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Synopsys to buy Magma for $507 million
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11/30/2011   25 comments
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys signed a definitive agreement to acquire rival EDA vendor Magma Design Automation in a deal worth about $507 million.
Skyworks to get AnalogicTech at lower price
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11/30/2011   1 comment
Skyworks Solutions will acquire Advanced Analogic Technologies for about $250 million in cash under the terms of an amended agreement between the companies.
Cray to provide supercomputer to Kyoto University
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11/30/2011   1 comment
Supercomputer maker Cray has been contracted to build a new supercomputer for the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
PC sales rankings: New No. 2 Lenovo breathing down HP's neck
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11/30/2011   8 comments
China's Lenovo Group rode a strong surge in third quarter shipments to move into second place among global PC vendors, surpassing Dell and posting a strong challenge to market leader Hewlett-Packard, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Plastic memory firm recruits organic ink startup
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Long-time plastic memory research company Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced a partnership with Polyera Corp. , a 2005 startup that supplies organic semiconductor, dielectric, and interfacial materials for the flexible and printed electronics industry.
Report: Magnetic sensors to grow in automotive motors
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11/30/2011   1 comment
Revenue derived from the use of magnetic sensors in automotive motors will expand by nearly 40 percent in 2012 reaching $160.3 million, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Imec and Kaneka research copper for silicon solar cells
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Research consortium imec (Leuven, Belgium) is cooperating with Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) to come up with silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cells.
ASML, TEL to speed up litho cooperation
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11/30/2011   3 comments
Dutch lithography equipment specialist ASML has announced an agreement made with semiconductor production equipment supplier Tokyo Electron Ltd. to accelerate joint development activities in extreme ultraviolet and ArF immersion lithography clusters.
Toshiba to close wafer fabs, slow IC production
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11/30/2011   5 comments
Toshiba Corp. has announced it plans to close three manufacturing facilities and consolidate much of its discrete, analog and imaging IC production into three others, as part of a response to a fall off in demand for consumer products from the western hemisphere.
Crystalline alloy boosts piezo MEMS operation
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Researchers have successfully integrated a new, highly efficient piezoelectric material into a silicon microelectromechanical system.
UMC, Kilopass extend license agreement
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Non-volatile memory IP vendor Kilopass Technology expanded its manufacturing license agreement with Taiwanese foundry UMC to cover process technology spanning from 55 nm to 130 nm.
Globalfoundries replaces CFO, appoints CTO
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11/30/2011   3 comments
Globalfoundries appointed Daniel Durn, a former executive at the firm's parent company, to the position of chief financial officer and assigned two other senior executives to key positions.
IDT claims first piezoelectric MEMs
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11/30/2011   8 comments
Integrated Device Technology said it has developed what it claims is the world's first piezoelectric micro-electro-mechanical system.
Tegal invests in Israeli medtech startup
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment supplier Tegal said it made a $300,000 strategic investment in NanoVibronix, a privately held firm that develops medical devices and products that implement its proprietary therapeutic ultrasound technology.
Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer wins Gordon Bell award
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11/30/2011   2 comments
The Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information Computing Center has won the the supercomputing industry’s highest honor, the Gordon Bell Prize, with its Nvidia GPU-accelerated Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer.
Nokia tweaks Bluetooth for indoor navigation
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11/29/2011   15 comments
Nokia Research is courting partners and expanding Bluetooth as part of a new initiative for indoor location-based services.
Nvidia Kepler GPUs to trail AMD's next generation
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11/29/2011   6 comments
Nvidia’s first generation Kepler GPU should emerge in March 2012, according to reports.
PCI Express 4.0 drives to 16 GT/second
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11/29/2011   3 comments
PCI Express will double its data rates to support up to 16 GTransfers/second in an upcoming version 4.0 of the spec due by the end of 2014.
3-D IC confab to look at commercial opportunities
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
As 3-D integration and packaging approaches an inflection point, an upcoming conference in this area will bring together semiconductor luminaries for discussing 3-D commercial opportunities.
Tablet computer market on 81% CAGR, says analyst
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11/29/2011   4 comments
Global PC shipments, including tablet computers, will be 414 million units in 2011, up 13 percent on 366 million PCs shipped in 2010, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Deutsche Telekom gets in on optical chip startup
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11/29/2011   2 comments
German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom has joined Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks in investing in Skorpios Technologies Inc., a 2009 startup developing silicon photonic technology.
Applied tips atomic-layer film treatment
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
Applied Materials announced a new atomic-layer film treatment that the company claims can reduce chip power consumption and lower the k-value of dielectric films by up to 20 percent.
WSTS drops 2012 chip market growth forecast to 2.6%
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization has lowered its prediction for the 2012 global chip market to 2.6 percent annual growth but raised its view of 2013 to 5.8 percent annual growth.
Android market hack for Kindle Fire
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11/29/2011   10 comments
While Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle Fire tablet launched recently without official access to the Google Android Market, it hasn’t taken developers long to hack the code and make it work.
Semi industry vet Jim Fiebiger dies
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
James R. Fiebiger, a semiconductor industry veteran for more than four decades, died recently in Los Angeles. The cause of Fiebiger's death was not immediately known.
Seagate: HDD shortages to last for months
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11/29/2011   8 comments
Seagate said it expects revenue for the quarter ending in December to be above consensus analysts' expectations, but warned that the recent flooding in Thailand will lead to a shortage of hard disk drives that will last several quarters.
