NSF sponsors multicore university research News & Analysis 9/2/2008 Post a comment The U.S. National Science Foundation and semiconductor university-research consortium Semiconductor Research Corporation have launched a three-year joint initiative focused on multi-core chip design and architecture.
TI trains its eye on ultrasound News & Analysis 9/2/2008 Post a comment Medical devices are proving a primary driver of semiconductor innovation, according to Texas Instruments, and portable ultrasound devices are leading the way.
Suntech inks polysilicon supply agreement News & Analysis 9/2/2008 Post a comment China's Suntech Power Holdings, a supplier of photovoltaic cells and modules, has signed a seven-year, $750 million polysilicon supply agreement with DC Chemical, a chemicals producer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
Google claims browser is easy on memory, CPUs News & Analysis 9/2/2008 2 comments Internet search giant Google will release an open-source Web browser sporting what it claims are innovations to make better use of processor and memory resources in a browser that is more stable and secure than the competition.
More ATE consolidation: Teradyne to buy Eagle Test News & Analysis 9/2/2008 Post a comment In the latest of a wave of ATE consolidation, Teradyne has signed a definitive agreement to acquire fellow semiconductor automated test equipment vendor Eagle Test Systems for approximately $250 million in cash, the companies said.
An interesting problem to ponder Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog 9/2/2008 1 comment The response to previous problems I've posed has been extremely enthusiastic, so here's another poser for us to peruse and ponder...
Staccato launches industry's first 65nm CMOS single-chip device for UWB Product News 9/2/2008 Post a comment The Ripcord2, its first 65nm UWB device that supports multiple protocols, including Wireless USB, High-Speed Bluetooth, Wireless IP and Wireless Audio/Video. In addition, several features were added to Ripcord2, including support for WiMedia Band Groups 1, 3 and 6, as well as the capability for detection and avoidance (DAA).
Introduction to Wireless Systems--A Tutorial--Part VI Design How-To 9/2/2008 1 comment Here is segment six of a multi-part series excerpted from 'Introduction to Wireless Systems.' Chapter 4 concentrates on Radio Frequency Coverage: Systems Engineering and Design. Introduction to Wireless Systems brings together the theoretical and practical knowledge readers need to participate effectively in the planning, design, or implementation of virtually any wireless system.
IMEC, CEA-Leti partner on silicon photonics IC technology Product News 9/2/2008 Post a comment European research organization IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has teamed with the Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-Leti) to launch ePIXfab, an extension of their multi-project wafer silicon photonics prototyping service initiated in 2006.
300mm wafers start dominating capacity, says SIA News & Analysis 9/2/2008 Post a comment 300mm wafers for the first time account for the largest share of wafer manufacturing capacity and actual wafers processed, with 44 percent of total capacity and 47 percent of total silicon processed, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Rule checker supports MISRA TargetLink rules Product News 9/2/2008 Post a comment With Model Examiner 1.2, the software technology company Model Engineering Solutions (MES) introduces a new version of the rule checker for Simulink and TargetLink Models. The software enables developers of Automotive MPU to check automatically their TargetLink Models generated by the dSpace code generator on compliance with MISRA-TargetLink rules. Thus, designers can save development time and shorten time-to-market.
Ultrawideband chip debuts at tough time for wireless USB Product News 9/2/2008 Post a comment Staccato Communications aims to escape a predicted shakeout in ultrawideband chips for wireless USB with its Ripcord2 that uses 65 nm process technology to hit size, power and cost levels it hopes will attract the kinds of volume uses that have eluded the technology to date.
Solar cell technologists receive award recognition News & Analysis 9/1/2008 Post a comment Professor Antonio Luque Lopez of the Institute for Solar Energy at Madrid University is the winner of the SolarWorld Senior Einstein Award 2008 with Bram Hoex of Eindhoven University receiving this year's SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award.
Analysis: Chip sales ease in July News & Analysis 9/1/2008 Post a comment The three-month moving average of global semiconductor sales came in at $22.18 bn for July according to figures from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, in line with expectations. However, the figures confirm this ends a run of strong chip market growth.
IMEC, Plextronics partner on solar cells News & Analysis 9/1/2008 Post a comment European research organization IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has teamed with Plextronics, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA.), a specialist in printed solar, lighting and other organic electronics, to develop a reproducible process for organic solar cells using Plextronics' materials and inks.
e2v set to buy US group QP Semiconductors News & Analysis 9/1/2008 Post a comment Sensors, semiconductors and electronic tubes specialist e2v technologies plc (Chelmsford, England) is to buy QP Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) for an initial cash consideration of $65 million.
Global semi sales up 2.8% in July News & Analysis 9/1/2008 Post a comment Sales of semiconductors in Europe in July grew by 0.7 percent to reach $3.39 bn according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, up 3.3 percent on the corresponding period last year. On a year to date basis, sales increased by 1.6 percent against the same period last year.
Fraunhofer demos DAB Surround broadcast Product News 9/1/2008 Post a comment At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Fraunhofer IIS demonstrates a method to transmit 5.1 surround sound across DAB radio channels. The technology is compatible with existing DAB radio.
Will memristors prove irresistible? Design How-To 9/1/2008 Post a comment The transistor was invented in 1925 but lay dormant until finding a corporate champion in Bell Labs during the 1950s. Now another groundbreaking electronic circuit may be poised for the same kind of success after languishing as an academic curiosity for more than three decades.