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Fab tool execs remain upbeat, nervous
News & Analysis  
7/19/2010   1 comment
At last week’s Semicon West trade show here, there were two camps regarding the current and future business outlook: the bulls and the bears.
NSN $1.2B Motorola deal
News & Analysis  
7/19/2010   4 comments
Nokia Siemens Networks' bid to acquire the majority of Motorola's wireless network infrastructure business for US $1.2 billion is the penultimate step in the dismemberment of one of the old icons of the U.S. high tech business and creates a new top tier competitor in carrier systems.
Semicon: Rumors raise 450-mm profile
News & Analysis  
7/19/2010   2 comments
There were no major 450-mm announcements at Semicon, but there were indications that the technology is picking up steam.
Nimbus flash appliance
News & Analysis  
7/19/2010   2 comments
Startup Nimbus Data Systems has announced its S-class appliances, flash-based storage systems for high performance computing and database applications that it claims can deliver faster throughput and lower power consumption than the hard disk arrays.
Finding the video signal gremlin
Engineering Investigations  
7/18/2010   2 comments
An engineer battles time zones and a customer who isn't talking to investigate a problem with an application involving a high-speed D/A converter
The art of hot-swapping: from “band aid” to effective hot-swap solution (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
7/18/2010   Post a comment
Understand the options and tradeoffs of hot-swapping, an increasingly important circuit-board design requirement
Apple's iPhone issue drives mixed feelings here
Blog  
7/18/2010   17 comments
The Apple "crisis" has me conflicted, and reinforces my concern about the stature of engineering
Semicon: Alchimer seeks to disrupt PVD market
News & Analysis  
7/16/2010   Post a comment
Many startups claim they will disrupt the market with novel products. Few really live up to their promises.
Semicon: KLA seeks to put Applied on its heels
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7/16/2010   Post a comment
For years, Applied Materials Inc. and KLA-Tencor Corp. have been butting heads in the inspection market.
Semicon: ESI seeks to dance on Disco
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7/16/2010   Post a comment
There has been little or no news in the wafer saw market for years.
Lithography roadmap offers questions and openings
News & Analysis  
7/16/2010   18 comments
An undercurrent of disquiet at Semicon West this week sprang from deep uncertainty in the roadmap for advanced lithography.
TSMC breaks ground on $9B fab complex
News & Analysis  
7/16/2010   5 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has broken ground on its previously-announced, new 300-mm fab.
New PCIe RS-232/422/485 serial comm cards support up to 3 Mbps
Product News  
7/16/2010   Post a comment
The new PCIe-COM family from ACCES I/O Products, Inc., features both DB9 and RJ45 connectivity and offer a selection of two, four, or eight ports of software-selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 serial protocols.
Intel-based, OpenVPX product line for ISR apps facilitates interoperability
Product News  
7/15/2010   Post a comment
The Ensemble 6000 6U SBC6521 from Mercury Computer Systems is the first module in a new line of Intel-based, multi-plane-enabled 6U modules designed and optimized for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaisance (ISR) subsystems.
Can we find common ground about "common" and "ground"?
Blog  
7/15/2010   8 comments
These casually used words have serious implications which we ignore at our peril
TI buys two fabs from Spansion Japan
News & Analysis  
7/15/2010   2 comments
Amid the upturn, Texas Instruments Inc. is expanding its analog fab capacity--again.
Semicon: What experts are saying at analysts events
News & Analysis  
7/14/2010   Post a comment
Semicon West is in full swing. Several fab tool vendors have held analysts meetings. Here's what analysts are saying about those events.
Semicon: Intermolecular seeks to expand
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7/14/2010   Post a comment
Responding to rapid growth, R&D service provider Intermolecular Inc. will relocate to a larger headquarters facility in San Jose, Calif. in early 2011.
Semicon: Five reasons why Applied is upbeat
News & Analysis  
7/14/2010   1 comment
Applied Materials Inc. has raised its fab tool growth forecast--again.
Semicon: Fab tool execs see strong '10
News & Analysis  
7/14/2010   Post a comment
There’s a consensus among fab tool executives at a panel during Semicon West: Business is good in 2010, but there are still some concerns.
Semicon: Five worries for fab tool execs
News & Analysis  
7/13/2010   1 comment
During a panel at Semicon West, executives raised some concerns about the industry.
Everspin names CEO
News & Analysis  
7/13/2010   Post a comment
Everspin Technologies Inc., an MRAM supplier, has named Phillip LoPresti its president and chief executive.
