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Libya appoints electrical engineer interim PM
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10/31/2011   13 comments
An electronics engineer by the name of Abdel Rahim al-Kib has been appointed Libya’s interim Prime Minister by the country’s National Transitional Council, just a week and a half after former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels October 20, effectively liberating the country.
Thailand floods take toll on PC makers
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10/31/2011   3 comments
The ongoing floods in Thailand have created shortages in the hard disk drive (HDD) market which are beginning to trickle down and affect both the pricing and availability of PCs according to industry wide reports.
Globalfoundries names Manocha permanent CEO
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10/31/2011   2 comments
Ajit Manocha, who has served as interim CEO of Globalfoundries since June, was appointed to the job on a permanent basis.
Canonical preps Ubuntu for mobile devcies
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10/31/2011   3 comments
Canonical is said to be working on versions of its Ubuntu version of Linux for smartphones, tablets and intelligent embedded devices, according to reports.
Global chip sales show September growth
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10/31/2011   Post a comment
A Japanese recovery and continued demand for mobile personal electronics helped the three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors in September reach $25.76 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association quoting figures compiled by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
EUV litho source is much brighter, says Ushio
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10/31/2011   6 comments
Xtreme Technologies GmbH (Aachen, Germany) has reported a doubling of the brightness of its laser-assisted discharge plasma (LDP) illumination source for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography with more progress to come.
Chinese processors power supercomputer
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10/31/2011   12 comments
China has reported the development of a supercomputer based on a domestically developed microprocessor, according to reports.
Daimler presents comprehensively integrated infotainment system
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Several weeks after the first presentation of its futuristic F125 research car, Daimler has provided details on the car's infotainment system. It embraces elements such as cloud computing, seamless media integration, many apps as well as the new MirrorLink open infotainment interface.
NXP shows smart home control using 6LoWPAN
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10/30/2011   1 comment
At an IPSO Alliance event on the “Internet of Things”, NXP Semiconductors presented a smart home control demo using JenNet-IP – its ultra-low-power wireless connectivity network layer software based on 6LoWPAN.
Traffic monitoring system uses Bluetooth sensors over ZigBee
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10/30/2011   5 comments
The platform is capable of sensing the flow of Bluetooth devices in a given street, roadway or passageway while differentiating hands-free car kits from pedestrian phones.
Multiple alliances collaborate to launch Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance have signed an agreement formalizing the Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability. The Consortium will provide the Smart Grid ecosystem with confidence in application and device interoperability.
Quantenna partners with Sagemcom on Wi-Fi whole-home networking solutions
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10/30/2011   1 comment
Quantenna Communications and Sagemcom announced a collaborative agreement to integrate Quantenna's Wi-Fi technology in Sagemcom video bridges and other Wi-Fi products, accelerating time-to-market for advanced wireless video and TV services.
Freescale tackles automotive infotainment, mobile devices with combination of ARM Cortex-A7, A15
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor plans to leverage the energy efficiency and performance of the two ARM cores to develop future generations of its rapidly expanding portfolio of i.MX applications processors.
MOST Cooperation demonstrates integration of Ethernet-based devices with MOST
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
The MOST150 network supports consumer standards such as UPnP (Universal Plug-n-Play) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) as well as diagnostics standards (DoIP).
Downturn drags on chip equipment sales
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10/29/2011   6 comments
As expected, semiconductor equipment suppliers KLA-Tencor, Novellus Systems and Teradyne reported declines in sales and they expect more of the same in the fourth quarter.
IHS: MStar still leads DTV SoC market
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10/28/2011   Post a comment
Taiwanese fabless chip vendors MStar Semiconductor and MediaTek continued to dominate the digital TV SoC market in the first half of 2011, holding market shares of 39 percent and 12 percent, according to market research firm IHS.
Samsung and ZTE win mobile market share in Q3
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10/28/2011   14 comments
Samsung Electronics and China’s ZTE made significant strides in mobile handset market share in the third quarter, while Apple and Nokia lost share, according to a market research firm.
Slideshow: Scenes from ARM TechCon 2011
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10/28/2011   6 comments
A collection of images from ARM TechCon 2011, held Oct. 25-27 in Santa Clara, Calif.
UN stresses ICTs role in energy sustainability
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10/28/2011   8 comments
The head of the UN’s Global Compact Lead Ole Lund Hansen has stressed the importance of sustainability, while calling on ICT companies to align strategies in order to promote better energy efficiency.
Imec launces organic PV project with partners
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10/28/2011   3 comments
Europe’s Imec research consortium (Leuven, Belgium) and 16 project partners have launched the European FP7 project X10D to bring organic photovoltaic technologies as competitive commercial alternatives to thin-film photovoltaic technologies.
Spansion to close test and assembly plant
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10/27/2011   3 comments
NOR flash memory vendor Spanion will close a test and assembly facility in Kuala Lumpur, a move expected to save the company about $30 million per year.
AMD hits Q3 targets despite 32nm challenges
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10/27/2011   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) posted third quarter revenue of $1.69 billion on Thursday, showing a 7 percent sequential increase and 4 percent increase year-over-year, exceeding revised guidance figures by a percentage point.
AMCC demos 64-bit ARM server chip
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10/27/2011   12 comments
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. fired a shot across the bow of Intel, demonstrating the first 64-bit ARM server processor
IBM researchers to report carbon feats at IEDM
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10/27/2011   5 comments
A couple of late submissions to the upcoming IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting will detail record-breaking performance in transistors made from carbon and its derivatives.
TSMC reports Q3 sales decline
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10/27/2011   2 comments
TSMC reported a third quarter sales decline and said it expects a further decline in the fourth quarter. But TSMC said it expects its capacity utilization to improve slightly in the fourth quarter.
