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MIPS chairman appointed interim CEO
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12/31/2009   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies said its board of directors has appointed the company's chairman to act as interim CEO following the scheduled retirement of longtime president and CEO John Bourgoin.
Spansion plans to emerge from bankruptcy in Q1
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12/31/2009   Post a comment
NOR flash vendor Spansion said it plans to emerge from bankruptcy early in 2010 after posting a GAAP net income of $1.5 million for the quarter ended Sept. 27, despite declining sales.
Chinese startup to show e-book entry at CES
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
A new entry into the e-book market called the Boox 60 from Onyx International will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show.
South Korea closes NAND antitrust probe
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has closed a three-year investigation of NAND flash memory chip makers, saying it found no evidence that they were engaged in international price fixing, according to reports.
Reports: Google preps launch of 'Nexus One' phone
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12/30/2009   3 comments
Google will reportedly preparing to launch its Nexus One smartphone.
RAcell plans to build Denmark's first fully automated solar cell factory
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
Danish solar energy solutions company RAcell Solar AS (Copenhagen, Denmark) has secured multimillion investment funding and plans to build Denmark's first fully automated solar cell factory in Copenhagen.
Analyst: Intelligent 3-D TV design will avoid price erosion
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
DisplaySearch's research indicates that LED backlighting and 240 Hz LCDs will serve as an enabling technology for new feature developments in TVs in 2010, specifically for 3D TVs, an area of intense interest to TV manufacturers.
Analysis: To-do list for the next MIPS CEO
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12/30/2009   2 comments
As John Bourgoin, president and CEO at MIPS, retires on this Thursday, his successor will find plenty on his plate. The new chief's to-do list includes: defending its turf against ARM; further proliferating its cores in new markets; and re-energizing the company as a new offensive player in the IP processor market.
ITC issues final determination against Tessera
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a final determination that Tessera Technologies failed to prove that its patents were infringed by some DRAM manufacturers and sellers, including Elpida Memory, Nanya Technology, Powerchip Semiconductor and ProMOS Technologies.
Broadcom settles stock options suit for $160M
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Broadcom said it has agreed in principle to settle the securities class action litigation pending against the company and some of its current and former officers and directors for $160.5 million in cash.
ITC complaint latest volley in Nokia-Apple fight
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Nokia said it filed a complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of patents in "virtually all" Apple cellphones, portable music players and computers.
Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
Taiwanese solar cell maker to buy GE Energy plant
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Motech Industries, the Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer that is 20 percent owned by chip foundry TSMC, said it signed an agreement to acquire GE Energy's Delaware solar module assembly operation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dual screen e-reader combines e-book, Web access
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
The first e-book based on Google's Android operating system will be unveiled in January during the Consumer Electronics Show.
Demand to surge for silicon magnetic sensors in 2010
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
The silicon magnetic sensor market will show strong growth in 2010 as demand surges from the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, according to iSuppli Corp.
Germany launches national OLED research project
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12/29/2009   1 comment
Germany's BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is providing support for a 14.7 million euro (about $21 million) project called So-Light, intended to accelerate the application of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for lighting and signage.
The 10 most popular stories of 2009
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top ten stories for 2009 as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Tuesday, Dec. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Israeli startup licenses LTE technology to Sequans
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
WiMax chip supplier Sequans Communications SA (Paris, France) has licensed LTE IP from Dorfour Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel). Dorfour was founded by engineers from Texas Instruments and WiMax systems provider Alvarion.
Explosion in LED-backlit LCD-TV shipments predicted
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Global shipments of LED-backlit LCD-TVs with 40-inch or larger screen sizes will rise by nearly eight fold, from 2.5 million units in 2009 to 18.8 million units in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Apple media pad could leapfrog e-books, netbooks
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12/28/2009   1 comment
A combination Apple media pad, e-book and netbook anticipated by some observers could steal much of the thunder about mobile systems expected at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
TSMC surpasses '09 capex estimate
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Foundry giant TSMC appears all but certain to eclipse its most recent estimate for 2009 capital spending, thanks to an eye-popping $1.24 billion spent on equipment buys in December alone.
Analyst: Impact of FTC versus Intel overblown
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
The final impact of a suit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Intel is likely to be less than what many expect, according to a Wall Street analyst, who rejected the notion that the courts would force the microprocessor giant to license modern x86 instruction sets to other firms.
On Semi launches California Micro tender offer
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
On Semiconductor has launched a previously announced tender offer to acquire California Micro Devices for $4.70 per share, or about $107.3 million in total, the company said Monday (Dec. 28).
Broadlight, Ralink team on home gateway reference
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
BroadLight Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a supplier of software and silicon for gigabit passive optical networks (GPONs), has announced the integration of BroadLight's BL2348 residential gateway IC with the RT3062 300-Mbps 802.11n Wi-Fi chip from Ralink Technology Corp. (Hsinchu Taiwan).
