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Smart memory seen as cure for user-interface bottlenecks
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4/30/2012   4 comments
Spansion CEO John Kispert said smart memory will be needed to wean advanced user-interfaces off cloud connectivity dependence.
Micron, Hynix poised to gain NAND share, says IHS
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4/30/2012   2 comments
Micron Technology and SK Hynix narrowed the gap in NAND flash memory with market leaders Samsung and Toshiba in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
TriQuint Semi cuts jobs
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor cut about 70 jobs in Florida and plans to also cut jobs in Costa Rica as part of a plan to restructure the company's SAW filter manufacturing operations.
IDT buying PLX Tech for $330 million
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4/30/2012   6 comments
IDT said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire connectivity chip vendor PLX Technology in a cash and stock deal were about $330 million.
Slideshow: USA tech fest packs them in
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4/30/2012   3 comments
The USA Science & Technology Festival in Washington was filled to the rafters with curious kids and a raft of exhibits, demonstrations and teardowns designed to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and other innovators.
NeoPhotonics deals with Rusnano, plans facilities in Russia
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4/30/2012   Post a comment
Russian government entity Rusnano has acquired 4.97 million newly-issued common shares of San Jose, Calif.-based NeoPhotonics Corp. in a private placement transaction worth $39.8 million.
Researchers prototype implantable microphone for de
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4/30/2012   6 comments
A proof-of-concept prototype microphone implanted in the middle ear promises to partly offset the need for wearing an outer hearing aid.
NXP today: 'Practically a Chinese company'
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4/30/2012   33 comments
Rick Clemmer, NXP’s CEO, said last week, NXP today is “practically a Chinese company.” NXP makes more money in China than in any other single country. Further, the Dutch company employs 8,000 people in China.
Gore starts business, develops tests for portable electronics
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4/30/2012   1 comment
Gore has created a new business unit, Gore Portable Electronic Vents, to concentrate on solutions to protect portable devices from water, dust and dirt ingress while maintaining the integrity of sound transmission.
Samsung leads Nokia in cellphone revenue ranking
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4/30/2012   4 comments
Samsung's cellphone sales revenue jumped 47 percent to $48.2 billion in 2011 making the company the leading mobile phone company by revenue, according to IC Insights.
Broadcom rolls two-port 100G switch
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4/30/2012   2 comments
Broadcom brings to Interop 2012 next week its BCM88650, a high-end switching fabric that sports two 100G ports and also can be flexibly used for 10 and 40G nets.
Huawei to give Intel LTE development support in China
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4/30/2012   4 comments
Intel's aspirations selling chips for mobile equipment have received a boost with the news that Huawei has agreed to work with Intel on the testing and rapid deployment of the time division duplex format applied to Long Term Evolution standard.
2012 chip market to grow 7%, says analyst
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4/30/2012   1 comment
Growth in the semiconductor market will accelerate in the second half of 2012 and achieve an annual percentage figure of 6 to 7 percent, according to Mali Venkatesan, research manager for semiconductors at International Data Corp.
Heliatek pushes organic solar cell efficiency higher
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4/29/2012   4 comments
Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany), a startup developing organic solar cells, has pushed the record efficiency for organic solar cells higher, achieving an efficiency of 10.7 percent in a 1.1 square centimeter tandem cell. The efficiency was measured by indepdendent test house SGS SA (Geneva Switzerland).
Fairchild, Power Integrations found to infringe patents
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4/27/2012   5 comments
A jury in U.S. federal court found that Fairchild Semiconductor and Power Integrations infringed on each others' patents.
Win a trip to the Indy 500
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4/27/2012   6 comments
Circuit-protection maker Littelfuse is sending five engineers to the big Memorial Day race.
Dialog signs up to use Intrinsic-ID on-chip security
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4/27/2012   1 comment
Fabless chip company Dialog Semiconductor plc has integrated security technology from startup Intrinsic-ID BV into its SC14453S voice-over-IP processor.
Chip execs see 20 nm variants, 3-D ICs ahead
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4/27/2012   12 comments
GlobalFoundries is mulling low power and high performance variants of its 20 nm processes while several chip execs see 3-D ICs coming in 2014 and a path to 7 nm.
Spansion looks for return to profitability in Q2
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4/26/2012   Post a comment
Flash memory vendor Spansion reported a loss on declining sales for the first quarter, but said it expects a revenue increase and return to profitability in the second quarter.
ARM TechCon 2012 – Call for abstracts closes on Friday 27 April 27 2012
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4/26/2012   Post a comment
This year's ARM TechCon will be held October 30 – November 1, 2012 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
STC receives "trusted foundry" label from DoD
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4/26/2012   2 comments
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Canandaigua, NY has been designated as a Trusted Foundry by the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Microelectronics Agency.
TSMC raises capex to record $8.5 billion, pulls in 20-nm
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4/26/2012   5 comments
TSMC has raised its planned capital expenditure for 2012 to between $8 billion and $8.5 billion. The move accompanied the announcement of first quarter financial results and a strong second quarter outlook by the foundry.
Achronix chairman: Intel foundry gambit poised for payoff
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4/26/2012   14 comments
Achronix Semiconductor Corp., eight years into its startup phase, is hanging its hat on Intel’s 22-nm FinFET process technology for its survival and envisioned victory as it prepares to go public in 2014.
Pixel Qi claims it can beat iPad display
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4/26/2012   9 comments
Pixel Qi, a developer of reflective liquid crystal displays that can be read in sunlight thereby saving power, has announced that it can produce a screen with higher image quality than the iPad 3 retina screen.
GlobalFoundries installs gear for 20-nm TSVs
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4/26/2012   5 comments
GlobalFoundries is installing gear to make through-silicon vias at 20 and 28 nm in its New York fab, hoping to take production orders in the second half of 2013.