ARM unveils 64-bit architecture
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10/27/2011   41 comments
ARM Holdings has announced that its next-gen ARMv8 architecture will include the firm’s first 64-bit instruction set, pushing ARM-based processors into new segments of the consumer and enterprise markets.
Toyota, Ford lead vehicle app integration with smartphones
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10/27/2011   6 comments
Toyota and Ford have the most successful integration of car infotainment systems with mobile devices like smartphones, according to an IHS iSuppli Automotive Research report.
Sony to buy Ericsson's stake in handset JV
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10/27/2011   4 comments
Sony signed a deal to acquire Ericsson's 50 percent stake in the mobile handset joint venture between the two companies, Sony Ericsson, for about $1.49 billion.
SanDisk's co-founder Harari recognized by CEA
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10/27/2011   Post a comment
SanDisk Corp.’s co-founder and former CEO Eli Harari was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association CE Hall of Fame at CEA’s Industry Forum on Tuesday.
Facebook debuts new hardware specs, partners
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10/27/2011   4 comments
Facebook pushed forward its six-month old initiative for open source data center hardware with new partners and specifications.
Freescale, Green Hills team on virtualization
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10/27/2011   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor and Green Hills Software announced a new alliance to expand the roll of system virtualization technology in ARM-based embedded and mobile applications.
Silicon Laboratories on track despite weaker profits
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10/26/2011   Post a comment
Austin based Silicon Laboratories Inc. announced it had finished Q3 at the top of its revenue guidance at $119.1 million, despite weaker profits amidst macro-economic uncertainty and slower market demand.
LSI to acquire SandForce for $370 million
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10/26/2011   5 comments
Chip maker LSI signed a definitive agreement to acquire SandForce, a supplier of flash processors for solid state drives, in a deal worth about $370 million.
Nokia tries again with new Windows Phones
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10/26/2011   27 comments
Finnish phone maker Nokia unveiled its first two Windows Phone powered devices, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710, running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
Report: Panasonic mulls scaling down IC fabs
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10/26/2011   1 comment
Panasonic Corp. is considering scaling down its semiconductor production business in line with its recent decision to cut television output, according to a Japan report.
Thai floods close second Microsemi plant
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10/26/2011   1 comment
Ongoing flooding in Thailand has forced the closure of a second facility subcontracted by Microsemi.
M'soft tunes Windows Embedded for real time
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10/26/2011   4 comments
Windows Embedded Compact will get boosted real-time capabilities and a slimmer footprint with a release due before June, a Microsoft executive said.
Cadence CEO talks venture capital
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10/26/2011   1 comment
Collaboration and more semiconductor VC investment is what’s needed to continue innovation in the hi-tech space said Lip-Bu Tan, president and chief executive officer of Cadence Design Systems in a fireside chat with ARM’s executive VP Simon Seagers at TechCon.
UMC sees utilization falling below 70% in Q4
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10/26/2011   2 comments
UMC reported double-digit sales declines in the third quarter on both a sequential and annual basis and said it expects capacity utilization to slip to below 70 percent in the fourth quarter, down from more than 90 percent at the beginning of the year.
Report: HP to sell servers with ARM-based ICs
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10/26/2011   10 comments
Hewlett-Packard plans to sell servers with ARM-based processors made by startup Calxeda, according to a report.
ARM, Avnet launch embedded software store
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10/26/2011   9 comments
Electronics distributor Avnet's Electronics Marketing group and IP vendor ARM Holdings launched an e-commerce store dedicated to selling embedded software from a range of vendors to the embedded design community.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 news from ARM TechCon
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10/26/2011   Post a comment
Xilinx launches open source Linux Support and developer community for its ARM processor-based programmable SoC – the Zynq-7000 Extensible Processing Platform
TSMC-backed design house adopts ASIC model
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10/26/2011   Post a comment
Global Unichip, a 13-year-old design services vendor with close ties to TSMC, has revamped its business model to focus on becoming a flexible, full-service fabless ASIC vendor.
Broadcom joins the party with low Q4 target
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10/25/2011   Post a comment
Broadcom became the latest chip vendor to predict a fourth quarter sales decline, as the company turned in a third quarter performance in line with analysts' expectations but called for lower than expected fourth quarter revenue.
First Solar CEO resigns stock sinks
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10/25/2011   12 comments
News that First Solar CEO Robert Gillette had stepped down sent shares in the company plummeting by 25 percent on Tuesday, in a year where the Arizona-based company’s stocks have already lost over 70 percent of their value.
Nvidia Kal-El processor to emerge Nov 9
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10/25/2011   Post a comment
Nvidia Corp.’s Kal-El quad-core SoC will emerge November 9 in Asustek Computer’s Transformer Prime tablet, Asus CEO Jonney Shih has revealed.
TSMC R&D chief sees 10 more years of scaling
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10/25/2011   15 comments
Shang-Yi Chiang, senior vice president of R&D at TSMC, said the path is clear for continued semiconductor scaling using FinFETs for the next decade, down to the 7-nm node.
New licensees give ARM strong Q3
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10/25/2011   Post a comment
Microprocessor architect ARM Holdings announced it had seen strong growth in the third quarter despite the global economic downturn thanks to a boon in new customers and an increase in the number chips based on its processor technology shipped.
VLSI confabs call for mutual interest topics
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10/25/2011   Post a comment
The 2012 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits will feature joint circuit and technology focus sessions for the first time, including design in scaled technologies; design enablement; memory technology and design; and 3-D (TSV) and heterogeneous integration.
Samsung, Cadence tout collaboration on SoC
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10/25/2011   Post a comment
Executives from Samsung's foundry unit and EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems say their collaboration on Ambarella's new HD digital camera SoC recalls another era before the fabless-foundry model evolved.
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