Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 6 comments
The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Thin Film offers passive plastic NVM
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 2 comments
Printed plastic memory pioneer Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced the development of a passive array nonvolatile printable plastic memory that is describes as being suitable for secure documents.
Photo gallery: Inside TI's RFAB
Semi Conscious 6/30/2011 16 comments
Representatives from Texas Instruments last week invited a few members of the media to Richardson, Texas, for a tour of RFAB—the semiconductor industry's first 300-mm analog fab and first LEED certified fab.
SMIC trading halted after chairman's death
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 12 comments
Shares of Chinese chip foundry SMIC ceased trading at the company's request after it reported that its chairman died and that the company's president and CEO failed to win re-election to its board of directors.
Samsung takes Apple fight to ITC
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 9 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple and presumably seeking a ban on the importation of Apple products into the U.S.
IHS: Full Japan quake recovery by September
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 6 comments
The electronics industry supply chain is expected to be completely recovered from the after effects of the March 11 earthquake in Japan by the end of the third quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 4
Design How-To 6/29/2011 7 comments
In this, the fourth installment of our mini-series, we take a look at generating sub-2^n Gray code count sequences comprising *consecutive values*
Neul raises $12.8 million for M2M radio
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 2 comments
Neul Ltd., a startup company working with Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung to use so-called TV white-space spectrum for machine-to-machine communications, has raised $12.8 million from a venture capital syndicate.
Researchers look at typing as power source
Research 6/29/2011 17 comments
Researchers in Australia have been looking at whether typing could be used to recharge electronic equipment. If their findings can be scaled up then chargers could be relegated to emergency use only.
Circuit lets you test sample-and-hold amplifiers - measure voltage drop with a digital voltmeter
Design How-To 6/29/2011 1 comment
Sample-and-hold amplifiers sample an analog voltage and hold it until an ADC can digitize it. A perfect sampling circuit holds a voltage until digitizing is complete. Thus, the amplifier’s output is identical to its input. Real sample-and-hold amplifiers, however, can gain or lose voltage, producing an error. Offset voltages in amplifiers cause a static additive error. Further, there occurs a specific additive error, the so-called voltage pedestal, which originates within the transition from th
Spreadtrum targeted by Muddy Waters report
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 2 comments
Nasdaq-traded Chinese fabless chip company Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has been targeted by Muddy Waters LLC, a brokerage firm that has declared a short position in the company and published an open letter to the chairman.
ST's fast-write EEPROM for low-cost blackbox recorders simplifies design
Product News 6/28/2011 1 comment
The new M35B32 EEPROM from STMicroelectronics has a unique ultra-fast recording feature for storing important data during unexpected events. Its uses include recovering system data when a sudden power failure occurs, and ‘black-box’ recorders that help identify the causes of equipment failures or accidents.
Energy efficiency may require 'cool factor'
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 27 comments
The Smart Energy Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum addressed the issue of smarter energy efficiency by asking its panelists to expound on the question: What is the biggest hurdle to action?
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 3 comments
Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
The interface roadblock
Blog 6/28/2011 1 comment
Interface – verb: Interact with (another system, person, organization, etc); noun: A point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc., meet and interact.
Open communications for the smart grid
Blog 6/28/2011 3 comments
Here, Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies, explains that open connectivity is a critical element for a reliable smart grid and automated meter applications for the natural gas, water, and electric utilities.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 10 comments
Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
Nanoelectronics body doubles 2011 funds to $250-million
Research 6/28/2011 9 comments
The ENIAC Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership for the funding of nanoelectronics research in Europe, has said the amount of money available through the latest call for proposals includes grants totaling 175 million euro (about $250 million) an increase of 100 percent on 2010.
The potential of energy harvesting means there’s nothing to lose
Design How-To 6/28/2011 2 comments
Energy harvesting is rapidly maturing to become a key sector in the electronics industry, having risen over the past five years to take its place as a competent technology enabling an expanding market. While the pioneering companies behind the technology have faced many challenges in that time, the market now faces one of its biggest obstacles; convincing system integrators that it is a viable alternative to battery packs.
Adesto ready to ramp CBRAM, with Altis
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 4 comments
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup company developing conductive bridging RAM nonvolatile memory technology, has announced that it will ship products this year manufactured by foundry partner Altis Semiconductor SA.