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Wire bonder vet forms new company
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
Wire bonder expert Michael Whitehead has established a new company.
Vitesse posts fiscal year profit
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
Vitesse Semiconductor said it posted a net income of $16.6 million, or 7 cents per share, on revenue of $228.5 million for the company's fiscal year, ended Sept. 30.
Dell reorgs amid slumping profits
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
Computer maker Dell Inc. has reorganized management around four global divisions amid declining profits and slowing revenue growth in the shakeup that includes the loss of two fairly recent additions to Dell's executive ranks.
Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Pure Wafer set to be acquired
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
Welsh reclaimer of silicon wafers, Pure Wafer, has received a bid approach from an un-named party as it revealed a pre-tax loss of £800,000 for the year to June 30, compared to a profit of £3.6 million the year before.
EBRD gives $15 million loan to Russian broadband firm
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
The EBRD said it will provide Russian wireless broadband operator Prestige Internet with a $15M, four-year loan to support the company’s expansion.
Actions Semi lowers Q4 guidance
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Chinese fabless chip vendor Actions Semiconductor cut its guidance for the fourth quarter, saying it now expects revenue of $15 million to $16 million.
Intel rolls new education PCs at CES
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will make a fresh foray into low-cost PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, launching a tablet-style netbook for students as well as a personal area network technology for linking Wi-Fi devices.
Top 20 predictions for semis in 2009
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12/30/2008   1 comment
To help sort out the confusion in the market, I have released my own chip forecasts--and other predictions--for 2009.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Lots of jobs on offer at Gigle
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Gigle Semiconductor, a developer of home networking chips, has nine jobs on offer at its website. The positions vary from SOC designer, through embedded firmware engineer to physical design team leader.
Virage Logic cuts quarterly guidance
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Citing the increasing effect of the global financial crisis, IP vendor Virage Logic lowered revenue and earnings guidance for the company's fiscal first quarter, which ends Dec. 31.
Confidence in spending on electronics reaches three-year low, says poll
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
The holiday season just passing was expected to be the least electronic for at least three years, according to an EE Times Europe poll.
InterDigital, ModeLabs seal patent licensing pact
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12/30/2008   1 comment
French mobile device developer ModeLabs Group has become the latest in the wireless sector to take a license for some of InterDigital's patents related to 2G and 3G cellular technologies.
Slovenian appliance manufacturer hangs on in downturn
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Slovenia-based electronic appliance maker Gorenje Group expects slight growth and lower profitability in 2008 as the financial crisis impacts Eastern Europe.
Rumor mill: TSMC, Micron-Nanya eye ProMOS
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
There appears to be a potential bidding war for Taiwan DRAM maker ProMOS Technology Corp.
AMD adds 100 to planned layoff
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Seeking to cut more costs, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has reduced its headcount by approximately 600 employees--about 100 more jobs than expected, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Nanotubes shown to boost neuron signals
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
Researchers explain how carbon nanotubes could someday bypass faulty circuitry in the brain, for instance curing Parkinson's disease, as well as to repair spinal cord injuries and eventually to augment and enhance cognitive functions.
DARPA chief reviews legacy
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reflected on his nearly eight years at DARPA, refuting charges the agency has tightened spending on basic research.
Samsung preps WiMax, LTE chips
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12/29/2008   1 comment
Samsung Electronics is expanding its portfolio of silicon for cellphones with basebands for Long Term Evolution and WiMax and media accelerators at a time when its handset division is tapping a broader set of chip vendors.
Goooogled
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
In the summer of 2006 Randy Katz worked on a sabbatical at Google Inc.
Interview: The Google is flat
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12/29/2008   1 comment
Google provides lessons in the advantages of flat organizational structures and modern programming techniques.
IPWireless re-acquired in management buy-out
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12/26/2008   Post a comment
NextWave Wireless Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has sold a 75 percent stake in its IP Wireless mobile chip and systems subsidiary in a management buyout for just $1 million.
Exar cuts forecast amid downturn
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12/26/2008   Post a comment
Exar Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) projects that the December 2008 quarter revenue is expected to be between $25.5 million and $27.0 million, down approximately 7 percent to 12 percent below guidance issued on Oct. 30.
Elpida in talks to buy Powerchip, ProMOS
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12/26/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. appears to be involved in talks to buy Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. and ProMOS Technologies Inc.
