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VLSI: IC billings dip in 'skittish market'
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4/29/2011   5 comments
It's a ''skittish market'' for ICs, according to VLSI Research Inc.'s ''Semiconductor Analytics'' report.
Samsung's profits fall 30 percent
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4/29/2011   10 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced revenues of 36.99 trillion won ($34.6 billion) on a consolidated basis for the first quarter, a 7 percent increase year-on-year.
Apple, Samsung gain in cell phone rankings
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4/29/2011   7 comments
Having posted a record Q1 shipment volume, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. further closed the gap against market leader Nokia and extended its lead ahead of third place vendor LG Electronics, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
Analyst downgrades Research in Motion
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4/29/2011   10 comments
An analyst downgraded his rating on RIM, suggesting the company is entering a risky period in which it may lose share in the smartphone market.
Fab tool results: What analysts are saying
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4/29/2011   Post a comment
It's earnings season and a plethora of fab tool companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players:
French firm takes stake in SunPower
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4/29/2011   7 comments
French oil and gas vendor Total Group will launch a ''friendly tender offer'' to buy 60 percent of SunPower Corp. for $1.38 billion.
BEEcube targets data centers, RF
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
BEEcube is planning moves both into the data center and software-defined radio on the road map for its FPGA development platform to be shown at ESC.
IHS: E-readers to decimate book publishing
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4/28/2011   12 comments
The book publishing industry has entered a period of long-term decline because of the rising sales of e-book readers, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Spansion, Microsemi in line with estimates
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4/28/2011   1 comment
Chip vendors Spansion and Microsemi delivered quarterly reports that were in line with consensus analysts' expectations.
IEDM enhances technical paper call for 2011
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
The International Electron Devices Meeting to be held in Washington DC Dec. 5 to 7 has formed two new subcommittees to review submission in these two areas: Circuit & Device Interaction (CDI) and Nanodevice Technology (NDT).
Rutgers team proposes Net alternative
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4/28/2011   15 comments
Rutgers researchers launched MondoNet, an initiative for a wireless mesh network that aims to be a more open and private alternative to the Internet.
Hynix' profits jump
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4/28/2011   1 comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. posted consolidated first quarter revenue of 2.79 trillion won ($2.6 billion), up 2 percent from the previous quarter but down 1 percent a year ago.
Panasonic to cut 17,000 jobs
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4/28/2011   14 comments
Amid a large loss and a reorganization, Japan's Panasonic Corp. plans to cut about 17,000 jobs over the next two years.
AMD licenses SMSC's USB chip interface
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has licensed SMSC's Inter-Chip Connectivity (ICC) technology, a low power variant of the 480 Mbit/s USB 2.0 standard geared for chip-to-chip links.
LED lighting to outgrow LEDs in LCD TVs by 2014
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4/28/2011   6 comments
LED lighting will capture the market lead by 2014, as demand for LEDs in LCD TV backlights falls, according to market research firm DisplaySearch.
JSR expands officer committee
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
Japan's JSR Corp. has announced that the company has named the first non-Japanese officer to its ''officers committee.''
SEMI CEO to retire
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4/28/2011   2 comments
SEMI has announced that its president and CEO, Stanley Myers, will retire.
Cree offers water resistant HB LEDs with high contrast
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
Cree, Inc. has come out with water resistant and high contrast high-brightness LEDs for use in indoor and outdoor video screens.
TSMC posts mixed results
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4/28/2011   1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reported consolidated revenue of NT$105.38 billion ($3.597 billion) in the first quarter, representing a 4.3 percent decrease from 4Q10 and a 14.3 percent increase in 1Q10.
Piezoelectric MEMS boosts vibration harvester
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4/28/2011   14 comments
Electrical engineers from the University of Michigan claim to have invented a technique for micro-machining piezoelectric MEMS that generate 10-times more energy than conventional energy harvesters.
Atmel, MagnaChip tip foundry deal
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4/28/2011   Post a comment
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. has signed a wafer foundry agreement with a major provider of microcontrollers and touch solutions-Atmel Corp.
Cadence beats Q1 estimates, promotes exec
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems reported sales and earnings for its fiscal first quarter that exceeded consensus analyst expectations and announced the promotion of one EDA veteran to replace another that is leaving the company.
Powerchip re-enters DRAM business
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4/27/2011   3 comments
Taiwan's Powerchip Technology Corp. has re-entered the DRAM business-after only a three-month hiatus.
Bsquare, Qualcomm roll development platform
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
Bsquare Corp. has announced the general availability of the next-generation of the Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) for Android.
Xilinx beats estimates on record annual sales
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4/27/2011   3 comments
Xilinx posted record sales of $2.37 billion for its fiscal year and reported revenue for the quarter ended April 2 and guidance for current quarter ending in June that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations.
