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Trip report: The tablet wars (aka Computex 2011)
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5/31/2011   15 comments
The curtain rose on the 31st edition of Computex, the second largest computer show in the world. Guess what product category is hot?
BCD Semi to buy power management IC firm
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Chinese power management IC vendor BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing said it would acquire Taiwan-based Auramicro for $5.6 million in cash.
DRAM rankings: Q1 sales down on weak ASPs
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5/31/2011   1 comment
Global DRAM revenue fell to $8.3 billion in the first quarter, down 5.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010 due to weak pricing, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Danaher T&E cos contribute to Vietnam's hi-tech
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5/31/2011   1 comment
Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley have joined the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) with a $300,000 donation which will go toward the electrical and mechanical engineering curricula needs of Vietnam’s growing high-tech industry.
Nokia sales miss casts doubt on Windows plan
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5/31/2011   15 comments
Nokia said it expects second quarter sales to be substantially lower than previously expected, casting further doubt on the company's push into handsets running the Windows Phone OS.
Nimbic launches cloud computing solution for EDA
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5/31/2011   5 comments
Nimbic’s scalable and secure cloud computing solution – nCloud – delivers unprecedented scale and speed in system design and simulation.
Lattice and Digi-Key enter into global distribution agreement
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5/31/2011   Post a comment
It’s jolly exciting to hear that Lattice Semiconductor and Digi-Key have just announced that they’ve signed a global distribution agreement.
Actions Semi tips MIPS-based Honeycomb SoC
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5/31/2011   2 comments
Actions Semiconductor will collaborate with MIPS Technologies to offer a MIPS-based, 1.3 GHz chipset optimized for version 3.0 of Google's Android operating system, also known as Honeycomb, the companies said.
Micron, Intellectual Ventures sign IP deal
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5/31/2011   Post a comment
Micron Technology said it entered into an intellectual property license agreement with technology licensing firm Intellectual Ventures.
Mentor’s TLM Synthesis links virtual prototyping and hardware implementation
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5/31/2011   1 comment
Mentor Graphics has announced that its Catapult C high-level synthesis (HLS) tool now supports the synthesis of transaction level models (TLMs).
ST Foundation appoints chairman
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5/31/2011   Post a comment
The ST Foundation, an independent charitable organization created by STMicroelectronics, has appointed Pietro Fox as chairman. Fox takes up the position previously held by the prime instigator of the organization, Carlo Ottaviani, who passed away in January of this year.
Report: IDC cuts chip growth on poor PC sales
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5/31/2011   1 comment
Market research firm International Data Corp. has cut its forecast on the annual revenue growth of the semiconductor sector to between 4 and 5 percent from 6 to 8 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
India starts hunt for fab-building chipmakers
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5/31/2011   12 comments
A committee recently set up by the Indian government to help drive the establishment of semiconductor manufacturing in the sub-continent, has conducted its first meeting and has started approaching chip companies to ask them to set up wafer fabs there.
Intel Ultrabooks attack tablet market
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5/31/2011   26 comments
Intel will push down the power and size of the notebook computer to create a so-called. Ultrabook, its answer to tablets that have so far chosen ARM over x86 processors.
Chip makers join embedded vision group
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5/31/2011   6 comments
More than a dozen vendors including ADI, Freescale, Nvidia and TI have joined a new industry group promoting computer vision in embedded systems.
European EMS firm broken in three
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
TES Electronics Solutions (Langon, France), an electronics design and manufacturing services company, is being broken up and sold off to three different companies by order of the Tribunal de Commerce de Rennes, according to local reports.
Singapore starts training Abu Dhabi fab workers
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5/30/2011   6 comments
Teaching institute Singapore Polytechnic has signed an agreement to train wafer fab workers for Abu Dhabi. Some 50 men and women from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will form the pioneering class following an agreement signed between the Abu Dhabi owned Advanced Technology Investment Co. (ATIC); foundry Globalfoundries Inc., which is majority-owned by ATIC; and Singapore Polytechnic.
OEMS speed adoption of IPv6
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5/30/2011   3 comments
The first of over two dozen IPv6 systems from leading OEMs that are using NetLogic Microsystem's NL11k knowledge-based processors will begin shipping in production in 3Q 2011, with the remaining customer systems expected to commence shipping over the following twelve months.
Ubiquisys collaborates with Intel to develop intelligent small cells
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5/30/2011   Post a comment
This emerging generation of intelligent small cells (small base stations) will offer new levels of processing power, creating a cloud of IP-enabled "compute engines" much closer to mobile users.
Analyst: Tablets to drive PC growth in 2011
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5/27/2011   7 comments
PC shipments are expected to increase by 13 percent this year compared to 2010, according to IC Insights, which includes media tablets in the PC category.
Mentor, Magma top expectations
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5/27/2011   1 comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines said Mentor's board has met once by phone since three members nominated by billionaire financier Carl Icahn were elected to join it.
Tessera sues Sony again
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5/27/2011   2 comments
Tessera Technologies filed a complaint through one of its subsidiaries against Sony in California state court.
Zarlink tips 5% job cuts on 'strong' results
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5/27/2011   13 comments
Canadian mixed-signal chip company Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has said it plans to reduce its global workforce by approximately 5 percent by the end of fiscal Q2 2012, which ends in September 2011. Zarlink (Ottawa, Ontario) made the announcement within its statement of its fourth fiscal quarter and 2011 fiscal year results.
ASIC prototypes on time—or your money back
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5/27/2011   6 comments
Open-Silicon CEO Naveed Sherwani claimed an industry first, announcing a money-back guarantee on design engineering schedules for ASICs.
