Thursday, September 13, 2012

Assorted News: Ambarella, e2v, PCIe over MIPI

e2v announces that it will provide sensors for the next generation of focal plane imager in the SPring-8 Angstrom Compact free electron Laser (SACLA), an X-ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) located in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

e2v’s imaging sensors detect the X-rays scattered by the scientific samples in the XFEL beam. From these scattered X-rays scientists will be able to “see” the atomic structure of proteins and other nano-scale structures.

Ambarella has filed for NASDAQ IPO under the symbol AMBA. Now the company has reported its Q2, 2012 results. The quarterly revenues rose 7% sequentially to $27.9M primarily due to the seasonality of the camera market, though sales rose 26% year-over-year as well. Net profit margin reached its highest point in the past three years at 19%, increasing from 4% in the second quarter of 2011. Ambarella has booked $107M in sales for the 12 months ended July 31, 2012.

EETimes reports that PCI Special Interest Group and MIPI Alliance signed a deal to offer PCIe protocol on top of MIPI M-PHY signalling layer. "We are making PCI Express mobile friendly," said Brian Carlson, vice chairman of the MIPI Alliance. M-PHY was first defined in April 2011 at 1.25 Gbits/s, an update released in June 2012 runs at 2.9 Gbits/s and a third generation coming next year will hit up to 5.8 Gbits/s.

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