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10 companies in trouble
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5/29/2009   7 comments
EE Times has assembled a list of 10 companies (or more) that seem in particular danger of continuing to spill red ink, being acquired, seeking bankruptcy protection or just not being around in current form a year from now.
10 companies in trouble
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5/29/2009   7 comments
EE Times has assembled a list of 10 companies (or more) that seem in particular danger of continuing to spill red ink, being acquired, seeking bankruptcy protection or just not being around in current form a year from now.
Mentor misses sales, earnings targets
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EDA provider Mentor Graphics said sales for the quarter ended April 30 fell short of the company's guided range. The firm also issued guidance for the current quarter that fell short of analysts' expectations.
Qualcomm touts the smartbook to rival netbooks, smartphones
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has started promoting the concept of the 'smartbook', powered by the latest 1GHz versions of its Snapdragon chipsets, and described as taking the best of what a netbook and smartphone has to offer in terms of functionality and performance.
Ni-MH rechargeable battery modules target small off-grid renewable energy systems
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Saft is to offer a range of Nickel"Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable battery modules specifically designed to meet the needs of off-grid photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy systems.
Schott Solar partners SolarEdge to develop PV panel-integrated power harvesting solution
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Schott Solar and SolarEdge have reached a joint design partnership agreement to develop and test a novel PV panel-integrated power harvesting system embedded directly into Schott Solar's modules.
Nanocrystals bid to extend photolithography
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Pixelligent is promising to extend the lifetime of conventional photolithography patterning of integrated circuits with semiconducting nanocrystalline films that go atop conventional photoresist to enhance resolution, increase yields, lower material costs and improve throughput.
Top five products of the week 22
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The editorial team of EETimes Europe has selected the following five products as products of the week ending May 29th.
AMEC gains legal victory over Applied
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China's Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) has obtained a ruling on a summary judgment motion it filed in its trade secret dispute with rival Applied Materials Inc.
Insolvenzverwalter: "Keine Deadline für Qimonda"
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Es gibt keine endgültige Deadline für die Verhandlungen um einen Investor für den insolventen Speicherchiphersteller Qimonda. Die Suche nach einem Investor gehe weiter, heißt es.
No deadline for Qimonda, says insolvency adminstrator
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
There is no such thing as a final deadline for the Qimonda negotiations, the company's insolvency administrator clarifies. The search for an investor continues.
Transistor noise, Qimonda strippers, lead weekly story ranking
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, May 24, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, May 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Xunlight achieves roll-to-roll photovoltaic manufacture
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Xunlight Corp. (Toledo, Ohio), a developer of lightweight, flexible thin-film silicon solar modules, has announced it has demonstrated wide-web, roll-to-roll photovoltaic manufacturing process for the production of thin-film silicon photovoltaic modules.
Researchers produce superconducting germanium
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Researchers at Forschungszentrum Rossendorf say they have succeeded in making superconducting germanium crystals. The achievement could be a step towards faster semiconductors.
Scotland feels the brunt of HP's European reorganization
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Unions and politicians in Scotland condemned moves by Hewlett Packard to close a factory in Erskine, near Glasgow, and transfer production of computers to the Czech Republic, where wage rates are substantially lower.
Android Donut stretches out to WVGA
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5/29/2009   Post a comment
It was clear at Google I/O that an expanding group of engineers are infatuated with Android, and Google's small band of mobile developers are returning their affections—in part by supporting new display resolutions such as WVGA in their upcoming Donut version.
Chartered Semi denies takeover report
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Singapore-based Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. said it has not received an acquisition offer from Abu Dhabi Investment Co. for Temasek Holdings' controlling stake in the wafer foundry, contrary to reports valuing the company at between $2.50 and $2.60 per share.
Xilinx may owe IRS after appellate court ruling
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx could lose more than $40 million after a federal appeals court overturned a 2005 ruling that favored the company in a tax dispute with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Abu Dhabi launches takeover bid for Chartered, says report
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Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. has received a $2.45 billion bid from the government of Abu Dhabi to buy Temasek Holdings' near-60 percent stake in the foundry vendor, according to the Business Times.
Marvell posts sequential sales gain
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Fabless semiconductor company Marvell Technology Group reported a sequential increase in sales for the quarter ended May 2 and the company's chief executive said recent trends indicate an improvement in near term order patterns.
Fair set to fill Globalfoundries construction jobs
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The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany plans to host a job fair to assist M+W Zander in building its project management team to support the construction of GlobalFoundries' semiconductor fab in Malta, N.Y.
Video: Google rolls Wave
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At its annual developer conference here, Google demonstrated Wave, an open source program it said could represent the future of online communications, blurring the lines between email, instant messaging and online document collaboration.
Opinion: California is worst-run state
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What is the worst-run state in the U.S.? Easy. It's California.
VDMA says it fears loss of European chip industry
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European engineering in general is threatened if the production of semiconductors moves away, according to German Engineering Federation, VDMA. The European Union needs to act to support manufacturing in Europe, which in turn can help keep chipmaking here in support of high-value engineering.
Sunnyvale startup raises $11 million, says report
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R2 Semiconductor Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a fabless startup working on mixed-signal, radio frequency chips, has added $11 million to its Series A round of $2 million begun in 2008, according to a Reuters report.
