EC report discusses increased support for electronics News & Analysis 9/30/2009 Post a comment The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Faulty memory chip causes Philips defibrillator recall News & Analysis 9/30/2009 1 comment Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a leading vendor of consumer and medical products, has announced that it is recalling approximately 5,400 HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Micron narrows quarterly loss News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Saying the market remains challenging but is beginning to improve, memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported a net loss of $88 million for the quarter ended Sept. 3, down from a net loss of $290 million in the prior quarter and a net loss of $344 million in the year-ago quarter.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules? News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban News & Analysis 9/29/2009 Post a comment The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
SMIC licenses non-volatile memory from Virage, Kilopass News & Analysis 9/25/2009 Post a comment Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) has said it is working with two non-volatile memory IP providers for future applications and process nodes; Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) and Kilopass Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers News & Analysis 9/24/2009 Post a comment Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
Samsung semis chief sees signs of recovery News & Analysis 9/23/2009 Post a comment Samsung Electronics is ramping up production of DDR3 memories and shifting manufacturing to a 40-nm process to meet what it anticipates will be increased demand as companies start rebuilding inventories.
Nanya claims a win over LSI in patent dispute News & Analysis 9/23/2009 Post a comment DRAM maker Nanya Technology Corp. (Taoyuan, Taiwan) has said that Administrative Law Judge Carl C. Charneski in the United States International Trade Commission has found invalid the patent cited in an action brought by LSI Corp. against Nanya and other semiconductor manufacturers.
Outsider likely to take Hynix stake News & Analysis 9/22/2009 Post a comment The search for a new major shareholder for Korean memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor apparently has proved successful: Conglomerate Hyosung has submitted a bid Tuesday (September 22) according to Korean news agency Yonhap News.
Samsung moves phase-change memory to production News & Analysis 9/22/2009 1 comment South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that it has begun production of a 512-Mbit phase-change random access memory and is aiming it at mobile phone handsets and other battery-operated applications.
IC analyst sees tighter supply, ASP growth News & Analysis 9/18/2009 Post a comment A historically low level of capital spending by chipmakers is paving the way tight supply conditions that will result in increased average selling prices but may have unforeseen ramifications, according to an industry analyst.
Rambus demos threaded modules at IDF News & Analysis 9/17/2009 Post a comment Rambus Inc. has partnered with Kingston Technology to create a prototype DDR3 memory module that increases performance and lowers power for main memory access, and they will demonstrate the prototype targeted at use with multicore processors at next week's Intel Developer Forum.
Numonyx regains top spot in NOR flash News & Analysis 9/15/2009 1 comment Numonyx jumped back into the No. 1 position among NOR flash memory vendors in the second quarter, taking advantage of problems at chief rival Spansion, according to market research firm iSuppli .
Ramtron reaches settlement over product failure News & Analysis 9/9/2009 Post a comment Nonvolatile memory vendor Ramtron International has entered into a settlement with one of its customers that resolves all matters related to previously disclosed in-field failures of one of Ramtron's ferroelectric RAM products.
Semiconductors on even keel at end of 2Q 2009 News & Analysis 9/3/2009 Post a comment The latest Global Semiconductor Alliance report paints a somber economic picture for the semiconductor industry. GSA reported that most companies GSA interacts with plan to remain very conservative through the remainder of 2009.
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.