Report: Powerchip mulls fab sale
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11/28/2011   3 comments
Taiwanese memory chip vendor Powerchip Technology is considering the sale of one of its 300-mm fabs to help pay off debt at the request of one of its creditors, according to a report.
SATS firm takes stake in Elpida finance unit
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11/28/2011   1 comment
Memory test and assembly services provider Walton Advanced Engineering paid about $50 million to acquire 7,500 preferred shares in a finance subsidiary of memory chip vendor Elpida Memory.
Supreme Court won't overturn Tessera ruling
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11/28/2011   2 comments
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a patent infringement ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission which found for Tessera Technologies over several chipmakers.
VeriSilicon takes ARM license
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11/28/2011   1 comment
IC design foundry and custom silicon provider VeriSilicon has licensed intellectual property from ARM Holdings, including Cortex processor and Mali graphics processing unit cores and Artisan physical IP, ARM said.
Novellus claims legal win over Linear Tech
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Novellus Systems said a California appellate court unanimously upheld its legal victory in a lawsuit brought by Linear Technology.
MEMS enters world of precision archery
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11/28/2011   9 comments
If you like to go bow shooting, now you can do so with a high-tech measurement system that uses a MEMS as part of an arrow-mounted device which provides detailed information about arrow speed, flight dynamics and bow performance.
PC market lifted by iPad demand, says analyst
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11/28/2011   6 comments
Global PC shipments will be 415 million units in 2011, up 15 percent year-on-year, predominantly thanks to sales of iPad tablet computers, according to market research firm Canalys Ltd.
Optical diode boosts silicon photonics efforts
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11/28/2011   4 comments
An optical diode demonstrated by MIT researchers could speed the arrival of silicon photonics.
ST-Ericsson replaces CEO with ST's Lamouche
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11/28/2011   3 comments
ST-Ericsson NV, the struggling mobile phone chip joint venture, has announced the appointment of Didier Lamouche as president and CEO, with effect from Dec. 1, 2011. Lamouche, who is chief operating officer of STMicroelectronics NV, replaces Gilles Delfassy who has led ST-Ericsson since September 2009.
Broadcom, NXP, Freescale and Harman join forces to establish in-car Ethernet
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11/26/2011   2 comments
After recent announcements from chip vendor Freescale and automotive supplier Continental, four technology companies launched the OPEN Special Interest Group aiming at establishing Ethernet in automotive applications.
Intel Capital starts $100 million apps investment fund
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11/26/2011   1 comment
Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the world's biggest chip maker, said it has launched a $100 million fund to invest in invest in software tools and services companies developing applications and digital content for mobile devices and PCs.
Energy@Home consortium to begin in-home trials
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11/26/2011   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor and Telecom Italia have presented the latest advancement of the Energy@Home consortium during the recent Design with Freescale (DWF) Italian session in Milan.
Supercomputing 2011 ultimate slideshow
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11/26/2011   11 comments
Supercomputing 2011 held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
AT&T withdraws T-Mobile merger application
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11/25/2011   11 comments
U.S. wireless carrier AT&T says it has withdrawn its application to the FCC to have its $39 billion merger with Deutsche Telekom's U.S. subsidiary T-Mobile approved
Innovasic adds real-time channel to Ethernet
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11/25/2011   6 comments
Innovasic Semiconductor Inc. has announced device-level support for its PriorityChannel, an extension to Ethernet that is intended to ensure Ethernet is suitable for use in industrial applications and others where real-time responsiveness is required.
Samplify announces ultrasound ASIC
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11/25/2011   2 comments
Samplify announced a 32-channel beam-forming receiver ASIC for ultrasound machines, claiming it is the first merchant chip available for the function.
Sludge transformed into electricity using solar power, robots
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11/24/2011   17 comments
Israeli startup Global Recycling Projects Ltd. is working on a system to treat sludge waste and transform it into energy and raw materials by harnessing solar energy to thermo-chemically transform the waste.
Intel rolls new Pentium chips for microservers
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11/24/2011   12 comments
While Xeon chips are taking the high-end server market by storm, Intel has found a use for its historic Pentium processor in lower-end servers.
Google Wallet, Apple will force operator cooperation
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11/24/2011   7 comments
Mobile Network Operators will provide the majority of NFC-based e-cash wallets initially, but their market share will erode between 2012 and 2016 as Google and Apple claim users, according to ABI Research.
Mentor, JEOL work on improving mask writing
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11/24/2011   2 comments
EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp. and electron microscopy company JEOL Ltd. have said they will work together on improving IC mask writing tools.
Globalfoundries Abu Dhabi wafer fab postponed, says report
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11/24/2011   8 comments
Chip foundry Globalfoundries Inc. has postponed plans to start building a wafer fab in Abu Dhabi in 2012, due to uncertain global economic conditions, according to a local newspaper report.
Dialog wins sockets in Samsung smartphones
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11/24/2011   6 comments
Dialog Semiconductor plc has started shipping a power management and audio IC for use by Samsung in Android smartphones, initially targeting the China TD-SCDMA market.
EC clears way for Western Digital, Hitachi deal
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11/23/2011   2 comments
Hardware manufacturer Western Digital has overcome a major hurdle on its path to purchasing Hitachi GST, with the European Union's competition regulator giving the deal a green light, as long as WD manages to sell off its production operations for 3.5-inch disc drives.
Video teardown gets inside iPhone 4S
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11/23/2011   4 comments
UBM TechInsights posted an interactive video animation of an Apple iPhone 4S teardown that lets viewers click through areas of interest inside the new smartphone.
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