Linaro adds five with partner program
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5/27/2011   2 comments
Five software companies have joined the Linaro group as part of a new partners program helping developing low-level Linux software for ARM-based SoCs.
TI selects G24i as energy harvest partner
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5/27/2011   2 comments
G24 Innovations Ltd., a pioneer of dye-sensitized thin-film solar cells, is working with Texas Instruments to combine G24i's solar cell technology with TI power conversion ICs.
NXP says it is 'Google Wallet' chip supplier
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5/27/2011   6 comments
As Google launched its 'Google Wallet' application for Android smartphones NXP has stressed that it is NXP technology and chips that are enabling the application.
AMCC uses 25G signals to hit 100G
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5/27/2011   3 comments
Applied Micro announced a multiplexer for 100 Gbit/second optical networks supporting serial data rates up to 28 Gbit/second.
Renesas Mobile CEO predicts 10 fold growth for its global market share
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5/27/2011   3 comments
Ikuya Kawasaki, CEO of Renesas Mobile, hopes to turn his company into a credible competitor against Qualcomm with a 20 to 30 percent share, using a proven LTE protocol stack Renesas gained from Nokia.
Fabbing graphene arrays rivaling silicon process
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5/26/2011   6 comments
Purdue University researchers have advanced a manufacturing method for creating single-crystal arrays of graphene which is similar to the production of silicon wafers.
Skyworks to buy AnalogicTech for $264 million
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire analog chip vendor Advanced Analogic Technologies in a mostly cash deal worth about $264 million.
Image gallery: Xperia Play handset teardown
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5/26/2011   5 comments
The first "PlayStation certified" smartphone features Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Broadcom's BlueTooth/WiFi/FM combo chip and memory ICs from Micron and Elpida, among others, according to a teardown analysis.
High-temp MEMS goes seismic
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5/26/2011   4 comments
Analog Devices claims to have designed the world's first MEMS chip that can tolerate temperatures as high as 342 degrees Fahrenheit.
Smart meters wait on home net spec
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5/26/2011   17 comments
Some smart meter projects are on hold while engineers re-work a road map for Smart Energy Profile 2.0, a key standard for tomorrow's home energy networks.
Freescale CEO bullish on IPO
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5/26/2011   6 comments
Rich Beyer, Freescale Semiconductor's chairman and CEO, said he was happy with the opening of the company's IPO despite the fact that the opening price was lowered. Shares climbed up more than 5 percent by mid-day trading.
Analyst sees flat April for global chip sales
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5/26/2011   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April are likely to be $25.3 billion April, similar to the $25.26 billion reported in March by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Freescale lowers IPO share price to $18
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5/26/2011   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor said it plans to sell 43.5 million common shares at $18 per share in an initial public offering beginning Thursday.
Tablets drive investment in display manufacturing
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5/25/2011   8 comments
New products like tablet computers are driving investment and demand for LCD and OLED manufacturing equipment.
Wipro teams with EADS to manufacture aerospace actuators
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5/25/2011   1 comment
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering announced it has concluded an agreement with Spain's Compania Espanola De Sistemas Aeronauticos SA (CESA), a subsidiary of the global Aerospace and Defense Corporation, to manufacture precision engineered components for the aerospace and defense sector.
Hardware-assisted verification platform + Ethernet testing solution
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
EVE’s ZeBu hardware-assisted verification family has been integrated with Xena’s high-density Ethernet testing solution.
AeroVironment wins contract with US Army for small unmanned aircrafts
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5/25/2011   6 comments
AeroVironment Inc. announced it has obtained an $8.4 million order with the US Army for digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) and initial spares packages.
ST Micro ramps up MEMS production
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5/25/2011   1 comment
STMicroelectronics reports it is significantly increasing its MEMS production capacity to more than 3 million sensors a day, by the end of 2011 to sustain exploding demand.
Ramtron sampling first FRAMs made at IBM
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5/25/2011   3 comments
After multiple delays, Ramtron is now sampling the first pre-qualification FRAM devices built on the company's manufacturing line at IBM.
Audio test & measurement seminar in UK (June 2-3)
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
A two-day audio test and measurement training seminar held by Prism Sound and its UK distribution partner, TTi distribution, will introduce engineers to the practical and theoretical aspects of accurately measuring audio for a wide variety of applications.
IBM to test wafer pruning
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5/25/2011   10 comments
IBM will test a wafer pruning technique developed at the University of California at Los Angeles said to spot bad wafers early with test structures in-between die that can reject wafers before costly metallization steps.
Nomura sees 2011 chip market growth of 4.4%
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5/25/2011   5 comments
Brokerage firm Nomura Securities has raised its forecast for growth in the value of the global semiconductor market to 4.4 percent, an increase from its previous projection of 3.1 percent given in December 2010.
Applied braces for sales decline
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5/24/2011   Post a comment
Applied Materials, the largest maker of semiconductor production equipment, reported second quarter sales and earnings that exceeded analysts' expectations but said it expects sales for the current quarter to decline due to sluggish near-term economic conditions.
IHS: Tablet's rise hurt Q1 PC sales
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5/24/2011   10 comments
First quarter global PC sales declined by 0.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010, in part because of rising interested in Apple's iPad and other tablets, according to IHS iSuppli.
Tessera loses appeal of ITC ruling
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5/24/2011   1 comment
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission that DRAM vendors did not infringe on a Tessera patent by using wBGA laminate-based package substrates.
Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE dial up WinPhone 7
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5/24/2011   5 comments
Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE will make smartphones using Windows Phone 7, Microsoft said as it previewed Mango, the software's next release.
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