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Analysis: Why Renesas is creating mobile IC spinoff
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10/31/2010   5 comments
Renesas Electronics' decision to spin out its mobile semiconductor products into a separate subsidiary is motivated not only by the differences between the markets for microcontrollers and baseband chips, but also to help protect Renesas' power amplifier business.
Microsoft buys 3-D sensor firm
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10/31/2010   5 comments
Canesta Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Microsoft Corp.
Consortium aims to stake 'vampire power'
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10/29/2010   12 comments
A consortium backed by the European Union aims to reduce standby power for electronic devices, which is estimated to account for 10 percent of European energy usage.
Graphene bandgap opened by vapor
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10/29/2010   10 comments
Tuning a semiconductor bandgap in sheets of pure carbon called graphene can be done using water vapor during fabrication, according to researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Battle brews over GlobalFoundries tech park
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10/29/2010   4 comments
A battle is brewing over the control of a technology park where GlobalFoundries Inc. is building a 300-mm fab in New York state.
Intel, Toshiba, Samsung to form IC consortium
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10/29/2010   16 comments
Rumors are running rampant that Intel Corp, Toshiba Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will join forces to co-develop 10-nm chip technologies.
Asia fuels sales of 1.34B cellphones in 2010
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10/29/2010   10 comments
Vendors are expected to ship as many as 1.34 billion cellphone handsets this year with sales projected to hit 1.7 billion units a year in 2015, according to ABI Research.
Intel opens Vietnam IC-assembly plant
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10/29/2010   8 comments
After some delays, Intel Corp. has officially opened its new IC-packaging and test plant in Vietnam, according to reports.
SMIC changes course with Wuhan fab
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10/29/2010   Post a comment
China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has recently exited from one fab alliance, but it plans to change its strategy and invest in another fab venture.
Lattice intends to blow your socks off at Electronica 2010
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10/29/2010   9 comments
Held every two years, Electronica – one of the largest and most anticipated trade shows in the industry – attracts thousands of companies and tens of thousands of attendees, including over 700 journalists from 34 countries.
Samsung tops forecast, sees DRAM glut
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10/29/2010   10 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. beat analysts' estimates for the third quarter, but the company issued a warning about a pending DRAM glut in the marketplace.
Analog chip vendors post profits
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10/28/2010   5 comments
Analog chip vendors Maxim Integrated Products, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor and MaxLinear reported profits for their most recently concluded quarters
Tessera drops wafer-level optic effort
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10/28/2010   3 comments
Tessera Technologies Inc. has scrapped further development of its wafer-level optics line for camera modules.
ESI buys firm, posts loss
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10/28/2010   Post a comment
Electro Scientific Industries Inc. (ESI) has acquired the assets of PyroPhotonics Lasers Inc., a manufacturer of tailored-pulse fiber lasers based in Montreal, Canada.
Are we in a fab tool downturn?
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10/28/2010   9 comments
Are we in a fab tool lull, slowdown or downturn?
Interconnect pushed China super to #1
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10/28/2010   26 comments
A homegrown, ultrafast interconnect chip set was part of the secret sauce behind the Tianhe-1a, the first China-built system to be named the world's fastest supercomputer.
Hynix, Magnachip post Q3 gains
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10/28/2010   1 comment
South Korean chip makers Hynix Semiconductor and MagnaChip Semiconductor reported third quarter sales increases despite some signs of a softening semiconductor market.
Microchip adds license for MIPS32 M14K cores, expands 32-bit MCU options
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10/28/2010   6 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. is licensing the MIPS32 M14K family of cores from MIPS Technologies Inc. to expand on its 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family, which is currently based on the MIPS32 M4K.
Hynix uses SpringSoft's Verdi, Laker for flash memory apps
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10/28/2010   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. said it has deployed SpringSoft's Verdi software as the debug platform for digital designs and the company's Laker software as the custom chip design platform for flash memory applications.
ATMI invests in LED materials firm
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10/28/2010   Post a comment
ATMI Inc. has purchased a minority interest in Lake LED Materials of Daejeon, South Korea, a materials technology startup focused on providing metal organic precursors to the LED market. Under the agreement, ATMI will help accelerate commercial LED materials introductions, with select marketing and technology rights.
TSMC posts record quarter, sees lull
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10/28/2010   8 comments
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) announced consolidated revenue of a record NT$112.25 billion ($3.65 billion) in the quarter, up 6.9 percent from the previous quarter and up 24.8 percent a year ago.
Atrenta, CEA-Leti team on 3D design, advance power reduction
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10/28/2010   Post a comment
Soon after it established presence in Grenoble, France, Atrenta Inc. announced the signing of a multiyear collaboration agreement with CEA-Leti on advanced power reduction and 3D design.
Group forms to devise SSD standards
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10/28/2010   3 comments
A collection of companies have announced the so-called Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor Working Group to advance Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) storage drives through standardization.
Will Broadcom buy change the femto market?
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10/28/2010   13 comments
Broadcom’s $86 million acquisition of Percello validates the fledgling femtocell market; it presents a scenario for femtocell to get integrated in another box; and it shows the future of femtocells priced on par with WiFi.
