DRAM rankings: Q1 sales down on weak ASPs
News & Analysis 5/31/2011 1 comment
Global DRAM revenue fell to $8.3 billion in the first quarter, down 5.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 due to weak pricing, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Actions Semi tips MIPS-based Honeycomb SoC
News & Analysis 5/31/2011 2 comments
Actions Semiconductor will collaborate with MIPS Technologies to offer a MIPS-based, 1.3 GHz chipset optimized for version 3.0 of Google's Android operating system, also known as Honeycomb, the companies said.
Speeding the adoption of smart meters and smart appliances
Design How-To 5/31/2011 2 comments
In this article, Accent S.p.A, a joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Cadence Design Systems, provides details on its Accent ASMgrid offering and how it can be applied to meet the challenges faced from Smart Meter to Smart Appliance manufacturers in terms of increasing differentiation while reducing cost.
Brazilian IP startup makes PMU for Lfoundry use
Product News 5/31/2011 Post a comment
Chipus Microelectronics SA, a Brazilian startup licensor of analog and mixed-signal circuit designs, has announced the availability of a power management unit for use on LFoundry's 150-nm mixed-signal process technology.
What's up with silicon on sapphire?
Design How-To 5/31/2011 5 comments
Dr. Mark L. Burgener and Dr. Ronald E. Reedy, co-founders of Peregrine Semiconductor will be presented with the Noble award at IMS2011. I thought this would be a great opportunity to check in with them on the status of their work.
Elpida, Powertech, UMC team on 3-D at 28-nm
Research 5/31/2011 2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan, Powertech Technology Inc. and United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan have announced that they have finalized a three-way collaboration to deliver 3-D IC integration technologies for advanced manufacturing processes including 28-nm.
Report: IDC cuts chip growth on poor PC sales
News & Analysis 5/31/2011 1 comment
Market research firm International Data Corp. has cut its forecast on the annual revenue growth of the semiconductor sector to between 4 and 5 percent from 6 to 8 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
The best of both worlds
Design How-To 5/31/2011 1 comment
Automated physical datapath helps meet custom power, performance and area goals with predictable results and shorter design schedule
Intel Ultrabooks attack tablet market
News & Analysis 5/31/2011 26 comments
Intel will push down the power and size of the notebook computer to create a so-called. Ultrabook, its answer to tablets that have so far chosen ARM over x86 processors.
European EMS firm broken in three
News & Analysis 5/30/2011 Post a comment
TES Electronics Solutions (Langon, France), an electronics design and manufacturing services company, is being broken up and sold off to three different companies by order of the Tribunal de Commerce de Rennes, according to local reports.
Intel embeds Mirics in PC-with-TV motherboard
Product News 5/30/2011 6 comments
Mirics Ltd., a developer of a software modem technology for digital TV reception, has said that Intel Corp. is planning to deliver global broadcast TV reception through an Intel branded PC motherboard.
OEMS speed adoption of IPv6
News & Analysis 5/30/2011 3 comments
The first of over two dozen IPv6 systems from leading OEMs that are using NetLogic Microsystem's NL11k knowledge-based processors will begin shipping in production in 3Q 2011, with the remaining customer systems expected to commence shipping over the following twelve months.
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 1
Design How-To 5/28/2011 5 comments
The term Gray code is typically used to refer to a binary sequence in which only a single bit changes value when transitioning between adjacent states.
Mentor, Magma top expectations
News & Analysis 5/27/2011 1 comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines said Mentor's board has met once by phone since three members nominated by billionaire financier Carl Icahn were elected to join it.
Tessera sues Sony again
News & Analysis 5/27/2011 2 comments
Tessera Technologies filed a complaint through one of its subsidiaries against Sony in California state court.
Zarlink tips 5% job cuts on 'strong' results
News & Analysis 5/27/2011 13 comments
Canadian mixed-signal chip company Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has said it plans to reduce its global workforce by approximately 5 percent by the end of fiscal Q2 2012, which ends in September 2011. Zarlink (Ottawa, Ontario) made the announcement within its statement of its fourth fiscal quarter and 2011 fiscal year results.
Is a media tablet a PC, or not?
Semi Conscious 5/27/2011 30 comments
For the purpose of tracking PC sales from quarter to quarter and year to year, should media tablets be included or kept as a separate category?
Image gallery: Xperia Play handset teardown
News & Analysis 5/26/2011 5 comments
The first "PlayStation certified" smartphone features Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Broadcom's BlueTooth/WiFi/FM combo chip and memory ICs from Micron and Elpida, among others, according to a teardown analysis.