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Mentor to proceed with bond offering
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3/31/2011   Post a comment
Despite protests from billionaire financier Carl Icahn and others, EDA vendor Mentor Graphics it would move ahead with a plan to offer up $253 million in convertible bonds through private placement.
Users, carriers clash in mobile data boom
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3/31/2011   4 comments
Cellular data use will soar over the next five years, challenging operators who are clashing with end users over how to get them to pay for the growth, said an analyst.
GE combo halogen-CFL bulb fits sockets
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3/31/2011   3 comments
GE Lighting engineers have figured out a way to nestle an instantly bright halogen capsule inside the swirl of a compact fluorescent light bulb.
Congress hears two views on H-1B visas
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3/31/2011   22 comments
Congress heard conflicting views on H-1B visas in a Thursday hearing, including a call from the IEEE-USA for expanding green cards for foreign students.
Cadence rolls wide I/O IP
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Cadence Design Systems Inc. claims that it is first to market with a licensable, wide I/O memory controller core.
ABI: Android in 45% of smartphones by 2016
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3/31/2011   7 comments
By 2016, 45 percent of all smartphones worldwide will be running Google's Android operating system, according to market research firm ABI Research.
Google joins NFC Forum as 'principal' member
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3/31/2011   3 comments
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced that Google Inc. is joining the organization as a principal member.
Microsoft files Google complaint in Europe
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3/31/2011   6 comments
Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of an ongoing investigation into whether Google breaks anticompetitive laws in the European Union.
Infineon to spend $160 million in Malaysia
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Infineon Technologies AG has said it will invest $160 million this year to expand R&D and production capacity at its assembly and test facility in Malacca, Malaysia.
Samsung producing transparent LCD panels
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3/31/2011   2 comments
Samsung Electronics has begun mass production of a black-and-white type and the color type 22-inch transparent LCD panel, which enables a person to look right through the panel like glass.
SMIC details profitable 2010
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3/31/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. made a net income of $14.0 million on sales revenue of $1,554.8 million in the 2010 calendar year. The company announced that sales were up 45.3 percent from $1,070.4 million in 2009 and the company turned round to a net profit from a loss of $962.5 million in 2009.
Reports: Google could "standardize" Android on ARM
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3/31/2011   8 comments
Google Inc. may be entering talks with ARM Holdings plc about a standardization of Android operating system for an ARM-based chipset, according to a Digitimes report that references unnamed sources at notebook computer makers.
Samsung to hire 300 fab engineers in Texas
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3/31/2011   15 comments
Samsung Austin Semiconductor will hire 300 engineers and technicians in the first six months of 2011 as part of the $3.6-billion expansion of the semiconductor's plant.
House patent reform bill sparks debate
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3/31/2011   1 comment
Competing interests squared off in a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives over details of a House version of a patent reform bill.
Renesas sells U.S. fab to Telefunken
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3/30/2011   4 comments
Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp. will sell its semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in Roseville, Calif. to Germany’s Telefunken Semiconductors International LLC for approximately $53 million.
NAND supply chain still in flux
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
What is the overall impact of NAND flash following the recent earthquake in Japan right now?
Report: China's MCU market set to boom
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China's microcontroller market is expected to reach $4.7 billion in revenue in 2015, up by more than two-thirds from $2.8 billion in 2010, according to a new report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Groups merge smart grid interface efforts
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3/30/2011   2 comments
The USNAP Alliance and EPRI will merge separate efforts to develop an interface specification for linking consumer gear to a smart grid.
Why did Anadigics' Rivas leave us?
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3/30/2011   3 comments
Mario Rivas acknowledged that his sudden resignation from Anadigics was a result of discussions with the company’s board, which he characterized as “very conservative.”
Icahn turns up heat on Mentor's board
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3/30/2011   5 comments
Billionaire financier Carl Icahn lashed out at Mentor Graphics' board of directors for rejecting his $1.9 billion takeover bid and announcing plans to raise up to $253 million through private placement of convertible bonds.
VLSI Research ups IC forecast
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3/30/2011   1 comment
VLSI Research Inc. has increased its IC forecast amid stronger-than-expected demand in the first quarter.
Samsung, Sumitomo form sapphire substrate JV
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Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. and South Korea's Samsung LED Co. Ltd. have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture in Korea for research and development, manufacture, and sales of sapphire substrates for LEDs.
Apple co-founder Wozniak headlines ESC-Silicon Valley
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3/30/2011   1 comment
Steve Wozniak remains busy on the talk circuit with a “fireside chat” after his keynote at the Embedded Systems Conference in May, followed by a keynote at the Design Automation Conference in June.
HP outfits data center with 10,000 sensors
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3/30/2011   2 comments
HP has outfitted its newest data center with 10,000 sensors in an effort to turn a working site into a lab researching ways to create a greener data center.
Korean wafer maker plans $450M IPO, say reports
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3/30/2011   1 comment
LG Siltron Inc. South Korea's sole silicon wafer maker, has hired two financial institutions to manage a proposed $450 million initial public offering, according to Reuters, which referenced a report from the International Financial Review.
As patent suits rise, RPX claims wins
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
As patent infringement suits rise, RPX sees a new business resolving cross-licensing disputes after forging a deal between ON Semi and three memory companies.
