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Cadence acquires Chip Estimate

In a move designed to improve decision making in the early stages of chip design, Cadence has acquired Chip Estimate. The latter’s products enable design teams to predict the die size, yield, power consumption, performance and cost of chips based on almost any architecture and process node.

Top 10 oems buy $91bn worth of semis

The top 10 OEMs bought $91billion worth of semiconductors in 2007, according to preliminary results from Gartner. The figure is said to represent a third of all semiconductor consumption. Leading applications were pcs and mobile phones.

European semi sales slide

Revenues from sales of semiconductors in Europe declined by 6% in the fourth quarter of 2007 and by 1.9% for the full year, according to DMASS, the Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists. The group claimed distribution revenues in Q4 were €1.21billion and €5.37bn Euro for 2007.

Intersil names Bell as ceo

Intersil has named David Bell, pictured, as its new ceo. Previously, Bell was Intersil’s chief operating officer, having joined from Linear Technology.

ST targets mobiles with NFC chip

Looking to move Near Field Communications into the mobile phone arena, STMicroelectronics has unveiled a secure SoC solution implemented in its 0.13µm embedded non volatile eeprom technology.

Partnership addresses lcd controllers

Renesas, Sharp and Powerchip are establishing a joint venture which will specialise in drivers and controllers for small and mid size lcds. According to the partners, the new company – Renesas SP Drivers – will begin operations in April.

Seeing is believing

The addition of DPX waveform image processor technology to Tektronix’ mid range RSA3000B series of real time spectrum analysers claims to provide a live rf view of the spectrum which enables an unprecedented rf signal discovery.

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