Spreadtrum cuts jobs, lowers forecast
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12/26/2008   Post a comment
China's Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has taken a number of measures to reduce its costs, including downsizing its headcount by approximately 15 percent from the third quarter level.
GSI restructures laser unit
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12/26/2008   Post a comment
In a move to cut costs, GSI Group Inc. (Bedford, Mass.) has restructured its Rugby, U.K.-based laser business.
Actel says CFO dies of medical complications
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12/25/2008   Post a comment
Actel Corp. announced the death of Jon A. Anderson, vice president and chief financial officer. He was 50.
Cavium completes acquisition of W&W
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12/25/2008   Post a comment
Cavium Networks Inc. has completed its acquisition of W&W Communications Inc. for approximately $19.3 million.
Rohm changes name amid IC push
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12/25/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Rohm Co. Ltd. will change its name to Rohm Semiconductor Inc., effective Jan. 1, 2009.
RFID, NFC, Bar Code: Most Read Features in 2008
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12/25/2008   Post a comment
Looking forward to 2009, as well as big changes at RFID World and in the automatic identification industry, here are the topics you clicked on most in 2008.
FSI revenue down 45 percent
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
Chip equipment vendor FSI International saw its revenue decline 45 percent year-to-year in the fiscal first quarter, ended Nov. 29.
Hynix cuts capex, delays funds in China
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
South Korean memory maker Hynix plans to cut spending on a fab in South Korea and will delay a $260 million investment in its Chinese joint venture with Numonyx B.V.
Startup rolls mask pattern qualification tool
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
A consulting startup called Reticle Labs unveiled its first software product for mask pattern quantification to be used in the back-end mask manufacturing environment.
Is Microchip looking to buy Supertex?
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
Is Microchip Technology Inc. looking to buy Supertex Inc.?
Top 15 technology challenges for 22-nm node
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12/24/2008   Post a comment
A team of analysts came up with a list of top challenges for the 22-nm node.
Micron posts wider loss, cuts capex
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Memory supplier Micron Technology reported a net loss of $706 million, or 91 cents per share, on revenue of $1.4 billion for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2009, which closed Dec. 4.
PLX Tech cuts guidance
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
PCI Express chip vendor PLX Technology cut its revenue estimates for the fourth quarter, citing reduced demand.
IBM pumps up hydraulic-hybrid delivery truck
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Design software enables cutting fuel use by up to 50%.
Zoran cuts fourth quarter guidance
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
DSP vendor Zoran cut its revenue guidance for the fourth quarter, citing an economic downturn affecting the company across all its markets.
Notebooks surpass desktops in strong quarter
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Amid strong PC sales, global notebook PC shipments exceeded desktop sales on a quarterly basis for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. forcing the market watcher to increase its 2008 PC estimates half a point.
DRAM spot prices rebounding, firm says
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Spot prices for DRAM chips are on the rebound thanks to production cuts by several vendors, and the spot price for 1-Gbit DDR 2 667-Mhz parts may reach $1 again in the first quarter of 2009, according to DRAMeXchange, a DRAM clearing house.
Elma : cooling elements serve as front or rear panel in the 19 inch technology
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Elma introduces cooling elements for use as front or rear panel in a 19 cabinet.
MKS cuts jobs, reduces salaries
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Fab-tool, sub-systems supplier MKS Instruments Inc. (Andover, Mass.) has cut its global workforce by 10 percent and implemented other cost-cutting measures.
Intel follows Apple, tops up stake in Imagination
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Following a move by Apple to invest $5 million in graphics cores licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) Intel Corp. has topped up its shareholding in Imagination to a similar level.
64 percent of EU-27 companies have website: Eurostat
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Most European companies use broadband Internet, but only 64 percent of them have a website, according to recent report by Eurostat.
EBRD considering Romania, Georgia loans
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development intends to provide loans to Romania and Georgia.
Analyst warns of 'solar market eclipse' in 2009
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Global revenue for photovoltaic panels is expected to plunge by 19 percent in 2009, following eight consecutive years of growth, as a massive oversupply causes prices to drop, according to a forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
LED lighting to save $1.8 trillion, study says
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12/22/2008   1 comment
Replacing traditional light sources with LEDs will not only enable enormous savings in energy, cost and pollution, but also herald a new era of smart lighting that controls the spectrum, emission pattern and polarization of the LED lights, according to a study by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Obama names science and technology team
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has named four key members of his science and technology team, saying science holds the key to the planet's survival and U.S. prosperity.
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