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Holiday tablet sales expected to rise 60%
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11/30/2012   7 comments
"Tablet tracker" report by investment firm predicts strong year-over-year growth for iPad and Android-based tablets.
Youth, execs meet at chip gala focused on STEM
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11/30/2012   6 comments
Students from San Jose’s Lynbrook High met FIRST organizer Dean Kamen at the annual SIA dinner, where STEM education was in the spotlight.
Printed electronics pilot line starts production
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11/30/2012   3 comments
A pilot line in northern England has started commercial production of printed circuits, but the company involved says it is not revealing details of the functions until 2013.
ST sets date for strategy announcement
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
Struggling European chip manufacturer STMicroelectronics will announce details of its strategic plan on Dec. 10.
Globalfoundries' FinFET wafers set to roll
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11/30/2012   17 comments
The first multiproject wafer runs for foundry customers to begin testing the 14XM manufacturing process technology could start as soon as the first quarter of 2013.
Upbeat VCs have cash for a few good chips
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11/29/2012   7 comments
Despite "dismal" forecasts for chips in 2012, venture capitalists said they see lots of opportunities ahead, including some in semiconductors.
Still no takers for idled ProMOS DRAM fab
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11/29/2012   1 comment
Taiwanese government-backed agency plans to reopen bidding after initial deadline passes with no offers.
Smartphones move center stage in cars, even drones
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11/29/2012   4 comments
The French company Parrot developed a "universal receiver" for car phones and is now trying to expand its applications to consumer gadgets like personal drones.
University R&D spending for engineering jumps
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11/29/2012   4 comments
The National Science Foundation said U.S. university spending on R&D rose again in 2011, with engineering research ranking second after life sciences.
Is Renesas Mobile's LTE gambit paying off?
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11/29/2012   9 comments
It's been a tough year for mobile chip vendors like Renesas Mobile. Without a design win in Apple or Samsung smartphones, Renesas and other have no other volume sockets to go after.
'Signum' ARM digital quarterly launches
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
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Android cutting deeper into iPad's market share
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11/28/2012   8 comments
Apple's share of the tablet market fell to 55 percent in the third quarter, the lowest it has been since the original iPad introduction.
IBM flash interconnect aims to bust bottlenecks
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11/28/2012   2 comments
Following its acquisition of Texas Memory Systems, IBM is developing a storage I/O technology geared for flash memory subsystems.
MEMS microphones go HD
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Akustica is offering a line of high-definition MEMS mics for consumer electronic devices.
HP Labs sees ARM, Atom, memristors in server future
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11/28/2012   14 comments
Disruptive changes in data center technologies are upcoming, this week's Server Design Summit revealed.
Flexible electronics breakthrough claimed
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11/28/2012   2 comments
Using flexible plastic substrates in place of rigid silicon wafers could open up new applications for electronics.
AMD to sell Austin campus
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11/27/2012   6 comments
Chip vendor's plan to sell Lone Star campus to raise cash contingent on a multi-year leaseback deal.
Nuclear space engine demo'd by Los Alamos
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11/27/2012   6 comments
U.S. researchers have demonstrated the first use of a heat pipe to cool a small nuclear reactor used to power a Stirling engine. The concept could be used to power spacecraft.
Ericsson sues Samsung for patent infringement
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11/27/2012   Post a comment
Samsung licensed Ericsson's patents in 2001, renewing in 2007, but its license has now expired. Talks between the two mobile giants have broken down.
Chip market to fall in 2012, rise in 2013
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11/27/2012   6 comments
The WSTS industry organization has revised its previous forecasts down and now predicts a weak end to the year for the global chip market.
CMOS power amplifiers penetrating 3G handsets
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11/27/2012   2 comments
A teardown analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Appeal found it is one of the first 3G smartphones to use a CMOS power amplifier instead of gallium arsenide.
How Kickstarter created a community for Adapteva
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11/27/2012   4 comments
In the process of raising $750,000 through Kickstarter, Adapteva seeded a developer community of nearly 5,000 potential customers.
MediaTek reportedly has eight-core apps processor
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11/27/2012   19 comments
MediaTek is developing an ARM-based eight-cored processor for use in a smartphone by Chinese telecommunications equipment and network provider ZTE, according to reports in Taiwan.
China fabless exec looks West as mobile slumps
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11/26/2012   5 comments
Union Semiconductor, one of China's biggest fabless chip companies, is seeking new sockets in the West as China’s mobile business sags.
Smartphones to pass feature phones in flash memory consumption
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11/26/2012   Post a comment
Smartphones will consume more flash memory units than feature phones for the first time in 2013, according to IHS iSuppli.
Google buys Wi-Fi hotspot provider
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11/26/2012   Post a comment
Internet search giant to pay $400 million to acquire ICOA in move to diversify portfolio.
Why the ARM architecture is shaped the way it is
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11/26/2012   35 comments
To understand why the ARM architecture and culture is shaped the way it is, you need to go back to the1970s, in the early days of EE Times.
