Democratization of MEMS design and manufacturing Blog 7/7/2010 3 comments A perfect storm is brewing in semiconductor design and it reminds of a period about 20 years ago when many of the same forces were at work. The storm is all about challenges and opportunities to expand a market for a specific type of semiconductor technology, and the main thing missing is coherent infrastructure or ecosystem to facilitate it.
LG previews line of iPad/iPhone rivals News & Analysis 7/6/2010 7 comments The first major consumer electronics maker to follow Apple's iPad into the coming blitz of smart touchscreen tablets will be LG Electronics, which has announced its Optimus Series.
Penn puzzled as chip ASPs fall during boom News & Analysis 7/5/2010 5 comments Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with market research company Future Horizons Ltd., sees the second quarter as being a "blockbuster" but is puzzled by the "madness" shown by chip companies that continue to allow chip prices to sink even as lead times lengthen.
Global chip sales beat expectations - again News & Analysis 7/5/2010 13 comments The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for May was $24.65 billion, up 4.5 percent compared with the previous month and up 47.6 percent compared with the same month a year before, according to the ESIA.
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.