NetLogic four-chip module News & Analysis 7/26/2010 1 comment NetLogic Microsystems has formally announced the XLP8128S, a four-chip module that links four of the company's quad-threaded, eight-core XLP832 network processors on its proprietary Inter-chip Coherency Interface for high-end networking systems.
NXP prices IPO to raise $700 million News & Analysis 7/23/2010 2 comments In a reduction of the expected billion-dollar initial public offering NXP has priced its IPO offering of 34 million shares at between $18 and $21 each, to raise between $612 million and $714 million.
Microsoft-ARM deal is a game-changer News & Analysis 7/23/2010 8 comments Microsoft's move to take an architectural license from ARM means ARM support for Microsoft in consumer applications and Microsoft support for ARM in PCs is looking not only likely, but strategic for both companies.
Microsoft takes ARM architectural license News & Analysis 7/23/2010 6 comments Microsoft has signed an architectural license agreement with ARM Holdings plc, giving the software giant access to the ARM processor architecture and the freedom to design its own 'ARM' chips.
Losses at ST-Ericsson hit ST's bottom line News & Analysis 7/22/2010 4 comments Despite losses at ST-Ericsson, STMicroelectronics Inc.'s revenues for the second quarter of 2010 totaled $2.531 billion, up 8.9 percent sequentially and up 27 percent year-over-year.
Battle rages on in RTP market News & Analysis 7/22/2010 1 comment When Applied rolled out its next-generation, laser-based anneal system last year, there were fears among competitors that the company would further dominate the rapid thermal processing (RTP) equipment market.
SanDisk CEO Harari to retire News & Analysis 7/22/2010 2 comments In a major surprise, Eli Harari, founder, chairman and chief executive of SanDisk Corp., will retire from his current positions.
Introduction to Networking--III Design How-To 7/22/2010 Post a comment Networking is a new concept for many embedded engineers. The goal of this book, therefore, is to provide a bridge that spans from basic concepts to how to add networking functionality to an embedded design. This chapter provides a quick introduction to networking protocols and then moves rapidly to a discussion on TCP/IP over Ethernet, today’s preferred network technology combo with the widest usage in terms of the number of devices and applications.
IBM unifies mainframe architecture in zEnterprise News & Analysis 7/22/2010 1 comment IBM has announced what it labels as the most significant new mainframe systems architecture in the last 20 years. The zEnterprise mainframe design will allow workloads on mainframe, Power7 and System x servers to share resources and be managed as a single system.
LTE Physical Layer Overview - Part III Design How-To 7/22/2010 1 comment This article presents an overview of the LTE physical layer with a focus on essential aspects of the physical layer for FDD mode which is the dominant mode of operation. It is hoped that this paper will serve as a useful introduction to practitioners involved in designing LTE based-networks and systems. Part III looks at physical channels.
SMIC extends Virage IP deal to 40-nm News & Analysis 7/22/2010 Post a comment Intellectual property licensor Virage Logic Corp. and foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. have extended their partnerhip to include a 40-nm low-leakage process (LL) technology.
Elpida, Spansion ink NAND deal News & Analysis 7/21/2010 1 comment Following its recent move out of bankruptcy, Spansion Inc. posted a drop in sales and announced its long-awaited deal with Japan's Elpida Memory Inc.
VC funding fizzled in June, says GSA News & Analysis 7/21/2010 2 comments June produced a downturn in funding activity for fabless, fabbed and semiconductor equipment companies, both by number of deals and their value, according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
ARM, TSMC refresh partnership, aim at 20-nm News & Analysis 7/21/2010 3 comments Foundry chipmaker TSMC and ARM have signed an agreement that provides TSMC with access to ARM processors and enables the development of ARM physical IP across TSMC technology nodes down to 20-nm.
ISuppli boosts iPad sales forecast News & Analysis 7/20/2010 1 comment Market research firm iSuppli boosted its 2010 sales forecast for Apple iPad tablet, saying it now expects Apple to ship 12.9 million units this year, up from a previous forecast of 7.1 million.
Penn raises 2010 chip market forecast, cuts 2011 News & Analysis 7/20/2010 7 comments With signs of a strong second quarter for chip sales Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons Ltd., has raised his forecast for growth in the global chip industry in 2010 to 36 percent, up from 31 percent, which he gave out in May 2010.
Smart metal enables solid-state refrigerant News & Analysis 7/20/2010 7 comments Thermally elastic smart metals can take the place of greenhouse gases used in conventional vapor compressor refrigeration technology by enabling a solid-state molecules to absorb or release heat by changing their shape.
XMOS names CEO News & Analysis 7/20/2010 2 comments XMOS has announced the appointment of Terry Leeder as CEO. He replaces interim CEO Charles Cotton, who remains as a board member.
ARM, TSMC ink strategic agreement News & Analysis 7/20/2010 1 comment ARM Holdings will provide TSMC with access to a broad range of ARM processors as part of a long-term strategic agreement that enables the development of ARM physical IP through the 20-nm technology node.
Atheros buys China firm News & Analysis 7/19/2010 2 comments Atheros Communications Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Opulan Technologies Corp., a privately-held Chinese fabless semiconductor company.
Report: Intel, FTC reach settlement deal News & Analysis 7/19/2010 Post a comment Intel has agreed to broad changes in the way it markets its graphics chips as part of a preliminary deal struck with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle a suit brought against the No. 1 chip vendor last year, according to a report.
Chip industry Q2 to show 9.4% growth, says analyst News & Analysis 7/19/2010 1 comment Analyst Mike Cowan is predicting the actual global sales of semiconductors in June will be $28.291 billion in June, equating to a three-month average of $25.23 billion and strong second-quarter sequential growth of 9.4 percent.
Germany backs Infineon ECU research with $6.2 million News & Analysis 7/19/2010 2 comments Audi, Continental, Infineon Technologies and ZMD are being supported by the German government in their efforts to research ways to improve the analytic and diagnostic capability of electronic control units (ECUs) in automobiles.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.