U.S. patent office shelves fast track plan
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4/27/2011   11 comments
The U.S. patent office has indefinitely postponed a plan to create a new fast track program, claiming a lack of funds to hire the examiners it needs to implement it.
TSMC spins out solar, LED units
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4/27/2011   1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) plans to transfer its solar and solid-state lighting businesses into two new subsidiaries.
Nokia to shed 7,000 jobs, jettison Symbian
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4/27/2011   12 comments
Troubled cell-phone giant Nokia is shedding 7,000 jobs and has announced plans to transfer its Symbian software activities to Accenture.
Update: UMC profits fall, tempers outlook
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
Taiwan foundry vendor United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) missed its sales estimates in the first quarter and ''tempered'' its expectations for the second period.
Semi partners with KPU on HB-LED research
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
SEMI has signed an agreement with Korea Polytechnic University to discover and cultivate quality talent for the LED and photovoltaic industries.
Microsemi obtains DLA top level specification
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Microsemi Corp. announced it has received Class H&K certifications to the MIL-PRF-38534 specification, defined by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Such compliance proves Microsemi's expertise in designing and manufacturing microelectronic assemblies for space and mission-critical defense programs.
M/A Com buys Optomai for 40/100-Gb/s designs
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
M/A-COM Technology Solutions has acquired privately-held Optomai, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that develops integrated circuits and modules for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s fiber optic networks.
Top 20 MEMS foundries ranked
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4/27/2011   3 comments
MEMS foundries shared unequally in the MEMS market's 25 percent growth in 2010.
ARM working on AMD to drop x86
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4/27/2011   39 comments
ARM CEO Warren East says it's "perfectly natural" for ARM to try to persuade AMD to license ARM processors and use them instead of Intel's x86 architecture.
ARM sales soar on broadening license deals
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4/27/2011   5 comments
ARM Holdings plc, the processor intellectual property, turned in yet another record quarter with Q1 sales revenue up 26 percent on a year before, compared with a semiconductor market that was up 13 percent.
UFO group seeks funding for telescope
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4/27/2011   9 comments
A key program at the SETI Institute is running out of money.
Accellera tips IP tagging standard effort
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP standards body Accellera launched an effort to create a standard for IP tagging—tracking soft IP information which will be automatically added and detectable in the final GDSII database format.
ST's Q1 sales come up a little short
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4/27/2011   Post a comment
European chip vendor ST Microelectronics reported first quarter sales that came in slightly below expectations, with the company saying that sales at its ST-Ericsson cell phone chip joint venture decreased more than expected.
Report: Micron may take over Inotera
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. may pursue an acquisition of its Taiwan DRAM joint venture partner, according to a report from the US-Taiwan Business Council.
Wi-LAN settles suits with Intel, others
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Canada's Wi-LAN Inc. has confirmed that four litigations that were scheduled for trial in early 2011 have been dismissed as a result of agreements signed with major semiconductor and product vendors.
Broadcom down, Altera up after Q1 earnings
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Broadcom's stock declined more than 7 percent in after hours trading after the company reported first quarter profits and second quarter guidance that disappointed analysts. Altera's shares rose despite narrowly missing consensus analysts' expectations.
Update: MIPS gets sweet with Honeycomb
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4/26/2011   4 comments
MIPS Technologies said that it has ''official source access'' to Google's Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb.
Silver Lake buys Smart Modular
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Smart Modular Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of memory modules and solid-state storage products, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Silver Lake Partners and Silver Lake Sumeru for $9.25 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $645 million.
Intel takes step back into solar
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4/26/2011   3 comments
Has Intel Corp. re-entered into the solar business? Not exactly.
TowerJazz rolls SiGe process
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4/26/2011   3 comments
Specialty foundry vendor TowerJazz Inc. has announced the availability of its latest silicon germanium (SiGe) foundry process.
M/A-COM buys Optomai amid suit
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4/26/2011   1 comment
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. has acquired Optomai Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that develops integrated circuits and modules for next-generation 40- and 100-Gbps fiber optic networks.
Nanotube-based solar cells harness viruses
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4/26/2011   5 comments
Living viruses pattern dye-sensitized solar cells by keeping nanotubes conductors in line while secreting a coating of titanium dioxide to make them work.
TI offers Grace to configure MCU peripherals
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4/26/2011   7 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. is offering the Grace graphical software that generates C code that automatically configures peripherals on the MSP430 microcontroller.
Hynix sale scheduled for May
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4/26/2011   4 comments
A group of creditor banks that turned Hynix debts into shareholding back in 2001 have announced plans to sell off as early as May, their 15 percent stake in the world's second largest DRAM maker, according to reports.
LG Electronics signs broad Cortex IP deal
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4/26/2011   Post a comment
Consumer electronics equipment company LG Electronics has signed a licensing agreement with ARM Holdings plc that covers the Cortex processor and Mali graphics processor families.
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