Analyst rails against the fab-lite News & Analysis 1/28/2010 6 comments The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
Oracle, Sun ready to lift veil on merger plans News & Analysis 1/27/2010 Post a comment Oracle and Sun Microsystems will discuss their plans for the combined company just four days after the European Commission approved the merger, an event that needs to answer a range of questions about the future of the company's microprocessors, systems, software—and staff.
MIPS appoints former Cavium exec as CEO News & Analysis 1/25/2010 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has announced the appointment of Sandeep Vij as president, chief executive officer and director, replacing interim CEO Anthony Holbrook who will continue to serve as chairman.
LSI adds four-core PowerPC, eDRAM to arsenal News & Analysis 1/20/2010 Post a comment LSI Corp. has added a new Power PC processor and fast embedded DRAM cores to its library, claiming demand for custom silicon is on the rise in its core networking and storage markets as it moves into 40nm technology and targets the transition to 10 Gbit Ethernet.
Rise of the Embedded Internet Design How-To 1/19/2010 Post a comment This Intel white paper looks at how breakthroughs in computing performance per watt, along with advances in wired and wireless broadband connectivity, will enable the development of billions of new intelligent embedded devices - the embedded Internet.
Memory to boost market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 1/19/2010 Post a comment The flash memory, DRAM and optoelectronics (LEDs) sectors will fare best in 2010 as worldwide semiconductor revenue advances 15 percent to $257 billion, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
Point/Counterpoint: Intel beyond the PC Point-Counterpoint 1/14/2010 5 comments The PC era is drawing to a close. Intel Corp., which built an empire on the personal computer, is aggressively seeking new markets. Will it succeed? Here are four diverging views on Intel's strategy.
Intel in the untethered era News & Analysis 1/14/2010 Post a comment Intel has been one of the world's most innovative companies for decades. But can the world's largest chip maker have a dominant position in the ongoing mobile computing revolution?
Six reasons why Intel remains a good bet News & Analysis 1/14/2010 2 comments With Intel moving to drive its x86 architecture beyond the PC to the embedded market, underestimating the world's biggest chip maker based on past failures could be a mistake.
ARM raises royalty rate with Cortex Product News 1/14/2010 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is extracting a higher royalty rate for cores from its Cortex processor range than for older ARM processor cores, according to Tim Score, chief financial officer.
HP, Microsoft partner in cloud computing News & Analysis 1/14/2010 Post a comment In another move toward consolidation in business computing, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft said they will spend as much as $250 million over the next three years in a new collaboration to deliver integrated systems, software and services for cloud computing.
Analyst: Intel may acquire FPGA vendor News & Analysis 1/13/2010 11 comments Intel may look to acquire an FPGA supplier such as Xilinx or Altera in 2010 in an effort to expand its presence in the embedded market as well as SoCs, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Apple, Qualcomm seen as winners of CES trends News & Analysis 1/12/2010 2 comments In the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, analysts are upbeat on the outlook for consumer systems, especially those tied to emerging mobile devices and 3DTV, and singled out Apple and Qualcomm as two of the big winners from the trends at the show.
Analyst expecting big quarters from Intel, AMD News & Analysis 1/12/2010 Post a comment Benefitting from strength in notebook computer and server sales, microprocessor vendors Intel and AMD are expected to report strong results for the fourth quarter of 2009 and set higher-than-expected sales targets for the first quarter of this year, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Google smartphone teardown reveals few surprises News & Analysis 1/11/2010 Post a comment Google's Nexus One smartphone carries an estimated bill of materials cost of $174.15 and features chips from Qualcomm, Synaptics and Samsung, among others, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Nvidia launches Tegra 2 processor News & Analysis 1/8/2010 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has launched its ARM-based Tegra 2 processor. The device appears to be aimed at tablet computers but could also show the future direction for mainstream processors, which are expected to combine, as the Tegra 2 does, CPU, graphics and video functions.
Qualcomm to jump from 45- to 28-nm with TSMC News & Analysis 1/8/2010 1 comment Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has said it working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on 28-nm process technology and that it intends to move directly to the advanced process in 2010.
CES Exclusive: Inside the Que ProReader e-book News & Analysis 1/8/2010 Post a comment The vice president of product engineering at Plastic Logic told EE Times the story behind the design of the potentially ground-breaking e-book, gave us a virtual tour of its internals and shared his thoughts on the state and future of mobile consumer design in an interview on the CES show floor.
Video: Intel Atom versus ARM Cortex-A9 News & Analysis 1/7/2010 4 comments The ARMflix channel on Youtube has provided a side-by-side performance comparison of a netbook based on the Intel Atom processor and a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 development board.
Prepare for 2010 demand surge, says analyst News & Analysis 1/7/2010 Post a comment Looking forward to 2010 Bill McClean of IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) observed that both PC and cellphone unit volume shipments are forecast to increase at double-digit rates in 2010 and that this indicates an IC market boom is coming.
TV makers hear video phones ringing at CES News & Analysis 1/7/2010 Post a comment TV makers want to morph the big-screen HDTV into a 3-D capable, Internet-connected video phone, but details on how they will do it were scarce in a series of back-to-back press events before the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Marvell claims first quad-core ARM processor News & Analysis 1/6/2010 3 comments Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a supplier of chips for storage, communications and consumer electronics, has claimed to have developed the world's first "quadruple" core processor based on the ARM architecture.
Reporter's notebook: The CES tsunami hits News & Analysis 1/5/2010 1 comment While I slept last night, more than a dozen of the companies fired off press releases about new or improved platforms at the Consumer Electronics Show that could change the way something happens for the average Joe--two days before CES even begins.
Vizio puts 60 GHz in HDTV, Blu-ray drive at CES News & Analysis 1/5/2010 3 comments Vizio Inc. will announce at the Consumer Electronics Show plans to use the 60 GHz chips from SiBeam Inc. in a high definition TV and Blu-ray player that will ship in June a move the startup says is a sign its technology is leading a hotly competitive race to enable wireless video in the home.
Lenovo announces ARM-based netbook at CES News & Analysis 1/5/2010 Post a comment Lenovo has become the first top tier PC maker to announce an ARM-based netbook, the Skylight which uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at a gigahertz and Lenovo's own variant of Linux.
SIA salutes resumption of chip sales growth News & Analysis 1/4/2010 Post a comment Commenting on the three-month average of global chip sales for November, George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said that year-on-year sales growth had resumed and most markets were showing signs of strength.
Video: What to expect at CES 2010 News & Analysis 1/4/2010 Post a comment In a video preview of the Consumer Electronics Show, editor-at-large Rick Merritt shares his thoughts about what to look for at CES this week including analysis of 3DTV, e-books, smartbooks and wireless video.