Articles about Infineon

Intel-men, start your engines! Chipzilla gets into the car silicon caper

Intel has acquired Internet of Things business Yogitech with an eye to the automotive segment. Blogging about the acquisition, Chipzilla's Ken Caviasca explains that the surging "advanced driver assistance systems" (ADAS) segment – stuff like assisted parking – needs what he calls "functional safety," and that's where Italian …
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Infineon CEO admits auto-chip biz may be a takeover target

Former Siemens chip company Infineon may find itself on the shopping list of a bigger semiconductor company, thanks to its strength in automotive. Consolidation and specialisation has been the order of the day in the semiconductor industry, with fewer companies for each type of component. Where once there were a dozen or so …
Simon Rockman, 01 Sep 2015
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Chip chef Avago gobbles up Broadcom for $37 BEEEELLLION

As rumored this week, chip designer and supplier Avago is buying chip designer Broadcom in a cash-and-stock deal worth $37bn (£24bn). Broadcom is probably best known to Reg readers as the biz behind the BCM system-on-chips found in the Raspberry Pi and various other gizmos. The combined biz will rename itself Broadcom Ltd as it …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015

Silicon rumour-mill says Avago's next acquisition target is Broadcom

Shopaholic Avago Technologies is reportedly in talks to acquire Broadcom, in an acquisition that would significantly boost its presence in the high-end smartphone space. First reported behind The Wall Street Journal's paywall, the talks are attributed to the usual “people familiar with the matter”. Reuters says the deal could …
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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

Whatever Apple and Google might be doing with smart cars, the UK government wants Britain to be involved in the industry and so announced its support for the emerging industry at a conference last week. Yet the government – and more importantly, the car industry – has a huge amount to learn before their shared vision of the UK …
Simon Rockman, 07 Apr 2015
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Chipzilla Intel gulps down 'Internet of Things' chip unit Lantiq

Chip giant Intel has snapped up German network chipmaker Lantiq for an undisclosed sum as part of its plan "to make everything smart and connected". Lantiq, which holds more than 2,000 broadband comms patents, is expected to boost Intel's move into the "connected home" and "intelligent network" market. It is the latest move by …
Kat Hall, 02 Feb 2015

Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

New models of the painfully nerdy Google Glass goggles will use Intel processors, rather than Texas Instrument chips, it's reported. Today, the expensive headgear is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core Cortex-A9 system-on-chip, which is clocked at 1.2GHz and runs 32-bit ARMv7 code. It also includes PowerVR 2D and …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2014
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Ericsson follows Broadcom to modem Mordor

Ericsson, once the major manufacturer of modems, is planning to leave the business. The move will see 1,000 redundancies and 500 people moving to other Ericsson projects, such as small cells. In February 2009, Ericsson entered into a joint venture with ST-Microelectronics – itself a merger of SGS-Thomson and NXP – in a bid to …
Simon Rockman, 22 Sep 2014
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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Samsung, Philips, Infineon Technologies and other tech firms for fixing the prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards, familiar folks whispered to Reuters. The European Commission kicked off a probe of the chips used in telly smart cards, passports, mobiles and ATM cards all the way back …
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Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

Chipmaker Broadcom is moving out of the mobile modem business. The company has announced that if it can’t sell its cellular modem division, the operation will be shuttered. The news has been greeted with glee by financial types, who point to the $600m the company expects to save as a result of the move. The Broadcom share …
Simon Rockman, 03 Jun 2014
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Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

Plans for an “Airbus of chips” – aimed at doubling the number of processors made across Europe by 2020 – will be unveiled next month. A group of 11 tech sector chiefs commissioned by the EU will publish a detailed roadmap designed to expand the block’s manufacturing between 2020 and 2025. The goal is for European technology …
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2014
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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

Remember getting hosed on those 128MB DIMM RAM sticks back in Y2K? Well, it's time to exact your revenge: with a $10 payout. A group of US Attorneys General have agreed to a $310m settlement package with memory chip makers, which is to be distributed among the public, following allegations of price gouging by vendors between the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Mar 2014
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Brussels accuses chip makers of collusion

A five-year investigation in Europe into collusion into the smart card market is heating up, with the European Commission issuing a 90-page “statement of objections” to big-name vendors including Philips and Infineon. The European Commission complaint centres around the silicon used for SIMs, chipped passports, bank cards and …
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Malware-flingers can pwn your mobile with OVER-THE-AIR updates

