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Powerline group breaks two-year deadlock
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to growing momentum behind the ITU G.hn standard covering all wired home networks, the IEEE P1901 has taken a significant step toward defining a standard for competing power line technologies, breaking a two-year deadlock.
Analyst cuts IC forecast for 2009
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Amid poor chip sales projected for November, investment banking firm Carnegie ASA has lowered its worldwide IC forecast for 2009.
Chip gear recovery seen in second half of 2010
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
A sustainable recovery in the semiconductor capital equipment market will not begin until the second half of 2010, after the memory sector resumes a supply/demand balance and the general demand for chips recovers, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Solarflare bucks trend, gains funds
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Solarflare Communications Inc., a provider of 10 Gigabit Ethernet silicon, has secured a new $32 million round in equity financing.
Evans Analytical buys lab services firm
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Lab services provider Evans Analytical Group (EAG) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nano Integrated Solutions Inc. (NanoISI).
Fujitsu sells compound unit to Sumitomo
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Continuing its restructuring efforts, Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. has sold its shares of compound semiconductor supplier Eudyna Devices Inc. to Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.
Updated: Memory spot prices stage rally
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Spot prices for memory parts showed some increases for the week ending Dec. 19 on news of DRAM production cutbacks and better-than-expected holiday sales of NAND flash products, according to market research firm Gartner.
Infineon praises 'generous' Saxony for role in Qimonda bail-out
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has successfully negotiated a financing package for its struggling memory making subsidiary Qimonda AG worth 325 million euro (about $450 million). After contentious exchanges between Infineon and the State of Saxony last week, this week Infineon welcomed the contributions from the German and Portuguese authorities as "generous."
Portugal joins Qimonda bail-out worth $450 million
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Struggling memory maker Qimonda AG announced Sunday (Dec. 21) that is has arranged a 325 million euro (about $450 million) financing package. In return, Qimonda has promised to continue to develop its R&D and manufacturing sites in Porto, Portugal and Dresden, Germany.
Fujitsu, NEC, Toshiba roll 32-nm process
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12/20/2008   Post a comment
At this week's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) here, Fujitsu, NEC and Toshiba rolled out 32-nm processes.
'Universal memory' race still on the starting block
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12/19/2008   1 comment
A slew of promising ''universal memory'' technologies were disclosed at this week's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) here, but don't look for mass adoption anytime soon.
'Universal memory' race still on the starting block
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12/19/2008   1 comment
A slew of promising ''universal memory'' technologies were disclosed at this week's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) here, but don't look for mass adoption anytime soon.
Report calls for restructuring patent office
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office needs to be overhauled if it is to come to grips with rising backlogs and a perception of declining patent quality, according to a report the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent to President-elect Barack Obama.
ST to close Italian fabs over holidays, says report
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Due to the current slowdown in the global economy, Geneva-based chip maker STMicroelectronics NV expressed its plans to close its fabs in Italy over the Christmas period, according to Bloomberg.
Anritsu : Field measuring OTDRs suit construction and maintenance of optical networks
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
ACCESS Master MT9083B Performance Series is Anritsu's next generation in field measuring OTDRs for construction and maintenance of optical networks.
Qimonda, DRAM and bail-outs lead story ranking
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 14, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
C and K : Surface-mount snap-acting detect switch is designed for ATCA applications
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The MDS Series surface-mount, micro-miniature, snap-acting detect switch is designed for ATCA applications.
ST takes partial unemployment measures in Tours
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Geneva-based chip maker STMicroelectronics NV told a workers' council it would take partial unemployment measures at its manufacturing site in Tours, France.
Lam, Rudolph cut outlooks amid downturn
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The fab-tool market is sinking, as Lam Research Corp. and Rudolph Technologies Inc. have separately lowered their forecasts.
Cabot buys Taiwanese CMP firm
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Cabot Microelectronics Corp. (Aurora, Ill.), a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Epoch Material Co. Ltd. for $66 million.
Panasonic absorbs device unit
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Seeking to cut costs, Japan's Panasonic Corp. will absorb one of its chip units, Panasonic Semiconductor Device Solutions Co. Ltd. (PSCDS).
Italian photovoltaic startup to raise capital to fund growth
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Enerqos plc (Milan, Italy), a photovoltaic system and solar power plant construction company, expressed its decision to increase its capital by an additional 2 million euros so as to finance its growth forecast for 2009.
SiGe-Semiconductor : ISM band power amplifier is designed for WLAN applications
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
SiGe Semiconductor has released the SE2568U ISM band high-performance power amplifier (PA) targeted at the embedded 2.4GHz wireless LAN (WLAN) market.
ASMI grants Tokyo Electron access to atomic layer deposition
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
ASM International NV (Bilthoven, The Netherlands) has said it has granted a license to Tokyo Electron Limited allowing the company to use currently filed and issued atomic layer deposition (ALD) patents for batch ALD processing.
Stop shooting yourself in the chip
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
It is to be hoped that the season of good will to all will wash over Stanislaw Tillich, the prime minister of German state of Saxony, and Peter Bauer, president and CEO of Infineon Technologies AG, parent of stuggling memory maker Qimonda AG.