Google, Avatar chiefs talk tech, climate change
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10/28/2010   13 comments
The chief executive of Google and the director of "Avatar" shared thoughts on technology, cinema and climate change in an on-stage interview.
Oracle invests in Mellanox
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10/27/2010   7 comments
In a major move, Oracle Inc. has made a strategic investment in Mellanox Technologies Ltd., a supplier of InfiniBand-based chip technology.
Intel to spend $1.5 billion on litho
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10/27/2010   11 comments
Intel Corp. is expected to spend some $1.5 billion for lithography gear alone in 2011.
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10/27/2010   17 comments
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ASML sells U.S. optics unit
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10/27/2010   1 comment
Zygo Corp., a provider of high precision optical components and optical metrology instruments, has entered into an agreement with ASML Holding NV to purchase substantially all the assets of ASML's Richmond, Calif.-based optics facility.
Update: Renesas tips early retirement program
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10/27/2010   9 comments
Loss-ridden Renesas Electronics Corp. has lowered its forecast and announced an early retirement program for its employees in Japan.
Intel backs cloud computing alliance
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10/27/2010   6 comments
Intel through its clout behind cloud computing, pledging to help drive the creation of standards, including participation in an alliance of global businesses.
Renesas to spinoff mobile chip unit
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10/27/2010   2 comments
Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. has decided to spinoff its mobile chip unit into a new and consolidated subsidiary, Renesas Mobile Corp., effective Dec. 1, 2010.
Report: A new buyer for Hynix?
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10/27/2010   Post a comment
State-run Korea Finance Corp. is ''mulling a plan' to buy a large stake in Hynix Semiconductor Inc., according to the JoongAng Daily.
Francisco Partners buys optical firm
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10/27/2010   Post a comment
Source Photonics Inc., a provider of optical communication products used in telecommunication systems and data communication networks, announced today that it has been acquired by Francisco Partners, a private equity fund.
Dongbu expands auto IC foundry efforts
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10/27/2010   3 comments
South Korean foundry vendor Dongbu HiTek has qualified its 180-nm mixed-signal process and EEPROM intellectual property (IP) to meet the quality and reliability criteria set forth in the automotive AEC-Q100 ‘Grade 0’ standard.
Group will certify demand response systems
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10/27/2010   2 comments
A handful of smart grid users and vendors have formed a nonprofit group to create a test and certification program for energy demand-response systems.
Five good, five bad signs for IC market
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10/27/2010   6 comments
Here are some good and bad signs for the electronics industry.
Don't blame Obama for fabless America
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10/27/2010   34 comments
Lately it’s become popular for the media to deride the Obama administration for creating a business climate of uncertainty that is causing American manufacturers to hold up on investing more productive capability in the United States.
Projection display firm raises VC
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10/27/2010   2 comments
Light Blue Optics Ltd., a startup company developing a color projector suitable for inclusion in mobile phones and other portable equipment, has announced it has raised $13 million in funding.
IBM, European researchers seek CMOS successor
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10/27/2010   6 comments
IBM Research Zurich, Infineon Technologies and Globalfoundries have joined forces with a half dozen European universities and research centers on a mission to cut the power consumption of electronic devices by10-fold and reduce standby power to zero.
Samplify offers hardware kit for ultrasound
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10/27/2010   6 comments
Samplify Systems has introduced the SMK9130 Ultrasound Beamforming Development Kit as a complete hardware solution for the ultrasound front end, from probe connector to PCIe connector.
Fairchild uses Magwel's Power Transistor Modeling tool to verify high current power devices
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10/27/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has selected Magwel's Power Transistor Modeling (PTM) tool for use in its design and verification of high current power devices.
UMC posts big Q3, sales hit $1B
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10/27/2010   3 comments
Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted strong results in the third quarter, but the foundry vendor sees a slowdown in the fourth period.
Korea’ s MagnaChip may revisit IPO
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10/26/2010   2 comments
After recently scrapping its plan for an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., South Korean chip maker MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. said it may revisit the IPO again in the future.
Samsung tablet borrows handset chips
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10/26/2010   17 comments
Samsung's Galaxy Tab reuses much of the hardware found in the company's smartphones, following a path Apple and other cellphone makers have pioneered.
STMicro hits Q3 target, names new COO
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reported revenue for the third quarter in line with consensus analyst expectations and said it expects further growth in sales in the fourth quarter despite softening of demand in some market applications.
Spansion dragged to loss; sees sales growth
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10/26/2010   1 comment
NOR flash memory vendor Spansion reported a third quarter sequential increase in net sales and said it expects further growth in the fourth quarter.
Entegris, FormFactor, Novellus post results
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Fab tool vendors Entegris, FormFactor and Novellus separately posted mixed results in the quarter.
AnalogicTech cuts jobs, posts loss
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10/26/2010   1 comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc., an analog semiconductor company, has cut 15 percent of its U.S. headcount amid ongoing losses.
Broadcom buys femtocell chip maker
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10/26/2010   5 comments
Broadcom signed a definitive agreement to acquire Percello, a privately-held company that develops SoCs for femtocells, for $86 million in cash.
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