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AMD gained MPU share in Q409, says iSuppli
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Advanced Micro Devices increased its share of the global microprocessor market to 12.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, as the company took share from both larger rival Intel and smaller players, according to market research firm iSuppli.
AMD, Rambus renew license deal
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Rambus Inc. announced Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has renewed its patent license agreement.
IBM warns of 'design rule explosion' beyond 22-nm
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The recent The International Symposium on Physical Design featured a warning from IBM about "design rule explosion," Mentor Graphics' pitch to the automotive sector and a proposal from a former Cadence Design Systems Fellow on using EDA to study the human brain.
Micron beats Street, sees NAND fab ramp
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3/31/2010   1 comment
Micron Technology Inc. beat Wall Street's estimates amid an ongoing recovery in the memory market.
Machine design cost and risk too high? Build it right the first time
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Competitive pressure is mounting on machine builders. Here's how to create that highly competitive multipurpose machine by adopting modern control systems, sophisticated algorithms, and integrating high-end electronics into their mechanical machine.
PrimeSense confirms Microsoft 'Natal' design win
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PrimeSense Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) a developer of a 3-D recognition sensor technology, has said it is providing the 3-D sensing technology for Project Natal for the Xbox 360 from Microsoft.
CEA-Leti claims measurement uncertainty reduction at sub-28nm
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The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France claimed it has been able to reduce measurement uncertainty in the sub-28nm nodes.
Magma names head of Indian operations
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EDA vendor Magma Design Automation Inc. announced it has appointed Alok Mehrotra as managing director of Indian operations.
Qualcomm locates augmented reality R&D in Vienna
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Wireless chip vendor Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has opened the Qualcomm Austria Research Center GmbH in Vienna, Austria, as a center for the design and development of augmented reality and related technologies.
Energy storage to be a $45 billion market in 2015
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The market for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells targeting transportation and smart grid applications will more than double from $21.4 billion in 2010 to $44.4 billion in 2015.
Hynix CEO sees chance to reduce debts
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Kwon Oh-chul, the incoming CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Icheon, Korea), is looking forward to a good year in terms of sales and profits and that this will let Hynix reduce its debts and for banks to offload more of their stake in the company.
TV tuner IC vendor gains $16 million in Series E
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Xceive Corp., a fabless developer of RF-to-baseband TV tuner ICs, has announced it has secured more than $16 million in a combination of Series E equity and debt financing.
Kyocera to acquire LCD facility from Sony
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Kyocera Corp. has agreed to acquire a part of Sony Mobile Display Corp.'s thin-film transistor liquid crystal display design and manufacturing business. The amount Kyocera is spending was not disclosed.
Target names sales partner in Korea
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Target Compiler Technologies NV (Leuven, Belgium) announced it has concluded a distribution agreement with Seoul-based Acetronix to provide sales and marketing support for its IP Designer and IP Programmer EDA tools throughout Korea.
Rapid growth expected for GaN power management ICs
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The market for gallium nitride power management chips is expected to grow to $183.6 million in 2013 from virtually zero in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which most of this growth to occur in 2012 and 2013 as technology advancements reduce the cost of manufacturing.
Jury: SCO does not own copyright on Linux code
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3/30/2010   4 comments
A jury in a Salt Lake City Federal court ruled that Novell, not the SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, at least temporarily protecting a wide range of Linux users whom SCO claimed owned it royalties.
Chip maker asks ITC to block iPad sales
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Taiwanese chip and touch screen maker Elan Microelectronics has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the forthcoming iPad tablet, on the grounds that they allegedly infringe on patents held by Elan.
Novellus CEO: New (and old) IC growth drivers
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It's back to the future in the semiconductor industry. Driven by many of the same dynamics from the 1990s, the semiconductor industry is set for a new and healthy three-to-four year growth cycle, according to the top executive from Novellus Systems.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - D2 and Beceem offer 4G Android toolkit
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Beceem Communications and D2 Technologies have announced a reference design for Android mobile devices that delivers 4G VoIP services with seamless multi-radio and multi-standard call handover between 4G and 3G networks.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Bilski case soon
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Legal experts expect the Supreme Court will issue a decision any day upholding the Bilski ruling that limits business-method and software patents but may call for the Federal Circuit court to broaden a test of what can be patentable it set in that case.
Robotics are on road to autonomous assistants
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Robots are becoming a staple in a host of environments and applications, from the classroom and the factory floor to the surgical theater, the combat zone and the space station.
Applied raises forecast, sees upturn
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Citing the IC upturn, Applied Materials Inc. has raised its outlook for 2010.
NEWS - Cypress introduces industry's first programmable PLCs
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Cypress has launched the industry's first programmable PLCs that enable reliable transmission of command and control data over both high and low voltage power lines with no new wires.
Applied invests in Enphase Energy
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Enphase Energy Inc. (Petaluma, Calif.), a supplier of solar microinverter systems, has secured $40 million in funding, with Bay Partners leading the equity financing.
Applied to lower investments in SunFab
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Applied Materials Inc. plans to lower its investments in its SunFab solar technology amid disappointing results with the technology.