Vulnerabilities in the baseband processors of a wide range of mobile phones may allow attackers to inject malicious code, monitor calls, and extract confidential data stored on the device, according to recent research from mobile security experts. However, according to El Reg's mobile correspondent, Bill Ray, this would be …
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2013
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Lenovo, PayPal, launch post-password plan

Lenovo, PayPal and lesser-known fellow travellers Agnitio, Infineon Technologies, Nok Nok Labs and Validity, have cooked up a new authentication standard for websites and an alliance to push it to the world. The Fast Identity Online Alliance (aka FIDO), as the group and proposed standard are both known, advances a two-factor …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2013

IBM tops chart for churning out patents for the 20TH TIME

It may be arguable whether patents are desirable or over-prescribed in the high tech industry, but there is no doubt that companies use patents as competitive – and anticompetitive – weapons, and therefore they have a huge value. Applying for and receiving lots of patents, then, can be seen as an insurance policy against …
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Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

Analysis More than two decades after the alliance of Intel and Microsoft drove ARM from the battleground of personal computing, Microsoft is warmly embracing the low-power processor designer for Windows 8. ARM was squeezed out of the then emerging and subsequently dominant platform of the time, the desktop PC, as computer makers …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2012

LSI lures IT vendors with Nytro blast for flash storage

LSI appears to be making a determined push into flash storage. But is this a smart business move by a company that flitted about somewhat when it came to flogging various storage technologies? LSI is very successful with controller silicon for disk drives and SAS interfaces and much more technology at that level. After Abhi …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2012
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The Hague says Apple infringed Samsung patent

The worldwide lawyers’ progressive dinner that is Apple-versus-Samsung has stopped over for a quick dessert in The Netherlands, where a court has decided that Samsung has been wronged and should receive damages. It’s only a partial win, however: the case brought in The Hague covered four 3G patents, but the court has only …

Intel comfortably conquers chip market in 2011

The chip heads at market watcher IHS iSuppli have tallied the sales figures for the world's semiconductor makers for 2011, and guess what? Intel won while just about everybody else, with a few notable exceptions, lost some ground. iSuppli said in a statement that worldwide chip revenues rose by 1.3 per cent in 2011, to $311. …
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NFC leader Inside Secure to IPO this month

Inside Secure has filed for an initial public offering, looking to raise almost €80m a day after it celebrated shipping 20 million chips, and signed up a major handset manufacturer. The filing is with the NYSE Euronext Paris, and Le Figaro reports that it will involve raising up to €79.3m in order to pay for more research and …
Bill Ray, 08 Feb 2012

Intel chieftain outlines broad tablet, smartphone blitz

Intel CEO Paul Otellini sees his company moving into all levels of the tablet and handset markets, from Android and Windows 8 fondleslabs to smartphones, feature phones, and what he dubbed "value phones". "Our intention is to participate broadly in all three of those markets," said Otellini, referring to handsets, tablets, and …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jan 2012
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The US patent yeast batch continues to swell

Once again, for the 19th year in a row in fact, IBM is the king of new US patents awarded in a year and talk will now turn to the utility and futility of patents. The annual rankings of patents awarded by the US Patent and Trademark Office used to come out of that government agency, but in 2007 it stopped because, as the …

IBM helps GlobalFoundries ramp New York foundry

GlobalFoundries has begun baking chips at Fab 8 in upstate New York, and is doing so for none other than semiconductor process partner IBM. Fab 8, when it is fully ramped, will be able to kick out 60,000 wafers per month from its 300,000 square feet of space and etch them with 32 nanometer HKMG processes. That ramp is now …
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Will Intel slay or flee fearsome Snapdragon Win 8 tab?

