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The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Mergers & Acquisitions NXP added to its list of recent acquisitions with Athena SCS, a UK-based provider of embedded software and cryptography for smart cards and NFC. Lattice Semiconductor closed its all-cash $606.6 million acquisition of Silicon Image. Tools Cadence unveiled the Innovus Implementation System. The physical implementation tool sports massively parallel architect... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


This week, IBM began to cut jobs amid lackluster results. Big Blue is also in the process of selling its chip unit to GlobalFoundries. GlobalFoundries said the jobs are safe at IBM Micro, at least for now, according to a report the Press and Sun-Bulletin. What’s the latest with Applied Materials’ proposed acquisition with Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL)? “Germany, Israel and Singapore approv... » read more

The Week In Review: Design/IoT


Mergers/Acquisitions Lattice Semiconductor agreed to pay $600 million for Silicon Image, which makes connectivity solutions for high-definition content for mobile and consumer electronics. Lattice already makes programmable connectivity solutions, so the combined IP portfolio is expected to strengthen its position in wired and wireless markets. Tools Cadence expanded the tool portfolio it ... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Samsung Electronics announced that its memory fabrication line in Xi’an China has begun full-scale manufacturing operations. The new facility will manufacture Samsung’s advanced NAND flash memory chips, dubbed 3D V-NAND. A recent chemical leak at Intel’s fab in Arizona was contained and two workers were taken to a hospital for observation, according to reports. Apparently, Intel was i... » read more

New Low-Power Memory Interface Ahead


By Pallab Chatterjee The trend in consumer electronic devices is toward a multimedia-centric data flow, forcing changes in the memory interface needed to handle it. The increased compute resources needed for video signal processing, along with high-definition audio, used to be the exclusive domain of mainstream desktop computers and servers due to their access to memory and high data throug... » read more