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Report details Apple's patent holdings
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2/29/2012   9 comments
Apple has roughly 15,500 patents, about 8,500 of which are U.S. patents, according to a new report detailing the tech giant's patent portfolio.
Report: Taiwan seeks merger with restructured Elpida
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2/29/2012   1 comment
Taiwan's government said it would continue to push for Taiwanese DRAM makers to consolidate with Japan's Elpida Memory if the firm is restructured after filing for bankruptcy, according to an Associated Press report.
AMD to buy microserver startup SeaMicro
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2/29/2012   10 comments
AMD will acquire microserver startup SeaMicro in a deal worth $334 million, under the terms of a definitive agreement between the two companies.
Intel creates $100 million automotive fund
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2/29/2012   7 comments
Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel, said it has created a $100 million investment fund to help accelerate innovation and the adoption of new technology and services in the automotive industry.
Police close part of MWC while students protest
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2/29/2012   11 comments
Police closed down significant parts of the Mobile World Congress today while students protested cuts in education outside the event.
MIPS shows off $99 tablet at MWC
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2/29/2012   8 comments
MIPS Technologies, which makes the processors that power appliances like TVs and DTV boxes has come out with its own $99 tablet running Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Video: Android booth at MWC
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2/29/2012   Post a comment
Google’s Android Booth at MWC 2012 is one of the major hotspots at the mobile show this year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors daily, most on the lookout for Google’s signature Android pins.
MWC Talk: Nokia and HTC CEOs discuss what it take to transform the mobile experience
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2/29/2012   2 comments
The panel discussion, participated by Nokia and HTS CEOs, took the topic of “transforming the mobile experience” in the direction of how rapidly changing market dynamics are influencing the entire ecosystem, hardware design, software and app integration and the end-user integrated lifestyle.
MWC Talk: Build mobile ecosystems,design great products and integrate consumer lifestyles
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2/29/2012   Post a comment
Transforming the mobile experience. That's what many of the Mobile World Congress keynotes are honing in this year. And, the panel discussion on Wednesday took the topic in the direction of how rapidly changing market dynamics are influencing the entire ecosystem, hardware design, software and app integration and the end-user integrated lifestyle.
Mentor achieves first $1 billion sales year
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2/29/2012   2 comments
As expected, Mentor Graphics reported that its annual sales eclipsed $1 billion for the first time ever, as the company reported sales and earnings that beat analysts' expectations for its fiscal fourth quarter.
Sensor fusion enables e-compass
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2/29/2012   1 comment
Sensor fusion algorithms are being offered for free to users of Freescale's accelerometers and magnetometers corrects for magnetic interference in the environment.
LDRA Certification Services assures IEC 61508 certification for safety-critical industrial products
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2/28/2012   1 comment
LDRA has created a certification services division that helps companies achieve compliance with IEC 61508 - Industrial Safety certification.
Intel, AMD pull out of WSTS
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2/28/2012   16 comments
Intel and AMD confirmed that they have left the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, which publishes widely cited monthly reports on global semiconductor sales.
Google's Schmidt talks up the transformative power of connectivity
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2/28/2012   5 comments
Rather than spend a lot of time talking about Google, Android OS or even recent changes in the company's privacy policies, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt used his Mobile World Congress keynote to highlight the need for bringing greater Internet connectivity to the world's most under-served markets.
Initiative on 450-mm moves gets Europe's full attention
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
At ISS Europe 2012 here semiconductor chip, tools and material companies concluded 450mm wafer production will catapult Europe back on the competitive stage along the U.S. and Asia to produce leading-edge semiconductors sometime in the next 15 years.
Micron buying Intel's stake in two IM Flash fabs
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
Micron Technology will acquire Intel Corp.'s stake in two IM Flash Technologies LLC fabs operated by the two companies for about $600 million, the companies said.
