The Week in Review: IoT


Deals Rambus finalized its acquisition of the memory interconnect business at Inphi. The closing price was $90 million in cash. The former Inphi business became part of the Memory and Interfaces Division at Rambus. CyberX raised $9 million of private funding in a financing round led by Flint Capital. Glilot Capital Partners, Swarth Group, and GlenRock, all existing investors, were joined by... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools ProPlus Design Solutions unveiled its 9812DX wafer-level 1/f noise characterization system, an enhanced version of its de facto standard 9812D. It includes a more than 10X increase in system resolution, as well as a speedup boost three-to-five times faster than previous systems, higher voltage support up to 200V, and lower current support down to 0.1nA. It also adds a wider range of me... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Deals Rambus agreed to acquire the assets of Inphi’s Memory Interconnect Business for $90 million in cash. Under the usual closing conditions, the transaction is scheduled to conclude during the third quarter. The business assets take in customer contracts, intellectual property, product inventory, and supply-chain agreements. “By combining our buffer chip team with the Memory Interconnect... » read more

Fundamental Shifts In Chip Business


Shifting business models, acquisitions, minority investments and increasing uncertainty are creating fundamental shifts in the semiconductor industry that could redefine who is successful in which markets for years to come. The announcement today that [getentity id="22671" e_name="Rambus"] is developing memory controller chips, expanding its business beyond just creating IP for the memory an... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic’s chip unit announced that the parties have signed a definitive agreement to merge and establish a new fabless IC company. Panasonic isn’t exactly fabless--yet. Recently, Panasonic took its fabs and formed a fab venture with TowerJazz. Meanwhile, as part of the move, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Semiconductor have decided to expand the scope of its foundry op... » read more