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2008-06-03 Is Freescale eyeing Infineon's wireless biz?
More speculations on Infineon Technologies' fate arise with Freescale rumored to buy the troubled company's communications business while much of the rest may be pushed towards NXP BV
2007-08-16 iPhone sparkles with key design-in wins
Analysts at Semiconductor Insights and Portelligent went inside the iPhone to uncover the technologies and companies behind the hottest consumer device on the planet
2009-02-16 Industry welcomes ST-Ericsson JV
The 50/50 joint venture that united the wireless semiconductor division of STMicroelectronics and the mobile platform division of Ericsson will move forward as ST-Ericsson, which has a combined pro-forma revenues of about $3.6 billion in 2008
2013-05-13 Industrial IC suppliers revenue plunged in 2012
IHS revealed that the top ten suppliers of industrial electronics accounted for revenue amounting to $12.19 billion of the overall industrial electronics semiconductor space valued at $30.15 billion
2012-10-08 IDMs shift to third-party foundries
Motorola's semiconductor products sector was said to be the first major IDM to use the term "asset light" when it announced plans to shift half of its wafer production to third-party manufacturers
2007-03-16 IDM firms go for 'fab lite'
The unraveling of the Crolles2 Alliance, coupled with Texas Instruments' decision to use foundry partners for its future process technology, had observers wondering whether the entire semiconductor industry was about to go fabless
2008-09-22 IC Insights slashes 2008 forecast by $6B
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has cut its semiconductor industry revenue forecast for 2008 by $6 billion, but said long-term trends would support pricing stabilization that will enable the industry to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 percent between 2007 and 2012
2008-01-14 GSA: Q3 07chip revenue hits $72B
The GSA in the CYQ3 07 version of its 'Global Semiconductor Fundings and Financial Report' noted that semiconductor revenue reached $71.9 billion for the period in review, with fabless and IDM revenue accounting for 20 percent and 80 percent of the total sales, respectively
2008-04-14 GSA lists top chip vendors for 2007
GSA ranked the top 15 semiconductor companies, not including foundry suppliers of chips, according to their 2007 sales revenues
2009-02-11 Green tech to fuel IC innovation
Green technology will drive semiconductor innovations in and beyond silicon across a wide variety of applications, according to Rene Penning de Vries, chief technology officer of NXP Semiconductors.
2007-02-13 Freescale tops auto IC market in '06
Research firm Databeans Inc. estimates that Freescale Semiconductor Inc. led in the automotive semiconductor market by a small margin over Infineon Technologies AG in 2006
2007-07-25 Foundry tool makers cool to Sematech 450mm plan
Sematech's announcement of a plan to hasten the industry's move to 450mm wafers has driven a wedge between the semiconductor equipment community and some chipmakers
2008-11-28 FlexRay transceivers up ante for in-car networking
NXP Semiconductors has developed two new FlexRay transceivers that best-in-class electro-magnetic emission for better safety and comfort in cars
2008-09-01 Chip R&D treads shaky ground
Amid continued debate on whether semiconductor R&D is an endangered species or is successfully evolving to adapt to changing realities, Intermolecular Inc. and Semiconductor Research Corp. braved the debacle, with each announcing their own R&D initiatives. Intermolecular reported on a memory R&D pilot line, while SRC described emerging programs in analog, energy, medical and multicore
2015-06-09 Avago-Broadcom solidifies patent stronghold
The merged company would be the ninth largest holder of patents among the top semiconductor vendors. It is behind only three logic vendorsQualcomm (76,130), Intel (59,569) and Renesas (40,751
2015-06-02 Avago, Broadcom merger: Symptom of a larger trend
The Avago, Broadcom merger is one of several big-company mergers that signal a possible trend towards gaining a larger share of a slowing semiconductor market
2015-11-13 A9: Story of Apple's design ambitions
The A9 is really a story within a story. On a basic level it is a story of a sixth generation AP that is fabricated in a FinFET process. It is also a bigger story of Apple semiconductor design ambitions
2015-03-16 1,600 lose jobs in Cypress-Spansion merger
The merger of Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion will result in layoffs of 1,600 employees worldwide, or 20 per cent of their combined workforces, according to an internal memo
2007-05-01 'Asset-lite' strategy keeps Moore's Law alive
Ajit Manocha, executive VP and chief manufacturing officer of NXP, believes that the widening gap between design productivity and Moore's Law will trigger a paradigm shift in IC manufacturing that will entail a breakthrough in the way companies work together
2010-09-06 Trident to license foundational MEMC patents
Trident Microsystems Inc. announced plans to pursue license agreements with TV OEMs and consumer electronics semiconductor providers for several of its Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation (MEMC) patents. Trident Microsystems Inc. announced plans to pursue license agreements with TV OEMs and consumer electronics semiconductor providers for several of its Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation (MEMC) patents. These MEMC patents are essential to enhancing picture quality of LCD displays in televisions, computer monitors, tablet computers, mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices
2014-01-16 TSMC works on fingerprint sensors for iPhone
TSMC is working on fingerprint sensors for Apple's iPhone, according to a report. The sensors are being made using 65nm manufacturing process technology at a 300mm wafer fab, with production expected to start in the second quarter, the report said.
2006-10-12 Tiny DAB/FM radio module rolls for battery-run handhelds
Frontier Silicon touted its new Naples FS2011 as the industry's first miniature and integrated stand-alone dual-band DAB/FM radio module for handheld battery-powered products.
2014-08-15 Smartphone basics: NFC, humidity sensors
Here's an exploration of the near field communications hardware, as well as the barometric and humidity sensors that can be found in today's smart devices.
2007-03-05 Singapore private equity eyes STATS ChipPAC
Singapore's Temasek Holdings is offering of up to $1.6 billion for local packaging house STATS ChipPACa bid that analysts said may undervalue the once-troubled firm.
2008-12-12 Quartz MEMS usher smallest real-time clock
Epson Toyocom is claiming the smallest real-time clock chip fashioned by combining a quartz MEMS resonator with an ASIC. The chip was wire-bonded in the same 3.4mm x 1.7mm x 1mm package.
2008-10-28 Outlook: Semi's situation is not yet like 2001
Some harrowing phrases in relation to the high-tech industry's worst market challenges are popping up in executive comments, reminiscing nightmares from the past about what the industry might expect next year and beyond.
2014-05-26 NFC, barometric sensors prevail in mobile devices
Teardown.com has taken the wraps off 87 units of mobile devices and discovered that 42 of them feature NFC hardware, whereas 13 carry barometric sensor, and only 2 incorporate humidity sensor.
2013-09-25 NAND flash, combo radio device in 5s notable
TechInsights points out significant changes to the NAND flash and combo radio connectivity solution in the iPhone 5s.
2014-12-12 M&As that pushed the Internet of Things
Beyond the usual reasons for consolidation, many companies scrambled to make deals specifically to get IoT technologies and products that were missing from their portfolios.
2012-06-25 Image gallery: Tearing down Samsung Galaxy S3
In this teardown, UBM TechInsights probed the inner workings of the European version of Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone.
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