Intel-Micron JV hiring for delayed Singapore fab
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In another signal that a delayed 300-mm fab in Singapore is moving closer to ramp up, IM Flash Technologies--the NAND flash joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology--is advertising dozens of jobs openings in the island city-state.
Large Hadron Collider smashes protons at 7-TeV
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The Large Hadron Collider housed at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) has been re-opened and two beams of protons have been brought into a collision with an energy of 7 tera electron-volts.
Report: Third Chinese Foxconn employee falls to death
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3/30/2010   1 comment
An employee of contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn fell to his death Monday (March 29) in Shenzhen China, according to a Xinhua report that cited the company and police as sources.
Analysis: NXP shares sale could open IPO floodgate
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If NXP Semiconductor Inc. pulls off a successful initial public offering, other chip vendors could follow with their own shares sales, opening the floodgate for the industry to raise much needed capital from the equity market.
Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million
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Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
Project seeks structures to improve solar cell efficiency
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Research organization IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has started work on a collaborative research project to improve the efficiency and cost of solar cells though the use of metallic nanostructures.
Avago files suit against STMicroelectronics
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Avago Technologies Inc. has filed a patent infringement suit against STMicroelectronics Inc.
Tanner EDA appoints sales partner
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Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), has concluded an agreement with New York-based Kelleher Systems for the distribution of its full-flow analog IC design suite, HiPer Silicon, throughout North America.
Still Rambus, but less rambunctious
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3/29/2010   3 comments
Rambus is seeking to cast a kinder and gentler light on the company's feisty reputation. Heretofore, Rambus has been largely known as a litigious memory technology company. Rambus now wants to be viewed as more conciliatory, as it diversifies its IP portfolio far beyond memories.
Analyst: Applied testing LED tool
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Applied Materials Inc. is in beta-site testing with a new LED tool that is said to compete against MOCVD technology, according to an analyst.
IBM demos graphene optical link
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IBM has fabricated an optical receiver using a graphene photodetector fabricated on silicon-on-insulator substrate consisting of a metal-graphene-metal field-effect transistor with an asymmetrical interdigitated source and drain using palladium and titanium, respectively.
ABB buys IC unit from Czech firm
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Switzerland's ABB, a power and automation technology vendor, has acquired the semiconductor business of Polovodice a.s. in the Czech Republic.
RF firm completes IPO
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MaxLinear Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.), a provider of radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal IC solutions for broadband communications applications, has closed its previously announced initial public offering of 6,444,100 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share.
Analyst, reviewers cool on Nvidia Fermi
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Nvidia Corp. has officially rolled out adapter cards using its latest high-end graphics processor, code-named Fermi, to a cool reception from analysts and reviewers who say the chip does not have a dramatic performance advantage over graphics processors rolled out last fall from archrival Advanced Micro Devices, although Fermi could make deeper in-roads into supercomputers than AMD's offerings.
Applied rolls tool for 3-D chips
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Continuing to make a renewed push on the fab tool front, Applied Materials Inc. has rolled out a trio of systems.
700-day payment blights European medical electronics, says group
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Medical electronics companies are often dependent on public authority contracts, particularly in Europe with its use of nationalized health services. However, those authorities are making suppliers wait many months, even close to two years, for payment, according to Eucomed, an industry body that represents European medical suppliers.
Tough 2009 creates winners, losers in chip vendor ranking
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Qualcomm, Hynix and Advanced Micro Devices each managed to climb two places in a top ten ranking of chip vendors by 2009 revenue provided by market research company Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Conn.).
Avnet to pay $594M for Bell Micro
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Avnet Inc. said it will pay almost $600 million for Bell Microproducts Inc., its largest acquisition on a revenue basis, as the electronic component and IT equipment distributor strengthens its position in the storage and computing markets in various parts of the globe.
Public voting begins for "Pete' Conrad innovation awards
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Voting has begun to select the winners from among high school teams competing for technology innovation awards in aerospace, renewable energy and clean technology along with a space nutrition category.
NXP is planning billion-dollar IPO, say reports
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NXP BV, the chip company that resulted from a buy out from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by a private equity consortium, is planning to list its shares, according to Reuters and Bloomberg reports that cite unnamed sources.
TSMC applies to take 10% stake in SMIC
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Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has applied to the Taiwan government for approval to acquire a 10 percent stake in China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., according to reports.
AMD debuts 12-core server processors
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3/29/2010   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices has officially rolled out its latest Magny Cours sever processors a day before archrival Intel Corp. is expected to announce its competing Nehalem-EX CPUs with Hewlett-Packard and SGI among companies announcing plans to use the AMD chips in servers.
Comment: For Apple, litigation or innovation?
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3/26/2010   2 comments
What is Apple up to? The company is viewed as an innovator inside the circle of Apple aficionados. But does the company's litigious behavior deflect corporate attention or dilute the pipeline of product innovation?
Intel solar spin-off raises $41.4 million
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SpectraWatt Inc. (Hopewell Junction, NY), a manufacturer of photovoltaic cells for the solar industry, has received $41.4 million in investor funding in the form of convertible debt.
IDT signs up to use Samplify compression
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Integrated Device Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a developer of mixed-signal ICs for communications, has announced a joint development program with Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a maker of data converter designs and ICs.
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