NAND prices on the rebound, analyst says News & Analysis 3/23/2009 Post a comment Average selling prices for NAND flash memory parts have rebounded from a low of about 80 cents per gigabyte in the fourth quarter of 2008 and are currently close to covering cash costs, according to a memory industry analyst who cited cuts in capacity and fab utilization.
Ramtron cuts workforce, salaries News & Analysis 3/17/2009 Post a comment Nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory vendor Ramtron International will cut its workforce by 17 percent and reduce salaries for all employees by 5 to 12 percent as part of a series of cost reduction actions, the company said.
SMIC's CEO says orders, utilization increasing News & Analysis 3/17/2009 Post a comment China's SMIC has recently experienced a clear rise in orders and expects its capacity utilization rate for the first quarter to be substantially higher than original expectations, according to a Reuters report citing SMIC CEO Richard Chang.
DRAM spot prices down again News & Analysis 3/16/2009 Post a comment Spot prices for DRAM parts declined again the week of March 13, with spot prices on some parts down as much as 17 percent, according to market research firm Gartner.
Tessera moves to dismiss ITC action News & Analysis 3/13/2009 Post a comment Tessera Technologies has moved to terminate a U.S. International Trade Commission action it brought against semiconductor packaging subcontractors, one of three complaints by Tessera currently before the ITC.
China's chip industry 'broken,' says analyst News & Analysis 3/11/2009 2 comments China's semiconductor industry is broken due to recession and underinvestment, with a dip in total chip production contrasted by a 6.8 percent increase in consumption in the country in 2008, according to an analyst.
Samsung, ON Semi settle patent dispute News & Analysis 3/11/2009 Post a comment ON Semiconductor and Samsung Electronics have crossed-licensed their patent portfolios for an unspecified number of years under the terms of an agreement that resolves a patent infringement dispute, according to a statement released by ON Semi.
Xilinx CEO: Venture capital won't return to semis News & Analysis 3/11/2009 3 comments Venture capital funding is in short supply and won't return to the semiconductor industry even after the current recession, according to Moshe Gavrielov, president and CEO of programmable logic supplier Xilinx.
Analyst: Lean inventories could speed recovery News & Analysis 3/10/2009 Post a comment The semiconductor industry will suffer double-digit contraction in 2009, but lean inventories across the supply chain could jump-start a rapid recovery for the industry once the economy starts to improve, an analyst said.
Credit crisis catches up with PCs, says iSuppli News & Analysis 3/5/2009 Post a comment Fourth quarter 2008 PC shipments declined by 1.5 percent compared with the third quarter, putting an abrupt halt to an era when PCs seemed to defy gravity by showing growth despite the emergency of a global economic crisis, according to market research firm iSuppli.
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