Spansion Q2 2012 earnings
News & Analysis 7/31/2012 2 comments
Memory maker Spansion reported Q2 2012 revenue up 11 percent from Q1 to $233.4 million. Net income of $26 million compared with a first-quarter loss of $13.1 million.
TI offers power management controllers
Product News 7/31/2012 1 comment
Texas Instruments has made available power management controllers with standby power savings that will help smartphone users use less electricity with their 5-watt cube adapters, even when they are left plugged into the wall.
Green power to the people everywhere
Design How-To 7/31/2012 2 comments
According to Tony Armstrong at Linear Technology Corp, it is not the energy conversion efficiency of the circuits that is important, but more the amount of “average harvested” energy which is available to power it.
Apple captive Cirrus gagged
News & Analysis 7/31/2012 39 comments
With almost 60 percent of its business is coming from a single customer – in this case Apple, Inc., it’s not quite kosher to call Cirrus Logic an independent fabless chip company any more.
Infineon sales hold firm, profits fall
News & Analysis 7/31/2012 3 comments
Fiscal third quarter sales at chip maker Infineon were slightly ahead of previous guidance but the company confirmed its outlook that the fiscal fourth quarter would be flat.
UMC seeks partners, offers 10% share in business
News & Analysis 7/30/2012 1 comment
Foundry chip maker UMC has announced that it is offering a private equity placement for up to 10 percent of the company. There has been speculation that Qualcomm could be persuaded to purchase the stock as a means of investing in manufacturing.
Wireless is bright sector in slow chip market, says IHS
News & Analysis 7/30/2012 2 comments
Global semiconductor component revenue is expected to rise by 3 percent to $320.8 billion 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm said that wireless market growth would be a highlight in an otherwise lackluster year.
Semtech rolls sub-GHz multi-PHY mode transceiver
Product News 7/30/2012 1 comment
Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Semtech Corp. said it has introduced the SX1257, a low power digital I/Q RF multi-mode PHY transceiver. Suitable for smart metering applications, the SX1257 supports mandatory and optional 802.15.4g PHY modes, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
Auto IC gains breathe new life into car market
News & Analysis 7/27/2012 5 comments
Entrenched suppliers like ST, Freescale and Renesas are providing new kinds of auto electronics that are sustaining the global car market. That will make it harder for aspiring Chinese suppliers to enter a market with high barriers to entry.
Controlling multiple LED strings with C2000 MCUs
Design How-To 7/27/2012 2 comments
This whitepaper explores the different LED driver topologies and digital control methods available for driving multiple LED strings efficiently to reduce system cost, lower operating expenses, increase color accuracy, and improve overall reliability.
Safer vehicles through aircraft technology
Design How-To 7/27/2012 8 comments
The growing number of electronic control devices in vehicles calls for a short-term solution that allows several functions to be integrated onto one chip. Avionics provides one model: in that field, the technology of partitioning has already been in use for ten years. A microkernel, acting as the basic operating system, generates partitions in which other operating systems can run.
FinFETs-on-SOI can double battery life, says GSS
News & Analysis 7/27/2012 12 comments
Fully depleted FinFET style transistors made on SOI wafers are likely to allow about one-third the leakage current of FinFETs made on bulk silicon according to TCAD simulations performed by Gold Standard Simulations.
ARM adds weight to IoT debate
News & Analysis 7/26/2012 2 comments
ARM has invited four U.K. companies to help it form an industry forum to help shape the Internet of Things. The work is being done within the U.K. initially partly to help align it with government initiatives and regulation.
Global CO2 emissions up 3% in 2011
News & Analysis 7/26/2012 21 comments
After a 1-percent decline in 2009 and an unprecedented 5-percent surge in 2010, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 3 percent in 2011, to 34 billion tons, according to the European Commission's Joint Research Center.