HSPA provided 11.6% of Europe's PC broadband in 2008, says Berg
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
High-speed packet access (HSPA) accounted for 11.6 percent of the total number of PC broadband connections in Europe at the end of 2008, according to analyst firm Berg Insight AB (Gothenburg, Sweden).
Seiko Epson preps inkjet-printed OLEDs for big picture
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Printing high-definition organic LED displays with ultrahigh-resolution inkjet printers will lower the cost and increase the color accuracy of flat-panel televisions, according to Seiko Epson Corp.
Gartner bumps up '09 chip sales forecast
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Market research firm Gartner issued a revised semiconductor industry revenue forecast that projects 2009 revenue will not fall quite as sharply as the firm predicted in February, thanks to better-than-expected first quarter PC sales.
National sees clouds at 50th anniversary party
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This week, National Semiconductor Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In a statement, National touted its accomplishments over the years and announced some news in its latest product thrust: solar.
SanDisk to see lower royalties from Samsung
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The flash patent royalty deal between SanDisk Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. covers 3- and 4-bit per cell technology, but not 3-D memory, according to analysts.
TSMC launches interconnect modeling format
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Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has developed iRCX, an EDA data format for interconnect modeling with TSMC's 65- and 40-nm process technologies.
Reconfigurable logic startup seeks funds, engineers
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Reconfigurable logic IP start-up Akya (Selby, England) is looking to raise further capital and has started recruiting design and applications engineers so as to expand its marketing and product development efforts.
ST leads the consumer charge in MEMS accelerometers
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has become the leading supplier of MEMS-based accelerometers because of its focus on supplying designers of consumer electronics and wireless products, according to market research group iSuppli.
NEC : 15.3-in. TFT display suits video production
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
NEC LCD Technologies has introduced a 15.3-inch amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) module with wide extended graphics array (WXGA) resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, part number NL12876BC26-28.
The next frontier in supply chain management
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
The ideal supply chain performance management system should support process orientation. The worlds of procurement, manufacturing, engineering, finance and other departments are connected but looking at today's analytics solutions, the relationships between these worlds are not well understood. This leads to local optimization at the expense of the performance of the overall process.
Suntech and National Semiconductor to collaborate on developing SolarMagic technology for PV solutions
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Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd., the world's largest crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, and National Semiconductor Corp., of Santa Clara, California, USA, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to evaluate National Semiconductor's SolarMagic technology with the intention of jointly promoting the technology and developing future solutions.
Netronome is revealed as ARM multiprocessor licensor
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Netronome Systems Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), a developer of network processors, has been announced by ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) as a licensor of the ARM11-MP processor core and a portfolio of physical IP that has been used in the NFP-32xx family of processors.
TDK : Chip inductors offer highest impedance in 1005 package
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TDK Electronics has introduced the MMZ1005-E family of three Gigaspira multilayer gigahertz-band chip bead inductors claiming the world’s highest impedance in a 1005-size device.
Visteon files for chapter 11
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US-based automotive tier one Visteon Corp. has filed for chapter 11 of the US Bankrupcy Code. European subsidiaries are not affected. The company hopes to maintain its business but it for the time being it is unclear if and how it will able to do so.
AMS, Fraunhofer partner for encoder ICs
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Analog IC specialist Austriamicrosystems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) have linked to develop a generation of magnetic motion sensing integrated circuits based on Fraunhofer’s patented HallinOne magnetic sensor technology.
Infineon applied for bailout, paper says
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Ailing Chip maker Infineon queues up with many companies currently asking for state aid. According to Financial Times Deutschland, the company has applied for a guarantee worth €500 million (about $693 million).
Savi Settles AeroScout Lawsuit
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Savi Technology reaches "favorable settlement" with AeroScout.
Real world robots star in Terminator Salvation
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Eighteen ABB industrial robots star in the final climactic scene of the new movie Terminator Salvation, in which Christian Bale faces an army of Terminators.
Magma beats sales target, posts loss
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EDA vendor Magma Design Automation hit its most recent sales targets for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year, but posted lower revenue and wider losses than in the year-ago periods.
Spreadtrum cuts jobs, posts loss
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China's Spreadtrum Communications Inc., a supplier of wireless baseband chipsets, posted a loss and implemented a 15 percent headcount reduction.
Obama touts solar power to break US oil addiction
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
President Barack Obama provided a spending boost to the solar and geothermal energy industries Wednesday and said increased use of the fuels would make America more secure.
Registration opens for X-fest technical seminar series
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Registration has been opened for X-fest 2009, a 36-city global technical seminar series sponsored by Xilinx and Avnet.
Video: Google demos next version of Android
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Developers also gave a sneak peak of the next version of Android at Google I/O, showing new text-to-speech and basic handwriting recognition capabilities, and called for developers to use new capabilities in HTML5 to write rich applications that run inside a in a browser rather than on an operating system such as Microsoft Windows.
Actel names co-wiinners of China Students FPGA design competition
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Designs from Xian University of Electronic Science and Technology and South China Agricultural University tied for top honors in the 2009 Actel Cup China Students FPGA design competition.
Updated: SanDisk, Samsung agree flash patents and supply deals
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
SanDisk Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have announced they have agreed to cross-license their flash memory semiconductor portfolios and that Samsung will continue to supply SanDisk with a guaranteed portion of its flash memory production.
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