Content posted in December 2011
Kyocera offers lifetime LCD supply
News & Analysis 12/30/2011 9 comments
A lifetime supply of liquid-crystal displays is being guaranteed to original equipment manufacturers by Kyocera, which recently extended its acquisition of LCD and touchscreen suppliers by purchasing Optrex.
Chinese foundries confirm merger
News & Analysis 12/29/2011 9 comments
Hua Hong Semiconductor and Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing, China's second and third largest foundries, said they completed a merger between the two companies.
Intel's Medfield benchmarks leaked
News & Analysis 12/27/2011 13 comments
Purported specifications and benchmarks of Intel’s upcoming 32nm Medfield platform have been leaked online, detailing performance figures set to rival if not beat current chip market leaders in the tablet space.
NTT Docomo tips fabless JV for mobile chips
News & Analysis 12/27/2011 4 comments
NTT Docomo, Japan's largest wireless carrier, said it reached a basic agreement with five chip companies to establish a fabless joint venture to develop and sell semiconductors for handsets and other mobile devices.
Can Apple make a better Web TV?
News & Analysis 12/27/2011 23 comments
Can Apple crystallize the emerging concept of a Web-connected TV into a must-have product as it has done with MP3 players, smartphones and tablets?
Soitec to acquire Alatech Semi
News & Analysis 12/27/2011 Post a comment
Electronic materials vendor Soitec said it would acquire all of the outstanding shares of French chip equipment company Alatech Semiconductor by the end of January 2012.
News & Analysis 12/27/2011 6 comments
We have compiled our “Confidential Top 10,” the ten most well-read EE Times Confidential stories this year. We have also put together "back stories," illustrating what have motivated us to go after a specific story.
ESL, down under style
News & Analysis 12/26/2011 2 comments
I love it when I discover new EDA companies, especially those in the ESL field. Introducing VWorks…
Boston-Power raises $30 million for China pot
News & Analysis 12/23/2011 6 comments
Boston-Power Inc., a Massachusetts startup that is developing longer lasting, faster charging lithium-ion batteries aimed mainly at automotive applications, has announced it has raised an additional $30 million in private equity.
Touchscreens adopt on-cover over in-cell
News & Analysis 12/22/2011 3 comments
LCD vendors worldwide are being pressured by smartphone and tablet makers to quickly integrate touch into the display itself, using in- or on-cell sensors, but slow development has prompted add-on touchscreen vendors to offer interim sensor-on-cover, touch-on-lens, and similar one-glass solutions, at least for 2012.
Indian chip firm hits rare milestone
News & Analysis 12/22/2011 11 comments
An announcement by Cosmic Circuits that it has shipped 12 million ICs so far didn't garner a lot of attention internationally, but made waves here because it marks the first time an Indian chip company has attained such numbers.
Accelerated Android 4.0 available on ARM development boards
News & Analysis 12/22/2011 5 comments
Linaro, a not-for-profit engineering organization that works with open-source software for the ARM processor architecture, has announced downloadable builds of v4.0 of the Android operating system on development boards from Samsung and ST-Ericsson.
Chip sales for smart meters set to double
News & Analysis 12/21/2011 13 comments
Sales of semiconductors used in smart electricity meters are projected to grow to $1.1 billion in 2016 from $505.6 million in 2011, due to rapid growth expected for the devices, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Space firsts, lasts in 2011
News & Analysis 12/21/2011 9 comments
We reprise space firsts and lasts of 2011, a year during which planetary exploration thrived and the work-horse space shuttle flew its last mission to the International Space Station.
Vivante claims top GPU spot in China TD phones
News & Analysis 12/21/2011 3 comments
Graphics IP licensor Vivante Corp. claims to be providing graphics cores for the majority of TD-SCDMA based smartphones. This would put Vivante ahead of better known graphics core licensors Imagination Technologies Group plc and ARM Holdings plc, albeit in just a part of the Chinese mobile phone market.
DMP opens U.S. office to push graphics IP
News & Analysis 12/21/2011 1 comment
Digital Media Professionals Inc. (DMP), a provider of 2- and 3-D graphics rendering intellectual property (IP) cores, has announced the establishment of a U.S. subsidiary located in Campbell, California.
Fabless smart grid startup raises $12 million
News & Analysis 12/21/2011 2 comments
Fabless communications chip company EnVerv Inc. has announced it has raised $12 million in a Series B round of funding led by Benchmark Capital. Previous investors, NEA and Walden International also participated in the round.
Irwin Jacobs to retire from Qualcomm's board
News & Analysis 12/20/2011 3 comments
Irwin Jacobs, a co-founder of Qualcomm who served as the company's CEO for its first 20 years and as its chairman for almost 24 years, will step down from Qualcomm's board of directors after his current term expires in 2012, the company said.
Sematech identifies top tech challenges to 3-D ICs
News & Analysis 12/20/2011 1 comment
Semiconductor technology research consortium Sematech's 3D Enablement Center, together with the Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corp., has identified the top technical challenges for new "killer" applications to enable future development of heterogeneous 3-D integrations beyond mobile wide I/O DRAM, Sematech said Tuesday (Dec. 20).
New York plans $2 billion tech campus
News & Analysis 12/20/2011 29 comments
New York officials selected Cornell and Israel's Technion as the first partners in a $2 billion effort to build a science and engineering campus rivaling Silicon Valley.
Gartner: Chip sales grew 1% in 2011
News & Analysis 12/20/2011 3 comments
Market research firm Gartner again trimmed its forecast for 2011 semiconductor sales, saying its preliminary analysis shows chip revenue will grow by slightly less than 1 percent this year.
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