Content posted in December 2011
Qualcomm unveils health subsidiary, cloud hub
News & Analysis 12/5/2011 5 comments
Qualcomm has announced the spin-off of its wireless health division into a wholly owned subsidiary called Qualcomm Life. The firm said Qualcomm Life would be in charge of a $100 million fund, managed by Qualcomm Ventures, to invest in wireless health technologies.
PLX refreshes 40nm 10GBase-T chips
News & Analysis 12/5/2011 1 comment
PLX Technology announced three transceivers for 10 Gbit/s Ethernet over copper, cutting die size and cost nearly in half while adding features and shaving power consumption.
Report: Taiwan to offer consumer spending incentive
News & Analysis 12/4/2011 9 comments
Throughout the first quarter of 2012 the Taiwan government plans to provide its citizens with subsidies for the replacement of old air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Freescale files claim against MediaTek, Zoran – again
News & Analysis 12/4/2011 1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) accusing MediaTek Inc., Zoran Corp., and others of patent infringement, the ITC has said by way of an online posting of pending complaints.
October global chip sales fell back, says WSTS
News & Analysis 12/4/2011 4 comments
Global chip sales in October were $23.41 billion down 20.5 percent from the preceding month and down 4.1 percent on the $24.40 billion recorded for October 2010, according to figures published by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Research may yield thermo PVs sans mirror arra
News & Analysis 12/2/2011 2 comments
MIT researchers are theorizing that using an array of precisely spaced microscopic holes to concentrate sunlight in thermophotovoltaic devices would potentially make for simpler and less expensive systems than systems that depend on mirrors.
Report: Kindle Fire tablet sparks unique business model
News & Analysis 12/2/2011 2 comments
Amazon will ship 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets during the last three months of 2011, giving the company a 13.8 percent share of global media tablet shipments in the fourth quarter, second only to Apple’s commanding 65.6 percent of the market.
BMW, Toyota to team up on green technology
News & Analysis 12/2/2011 7 comments
Carmakers BMW and Toyota have signed a medium to long-term agreement to jointly conduct R&D activities targeting an environmental-friendly automotive technologies. BMW will also sell fuel efficient diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe.
China's Vimicro to spin off handset IC business
News & Analysis 12/1/2011 Post a comment
Chinese fabless chip vendor Vimicro International said it would spin off its mobile-phone multimedia processor business into a joint venture as part of an ongoing effort to reduce expenses and focus on the PC notebook multimedia processor and Internet Protocol-based surveillance businesses.
Report: Chinese foundries to merge
News & Analysis 12/1/2011 4 comments
Shanghai Hua Hong NEC and Grace Semiconductor, China's second and third largest semiconductor foundries, have agreed to a merger that is currently awaiting regulatory approval, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
3D printing meets robot design
News & Analysis 12/1/2011 17 comments
Though 3-D printing has generated a lot of buzz and interest in the industry, the lack of widely available equipment has made the process inaccessible to most regular would-be consumers. My Robot Nation from Kodama Studios, however, could be changing that, bringing out printable 3D robots just in time for the holidays.
U.S. chip firms beat rivals in 2011, says IHS
News & Analysis 12/1/2011 7 comments
Chip companies from the Americas region, which in terms of the semiconductor industry is dominated by the United States, are set to achieve a successful 2011 with aggregated growth of 8.5 percent while all other global regions declined, according to market analysis firm IHS.
Amazon attempts to block Kindle Fire hack
News & Analysis 12/1/2011 10 comments
No sooner had the Kindle Fire tablet been hacked to allow access to the Google Android market, Amazon has released required software updates for the device which effectively block the root file, dismantling the hack, and which also force the device to update over Wifi only.
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