Opinion: Microchip must raise SST offer again News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment Microchip Technology Inc. will have to significantly raise its offer for Silicon Storage Technology Inc., perhaps up to $4.00 per share from the current price of $3.00 if it wants to gain control of the company and end a brewing bidding war with a private equity firm.
Mil/aero group foresees shift to optical in 2012 News & Analysis 2/24/2010 1 comment The VITA Standards Organization, a leading standards group for military and aerospace markets, will announce as early as next week a call for participation in a group to explore the feasibility of deploying in 2012 products with optical backplanes and system interconnects.
Comment: ARM must beware the 'tied-selling' trap Blog 2/24/2010 1 comment The success of ARM Holdings plc with its series of low-power processing cores, and its relatively small-scale success - so far - with its Mali graphics processing cores puts ARM in a potentially dangerous position.
0.7mm-high slide switch targets mobile devices Product News 2/24/2010 Post a comment Alps Electric Europe announced the development of the SSAJ series, a 0.7mm-high slide switch that enables the design of more compact electronic devices including mobile phones, digital cameras and compact music players
IR rolls GaN devices Product News 2/24/2010 Post a comment International Rectifier Inc. has introduced the industry's first family of commercial integrated power stage products utilizing IR's gallium nitride (GaN)-based power device technology platform.
APEC: Tesla Roadster, solar-panel dangers kickstart power fest News & Analysis 2/24/2010 Post a comment The 25th APEC kicked off with a dynamic plenary session that discussed the past and future of power, exposed the latest improvements to the Tesla Sports Roadster, uncovered the hidden dangers and inefficiencies of solar panels and showed how close-coupling cooling can achieve a 31 percent improvement in cooling efficiency for data centers.
GlobalFoundries, Samsung join e-beam group News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The eBeam Initiative--a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of a new design-to-manufacturing approach known as design for e-beam (DFEB)--has announced that six additional companies have joined the group.
Verigy posts loss amid sales gain News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment ATE supplier Verigy Ltd. said revenue for the first quarter was $106 million, an increase of 9 percent from the prior quarter, and an increase of 56 percent from the prior year period.
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/23/2010 Post a comment Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Intel-led alliance pledges $3.5B in venture funds News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The Invest in America Alliance, a group of 25 venture capital and 17 high tech companies led by Intel Corp., pledged to invest $3.5 billion in U.S. technology startups over the next two years and hire as many as 10,500 college students in 2010.
DAC 2010 to award Richard Newton graduate scholarships News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment The 47th Design Automation Conference, to be held from June 13 to 18, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif., intends to award scholarships to promote graduate research and study in EDA and circuit design. These $24.000 scholarships are in honor of the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton.
DNA sequencing startup pulls in $7 million News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment Nabsys Inc. (Providence R.I.), a developer of electronic, solid-state DNA sequencing, has announced it has received a $7 million investment as part of a Series B equity round led by Stata Venture Partners.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment A mid-year slump in the western economy is likely to inhibit consumer electronics spending and hold annual semiconductor revenue growth back at 11.2 percent in 2010, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
TSMC, Dialog team on process for power management ICs News & Analysis 2/23/2010 Post a comment Power management chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim-unter-Teck, Germany) has announced it is working with foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on a bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) manufacturing process technology tailored to power management ICs for portable devices.
GateRocket rolls new version of FPGA debug tool Product News 2/23/2010 Post a comment FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. Tuesday (Feb. 23) announced the newest version of its RocketVision debugging software, introducing new capabilities that allow designers to select individual design blocks to run in their simulator or GateRocket's RocketDrive hardware verification system.
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.