Despite the fact that Apple and Samsung are locked in a take-no-prisoners battle for smartphone supremacy, the two massive global corporations have managed to grit their teeth and sign a deal for Apple A9 processor chips, destined for a future iPhone 7.
March sales were also up slightly from a year ago.
Arctic Sand raises $9.6 to commercialize power-saving technology for computer chips.
Globalfoundries marked its third year as a chip manufacturing foundry by buying out the shares owned by Advanced Micro Devices. That fulfills the company’s goal of becoming an independent foundry, or contract chip manufacturer.
Intel is announcing several advances in chip technology today that show it is keeping up with the demanding pace of Moore’s Law, which predicts a doubling of semiconductor performance every two years.
Applied Materials is the bellwether of bellwethers for the electronics industry, as it is the world’s largest maker of chip manufacturing equipment. So it’s good to know that the company beat earnings expectations today for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 29.
SuVolta is coming out of stealth today to announce that it has created a chip technology that will reduce the amount of power consumed by semiconductor chips by more than 50 percent without sacrificing performance.
Chip startup Tabula raised $108 million last month, one of the biggest funding rounds in history for a semiconductor company. One reason for the big funding is Tabula’s agreement with Intel to have the chip giant will manufacture the startup’s chips.
Texas Instruments is buying National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion. That brings together two of the largest and oldest companies in the semiconductor business, and it means that TI will have a huge share of the analog chip business.
Tilera is one of the leaders in designing chips with many brains, or cores, with as many as 100 on a single chip. The San Jose, Calif.-based company is announcing today it has raised $45 million in a fourth round of funding.
Global chip sales grew 26.2 percent in September to $26.5 billion compared to a year ago. But September’s semiconductor sales were just 2.9 percent up from August, according to the chip industry’s trade group, the Semiconductor Industry Association.
July semiconductor chip sales grew 37 percent from a year ago to $25.2 billion. But the monthly gain was just 1.2 percent above June sales of $24.9 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Global chip sales continued to recover in May with sales up 4.5 percent from April and 47.6 percent from a year ago, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
The worldwide semiconductor industry continued a broad recovery in March as sales came in at $23.1 billion, up 58.3 percent from a year ago and 4.6 percent from February.