Spansion warns on Q4 revenue News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment NOR flash memory specialist Spansion became the latest semiconductor supplier to issue a warning about revenue in the current quarter, saying it expects fourth quarter net sales to be down about 20 percent sequentially.
Samsung shows 8 Gbit DRAM at ISSCC News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Samsung will describe 4 and 8 Gbit DRAM chips, and a team from Toshiba and SanDisk will detail a 64 Gbit NAND flash chip packing four bits per cell at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February.
FTC asks Supreme Court to overturn Rambus decision News & Analysis 11/25/2008 2 comments The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an April decision by a lower court that found the FTC failed to demonstrate that actions by memory technology vendor Rambus harmed competition.
Illinois gives sneak peak on multicore programming ideas News & Analysis 11/19/2008 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Illinois have detailed their agenda for defining the parallel programming capabilities needed for tomorrow's multicore processors in a white paper that provided one of the most specific plans to date for a next-generation multicore CPU they plan to build in tandem with new parallel programming tools.
RIM's Bold bests other phones' transfer times Teardown 11/17/2008 Post a comment We pitted five smartphones against each other to test their download speeds and get a feel for the user experience with movies, TV shows and audio CDs. For the second consecutive year, the BlackBerry Bold took the gold.
Kilopass rolls pre-configured non-vol modules News & Analysis 11/10/2008 Post a comment Non-volatile memory intellectual property provider Kilopass Technology introduced a new line of pre-configured non-volatile memories across more than 10 semiconductor process technologies. Killopass said the new SnapXPM products are available now and cost 25 to 30 percent less than the company's existing XPM products.
Rambus files ITC complaint against Nvidia News & Analysis 11/6/2008 Post a comment Memory technology IP provider Rambus has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation into alleged patent violations by graphics graphics chip vendor Nvidia.
SanDisk rolls format for flash drives Product News 11/5/2008 1 comment SanDisk Corp. is announcing a new flash-file format for solid-state drives it will release in its 2009 products, claiming it bolsters performance 100-fold on some operations, along with two metrics for comparing the performance of SSDs.
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