Rave buys tool firm
News & Analysis  
7/13/2010   Post a comment
Photomask repair tool vendor Rave LLC has announced the completion of its acquisition of Eco-Snow Systems, a former member of the Linde Group.
Embedded Processing Directory Goes Live
News & Analysis  
7/13/2010   Post a comment
Embedded Insights live online resource allows embedded developers to evaluate and compare embedded processors
ASML sees holistic boom in litho
News & Analysis  
7/13/2010   Post a comment
ASML Holding NV is still seeing strong demand for its tools as well as its suite of reticle enhancement technique (RET) products.
UAT to expand wafer bumping capacity
News & Analysis  
7/13/2010   Post a comment
Unisem Advanced Technologies (UAT) is expanding its wafer bumping capacity in its factory in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Six dead in Emcore shooting
News & Analysis  
7/13/2010   4 comments
A former employee of Emcore Corp. shot and killed five individuals and injured four others at Emcore, an Albuquerque, N.M.-based solar and fiber optics manufacturer, according to reports.
Applied leads fab tool rankings
News & Analysis  
7/12/2010   Post a comment
Applied Materials continued to lead the semiconductor equipment sales in 1Q10.
Winners, losers in cell-phone baseband biz
News & Analysis  
7/9/2010   4 comments
Who were the winners and losers in the cell-phone baseband business in the first quarter?
Firm raises foundry forecast
News & Analysis  
7/9/2010   1 comment
Market research firm iSuppli Corp. has raised its revenue forecast for the pure-play semiconductor foundry market in 2010.
Intersil: Analog contender or pretender?
News & Analysis  
7/8/2010   8 comments
Intersil Corp. has taken steps to break out of the pack and become the next $1 billion wonder in analog.
Microchip continues to divest NOR assets
News & Analysis  
7/8/2010   1 comment
Microchip Technology Inc. continues to divest its NOR flash assets.
Semicon preview: Startup, TSV tools to emerge
News & Analysis  
7/7/2010   2 comments
The Semicon West trade show starts next week, but the craze has already begun.
SIA sees second half IC slowdown
News & Analysis  
7/7/2010   1 comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported record growth for ICs in May, but it also sees a slowdown in the second half of 2010.
TI pushes pillar flip-chip for next-gen ICs
News & Analysis  
7/7/2010   3 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. said that it will no longer use traditional wirebonding techniques for devices at the 45-/40-nm node and below.
Democratization of MEMS design and manufacturing
Blog  
7/7/2010   3 comments
A perfect storm is brewing in semiconductor design and it reminds of a period about 20 years ago when many of the same forces were at work. The storm is all about challenges and opportunities to expand a market for a specific type of semiconductor technology, and the main thing missing is coherent infrastructure or ecosystem to facilitate it.
Innovasic Semiconductor partners with Micrel on industrial Ethernet reference platform
Product News  
7/7/2010   Post a comment
Innovasic Semiconductor and Micrel launched the RapID Industrial Ethernet Platform, which uses the Innovasic fido1100 communications controller in conjunction with Micrel's KSZ8873 Ethernet switch.
IP67 radio data loggers target harsh industrial applications
Product News  
7/7/2010   Post a comment
The Tinytag wireless data logging system consists of a receiver connected to a PC and a number of radio loggers, each of which is a self-contained, battery powered unit that can receive, log, store and transmit data to other radio loggers, as well as the central receiver.
Analyst: Intel buys cell-phone chip maker
News & Analysis  
7/3/2010   2 comments
Intel acquired Comsys Mobile Communication and Signal Processing Ltd. for $30 million in late May.
Qualcomm brews plan to boost struggling lines
News & Analysis  
7/3/2010   2 comments
Qualcomm launched a number of new initiatives for many of its lesser-known products.
Pearl-white E Ink display to debut in next-gen Kindle DX
Product News  
7/1/2010   2 comments
E Ink's paper-white display technology upgrade, Pearl, will show off its claimed 50 percent contrast-ratio improvement over competing displays when it debuts in Amazon's next-generation Kindle DX e-reader.
Qualcomm CEO: No stopping mobile traffic
News & Analysis  
7/1/2010   Post a comment
Data traffic over mobile networks is exploding, thereby requiring new technologies to keep up with the frenetic demand.
Qualcomm tips Snapdragon development platform
News & Analysis  
7/1/2010   1 comment
Qualcomm CE0 Paul Jacobs revealed a new development platform for its chip line in the emerging mobile Internet device market.
What is augmented reality?
News & Analysis  
7/1/2010   1 comment
What is augmented reality?
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