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French defense firm takes control of MicroOLED
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Photonis Technologies SAS has announced it has taken a 51 percent stake in MicroOLED SA, a spin off from CEA-Leti pioneering the use of OLED materials in near-to-eye displays.
Plastic Logic delays e-reader, cancels orders
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Plastic Logic GmbH (Dresden, Germany) has delayed for a second time the launch of its monochrome Que e-reader and cancelled existing orders.
Micron's results: What analysts are saying
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. roared past analysts’ consensus estimate in its recent quarter.
Qualcomm brews apps store for mobile OS
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. is expanding its efforts in the mobile operating system and connectivity arenas.
Taiwan to invest in NAND flash project
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Innovation Memory Co., previously rejected as a suitable case for government investment as a DRAM company, has reinvented itself as a NAND flash supplier.
MagnaChip withdraws IPO - again
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
MagnaChip Semiconductor LLC, a spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has withdrawn a planned initial public offering due to "adverse market conditions."
Price hikes, shortages seen in hot solar biz
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6/30/2010   2 comments
Photovoltaic demand is projected to double over last year.
Gyro vendor InvenSense files IPO
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
InvenSense Inc., a provider of motion processing solutions or gyroscopes, is filing for an IPO.
NASA seeks proposals for new heavy-lift rocket
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
NASA is seeking industry proposals for the design of a new rocket to take machines and humans beyond Earth orbit.
HP, QLogic, Emulex FCoE
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard is adopting new Fibre Channel over Ethernet chips from Emulex and QLogic in its latest round of data center systems, giving a much boost to the upcoming suppliers who face competition from entrenched chip designers including Broadcom, Intel and Marvell.
Supreme Court's Bilski patent ruling
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6/29/2010   12 comments
In a slim 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court decided not to endorse or define a test of what can be patented, instead, it issued a narrow decision in the case of Bernard Bilski vs. the U.S. Patent Office.
GE licenses Rambus LED technology
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
GE Lighting, a unit of the General Electric Company's appliances and lighting business, has signed a licensing agreement for the use of Rambus' lighting patents, reference designs and manufacturing process know-how.
Intel, Israel discuss next fab, says report
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Intel is discussing locating a wafer fab in Kiryat Gat, Israel, with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, according to The Media Line.
TSMC given OK to take 10% SMIC stake
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
The Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs has approved an application by TSMC to take up a 10 percent stake in Chinese foundry rival SMIC, according to reports.
EUV litho sources improving, says workshop
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6/29/2010   2 comments
Sources for extreme ultraviolet lithography are not yet sufficiently bright to allow commercial wafer throughputs, but they are improving sufficiently for beta tools shipping in 2011, according to participants at a workshop held in Maui, Hawaii.
Rohde & Schwarz find scope for expansion
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz is today launching its first dedicated oscilloscopes. It has developed its own ASICs and A to D converters to support the new design which is described as 20 times faster than existing devices.
Freescale plans basestation-on-chip
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6/29/2010   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor plans to best its embedded communications competitors not just by depending on raw computing speed for its processors but by reaching the higher integration levels needed to put a "basestation on a chip," according to Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for networking and multimedia.
Micron fiscal Q3 profits surge on higher demand
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6/29/2010   1 comment
Micron Technology Inc. reported strong fiscal third quarter sales and profits as rising demand, improving prices and investment gains boosted the memory company's performance.
BOM for iPhone 4 is $188, says iSuppli
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6/28/2010   2 comments
The 16-Gbyte version of Apple's iPhone 4 carries a bill of materials cost of $187.51, keeping with Apple's strategy of maintaining hefty profit margins on the popular smartphone, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Samsung, TSMC hit by ITC complaint
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6/28/2010   3 comments
STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement.
Analyst: China's IC manufacturing spend paying off
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor fabs in China produced 40 billion ICs in 2009, accounting for 25.1 percent of domestic demand, up from 20.9 percent in 2004, according to a new report that concludes that massive investments in China's semiconductor industry are paying dividends.
Smart consumer devices
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Consumer electronics is on the brink of a "smart devices revolution" according to the consumer electronics panel members at last week's Freescale Technology Forum.
CoorsTek buys ceramics unit for $245M
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
CoorsTek Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic and specialty material components, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the advanced ceramics business of Saint-Gobain for about $245 million.
media tablet iPad Killer
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6/28/2010   3 comments
Whatever you prefer to call the next-gen media tablet, the popularity of these devices speaks to changes underway in how we use computers and consume content.
Obducat CEO resigns amid losses
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6/28/2010   1 comment
Amid losses and order delays, Patrik Lundstrom has been named acting CEO of Obducat AB (Malmo, Sweden), a supplier of nano-imprint lithography tools.