ST selects Firecomms' interconnect technology
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) announced it has integrated the OptoLock interconnect technology by Firecomms Ltd. (Cork, Ireland) in its IPTV set-top box reference design.
Convergence power multi-corner multi-mode : une nouvelle dimension pour la conception des circuits intégrés
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
S’il est si délicat de franchir la limite des 65 nm pour produire des circuits intégrés, c’est parce qu’il est extrêmement difficile de gérer efficacement la consommation associée.
Panasonic finally gains control of Sanyo
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The on-off sale by Goldman Sachs of its stake in Sanyo Electric Co. to Japanese electronics conglomerate Panasonic Corp. is back on, after Panasonic raised its offer by Yen 1 a share, clearing the way for Japan's largest consumer electronics acquisition.
RF filters offer footprint reduced by 72 percent for W-CDMA, LTE cellular basestations
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Two new block-type dielectric RF filters for telecoms basestation applications have been added to Murata's GIGAFIL range.
Sky readying 3D-TV broadcasts
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Digital broadcaster Sky has demonstrated and tested the delivery of 3D programming to a television in the U.K. via a high-definition set-top box.
Infineon counterclaims in Volterra patents dispute
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG and Primarion, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have filed a counterclaim against Volterra Semiconductor alleging fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as for antitrust violations.
Analysis: IC market gloom won't last
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12/19/2008   1 comment
The semiconductor industry is forecast to experience a steep sales drop in 2009 but the market could witness bounce back strongly in the second half of the year as various stimulus programs, government fiscal actions and improvement in the global economy lift corporate and consumer demand for electronic equipment.
U.S. files antitrust suit against Microsemi
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsemi over the company's acquisition of assets from Semicoa.
Fab-tool book-to-bill ratios are mixed
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The fab-tool, book-to-bill ratios were mixed amid an IC downturn.
ITC to investigate Spansion complaint against Samsung, others
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint by flash memory specialist Spansion against certain flash memory chips made by South Korean giant Samsung Electronics and products based on those chips marketed by some of the biggest names in electronics.
Update: Alliance wants foundry for lithium ion cells
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
An alliance of 15 companies will seek $1 billion in U.S. funding to create what amounts to a foundry for lithium ion battery cells.
Analog Devices gets star power with ex-Alpha architect
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices (ADI) has appointed well-known CPU designer Dan Leibholz as Engineering Director of the company's general-purpose DSP division.
IBM claims fastest graphene transistor
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12/18/2008   2 comments
IBM Research is claiming the world's fastest graphene field-effect transistor, operating at 26 GHz.
Sigma rides wave, buys Zensys
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Sigma Designs Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Zensys Holdings Corp. for an undisclosed price.
Gartner cuts chip equipment forecast again
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment spending is projected to decline 30.6 percent in 2008 and 31.7 percent in 2009, according to a revised forecast by market research firm Gartner.
Report: Alliance seeks $1 billion in car battery R&D
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Fourteen U.S. technology companies will seek $1 billion in federal aid to build a plant to make advanced lithium ion batteries for electric cars, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
ST, Synopsys partner to deliver complete design flow for 32-nm
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) have joined efforts to enable the readiness of key components in a 32-nm design flow, including ST's standard cell library for low power and high-performance design, and the support of the latest route rules in Synopsys' IC Compiler Zroute technology.
STMicroelectronics : Miniature filters cut noise on music phones
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
New handset designs will demand improvements in noise reduction that can be enabled by the EMIF02-SPK02F2 filter, announced by STMicroelectronics.
U.S. R&D investments to target infrastructure, jobs
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
The chairman of the House Science Committee said his panel will focus new federal R&D investments on broadband infrastructure for applications like interoperable health IT networks.
Intersil buys power management firm
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Analog chip maker Intersil Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Zilker Labs Inc., a privately-held, fabless semiconductor company.
Argonne supercomputer goes green
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Operators of the supercomputing center at Argonne National Laboratory used innovations in both computer architecture and cooling methods to achieve over $1 million in annual energy savings for its IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer.
Infineon rejects alleged accusations of deception
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
The possibility of a German or Saxony state government-backed rescue plan for DRAM maker Qimonda, or its parent Infineon Technologies AG, is receding as the language among various stakeholders turns acrimonious.
STATS ChipPAC cuts 1,600 jobs
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Hit hard by the downturn, Singapore's STATS ChipPAC Ltd. plans to cut approximately 1,600 employees, representing approximately 12 percent of the company's global workforce.
Intel says no job cuts as analyst cuts estimates again
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
A Wall Street analyst again cut estimates for Intel, citing continued deterioration in PC demand, but noted that Intel said it is not planning a meaningful headcount reduction.
Apple injects $5 million into Imagination, licensee status confirmed
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Apple Inc. has subscribed to 8.2 million new shares in Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) and thereby has taken a 3.6 percent stake in the company, the graphics intellectual property licensor said.
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