TI expects chips from Miho fab in September
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3/30/2011   4 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has said its wafer fab in Miho, Japan, is on schedule for a return to full production by mid-July — meaning chips shipments in September — while its fab in Aizu is on track for full production by mid-April or earlier.
World's smallest MEMS mic debuts
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3/30/2011   10 comments
Akustica, acquired by Bosch in 2009, announced what it claims is the world's smallest digital microphone, its AKU230 which consumes only 700 square microns.
Cisco makes Nexus 7000 speak LISP
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3/30/2011   1 comment
Cisco released its first software supporting the Locator-ID Separation Protocol, an emerging standard for simplifying the process of finding Internet addresses.
Microchip aims to take up MCU slack
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3/29/2011   1 comment
Amid a possible disruption in supply for microcontrollers, Microchip Technology says that it can take up the slack.
Five predictions following Japan quake
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3/29/2011   8 comments
Bill McClean, president of IC Insights Inc., provides his analysis of the situation in Japan and its effect on worldwide GDP, electronic system sales, and the worldwide semiconductor market.
Teardown slideshow: Inside the Nintendo 3DS
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3/29/2011   5 comments
A photographic slideshow of the innards of the Nintendo 3DS gaming system, courtesy of a teardown analysis performed by UBM TechInsights.
ASML gains in fab tool rankings
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3/29/2011   1 comment
VLSI Research Inc. has released the 2010 rankings for the leading wafer fab equipment (WFE) suppliers.
Tessera names new optics boss
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Tessera Technologies Inc. has named Bob Roohparvar as its new president of its struggling Imaging & Optics unit.
Elliptic CEO steps down
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3/29/2011   1 comment
Elliptic Technologies Inc., a provider of security semiconductor IP and software, has announced the appointment of Vijay Dube as the company’s president and chief executive.
Microfluidics detects cancer with nanotubes
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3/29/2011   5 comments
A nanotube studded microfluidic sensor aims to detect single cells of cancer in blood samples containing billions of healthy cells, according to its inventors at MIT and Harvard.
Synopsys preps 'surge' verification via cloud
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3/29/2011   1 comment
Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus said the company would leverage the power of cloud computing to offer verification services on a massive scale by putting hundreds or even thousands of computers to work at one time on verifying customer designs using its VCS Verilog compiled code simulator.
Java father Gosling joins Google
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3/29/2011   8 comments
In a sign that Google is still the place to be for a software developer, James Gosling, the father of the Java programming language, has joined the search giant.
EDA growth hit double-digits again in Q4
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
EDA revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 totaled nearly $1.51 billion, up 15 percent compared with the third quarter and up 19 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium.
Altera charts new course for FPGA industry with optical innovation
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3/29/2011   6 comments
Altera shares its vision of the future with optics subsystem embedded in FPGA package thereby eliminating chip-to-chip and chip-to-backplane bandwidth bottlenecks.
Battery R&D seeks to amp up electric vehicles
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3/29/2011   6 comments
The drive to put more electric vehicles on the road starts with high battery density and, with it, longer range.
ESA enables students to fly experiments in microgravity flights
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The Education Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that four teams of university students have been selected for the 'Fly Your Thesis!' program. They will be able to fly their experiments in microgravity in a series of parabolic flights on the Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft.
NXP announces secondary share offer
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3/29/2011   2 comments
NXP Semiconductors N.V., the European chipmaker spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV by a private equity buy out in 2006, has announced that certain of its shareholders intend to offer in a secondary offering, subject to market and other conditions, approximately 25 million shares of its common stock.
Fujitsu restarts two front-end chip fabs
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3/29/2011   3 comments
Operations partially resumed at two Fujitsu Group front-end semiconductor fabs in Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima prefecture, that had been idled in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Japan March 11.
Renesas mulls foundry for auto MCUs, say reports
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3/29/2011   3 comments
Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's leading maker of microcontrollers that was hit hard by the Japan earthquake of March 11, is in talks on outsourcing the production of automotive microcontrollers to Globalfoundries Inc., according to reports.
Teardowns find Fujitsu FCRAM in Nintendo 3DS
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3/29/2011   4 comments
Teardowns conducted by UBM TechInsights and IHS iSuppli found Fujitu's fast-cycle RAM. It's the first time the part has been found in a UBM TechInsights teardown and, according to IHS a potential problem as a proprietary technology.
Anadigics CEO resigns
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3/28/2011   4 comments
Anadigics Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Mario Rivas, and its senior vice president, Greg White.
Mentor's board rejects Icahn takeover bid
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3/28/2011   3 comments
The board of directors of EDA vendor Mentor Graphics voted unanimously to reject a $1.9 billion takeover bid made by billionaire financier Carl Ichan last month, Mentor said.
Tensilica adds DSP in cellular battle
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
Tensilica ratcheted up its battle with rival Ceva for the cellular baseband market with the release of the Xtensa LX4 which supports 128-bit VLIW instructions.
Update: Advantest to buy Verigy for $1.1B
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3/28/2011   1 comment
As expected, Advantest Corp. and Verigy Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Advantest will acquire all outstanding Verigy ordinary shares for $15.00 per share in cash. The total acquisition price will be approximately $1.1 billion.
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