Analysis In the week that the microprocessor turns 40, its inventor Intel is besieged by ARM-based rivals in the biggest growth market for the chips: mobile devices. Intel's highest hopes rest in the mobile processor's move beyond the cellphone, into larger, more PC-like products that fit more comfortably into Intel's ecosystem. But it …
Faultline, 19 Nov 2011
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Intel mocks PC slowdown, laughs at skittish economy

Worries about the global economy, the IT spending environment, and a slowdown in PC sales – none of it mattered one tiny bit for Intel as it completed another record-breaking third quarter. In the third quarter – which ended on October 1 this year, and not September 25 as it did last year – the chip giant posted $14.2bn in …
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David May, parallel processing pioneer

Unsung Heroes of Tech "It's very distressing - I'm watching almost with disbelief. The Americans cannot get it out of their heads that if you're trying to build machines with lots of processors, you don't assume that they all share a common memory. The world doesn't have a common database. We pass messages to one another." David May, professor of …
Chris Bidmead, 18 Aug 2011
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Boffins deduce chip's crypto just by looking at it

Black Hat Hackers have released tools that unlock the software stored on heavily fortified chips so researchers can independently assess their security and spot weaknesses. At the heart of the the release, which was announced Wednesday at the Black Hat Security conference in Las Vegas, is Degate, software developed by Martin Schobert for …
Dan Goodin, 04 Aug 2011
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Nvidia snags fast-rising mobile chip maker

Nvidia has made yet another move that proves it's dead serious about the mobile market, announcing plans to fork over $367m to acquire baseband-processor developer Icera of Bristol in the UK. "This is a key step in Nvidia's plans to be a major player in the mobile computing revolution," said company president and CEO Jen-Hsun …
Rik Myslewski, 10 May 2011
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Intel's Tri-Gate gamble: It's now or never

Analysis There are two reasons why Intel is switching to a new process architecture: it can, and it must. The most striking aspect of Intel's announcement of its new Tri-Gate process isn't the architecture itself, nor is it the eye-popping promises of pumped-up performance and dialed-down power. And it certainly isn't the Chipzillian …
Rik Myslewski, 09 May 2011
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Intel samples 'Medfield' next-gen phone chip

MWC 2011 Intel has announced that its "next-generation phone chip", code-named Medfield, is now sampling to customers, with production scheduled for later this year. The company is undoubtedly hoping that the proverbial third time will be the proverbial charm, seeing as how Medfield's two low-power mobile predecessors, Menlow and …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Feb 2011
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Samsung updates Galaxy S with two-core chip

MWC 2011 Samsung's Mobile World Congress announcements don't stop with the 10in Galaxy Tab: it's unwrapped new Galaxy S and Bada-based smartphones too - the latter with tech flavour of the month near-field comms. The Galaxy S II, first - it's an Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone based around a 4.3in, 480 x 800 OLED touchscreen and a 1GHz …
Tony Smith, 14 Feb 2011
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Intel shakes off $1bn chipset flaw

How much did a little design flaw in one metal layer on the Cougar Point Intel 6 chipset used with Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 chips cost Intel? A cool $1bn, that's how much. And in a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Monday, Intel's two Smiths – Stacey Smith, Intel's chief financial officer, and Steve Smith, …

Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipset

Chip giant Intel was ecstatic about the rollout of the Sandy Bridge Core family of chips for desktops and laptops and is prepping for single-socket servers and workstations next month based on the Xeon variants of these chips. But the discovery of a bug in the Intel 6 Cougar Point chipset announced this morning just threw a …
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Samsung plans to smash Android rivals..what about the iPad?

The most dramatic aspect of the smartphone market in the second half of 2010 has been the reinvention of Samsung. Samsung's Galaxy S has shipped 7 million units and has set targets of 20 million for this year – plus one million tablets. Always a powerhouse in mass market handsets and feature-packed media phones, the Korean giant …
Wireless Watch, 14 Nov 2010
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Intel sets out tablet stall for Atom

In reporting its third quarter financial results, Intel placed the emerging tablets device category far higher up the agenda than in previous quarters, indicating the importance of new form factors in driving growth, as PCs and cellphones both start to mature. The same trend was highlighted by the latest figures for the baseband …
Wireless Watch, 17 Oct 2010
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Larry wants triple money back from Micron

"You over-charged us. We want triple damages." That's the essence of an Oracle lawsuit against Micron, filed last Friday in San Jose. As reported by Bloomberg, Oracle, the well-known touchy-feely company, claims Micron over-charged it when its acquired Sun business bought some $2bn of DRAM chips in the 1998 - 2002 period. In …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2010
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Intel to pay $1.4bn for Infineon WLS

