughly 4.1 trillion won ($3.5 billion). Both would be sharp increases from the company's second quarter numbers.
D2S, Advantest speed up e-beam lithography News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment The eBeam Initiative, a forum for the promotion of chip manufacturing using e-beam lithography, has said that two of its leading members Direct2Silicon Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and Advantest Corp. (Tokyo, Japan), have collaborated to enhance throughput.
August averaged chip sales show global growth, says SIA News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $19.06 billion in August, July, up 5.0 percent from $18.15 billion in July and down 16.1 percent from $22.71 billion in August 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
V-shaped recovery gathers pace, says IC Insights News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment The 2009 IC market, measured on a quarterly basis and especially with regard to unit volume shipments, has displayed a classic "V-shaped" recovery, according to market research organization IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Numonyx CEO takes on PCM doubters News & Analysis 10/2/2009 Post a comment Brian Harrison, president and CEO of Numonyx BV made a spirited and forthright defense for the prospects of phase-change memory technology (PCM) at Future Horizons' International Electronics Forum, which takes place here this week.
IMEC tapes out Etna 3-D stacking chip News & Analysis 10/1/2009 Post a comment The IMEC research center (Leuven, Belgium) and its 3-D integration partners have taped-out Etna, a 3-D chip that integrates a standard DRAM chip on top of a logic IC. The 3-D stack consists of a 25-micron thick logic die on top of which a commercial DRAM is stacked using through-silicon vias (TSVs) and micro-bumps.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times