Daily Archives: October 2, 2008

Freescale chipNearly four years after its spin-off by Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor could be spinning off itself the cell phone chip business that represented its best-known ties to the mother ship.

Freescale became the subject of the biggest tech buyout in history two years ago, when private equity firms Blackstone Group, Carlyle, Permira and TPG paid $17.6bn for the Texas-based company. Read more

SIA august 08 chip salesThey may be pre-financial meltdown figures, but the latest stats for worldwide PC and semiconductor sales may provide some comfort in Silicon Valley today.

The research firm iSuppli says HP and Dell continued to increase PC unit shipments in the first half. HP had 13.4m shipments in the second quarter, up 20 per cent on a year ago, while Dell shipped 11.2m units, up 21 per cent. Read more

SiBeam WirelessHD demoWirelessHD can not only eliminate much of the spaghetti of wires behind your TV set, it can also take away the boxes sitting under it.

I came rather late to this realisation during a demonstration by John LeMoncheck, chief executive of SiBeam, the Silicon Valley company behind the technology. Read more