Comment Intel has embarked on a major shopping spree to counter the pressures on its traditional businesses, which prompted it to issue a results warning at the end of last week. That was swiftly followed by the announcement that it would acquire Infineon‘s wireless arm, as widely expected, for $1.4bn, hard on the heels of the purchase …
Wireless Watch, 05 Sep 2010
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Intel to acquire wireless chipmaker for $1.4bn

Intel today announced an acquisition targeted at beefing up their stuttering efforts to become a player in the hottest segment of the consumer-electronics market: smartphones and other mobile internet-connectivity devices. "The global demand for wireless solutions continues to grow at an extraordinary rate," said Intel …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Aug 2010

Intel eyes up Infineon for purchase

It seems that Intel is looking to acquire the wireless arm of chip maker Infineon, with a view to getting its processors wirelessly enabled and taking on ARM in the mobile phone space. Rumours about a deal between the companies have been circulating for a while, along with suggestions that Infineon would make a nice buy for …
Bill Ray, 03 Aug 2010
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Microsoft's ARM deal fuels hope of a chilled-out Xbox

Microsoft has licensed ARM's architecture, but while an ARM might be found in every mobile phone it seems Redmond is more interested in putting some ARM goodness into the Xbox. An architecture licence isn't necessary for most things – 200 licensees happily make ARM chips without bothering to licence the architecture itself, …
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2010
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DRAM makers fined €331m for euro cartel

The European Commission has fined ten memory chip makers a total of €331m - as part of the first settlement made for cartel charges. Ten chipmakers were found guilty of running a cartel in order to fix prices. The fine was cut by ten per cent in recognition of the companies' acceptance of the facts. Micron had its fine …
John Oates, 19 May 2010

Chip makers slammed in 2009

The prognosticators and measurers at Gartner have focused their counting on semiconductor sales for 2009, and thanks to a rebound as the year came to a close and a truly awful ending in 2008 (making for easier compares), the worldwide semiconductor industry fell by only 10.5 per cent, to $228.4bn. The final numbers for chip …
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Ex-Army man cracks popular security chip

Hardware hacker Christopher Tarnovsky just wanted to break Microsoft's grip on peripherals for its Xbox 360 game console. In the process, he cracked one of the most heavily fortified chips ever put into a consumer device. The attack by the former US Army computer-security specialist is notable because it goes where no hacker …
Dan Goodin, 17 Feb 2010
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TTXGP e-bike race dates announced, goes international

Leccy Tech The first, provisional dates for the 2010 TTxGP Championship leccy bike racing series have been released. And two new teams have signed up for 2010 race series. The first e-bike contest of 2010 will be the inaugural event of the North American Championship and will take place at Infineon Raceway in California on 14 and 16 May …
Alun Taylor, 07 Dec 2009

IBM and pals to start baking 28nm chips

The march toward faster, more power-efficient microprocessors took another step Thursday when the IBM Technology Alliance announced the joint development of 28 nanometer process technology. Alliance members include IBM, Singapore's Chartered, the recently-spun-off-from-AMD Globalfoundries, Germany's Infineon, Samsung, and …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2009
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iPhone rumor mill conjures multiple models

Rumors about the next-generation iPhone continue unabated, with the latest focusing on doubled internet-connection speeds and - finally - video-capture capability. And maybe more iPhones. Silicon Alley Insider reports that a "plugged-in source in the mobile industry" says that the next-gen iPhones (possibly four models), …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Mar 2009
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The death of mobile innovation?

Comment I’ve written before about the demise of competition in the Old Kent Road/Mediterranean Avenue end of the mobile market, but I’ve always thought that the Park Lane/Park Place and Mayfair/Boardwalk end was safe. We’ve got Symbian, Windows Mobile, more flavours of Linux than Ben and Jerry could dream of, Palm with two OSes and more …
Cat Keynes, 23 Mar 2009
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Verizon preps LTE rollout for 2010

The ongoing battle over which technology will rule the future wireless-broadband world has tilted strongly in favor of Long Term Evolution (LTE), thanks to two announcements at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. On Monday, Alcatel-Lucent announced a "multi-industry initiative" called ng Connect, which will support the …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2009
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Qimonda goes titsup

German chip maker Qimonda has filed for insolvency after it failed to nail down a rescue package amid a huge drop in memory chip prices. The Munich-based DRAM vendor had attempted to secure €325m following an agreement it inked in late 2008 with the German state of Saxony, an unnamed bank in Portugal and parent company …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2009