October's averaged chip sales beat expectations News & Analysis 11/30/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $21.7 billion in October, ahead of expectations, up a 5.1 percent from September and down 3.5 percent from October 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
European stocks recover from lows on Dubai debt shock News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment European stock markets recovered lost ground on Friday (Nov. 27) after opening between 1 and 2 percent down on the previous close. The low opening prices had been a reaction to news that state-owned Dubai World had said it would delay repaying some of its debt by six months.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst News & Analysis 11/27/2009 Post a comment Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
Update: Patent office rejects Rambus claims News & Analysis 11/24/2009 2 comments A patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all 17 claims in three Rambus patents that the company asserted against Nvidia in a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Netbooks to hit 17% of 2010 portable PC market, says analyst News & Analysis 11/23/2009 1 comment The market for portable ccmputers will be 165 million units in 2010, according to Will Strauss president of market tracker Forward Concepts (Tempe, Ariz.) And of that market 3.6 percent, or about 6 million units, will be so-called smart book computers.
Tower makes deal to export know-how, equipment News & Analysis 11/23/2009 1 comment Loss-making foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel), which trades as TowerJazz, has announced it plans to transfer "manufacturing know-how and certain equipment" to support an un-named Asian company ramp up production.
Make way for DDR3 transition, says iSuppli News & Analysis 11/20/2009 Post a comment Double Data Rate 3 SDRAM, the state of the art in commodity memory technology, is expected to rise to dominance by the second quarter of 2010, according to new projections from market research firm iSuppli.
Semiconductor industry close to sold out, says SICAS News & Analysis 11/17/2009 Post a comment Chip manufacturing capacity is falling and as demand is increasing the chip industry is becoming close to being sold-out. Manufacturing capacity utilization has climbed above 90 percent in several leading-edge sectors, according to the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics organization.
Dolphin Integration enhances Cassiopeia generator Product News 11/16/2009 Post a comment EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) said it has enhanced its Cassiopeia architecture for single via programmable Read-only memory (ROM) with a capability to operate from nominal voltage down to 1.1 V in the TSMC 130 nm low power process.
CEO's pay, SMIC, Zune lead weekly story ranking Blog 11/13/2009 Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 8, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 13. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Volkswagen appoints e-car chief representative News & Analysis 11/12/2009 Post a comment With the appointment of a chief representative for electric traction, Volkswagen highlights the importance of the e -car for its product strategy. The company has named the former CEO of automotive supplier Continental AG, Karl-Thomas Neumann, for the position.
Intel debuts portable text-to-speech reader News & Analysis 11/10/2009 2 comments Intel's digital health group released the Intel Reader, a paperback-sized device that can take a picture of printed text with its 5 megapixel camera and convert it to speech for the dyslexic and visually impaired.
Comment: Is Abu Dhabi targeting Intel rather than TSMC? Blog 11/9/2009 6 comments With Waleed Al Muhairi, chief operating officer of Abu Dhabi government investment vehicle Mubadala Development Co., predicting Abu Dhabi would be making chips at home within four years, we are reminded that the Gulf states' aspirations to get into the chip business are long-enduring. But when Al Muhairi said Abu Dhabi wants to compete with Intel was that hubris?
DRAM module price jumps 14%, says analyst News & Analysis 11/9/2009 Post a comment The contract price for the supply of the 2-Gbyte small outline dual-in-line memory modules in the DDR2 DRAM 800-MHz format has increased to $41 from $36 in the first half of November, a jump of 14 percent, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
Universal memory, round two Design How-To 11/8/2009 1 comment It was in the heyday of the Zip Drive that three "first round" contenders--PCRAM, MRAM and FeRAM--bid to be named the "universal memory". Today, we continue to debate the candidates.
Top ten Chinese chip design houses ranked News & Analysis 11/5/2009 4 comments The Chinese IC design sector was worth 23.52 billion yuan (about $3.44 billion) in 2008, and threw up some changes in the top ten ranking, according a report by Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute.
Micron offers NAND-DRAM memory in multichip package News & Analysis 11/3/2009 Post a comment Micron Technologies Inc. (Boise, Idaho) has introduced a multi-chip package (MCP) memory for smart phones, personal media players, and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) that includes a 4-Gbit NAND flash memory die and a 2-Gbit low-power DDR die.
September 'actual' chip sales narrow the gap on 2008 News & Analysis 11/2/2009 Post a comment September's global market for semiconductors was $23.98 billion, down 8.7 percent from the $26.26 billion value for sales recorded in September 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
September averaged global chip sales show 8.2% growth News & Analysis 11/2/2009 Post a comment The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $20.64 billion in September, up 8.2 percent from an upwardly revised $19.07 billion in August, and down 10.1 percent from September 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
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