Xilinx 2.5-D Virtex-7 2000T named China ACE Awards 2012 FPGA of the Year
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2/28/2012   1 comment
The Virtex-7 2000T is the world's highest density FPGA, delivering greater than 2X the capacity and bandwidth offered by the largest monolithic devices...
Cisco jumps into hybrid cellular/Wi-Fi fray
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2/28/2012   9 comments
Claiming the era of the big cellular base station is over, Cisco Systems joined the growing ranks of vendors rolling out hybrid systems that handle both cellular and Wi-Fi traffic.
Intel's new partnerships and processors for the mobile space
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2/28/2012   2 comments
Intel’s foray into the smartphone space is a “marathon, not a sprint,” according to the firm’s CEO Paul Otellini. Speaking at a company press conference on Monday, where the firm announced new partnerships with Orange, Lava International Ltd., ZTE and Visa, Otellini reminded attendees that Intel was no stranger to the mobile market, having been involved in RF for many years.
SEMI acquires Plastic Electronics for special interest play
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
At ISS Europe 2012 here global industry association SEMI announced it has acquired the Plastics Electronics Conference and Exhibition.
IBM reports progress on quantum computing
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2/28/2012   12 comments
The last major engineering hurdle to quantum computers—millisecond coherence times—has been surmounted by researchers at IBM Research, making commercialization of the technology possible "within our lifetimes," according to Matthias Steffen, manager of IBM's Experimental Quantum Computing group.
ISS Europe 2012 ponders 450mm wafer fab challenges
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
The quest for expanding semiconductor manufacturing to 450mm wafers in Europe has taken large chip companies by storm and placed them squarely in the eye of it.
Slideshow: Inside the Android booth at MWC
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2/28/2012   3 comments
Google's Android booth on the Mobile World Congress show floor is not to be missed--both literally and figuratively. It's the largest and possibly most fun booth at the show.
Facebook joins W3C to combat browser fragmentation
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2/28/2012   3 comments
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) Facebook said it would be joining over 30 device manufacturers, carriers, and developers in an industry-wide effort to help accelerate the improvement and standardization of mobile browsers.
Rambus CEO Hughes to retire
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2/27/2012   1 comment
Rambus announced it begun searching for a new CEO to replace Harold Hughes, who plans to retire.
Postcards from Barcelona: MWC Day 1
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2/27/2012   1 comment
Follow one of the EE Times reporters on his first day at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
Xilinx to highlight 7 Series FPGAs and 100G technology at OFC 2012
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Best-in-class transceivers and market-leading IP cores provide optical system vendors and next-generation 100G optical module suppliers with high bandwidth comms platforms
Blue Pearl is offering free hands-on workshops…
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
The folks from Blue Pearl recently announced that the latest generation of their EDA tools boast a plethora of SystemVerilog and FPGA enhancements...
MWC: Intel targets high-, low-end smartphones
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2/27/2012   3 comments
A high-end Atom chip set is designed to extend the performance of smartphones up to LTE category 3 data rates. The other targets “value” smartphones costing less than $190.
Qualcomm, HiSilicon, China drive unified LTE
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2/27/2012   6 comments
Qualcomm and HiSilicon announced multi-mode chips and China Mobile tipped plans for a TD/FDD LTE network, steps toward the holy grail of a unified cellular technology.
Orange launches Intel powered smartphone
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2/27/2012   15 comments
Global mobile carrier Orange has announced it will be putting out its own branded Intel Atom powered cell phone, dubbed the Santa Clara.
Nokia announces camera phone with 41 megapixel sensor
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2/27/2012   18 comments
A notable announcement that took those attending today's press conference by surprise was about the new Symbian camera phone that could well up the mobile phone game: Nokia's new 808 PureView, with a jaw-dropping 41 Megapixel sensor. It's expected to start shipping in May with a hefty retail price tag of 450 euro.
Elpida files for bankruptcy protection after bailout fails
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2/27/2012   9 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. has filed for the nation’s biggest bankruptcy in two years after semiconductor prices plunged and it failed to win a second government bailout, according to a Bloomberg news report.
