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.
Renesas samples 45-nm ARM-based mobile processor News & Analysis 11/26/2009 Post a comment Renesas Technology Europe has begun sampling the SH-Mobile APE4, a Cortex-A8 based processor targeted at mobile phone and mobile device implementations. The processor is implemented in a 45-nm process and can be operated at a clock frequency in excess of 1-GHz, Renesas said.
ISSCC preview: Intel, AMD face off at 32nm News & Analysis 11/24/2009 Post a comment Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices will face off with separate papers on their next-generation 32nm processors at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February, but IBM's Power7 and Sun Microsystems' Rainbow Falls will be among the most aggressive multicore architectures described at the event.
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.
Infineon takes ARM inside security chips News & Analysis 11/17/2009 Post a comment Infineon Technologies AG has signed a licence agreement with microprocessor IP vendor ARM. The Munich-based chip maker plans to use the ARM architecture in a new family of high-security chip cards aimed at multimedia applications.
L & T announces mobile TV solution based on DVB-H on TI's OMAP News & Analysis 11/17/2009 Post a comment L&T Infotech has announced its DVB-H-based mobile TV solution based on the TI OMAP3530 reference platform.
The solution includes a DVB Tuner and the mobile TV software stack is OS-independent, easy to integrate with middleware components, and offers a set of APIs for making custom applications.
AMD tops, Intel dominates Top500 list News & Analysis 11/16/2009 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices powers the world's three largest supercomputers according to the lasted version of the Top500 list, but archrival Intel Corp. still dominates the list with processors now in 80 percent of the systems.
Qualcomm demos Adobe Flash 10 on ARM-based netbook News & Analysis 11/13/2009 Post a comment Mobile phone service provider AT&T is going to supply customers with the first ARM-based netbook, according to Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.). Jacobs showed the Lenovo-made device to attendees at the company's investor day in New York Thursday (Nov. 12).
AMD sketches out two new x86 cores News & Analysis 11/12/2009 Post a comment AMD sketched rough outlines of two new x86 cores—including a rival to Intel's Atom--the company plans to put in products for 2011 and said it has working versions of its first 32nm Fusion chips that integrate x86 and graphics cores and will sample them before June.
HyperTransport leaps into server clusters News & Analysis 11/10/2009 Post a comment The HyperTransport Consortium aims to disclose extensions to the HyperTransport physical layer before the end of the year, enabling a new class of systems using HyperTransport to link a mixture of processors and systems using both coherent and non-coherent links.
Online media boxes set to go mainstream, says In-Stat News & Analysis 11/10/2009 Post a comment A new class of consumer electronic equipment is emerging that encompasses Digital Media Adapters (DMAs), Digital Media Players (DMPs), and Digital Media Receivers (DMRs), according to In-Stat (Scottsale, Ariz.). And the class will be responsible for 4.5 million units shipping in 2013, the market research company has predicted.
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.
Freescale puts Toulouse, Sendai wafer fabs up for sale News & Analysis 11/9/2009 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) has appointed Colliers International's Advanced Technology Resource Group (ATREG) to act as advisor in the sale of Freescale's 150-mm semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Toulouse, France and Sendai, Japan.
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?
MPU shipments up 23% in Q3, says IDC News & Analysis 11/9/2009 Post a comment Worldwide third-quarter PC microprocessor unit shipments rose 23 percent compared to the second quarter, reaching a new all-time high, according to market research firm International Data Corp.
Ruiz bows out of SIA awards dinner News & Analysis 11/4/2009 Post a comment Hector Ruiz, who resigned as chairman of Globalfoundries earlier this week after being reportedly linked to a high-profile insider-trading case, will not speak as planned at the Semiconductor Industry Association awards dinner Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the SIA.
Update: NY files antitrust suit against Intel News & Analysis 11/4/2009 Post a comment New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Intel, alleging that the world's No. 1 chip maker violated state and federal anti-monopoly laws by engaging in illegal conduct.
Startup turns SD cards into game cartridges News & Analysis 11/3/2009 Post a comment Startup FXI Technologies AS hopes to bring the Nintendo game cartridge into the cellphone era with a vengeance when it releases in early 2011 mobile games packaged with their own acceleration hardware on microSD cards.
3Leaf links 32 AMD chips in one server News & Analysis 11/3/2009 Post a comment Startup 3Leaf Systems has released an ASIC that can link 32 Opteron processors into a single server and is working on a version that could do the same for 64 Intel Nehalem processors.
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.
MIPS debuts new cores, instruction set Product News 11/2/2009 Post a comment MIPS Technologies Inc. is upgrading two of its cores and introducing a new instruction set architecture to expand the company's relatively small presence in 32-bit microcontrollers and leverage its strength in wired consumer systems to attack sockets in wireless devices.
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.