MIPS chairman appointed interim CEO
News & Analysis 12/31/2009 Post a comment
MIPS Technologies said its board of directors has appointed the company's chairman to act as interim CEO following the scheduled retirement of longtime president and CEO John Bourgoin.
Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES
News & Analysis 12/29/2009 Post a comment
Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
Analyst: Impact of FTC versus Intel overblown
News & Analysis 12/28/2009 Post a comment
The final impact of a suit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Intel is likely to be less than what many expect, according to a Wall Street analyst, who rejected the notion that the courts would force the microprocessor giant to license modern x86 instruction sets to other firms.
Intel packs graphics on Atom for netbooks
News & Analysis 12/21/2009 Post a comment
Intel Corp. is shipping new versions of its Atom processor that integrate graphics and a memory controller on the same die as the x86 CPU in hopes the new chips will help expand its lead in the rapidly growing market for netbooks.
PC, not TV chips the focus for Intel at CES
News & Analysis 12/17/2009 Post a comment
Intel Corp will announce 17 new processors at the Consumer Electronics Show including two 32 nm parts with graphics in a package with an x86, however it has no design wins to announce yet for its digital TV chips.
Comment: FTC's compiler attack on Intel is thin
Blog 12/17/2009 3 comments
I am no lawyer, and indeed no processor designer or compiler author, but there is one aspect of the recently announced Federal Trade Commission suit that is being brought against chip giant Intel Corp. that, being embedded in processor engineering, is intriguing and appears weak.
Chinese processor drives $99 netbook, say reports
News & Analysis 12/16/2009 3 comments
Recently formed Cherrypal (Palo Alto, Calif. and Hong Kong, China) has launched a netbook computer priced at $99 that, according to reports, is powered by a processor from Ingenic Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Beijing, China).
Broadcom taps 40-nm process for high-def handsets
News & Analysis 12/16/2009 Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. is sampling its first 40 nm chip, a cellphone media processor capable of recording full 1080-progressive high definition video, the company said at its annual meeting with Wall Street analysts where it positioned itself as poised for a return to profitable growth that will outpace its markets.
Gene researchers call for powerful, specialized systems
News & Analysis 12/11/2009 1 comment
Experts working to enable a new era of personalized medicine based on genetics say they need much more computing umph and new specialized hardware to harness the molecular agents behind diseases and envision a future in which consumers use a new class of personal devices to track their health by monitoring proteins in their blood.
ARM wants every MIPS socket
News & Analysis 12/11/2009 7 comments
ARM's processor div. chief faces a plenty of headaches. They include: serious competition posed by Intel; how best to help ARM licensees navigate uncharted shoals of multi-core and multi-threaded CPUs; whether graphics companies like Nvidia, AMD or Imagination will become serious rivals.
Intel still searching for 3-D chip app
News & Analysis 12/10/2009 3 comments
Intel is still exploring the future use of 3-D devices based on through-silicon vias, but the company said that it has still not found the right application or "product intercept" for the technology.
Chinese processor ported to 65-nm, says Synopsys
News & Analysis 12/10/2009 Post a comment
A Chinese home-grown microprocessor, sometimes called Godson and sometimes called Loongson, has been transferred to a 65-nm manufacturing process technology with help from EDA company Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.).
Acer rises in rankings amid PC rebound
News & Analysis 12/4/2009 Post a comment
Market research firm revised its 2009 PC sales forecast thanks to better-than-expected third quarter shipments and said Taiwan's Acer moved into the No. 2 position in global PC sales in the third quarter.
Cray studies exascale computing in Europe
Product News 12/2/2009 Post a comment
Cray Inc. has announced three European partners for a new program aimed at delivering by the end of the decade a supercomputer capable of performing an exaflop, a quintillion calculations per second.
Microchip : 16-bit MCUs have lowest sleep current
Product News 12/1/2009 Post a comment
Microchip has announced two families of 16-bit PIC24F microcontrollers (MCUs) - one with USB functionality and one for general-purpose applications - both of which feature nanoWatt XLP extreme low power technology, small packages and mTouch capacitive touch sensing.
Analyst raises forecast on soaring October chip sales
News & Analysis 12/1/2009 Post a comment
Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for the 2009 chip market, for the second month in a row. Carnegie asserts the market will still be down but the shrink will be less than Carnegie previously predicted.
October chip sales grew fastest in Europe
News & Analysis 12/1/2009 Post a comment
The European and Americas regions grew fastest according to the October three-month average chip sales released by the Semiconductor Industry Association on Monday (Nov. 30), when compared with the previous month.