Mindspeed/Astri TD-LTE demo a first at MWC
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2/27/2012   2 comments
Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) are demonstrating what they claim is the industry’s first commercial-grade, production-ready time division long-term evolution (TD-LTE) small cell reference design.
LSI, TI, Freescale in 28nm base station battle
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2/27/2012   3 comments
Freescale, TI and LSI are gunning for lucrative sockets in high-end base stations with new integrated 28 nm SoCs as the Mobile World Congress opens here.
Silicon and IMEC to cooperate on RF R&D at 28nm
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
HiSilicon, a China-based company, and European R&D consortium IMEC have signed a strategic research collaboration to develop RF transceiver architectures for next-generation mobile terminals using 28nm process technology.
Green Hills, Jungo bring connectivity to automotive infotainment
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2/27/2012   2 comments
Green Hills Software and Jungo Ltd, have announced a strategic collaboration that focuses on the creation of a comprehensive connectivity, device media and internet management platform for next-generation automotive infotainment systems.
Energy-harvesting evaluation kit features wireless linked modules powered by sunlight, temp differences
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2/27/2012   Post a comment
Called ‘The Drop’ the kit showcases components from Atmel Corporation and Linear Technology which were selected for their low-power consumption and suitability for harvesting applications.
Telecom operators successfully complete next generation Wi-Fi hotspot trials
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2/27/2012   3 comments
The Wireless Broadband Alliance, the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, has announced that many of the world's largest operators and vendors have successfully participated in trials of Next Generation Hotspots that drastically simplify Wi-Fi hotspot access.
Harman demos automotive LTE connectivity platform
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2/27/2012   1 comment
The platform provides the missing link in car connectivity: For the first time, it offers real broadband connection for applications residing in the vehicle.
Bluetooth low energy enabled iPhone applications for mobile health
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2/27/2012   3 comments
Cambridge Consultants will demonstrate its latest Bluetooth low energy (BLE) iPhone 4S applications using CSR’s BLE devices at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
Intel's Ivy Bridge delayed, says senior executive
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2/26/2012   5 comments
A senior Intel executive has admitted that its next generation Ivy Bridge microprocessor will be delayed by around eight to 10 weeks to be launched in June.
HTC unveils One series with dual and quad core phones
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2/26/2012   4 comments
HTC has announced its One Series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC), including a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 based device and another boasting Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4.
Huawei claims quad-core chip outguns Tegra3
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2/26/2012   29 comments
Huawei announced high-end smartphones and tablets using a homegrown quad-core applications processor it said outperforms the competition including Nvidia’s Tegra3.
STMicro toasts 2 billionth MEMS shipped to date
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2/24/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics announced it has shipped two billion MEMS sensors to date which confirmed its top position in micro-electromechanical systems devices for consumer and portable applications.
ISSCC highlights sensors and semiconductor technology in medicine
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2/24/2012   4 comments
Session 17 at this year’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference focused on the diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for health, leveraging the recent advances in sensor and semiconductor technologies.
SEMI book-to-bill improves for fourth straight month
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2/24/2012   2 comments
The three-month average book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers improved to 0.95 in January, the fourth consecutive month of improvement after six consecutive months of declines, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Micron increases stake in Inotera
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2/24/2012   5 comments
Micron Technology is increasing its stake in Inotera Memories, its Taiwanese DRAM joint venture with Nanya Technology, according to a regulatory filing made by Inotera this week.
Qualcomm chooses MasterImage 3D for development tablet
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2/24/2012   5 comments
Just ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, MasterImage said its glasses-free 3-D screen had been selected by the mobile chip giant for a 10-inch Mobile Development Platform based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor.
Microsoft begins aggressive new Windows Phone campaign
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2/24/2012   14 comments
Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft has thrown down the ad gauntlet to its Android competition in a campaign it is calling "Smoked by Windows Phone."
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