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.
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%.
Global Unichip, a provider of IC design services, is expected to post third-quarter revenues that are up 15% to 20% from the previous quarter, according to DigiTimes, citing market watchers. The company is reportedly designing 4G baseband chips for a Korean handset manufacturer, and may see additional business from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. due to rumored processor orders from Apple, the report stated.
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.
Rohde & Schwarz introduced the FSW, a signal and spectrum analyzer aimed at applications in military/aerospace equipment and mobile communications. Designers can analyze pulsed signals in radar applications with the instrument's FSW-K6 option, according to the company.