Report: Firms buy stake in PSi
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)and Narra Venture Capital II have acquired a 67 percent stake in PSi Technologies Inc. (PSi) of the Philippines for $30 million.
Firm to pay up to $58M for Atmel's smart card biz
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Atmel said it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Secure Microcontroller Solutions business to Inside Contactless for up to $58 million after completing consultation with the Works Council at Atmel's SMS facility in Rousset, France.
ADI to spend $28 million on Irish R&D
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6/28/2010   1 comment
IDA Ireland, the government agency responsible for industrial development in Ireland, has announced a 23 million euro (about $28 million) investment in R&D at Analog Devices facility in Raheen, County Limerick.
IBM, WiSpry teamed on tunable RF MEMS
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
The dream of a MEMS system-on-a-chip RF front-end for wireless mobile handsets is being realized by the collaborative efforts of startup WiSpry and IBM Microelectronics.
Russia's Sistema still pursuing Infineon, says report
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Infineon has denied it is in discussions with diversified Russian holding company AFK Sistema, according to a report, in a rerun of denials from September 2009 and earlier. Another report has said that Sistema
The soul of a sino-supercomputer
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Celebrating as if greeting a firstborn, a group of PhDs flung open the door of a factory building in Shenzhen and let loose a giant hooah.
IceCube telescope extreme science meets extreme electronics
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6/25/2010   1 comment
IceCube telescope is under construction more than a mile beneath the Antarctic ice.
Infineon aims to beat 30% annual growth, says report
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6/25/2010   Post a comment
German chip vendor Infineon Technologies AG is predicting revenue growth for its 2010 financial year in the "high 30 percent range" compared with the previous fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2009, according to a Bloomberg report.
NXP opens RF design center in Massachusetts
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6/25/2010   1 comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV has opened a radio frequency product creation center in Billerica, Massachusetts.
Atmel completes sale of fab in France
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Germany's LFoundry GmbH, an analog and mixed-signal foundry, has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Atmel Corp.’s wafer fabrication operation in Rousset, France.
Can Nikon regain its focus?
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Can Nikon Corp. regain its focus?
IBM 'fab club' aligns 28-nm process, jabs rival
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6/24/2010   1 comment
IBM, Samsung, GlobalFoundries and STMicroelectronics said that they are in collaboration to ''synchronize’’ the production of chips, based on its previously-announced, 28-nm low-power process.
DRAM makers to pay $173M in price-fixing case
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Some 32 states in the United States announced a $173 million settlement with six DRAM manufacturers who "conspired in an illegal global scheme to fix prices."
First look inside iPhone 4
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6/24/2010   6 comments
You could call the new Apple iPhone 4 an iPad Nano because it uses at least six chips from the popular Apple tablet, according to analysts from UBM TechInsights that have done a teardown of the new smartphone, revealing it uses a MEMS gyro from STMicroelectronics.
Q1 smartphone market was 55 million units, says ABI
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6/24/2010   2 comments
More than 55 million smartphones shipped during the first quarter of 2010, according to market researcher ABI Research.
China's $25 billion to boost domestic production, says analyst
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6/24/2010   2 comments
LONDON — The Chinese government is preparing to spend $25 billion on wafer fabs to boost domestic chip manufacturing over the next five years, according to market research company The Information Network. This is set to boost the proportion of local demand met by domestic wafer fabs and diminish Chinese chip imports, the analysis firm said
Future auto safety system seen using passive, active sensors
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
The next generation of car automation will combine passive MEMS sensors with active actuators that will increasingly "drive" cars in hazardous situations to avoid accidents.
MIPS to restructure, align with Android
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Processor IP licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. has announced a restructuring plan that will see it reduce headcount and incur a $1 million restructuring charge. The changes are expected to save company between $2 million and $2.4 million in annual expense, including the current financial year.
May chip sales show World Cup effect, says analyst
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for May is set to be called at $24.5 billion, compared with $23.3 billion in April and an all time record, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group.
PCI Express 3.0 delayed until 2011
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6/24/2010   3 comments
The PCI SIG has released an interim 0.71 version of the PCI Express 3.0 specification that supports up to 8 GigaTransfers/second and aims to start testing products for compliance in early 2011, about a year later than originally anticipated.
AMD x86 cores at Hot Chips
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
AMD is expected to steal the limelight at the annual Hot Chips conference when it describes two new x86 cores that mark the first major architectural advance for the company in several years.
ITC finds for Monolithic Power over O2 Micro
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a final determination finding no violation by Monolithic Power Systems or its customers in an action brought by O2 Micro International in 2008.
Group forms another 3-D chip alliance
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Another three-dimensional (3-D) chip alliance has been hatched.
VLSI ups fab tool outlook in hot market
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
The fab tool and materials industries are hot.
Will Spansion succeed or fail again?
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Spansion Inc. is looking to make a big comeback.
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