PC shipments to climb 13% in 2010, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
In 2010 PC shipments year-on-year growth will be 13 percent, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
Taiwan set to outspend Samsung on DRAM capex, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Inotera Memories Inc. will triple its capital expenditure in 2010 to $1,385 billion as part of an effort by Taiwan DRAM manufacturers that will, in aggregate, eclipse the spending of market leader Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
DRAM capex set to rise 80% in 2010, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Capital expenditure by DRAM makers will increase by 80 percent year-on-year to $7.85 billion in 2010, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company. The company estimated the DRAM makers will spend $4.30 billion in 2009.
Fairchild settles with Infineon over power semi suit
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (South Portland, Maine).
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CoWare and Tensilica collaboration speeds development of multicore Tensilica-based platforms
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12/26/2009   Post a comment
CoWare and Tensilica have collaborated to speed development of multicore Tensilica-based platforms with CoWare virtual platforms.
DISCRETES - ESD protection device for mobile handsets is industry's smallest
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12/25/2009   Post a comment
California Micro Devices' CM1242-33CP provides 30kV of bi-directional ESD protection in a 0201 single-channel format and is industry's smallest.
Qualcomm exec resigns amid reorganization
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12/24/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. has reorganized its operations as more executives leave the company.
Hynix confirms 2010 capex increase
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12/24/2009   Post a comment
South Korean memory chip vendor Hynix Semiconductor has confirmed that it will increase its planned capital expenditure for 2010 to 2.3 trillion won (about $1.95 billion), according to reports, which cite a filing made by Hynix with the South Korea Stock Exchange.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - LDRA tool suite integrated into PIC Family
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12/24/2009   Post a comment
The LDRA tool suite now supports Microchip's MPLAB PIC18, PIC24 and dsPIC32/33 embedded processors and tool chains.
Incomplete 3DTV products in CES spotlight
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12/23/2009   1 comment
The HDMI standard is getting an update to support broadcast stereo 3D content on new and existing links, one of many pieces of the puzzle still being put in place for the roll pout of 3DTV which will be a major focus at the Consumer Electronics Show.
UMC, Epistar plan LED joint venture in China
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Foundry UMC and Taiwan-based LED supplier Epistar have formed an LED chip joint venture based in Mainland China.
Opinion: Make Asian foundries build U.S. fabs
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12/23/2009   24 comments
But sadly, in the U.S., we've seen chip makers shut down their fabs over the years. Very few fabs are now built in the U.S.
Micron results: What analysts are saying
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12/23/2009   1 comment
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology Inc. recorded its first profit in three years during the period ended Dec. 3, topping Wall Street's expectations with sales of $1.74 billion.
Global sales were strong in November, says analyst
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in November were strong according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The average of September, October and November chip sales is expected to be reported as $22.5 billion versus $21.7 billion for the equivalent figure in October.
Micron-sized solar cells beat wafer-sized cells
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Micron-size solar cells pack punch of their wafer-sized big brothers, but consume only one-hundredth the amount of semiconductor and can be affixed to any flexible surface, even clothing.
Nano vacuum tubes could make better batteries, or memories
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12/23/2009   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reckon the vacuum tube could be basis of a high energy density battery, or a non-volatile memory. In theory arrays of nanometer-scale vacuum tubes should be able to achieve three times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
Intel, Micron seek to regain NAND process lead
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12/23/2009   2 comments
Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. are seeking to regain the lead in the NAND process technology race.
Analysis: More buyers seen for used fab tools
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Insiders say the quantity and quality of used semiconductor equipment thrown onto the market by the downturn has created more buyers--even among chip vendors who formerly shied away from refurbished gear.
Micron logs first profit in three years
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology swung to profit in the quarter ended Dec. 3, topping Wall Street's expectations with sales of $1.74 billion.
Rubicon discloses capex plan
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Rubicon Technology Inc. has released additional details related to the company's two-year capacity expansion plan.
2010: 20 good and bad signs for electronics biz
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12/22/2009   2 comments
Heading into 2010, there are both good and bad signs in the marketplace. Here's what various analysts think.
NIST award teams two providers of CNTs and inks
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Swent, a manufacturer of single-wall and specialty multi-wall carbon nanotubes, and Brewer Science, a producer of CNT inks for electronics applications, will team up to develop CNTs and inks on a commercial scale.
Five unsolicited tips to CE makers
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
EE Times offers five unsolicited tips for conventional CE vendors in a new CE era -- when superior hardware specs alone won't help them gain market share or even assure their survival.
Avnera chip provides multi-point HD audio connections
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip maker Avnera unveils the world's first multi-point wireless solution to connect up to 10 audio devices from music players to speakers, according to the company.
Gyroscope and accelerometer share MEMS package
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has integrated an accelerometer with a gyroscope into MEMS package.
Power Paper, GE team on OLED lighting
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Power Paper Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), a group developing thin and flexible micro-power source technology and devices, is working with GE Global Research, the technology development arm for the General Electric Company to develop self-powered OLED lighting devices.
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