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Do we still have the patience and stamina for deep-space missions?
Blog  
7/31/2010   15 comments
The challenges of these amazing, incredibly distant missions has obstacles beyond the obvious technical ones
GT Solar buys firm
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   1 comment
GT Solar International Inc., a provider of photovoltaic manufacturing services for the solar industry, has acquired privately-held Crystal Systems Inc.
Renesas moves to fab-lite strategy
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   8 comments
Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. has outlined its restructuring efforts in an effort to become profitable.
Axiomtek’s new fanless embedded computer is silent, power-optimized
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Axiomtek's eBOX622-831-FL fanless embedded box computer has a 1.60 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and features six COM ports (RS-232) and front-accessible CompactFlash socket. A 200-pin DDR2 SODIMM socket supports up to 2GB system memory.
Q2 results: What analysts are saying
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   2 comments
It's earnings season and a plethora of IC companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players.
Analyst: Maxim readies parts at Powerchip's 300-mm fab
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Analog chip maker Maxim has formed a 300-mm foundry alliance with Taiwan's Powerchip, according to an analyst.
SiGe Semi files for IPO
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
RF chip maker SiGe Semiconductor Inc. has filed for an initial public offering of shares of its common stock on NASDAQ under the symbol ''SIGE.''
KLA, Varian beat forecast; MEMC misses
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Fab tool and materials suppliers posted mixed results for the quarter.
VLSI ups IC forecast, but CEOs remain cautious
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
VLSI Research Inc. has raised its IC forecast, but the research firm sees more product shortages and a possible DRAM glut looming on the horizon.
MRAM maker settles with WD
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
MagSil Corp. is developing MRAM technology, based on some patents from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Focus spins off chip unit
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Focus Enhancements Inc. has spun off its semiconductor division under the name Summit Semiconductor LLC.
ASMI buys Siemens' SMT business
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7/29/2010   1 comment
Germany's Siemens AG will sell its assembly systems business--Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (SEAS)--to ASM Pacific Technology.
Memcon: ASML, vendors to blame for shortages
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
There are supply constraints, extended lead times and firm product prices in this memory cycle. So who’s to blame for the problem?
Report: Renesas plans massive layoffs
News & Analysis  
7/28/2010   3 comments
Amid plans to embrace foundries, Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. reportedly plans to cut nearly 10 percent of its workforce, or about 5,000 jobs, by year's end.
Memory interface group claims to be back on track
News & Analysis  
7/28/2010   2 comments
After a false start to forge a new mobile DRAM interface technology, a consortium has regrouped and re-defined its specification.
ADI - Xilinx collaboration streamlines base station design
Product News  
7/28/2010   2 comments
Analog Devices Inc. has collaborated with Xilinx Inc to introduce a radio architecture development platform that helps multi-carrier cellular base station manufacturers reduce engineering resources and improve time to market.
Debate rages over future of U.S. fabs
News & Analysis  
7/27/2010   17 comments
The debate continues over the demise of chip manufacturing—and the lack of solar fabs-in the United States.
Solar firm names chip exec as CEO
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Solyndra, a manufacturer of cylindrical solar photovoltaic systems for commercial rooftops, named Brian Harrison as president and CEO.
Analysts cut estimates for Nvidia
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7/27/2010   1 comment
Legal issues are not the problem for Nvidia, but rather the company is seeing lackluster performance for its chips.
CMP foundry polishes strategy
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
The recent downturn took a toll on chip and equipment makers.
Motorola stages handset comeback
News & Analysis  
7/26/2010   9 comments
A handset player is making waves. And it's not Apple, Google, HTC, Nokia, RIM or Samsung.
CEOs: Still room for fab tool startups
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Some equipment segments are nearly turning into quasi-monopolies, leaving fab tool buyers with fewer choices.
Infineon rolls wireless control receivers for automotive, consumer apps
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG announced it has introduced wireless control receivers that offer enhanced sensitivity, lower power consumption and flexible multi protocol support.
NetLogic four-chip module
News & Analysis  
7/26/2010   1 comment
NetLogic Microsystems has formally announced the XLP8128S, a four-chip module that links four of the company's quad-threaded, eight-core XLP832 network processors on its proprietary Inter-chip Coherency Interface for high-end networking systems.
6U CompactPCI processor blade sports Intel Core i7 and QM57 chipset
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7/23/2010   Post a comment
ADLINK Technology’s highly integrated cPCI-6510 series supports optional extended temperature ranges and incorporates two PMC sites and DDR3 memory with ECC.
Microchip development board for dsPIC33F and PIC24H
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7/23/2010   Post a comment
Microchip has released a new development board with integrated debugger for its 16-bit PIC24H microcontrollers and dsPIC33F Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs).
