Infineon Technologies introduced a line of switch-mode light-emitting diode driver ICs for applications in LED lighting. The chipmaker says the devices could be used in commercial, residential and street lighting.
The semiconductor market won't have the growth initially predicted because of continuing economic issues and consumer worry, IHS iSuppli said in lowering its market forecast for the year. In June, the firm projected a 7.2% increase for the market this year; it revised that to 4.6% last month and has now cut it to 2.9%.
Samsung Electronics says it has commenced volume production on a wafer-fabrication line that will turn out flash-memory chips and DRAM using a 20-nanometer process for smartphones and tablet computers. The chipmaker's capital investment in the line is expected to reach $10.2 billion.
Blogger Loring Wirbel questions International Data Corp.'s recent report on "intelligent systems," noting that the market research firm lumped any product with a networked microprocessor into the category. While it's hard to get engineers to agree on what is or isn't an embedded system, Wirbel argues that a system's use of Ethernet and Internet protocol is more important when it comes to defining embedded systems.
Sonics increased the operating speed of its network-on-a-chip device to 1GHz, citing customer requirements for faster and more power-efficient chips. Another consideration is the need for quicker communication both on-chip and off-chip, according to this analysis.