Content posted in June 2011
Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 6 comments
The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Thin Film offers passive plastic NVM
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 2 comments
Printed plastic memory pioneer Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced the development of a passive array nonvolatile printable plastic memory that is describes as being suitable for secure documents.
SMIC trading halted after chairman's death
News & Analysis 6/30/2011 12 comments
Shares of Chinese chip foundry SMIC ceased trading at the company's request after it reported that its chairman died and that the company's president and CEO failed to win re-election to its board of directors.
Samsung takes Apple fight to ITC
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 9 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple and presumably seeking a ban on the importation of Apple products into the U.S.
IHS: Full Japan quake recovery by September
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 6 comments
The electronics industry supply chain is expected to be completely recovered from the after effects of the March 11 earthquake in Japan by the end of the third quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
TriQuint LNAs target broadband apps
Product News 6/29/2011 Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. has released four low noise amplifiers (LNAs) that are designed to eliminate matching components for a wide range of high-performance broadband applications, including 3G/4G base station networks, mobile network base stations, repeaters, point-to-point radios, test and other high-performance applications.
Neul raises $12.8 million for M2M radio
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 2 comments
Neul Ltd., a startup company working with Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung to use so-called TV white-space spectrum for machine-to-machine communications, has raised $12.8 million from a venture capital syndicate.
Spreadtrum targeted by Muddy Waters report
News & Analysis 6/29/2011 2 comments
Nasdaq-traded Chinese fabless chip company Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has been targeted by Muddy Waters LLC, a brokerage firm that has declared a short position in the company and published an open letter to the chairman.
ST's fast-write EEPROM for low-cost blackbox recorders simplifies design
Product News 6/28/2011 1 comment
The new M35B32 EEPROM from STMicroelectronics has a unique ultra-fast recording feature for storing important data during unexpected events. Its uses include recovering system data when a sudden power failure occurs, and ‘black-box’ recorders that help identify the causes of equipment failures or accidents.
Energy efficiency may require 'cool factor'
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 27 comments
The Smart Energy Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum addressed the issue of smarter energy efficiency by asking its panelists to expound on the question: What is the biggest hurdle to action?
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 3 comments
Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 10 comments
Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
Adesto ready to ramp CBRAM, with Altis
News & Analysis 6/28/2011 4 comments
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup company developing conductive bridging RAM nonvolatile memory technology, has announced that it will ship products this year manufactured by foundry partner Altis Semiconductor SA.
RFICs integrate ESD, RF overdrive, DC overvoltage
Product News 6/27/2011 Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor recently released the first members in a new family of integrated RF amplifiers that aim to lower power consumption while protecting mobile networks from disruption and service failures across 0.4 to 4GHz.
Versatile energy harvesting with piezoelectric thin films
News & Analysis 6/27/2011 4 comments
In a crucial step towards the development of self-powering portable electronics, RMIT University researchers have for the first time characterized the ability of piezoelectric thin films to turn mechanical pressure into electricity. The result has been published in the leading materials science journal, Advanced Functional Materials.
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