<p>The company's smart grid group now has 85 paying customers including BC Hydro (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Sempra Energy (San Francisco), both of which are using the new Cisco 1000 series routers.</p>

Huawei and China-based ZTE rose to prominence in part on dominating much of the business for 3G base stations in China. Since then Huawei has been vigorously competing for business in North America and Europe.

SAN FRANCISCO—Market research firm Gartner Inc. Monday (Dec. 19) trimmed its forecast for 2011 semiconductor sales, saying its preliminary analysis shows chip revenue will grow by slightly less than 1 percent this year.


After a strong start to the year, worries about the strength of the macroeconomy slowed equipment and semiconductor orders in 2011, Gartner (Stamford, Conn.) said.  The industry did well in the early part of the year, in many cases entering the year with backlog from an exuberant 2010,” said Stephan Ohr, semiconductor research director at Gartner. But uncertainty about the state of the macroeconomy set in at the midpoint of the year.”

Ohr said consumers held off purchases and infrastructure expansion plans languished as governments resisted assuming more debt. Equipment inventories began to build as the year progressed, with resulting ripples throughout the semiconductor industry,” Ohr said.

Earlier this month, Gartner said it expects chip sales to grow by 2.2 percent in 2012. .


Intel Corp. will be the leader in semiconductor sales for the 20th consecutive year, Gartner said. The firm added that Intel's share of the total chip market—about 16.9 percent—will be the highest the firm has ever totaled, eclipsing the 16.3 percent of total semiconductor sales it had in 1998. Intel's 2011 projected sales total of $41.2 billion includes sales from the former wireless business unit of Infineon AG, which Intel bought in the first quarter.

Intel saw strong growth in the first half of the year as the PC market stocked up inventory in anticipation of a strong second half of the year, Gartner said. Intel posted a strong year for its server products Westmere and Nahelem, according to Gartner.


As a group, processor makers—including Intel, Qualcomm Inc., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Nvidia Corp.—outperformed the rest of the semiconductor industry. Intel's server business grew despite slowdowns in PC production, Gartner said, while Qualcomm was carried by ongoing shifts to 4G and LTE mobile services. Nvidia's Tegra platform supported tablet makers hoping to capture some of the enthusiasm associated with tablet PCs, according to Gartner.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Pentek Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) is sampling XMC modules using Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGAs, claiming the Onyx boards deliver nearly double the performance and bandwidth of its Cobalt Virtex-6 boards.

First product in the planned Onyx family is the Model 71760, a four-channel, 200 MHz A/D module. It targets high-end comms and radar applications.

SAN FRANCISCO—STMicroelectronics NV Monday (Jan. 23) reported sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 that came up short of consensus analysts' expectations and the company's chief executive said order bookings hit the bottom of the current downturn.

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