Counterpoint: Synergies could trigger a Synopsys-ARM merger News & Analysis 10/13/2009 8 comments Semiconductor intellectual property (IP) is a way for chip makers to share the cost of developing standard designs so that they can invest more in the differentiating features of their chips. For ARM to be controlled by any one of its customers or even a small group of its customers would break the IP business model.
ARC, Virage Logic "a done deal" says CFO News & Analysis 10/12/2009 Post a comment Shares in ARC International plc (St Albans, England), the specialist licensor of configurable processor cores, are set to be delisted from the London Stock Exchange early next month, following Virage
Analysis: The awful cost of a departing CEO's silence News & Analysis 10/12/2009 3 comments The global economic downturn wreaked havoc on electronic industry sales in the last year but it has also become clear that some executives were either unsuited for the roles they were asked to fill or simply failed to perform at the superstar level required by their oversized compensation packages.
G24 ships solar cells for 'electronic bags' News & Analysis 10/12/2009 Post a comment G24 Innovations Ltd. (Cardiff, Wales), a pioneer of dye-sensitized thin-film solar cells, has made its first commercial shipment of photovoltaic modules. They have been sent to consumer bag manufacturer, Mascotte Industrial Associates Ltd. (Hong Kong). Mascotte will include the photovoltaic panel in a range of bags and backpacks.
Insolvent Qimonda launches IP licensing group Product News 10/12/2009 Post a comment Insolvent memory chip manufacturer Qimonda has established a company dedicated to the company's semiconductor license business. On the block is what insolvency administrator Michal Jaff calls one of the world's largest semiconductor-related patent portfolios.
NXP to transfer CMOS IP, staff to Virage Logic News & Analysis 10/12/2009 1 comment Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has agreed to transfer part of its advanced CMOS intellectual property (IP) rights, 160 staff and certain engineering equipment to Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.).
Zumtobel, Fraunhofer launch OLED lighting JV Product News 10/9/2009 Post a comment Lighting technology group Zumtobel (Dornbirn, Austria) and the Dresden (Germany) based Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) plan to launch a joint venture dedicated to the commercial production of OLED-based illuminants.
AM/FM antenna ICs deliver a variety of integrated features Product News 10/7/2009 Post a comment An active antenna IC designed for AM/FM car antenna applications, the ATR4252 from Atmel Corporation is a highly integrated device that offers a host of features including automatic gain control (AGC), supply voltage regulator with overvoltage protection and an antenna sensor.
Taoglas : SMT GPS antennas resist reflow soldering Product News 10/7/2009 Post a comment Taoglas has launched the SGP series of surface mount (SMT) GPS antenna products guaranteed to pass final device product certification for reflow solder profile tests, device environmental tests (temperature, humidity etc) and mechanical testing (shock, vibration etc.) for machine-to-machine (M2M) telematics devices.
Plastic Logic eBook reader to target business users Product News 10/6/2009 Post a comment Plastic Logic will roll out an e-book reader based on its proprietary backplane technology at next year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In contrast to competing devices from Amazon and Sony, the Plastic Logic reader will focus on business users' needs.Plastic Logic will roll out an e-book reader based on its proprietary backplane technology at next year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. In contrast to competing devices from Amazon and Sony, the Plastic Logic reader will focus o
Video: Plugging into the neuron News & Analysis 10/6/2009 2 comments Researchers at IMEC are growing neurons on a novel silicon device, burrowing deeper into the mysteries of the human brain in efforts that aim to bring nanoscale electronics to bear on neural science.
Watertight, low-power micro-actuator probes brain, in-vivo News & Analysis 10/6/2009 Post a comment Using the principal of hydrophobia, scientists at IMEC have overcome the problem of making their ultra-low-power 'inch-worm' micro-actuator watertight, thereby opening up a wide range of in-vivo biomedical applications, including recording the activity of individual neurons in the brain.
SiBeam readies 2nd gen Wireless HD chip Product News 10/6/2009 Post a comment SiBeam, a pioneer in 60GHz chips for wireless video networking, is demonstrating its second generation chipsets based on the WirelessHD specification at this week's CEATEC Japan exhibition.
Quantum dots mapped at atomic scale News & Analysis 10/2/2009 1 comment Atomic-scale mapping of quantum dots could break the bottleneck to self-assembly of chips based on quantum-dot arrays, say the University of Michigan researchers who developed the mapping technique.
IMEC tapes out Etna 3-D stacking chip News & Analysis 10/1/2009 Post a comment The IMEC research center (Leuven, Belgium) and its 3-D integration partners have taped-out Etna, a 3-D chip that integrates a standard DRAM chip on top of a logic IC. The 3-D stack consists of a 25-micron thick logic die on top of which a commercial DRAM is stacked using through-silicon vias (TSVs) and micro-bumps.
Altair offers 4G LTE baseband chip Product News 10/1/2009 Post a comment Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a 4G communications chip company, has announced the commercial availability of its LTE baseband chip, the FourGee-3100.