Tech news tagged ‘chips’

Sony grabs big smartphone imager opportunity

Sony is increasing production capacity in Japan for stacked CMOS image sensors used in smartphones such as the Apple iPhone.

This represents an important business opportunity for Sony which has been struggling in the consumer TV market.

Sony has gone on record saying that it “is positioning the imaging business…

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Europe is tops for chip sales

Europe seems to be an important market for semiconductor suppliers right now.

According to figures from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) and published by the European Semiconductor Industry Association, the European market grew faster in dollar terms than the world as a whole in May.

European semiconductor sales jumped…

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Comment: Embedded licensing makes intelligent devices even smarter

Consumer demand for intelligent devices and components based on embedded software shows no signs of slowing down, believes Robert Dickau, Principal Engineer at Flexera Software. The challenge for manufacturers is to produce families of these devices in a variety of market-specific configurations, without increasing production costs. In these situations…

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Samsung and Apple to dominate OEM chip spend

“After a flat year in 2012, global purchasing of semiconductors by the world’s top electronic brands is set to return to growth in 2013, as Apple and Samsung contend to claim the title of biggest spender.”

So says market analysis firm IHS.

Its findings, according to a Semiconductor Spend…

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Maxim DAB tuner supports software-defined radio

Maxim Integrated Products has designed a tuner IC for digital audio broadcast (DAB) applications which integrates a radio tuner, analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), and digital filtering, and uses a digital I2S output to interface directly to digital signal processors (DSPs). Dubbed “RF to Bits”, the supplier’s radio platform…

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Globalfoundries claims 3D chip breakthrough with TSVs

Globalfoundries claims a breakthrough in 3D stacking of chips with the demonstration of functional 20nm silicon wafers with integrated through-silicon vias. The technique allows chips to be stacked on top of each other with circuit interconnections provided by the through-silicon vias (TSVs). TSVs are vertical vias etched in…

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Enter the virtual lab for SoC verification, says Mentor

A “virtual lab” emulation environment can meet the challenges of complex SoC design verification, writes Richard Pugh of Mentor Graphics If you are verifying an SoC, you generally have three options when logic simulation runs out of steam – all based on hardware-assistance or acceleration. Yet these options have major…

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Imagination CEO talks SoC design in California

Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies will describe how system-on-chip (SoC) devices are transforming electronics design in a keynote address at next week’s Synopsys Users Group (SNUG) in California.

“SoCs have transformed the electronics industry, integrating a wide array of functionality and extreme performance into cost-effective…

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French researchers print first ADC on plastic

Plastic electronics technology developed in Europe has used to process the first printed analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) to be fabricated on plastic foil.

This work is collaboration between CEA-Liten, Eindhoven University of Technology, STMicroelectronics and University of Catania which results were presented last month at the ISSCC in…

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MWC: Japan goes big on Bluetooth 4.0

Nordic Semiconductor has indicated the growing interest in Bluetooth low energy in the Japanese consumer and mobile markets. The Bluetooth chipset firm demonstrated what it called “blank” Bluetooth low energy modules from Japanese suppliers at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. See also: Mobile World Congress: Your Electronics Weekly…

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