Smartphone sales to grow 17% in 2012, says analyst
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4/26/2012   9 comments
Mobile phone handset shipments worldwide grew 6.5 percent in 2011 to 1.51 billion units compared with 12 percent growth in 2010, according to Will Strauss principal analyst with Forward Concepts. The market research firm predicts an 11 percent growth rate for 2012 taking unit shipments to 1.68 billion units.
Neul launches white-space smart metering in Cambridge
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4/26/2012   8 comments
Neul, a startup company pioneering the use of white space radio, has set up a city-wide network in Cambridge, England, to demonstrate smart meter reading and other applications.
LSI, Xilinx, Cadence beat estimates
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4/26/2012   2 comments
Chip vendors LSI and Xilinx and design automation software provider Cadence Design Systems reported quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations and offered guidance that was also better than expected.
Nvidia, BGI partner on cloud DNA sequencing service
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4/26/2012   3 comments
BGI, the world’s largest genomics institute announced on Wednesday it would launch a new cloud-based service for researchers to do next-generation sequencing bioinformatics analysis cheaply within the cloud.
Intersil's chip set enables Micron Tech LCOS display
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4/25/2012   4 comments
Intersil's mixed signal chip set targets novel pico-projector applications with a reference design using Micron Technology's liquid crystal on silicon display.
IHS boosts 2012 chip market forecast
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4/25/2012   4 comments
Strong demand for smartphones and media tablets spurred IHS iSuppli to increase its 2012 chip sales forecast.
MPSOC'12 advanced registration open until May 11th
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
MPSoC'12 will be held on July 9-13, 2012 at Chateau Montebello Québec, Canada
Standards effort seeks to put a charge in EV deployment
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4/25/2012   9 comments
The American National Standards Institute is driving an effort to develop technical specs for electric vehicle technology and related efforts like battery development and an interoperable charging infrastructure.
Cray sells interconnect hardware unit to Intel
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4/24/2012   9 comments
Supercomputer maker Cray Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interconnect hardware development program and related intellectual property to Intel Corp. for $140 million in cash.
Apple expects quarterly sales decline
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4/24/2012   18 comments
Apple delivered quarterly sales and profit above consensus analysts' expectations, but said it expects sales to fall further than expected in the current quarter.
Nokia downgraded to 'junk'
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4/24/2012   20 comments
Another quarter of disastrous financial results for Nokia last week, with a quarterly loss of $1.7 billion, has led to the Finnish phone maker’s debt being downgraded to “negative” and even “junk” by major financial consultants.
Tensilica aims at Chinese audio
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4/24/2012   2 comments
Tensilica is banking its future growth on the world's largest electronics market by adding support for China's Dynamic Resolution Adaptation standard to its entire library of over 100 audio encoders, decoders, an sound enhancement chips for adding high-fidelity audio digital signal processors to mobile handsets.
3-D FPGAs enable silicon convergence
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4/24/2012   7 comments
Altera says its three-dimensional FPGAs can incorporate a host of traditionally discrete components to boost system performance and minimize power consumption.
RF chip firm Amalfi snags another $20 million in funding
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
Amalfi Semiconductor, a provider of power amplifiers for cellular handsets, announced it raised an additional $20 million in funding from previous investors Battery Ventures, DCM and Globespan Capital Partners.
ST-Ericsson rescue plan underwhelms
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4/24/2012   4 comments
The plan put together to try and transform the fortunes of struggling mobile chip company ST-Ericsson NV by CEO Didier Lamouche, announced Monday (April 23), at one level makes a kind of sense but also looks like the last throw of the dice by an unlucky gambler.
CSNE helps bring STEM to NYS school districts
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
A partnership between the New York State School Boards Association and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany will create innovative local school programs that will help students gain 21st century learning and career skills in emerging fields such as nanotechnology.
ARM profits, sales up in Q1
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4/24/2012   2 comments
Processor IP licensor ARM has posted yet another quarter with increased sales and profits as it continues to benefit from being designed into market leading smartphones and tablet computers.
ST's Bozotti says billings bottomed in Q1
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
European chip vendor STMicroelectronics reported a wider loss on lower revenue for the first quarter, but the firm's CEO said the company believes billings bottomed out during the quarter.
ST-Ericsson reports wider loss on declining sales
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, reported a wider first quarter loss on declining sales due largely to lower sales to Nokia, one of its largest customers.
Toshiba to replace chip assembly plant in Thailand
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4/24/2012   1 comment
Toshiba will rebuild its chip assembly operations decimated by the 2011 Thai floods by relocating its Thai subsidiary to a new back-end facility in a different location in Thailand, Toshiba said.
TI's sales top estimates as orders, inventory swell
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4/23/2012   2 comments
Texas Instruments reported first quarter sales that beat analysts' expectations as the company's top executive said TI expects 2012 to be "a good year for growth."
Wafer inspection gets smart
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4/23/2012   1 comment
By adding intelligent parallel processing, KLA-Tencor Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) has increased the throughput of its wafer inspection and metrology tool by as much as four times.
Startup claims 'Holy Grail' of SoC design
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4/23/2012   23 comments
Startup Algotochip claims to have achieved the Holy Grail of chip design: the ability to create complete system-on-chip designs from a C-code specification and test stimulus vectors in eight to 16 weeks.
China mulls national CPU architecture spec
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4/23/2012   40 comments
Chinese officials have kicked off a program to define a national processor architecture that could become a requirement for projects seeking government funding.
Veteran Fujitsu exec to lead U.S. chip subsidiary
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4/23/2012   2 comments
Fujitsu Semiconductor announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named to lead its U.S. subsidiary and its wireless products subsidiary. Wireless Products announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named president and CEO, replacing Yutaka Suzuk, who is retiring.
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