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NXP expands Caen R&D operations

NXP Semiconductors has opened a new R&D centre in Caen, aiming to develop technology that will improve products such as digital tvs and mobile phones. The new centre will take the number of engineers on the Caen site to 800.

Equipment sales set to slow

Sales of semiconductor capital equipment are projected to reach $43.7billion this year, a 4.1% increase over 2006. But the growth is slowing, says market researcher Gartner, which expects next year’s spend to be flat

iSLI and Cadence to support entrepreneurs

Scotland’s Institute for System Level Integration (iSLI) has announced an agreement with Cadence which, it believes, will help new businesses by giving them easy access to chip design software and methodology services. The move is intended to help companies who may not have the necessary finance or resources, to accelerate their product development processes.

Emerson buys Motorola ECC for $350m

Emerson has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Motorola's Embedded Communications Computing business for $350million. Motorola ECC will become part of Emerson Network Power.

iSuppli trims semiconductor revenue forecast

iSuppli has reduced its forecast for global semiconductor revenue growth in 2007 to 3.5% from its previous prediction of a 6% increase. Although chip revenues are growing, says the company, stronger second half conditions will not offset the impact of first half weakness. In iSuppli’s new forecast, 2007 semiconductor revenues will reach $269.9billion.

CSR changes ceos

CSR has announced that Joep van Beurden will succeed John Scarisbrick as the company’s ceo with effect from 1 November. Scarisbrick will remain in an advisory capacity until the end of the year.

Knowledge is power

National Semiconductor has launched the PowerWise brand to help designers more easily identify which of the company’s products provide the highest performance with the lowest power.

Fit for purpose

Tailored assembly ready kitting and procurement solutions can help remove the headaches of supply chain management. By Mike Richardson.

Inside outsourcing

The ‘where and when’ of outsource manufacturing can pose some important strategic decisions for today’s oems. By Mike Richardson.

Lend me a dime?

The sight of borrowers queuing to withdraw their savings from a British bank last week showed how financial concerns – specifically sub prime mortgage lending in the US – can have an unexpected impact elsewhere. However, the sub prime affair has yet to influence technology’s notoriously sensitive financial marketplace.

ARC buys multimedia specialist

ARC has acquired the privately held US multimedia specialist Alarity for £2million and will set up a development centre in St Petersburg to complement existing ARC design centres in the UK and the US.

Young Engineer named

Patrick Burns from Northern Ireland has been named Young Engineer for Britain. The 15year old has developed a portable automatic hazard system which plugs into a car’s power outlet.

French merger creates embedded specialist

French embedded specialists TNI Software and Ayrton Technology have merged to form Geensys. The newly formed organisation says it will be able to provide customers with a complete, outsourced embedded product design and realisation service, covering hardware, software and mechatronic design, product prototyping, product integration, production, test and documentation generation.

ARM targets Cortex-M1 at Cyclone III

ARM has launched the Cortex-M1 Development Kit, a design solution optimised for use with Altera’s Cyclone III fpgas. The kit is said to enable the seamless integration of ARM processors into Cyclone III fpgas using Quartus II design software, SOPC Builder and ARM’s RealView microcontroller development kit.

ARC signs new deal with Intel

ARC has signed a new multiyear royalty bearing licensing agreement with Intel. The agreement, which covers several ARC products, was completed in the second half of 2007.

T&M double take!

Agilent has simplified its signal analysis proposition, with a message to customers to ‘pay for what you use’.

Analog sells mobile product lines

Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Analog Devices’ Othello radio and SoftFone baseband chipset product lines, as well as certain mobile handset baseband support operations. The deal is valued at approximately $350million in cash.

Fab 4 set to help meet NAND demand

Toshiba and SanDisk have opened Fab 4 – the latest 300mm facility at Toshiba’s Yokkaichi site – with a traditional ceremony. Fab 4 is expected to start production in December, reaching a capacity of 80,000 wafers a month later next year.

XMOS raises $16million

Software Defined Silicon pioneer XMOS Semiconductor has raised $16million in a venture capital funding round involving Foundation Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners and DFJ Esprit.

Altis deal may face problems

The proposed sale of logic and memory group Altis Semiconductor could face a rocky passage through US regulators following claims that the company’s putative owner is ultimately a Russian defence group.

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