Losses at ST-Ericsson hit ST's bottom line
News & Analysis  
7/22/2010   4 comments
Despite losses at ST-Ericsson, STMicroelectronics Inc.'s revenues for the second quarter of 2010 totaled $2.531 billion, up 8.9 percent sequentially and up 27 percent year-over-year.
Troubling gap seen in photomask industry
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7/22/2010   Post a comment
The captive photomask shops were generally investing during the recent downturn, but it was a different story for the merchant players.
Battle rages on in RTP market
News & Analysis  
7/22/2010   1 comment
When Applied rolled out its next-generation, laser-based anneal system last year, there were fears among competitors that the company would further dominate the rapid thermal processing (RTP) equipment market.
SanDisk CEO Harari to retire
News & Analysis  
7/22/2010   2 comments
In a major surprise, Eli Harari, founder, chairman and chief executive of SanDisk Corp., will retire from his current positions.
Carsen claims legal victory over Amkor
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7/22/2010   Post a comment
Carsem Sdn. Bhd. has claimed a victory over Amkor Technology Inc. in a bitter legal dispute.
Air Products CEO: Disappointed with Airgas
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7/22/2010   Post a comment
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. has responded to the announcement by Airgas Inc.
Introduction to Networking--III
Design How-To  
7/22/2010   Post a comment
Networking is a new concept for many embedded engineers. The goal of this book, therefore, is to provide a bridge that spans from basic concepts to how to add networking functionality to an embedded design. This chapter provides a quick introduction to networking protocols and then moves rapidly to a discussion on TCP/IP over Ethernet, today’s preferred network technology combo with the widest usage in terms of the number of devices and applications.
VIA modular expansion board and chassis dev kits speed embedded PC design
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7/22/2010   Post a comment
VIA Technologies, Inc, is offering device development kits for the VIA AMOS-5000 series. The kits are designed to facilitate a more rational and efficient design infrastructure for a broad range of application-specific, fanless Em-ITX-based devices.
Do we have to make the reliability versus repair tradeoff?
Blog  
7/22/2010   9 comments
Today's products are much more complicated and reliable than their predecessors, in many cases, but when it comes to fixing them, well. . . .that's another story
Advanced Energy sells mass flow control line
News & Analysis  
7/22/2010   Post a comment
Advanced Energy has entered into an agreement to sell its Aera mass flow control and related product lines.
Fusion-io flash virtualization
News & Analysis  
7/22/2010   1 comment
Flash drive maker Fusion-io has rolled out virtualization software to enable servers to use it adapter cards as either storage or virtual main memory as one step in its effort to drive flash to the PCI Express bus.
Elpida, Spansion ink NAND deal
News & Analysis  
7/21/2010   1 comment
Following its recent move out of bankruptcy, Spansion Inc. posted a drop in sales and announced its long-awaited deal with Japan's Elpida Memory Inc.
Corning to invest in China
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7/21/2010   Post a comment
Corning Inc. will expand its LCD glass operations in China with a $965 million investment.
Nanya, Inotera see red, but raise capex
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7/21/2010   Post a comment
Nanya Technology Corp. and its affliate, Inotera Memories Inc., posted quarterly losses, but the two firms raised their capital spending.
EUV: Gaining steam or more hype?
News & Analysis  
7/21/2010   4 comments
Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) is gaining steam.
Hot-swapping: from “band aid” to effective solution (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
7/21/2010   1 comment
Understand the options and tradeoffs in this increasingly important circuit-board design requirement
Update: Applied scraps turnkey solar line, cuts jobs
News & Analysis  
7/21/2010   1 comment
As expected, Applied Materials Inc. will discontinue its SunFab turnkey line for manufacturing thin-film solar panels.
Linear reports record sales
News & Analysis  
7/21/2010   2 comments
Linear Technology Corp. reported record sales amid the upturn.
Fab tool book-to-bill ratios up
News & Analysis  
7/20/2010   Post a comment
Japanese manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.40 in June, up from 1.13 in May, an industry group said.
Probe-card rivals face legal battle
News & Analysis  
7/20/2010   2 comments
Two probe-card rivals face a legal battle.
XMOS names CEO
News & Analysis  
7/20/2010   2 comments
XMOS has announced the appointment of Terry Leeder as CEO. He replaces interim CEO Charles Cotton, who remains as a board member.
IBM, Hittite ink millimeter-wave deal
News & Analysis  
7/20/2010   1 comment
Hittite has entered into a joint development agreement with IBM Corp. related to millimeter-wave technology.
ST preps HD radio chipset for next-gen car-radio reception
Product News  
7/20/2010   Post a comment
As HD Radio Technology is picking up popularity in the automotive industry, European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV announced that its HD Radio Technology chipset has been certified by iBiquity Digital Corp.
Atheros buys China firm
News & Analysis  
7/19/2010   2 comments
Atheros Communications Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Opulan Technologies Corp., a privately-held Chinese fabless semiconductor company.
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