SST, Globalfoundries Qualify 55-NM Embedded Flash Memory

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a leading provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, today announced the full qualification and availability of SST’s 55nm embedded SuperFlash® non-volatile memory (NVM) on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 55nm Low Power Extended (LPx)/ RF enabled platform. The qualification of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’55nm, split-gate-cell SuperFlash technology-based process was performed according to JEDEC standards. This…

Microcontroller Market Continues to Strengthen

The microcontroller (MCU) market is expected to show positive sales in 2015 thanks to a sharp recovery in smartcards, improvements in the global economy, and the emergence of new embedded-systems applications, such as wearable electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT), according to IC Insights’ 2015 edition of The McClean Report. These market factors, in addition…

Semiconductor Makers Bet on Sensors in 2015

One of the key findings from KPMG’s annual Global Semiconductor Industry Survey is that semiconductor executives are predicting strong growth in the sensor sector. Sixty-one percent of survey respondents predict sensors will provide the biggest opportunity for growth next year. Sensors are key to automotive technology applications, touch screens, wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT),…

Microchip is Past “Small Correction”

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) this week said the “small correction” it experienced earlier this year is in the rear-view mirror as the vendor of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions amended its forecast for its fiscal third quarter of 2015. Microchip now expects net sales to be down between 2 percent and 5 percent…

Industrial Sector Helps Drive Component Demand

The electronic components industry, particularly semiconductors, is getting a big boost from industrial applications. The global market for industrial semiconductors is forecast to increase by 12.9 percent in 2014, reaching $38.5 billion, according to new research from IHS Technology. The growth is attributed to “continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy,” the two largest…

Microchip DSC Targets Harsh Environments

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 digital signal controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33 “EV” family provides 5-V operation for improved noise immunity and robustness, which is suited for devices operating in harsh environments such as automotive (including sensors, user interface, fuel pumps, cooling fans and water pumps), appliance (including…

Lead Times Continue to Stretch for PLX Devices

The acquisition of PLX Technology by Avago is still a very unsettled situation with many variables. Customers still face delivery and pricing concerns as available stock continues to shrink in the market. Rumors abound in the industry of additional prices increases, ranging anywhere from 20 to 100 percent, fueling bigger concerns for both buyers and…

Farnell element14 Showcases Full Service Capability

Showcasing the full breadth of information, research, collaboration, products and manufacturing services that engineers need to innovate and succeed Exclusive highlights at Farnell element14’s booth: •      Demonstrations of the latest development boards from Freescale, Texas Instruments, AMD, ST and Atmel •      The brand new BitScope Micro dual channel digital oscilloscope for Raspberry Pi •      Exclusive launch from AMD Bangalore – At electronica…