Tower asked to expand Indian fab project
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11/26/2012   Post a comment
Consortium asked to resubmit wafer fab pitch with "increased scope" to Indian government. Reckons it is going head-to-head against one other group.
TSMC breaks ground for FinFET fab
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11/26/2012   7 comments
Foundry breaks ground for fab set to mass produce 20-nm planar CMOS and 16-nm FinFET circuits in 2014.
Report: Rising GDP set to boost chip markets
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11/23/2012   Post a comment
The IC market will grow 6 percent in 2013 on the back of an improving global gross domestic product, according to market analysis firm.
Silicon wafer shipments fell in Q3, says SEMI
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11/23/2012   Post a comment
Worldwid silicon wafer area shipments decreased sequentially during the third quarter of 2012, according to the SEMI industry body, which analyses wafer area shipments on a quarterly basis.
Calxeda hires former Cisco exec as COO
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11/23/2012   Post a comment
A startup pioneering the development of ARM-based processor chips and technology for server computers, has announced that Gopal Hegde has joined the company as chief operating officer. Hegde was previously senior director of engineering at Cisco.
Intel buys U.K. graphics chip team
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11/22/2012   3 comments
Intel is buying a graphics chip design subsidiary from Creative Technology of Singapore in a move that could result in Intel scaling back its use of graphics cores licensed from Imagination.
ARM CEO Warren East on IoT, Nokia, platforms, Europe's future
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11/21/2012   Post a comment
ARM CEO sees growth in embedded and servers while leveraging existing community, technology and infrastructure.
ARM CEO Warren East on IoT, Nokia, platforms, Europe's future
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11/21/2012   Post a comment
ARM CEO sees growth in embedded and servers while leveraging existing community, technology and infrastructure.
Memsic gets bid from private equity firm
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11/21/2012   1 comment
MEMS maker Memsic said IDG-Accel China Growth Fund has offered to acquire the company for $4.00 per share, or about $96.8 million in cash.
U.S. space plane's mission remains a mystery
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11/21/2012   8 comments
The Air Force's prototype X-37B space plane is scheduled to return to orbit on Nov. 27, but the service still isn't talking about the spacecraft's mission.
Mars Curiosity gets down to science
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11/21/2012   8 comments
The Mars Curiosity rover has begun its search for evidence of microbial life on the Red Planet. A suite of sensors is delivering samples to an on-board lab for analysis.
Ceva bids for MIPS
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11/21/2012   5 comments
DSP IP licensor CEVA has offered a competing bid of $75 million in cash for MIPS Technologies in an attempt to outbid U.K. GPU licensing company Imagination Technologies.
Europe plots three pilot wafer fabs
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11/21/2012   7 comments
A European initiative formed to coordinate research in nanoelectronics has proposed projects for the creation of three pilot fabs, including one for 450-mm diameter wafers.
Sensor Platforms' Ian Chen: Context is king
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11/21/2012   3 comments
Ian Chen believes a world increasingly stitched together by sensors will provide context for interpretation of all the data. That's how Ian Chen, executive vice president of Sensor Platforms, views things from his perch, where EE Times has identified him as one of the 40 key technologists to watch in the coming years.
Broadcom-led group to develop SDN interface
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11/21/2012   3 comments
Broadcom is forming a group to develop an interface for software-defined networks, aiming to embrace both the new OpenFlow approach and legacy distributed nets.
Palladium Energy acquires MicroSun Technologies
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11/20/2012   Post a comment
Battery maker Palladium Energy has completed the acquisition of MicroSun Technologies, an provider of customized power solutions.
IBM backs Brazilian wafer fab project
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11/20/2012   6 comments
IBM, Brazilian development bank BNDES and the EBX Group of Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, are partnering for the construction and operation of a wafer fab in the south of Brazil, according to local reports.
Infineon details short-time work regime
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11/20/2012   Post a comment
German chip maker provides more details of a recently-introduced short-time work regime. So far it only impacts one factory making power electronics modules.
Intel's CEO search begins, and the nominees are...
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11/20/2012   80 comments
Predictions about who will replace Paul Otellini as Intel's next CEO cover the entire waterfront, with the least predictable being the most likely.
Intel CEO Otellini to retire in May
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11/19/2012   26 comments
Intel said it will consider both internal and external candidates to replace Paul Otellini as CEO when he retires in May.
ISSCC preview: Revving ReRAMS, boosting memory bandwidth
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11/19/2012   12 comments
Higher-density non-volatile memories, faster memory transceivers and improved SRAMs highlight ISSCC's memory track for February
Applied Materials sees big drop in 2013 tool spending
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11/19/2012   3 comments
Chip equipment vendor Applied Materials expects fab tool spending to decline 5-15 percent next year, worse than Gartner's forecast.
Carbon nanotubes 'cloned' by USC researchers
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11/19/2012   Post a comment
Team demonstrates ability to grow carbon nanotube semiconductors of predefined structures, paving the way for carbon to be used in future electronics.
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