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Xerox CEO: K-12 education system 'broken'
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6/30/2011   57 comments
The K-12 education system in America is broken, said Ursula Burns, chief executive of Xerox who chairs a White House program on education.
Livermore lab opens door to supercomputers
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6/30/2011   8 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Lab has opened a new center as part of expanding efforts to share with industry and academia its capabilities in high performance computing.
Ansys to buy Apache Design for $310 million
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6/30/2011   9 comments
Design software vendor Ansys said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire power analysis and optimization EDA vendor Apache Design Solutions for $310 million in cash.
Reports: Hitachi, Sony, Toshiba in LCD talks
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6/30/2011   5 comments
Japan's Hitachi Ltd. wants to combine its manufacturing operation for small and mid-size liquid crystal display panels, with those of Toshiba Corp. and Sony Corp., according to reports.
Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR
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6/30/2011   6 comments
The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Thin Film offers passive plastic NVM
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6/30/2011   2 comments
Printed plastic memory pioneer Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced the development of a passive array nonvolatile printable plastic memory that is describes as being suitable for secure documents.
SMIC trading halted after chairman's death
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6/30/2011   12 comments
Shares of Chinese chip foundry SMIC ceased trading at the company's request after it reported that its chairman died and that the company's president and CEO failed to win re-election to its board of directors.
Solar module vendor gets $20M in funding
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6/30/2011   3 comments
Semprius, a provider high-concentration photovoltaic solar modules, announced that it recently secured $20 million in its first tranche of series C venture fundraising.
IDC: Cloud server revenue to hit $9.4B in 2015
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6/30/2011   8 comments
Worldwide revenue for cloud computing servers is projected to grow to $9.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm IDC.
Samsung takes Apple fight to ITC
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6/29/2011   9 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple and presumably seeking a ban on the importation of Apple products into the U.S.
IHS: Full Japan quake recovery by September
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6/29/2011   6 comments
The electronics industry supply chain is expected to be completely recovered from the after effects of the March 11 earthquake in Japan by the end of the third quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
FPGA startup Silicon Blue snags more funding
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6/29/2011   13 comments
Consumer-focused programmable logic startup SiliconBlue Technologies said it closed $18 million in series D venture capital funding from five separate funds.
Neul raises $12.8 million for M2M radio
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6/29/2011   2 comments
Neul Ltd., a startup company working with Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung to use so-called TV white-space spectrum for machine-to-machine communications, has raised $12.8 million from a venture capital syndicate.
Researchers develop 'electronic skin' for structural faults
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6/29/2011   10 comments
Civil engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with physicists at the University of Potsdam in Germany recently proposed a new method for the electronic, continual monitoring of structures.
Spreadtrum targeted by Muddy Waters report
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6/29/2011   2 comments
Nasdaq-traded Chinese fabless chip company Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has been targeted by Muddy Waters LLC, a brokerage firm that has declared a short position in the company and published an open letter to the chairman.
Online NSF report tells engineers' creative work
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6/29/2011   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation has released a special report that explores frontier engineering research and its impacts on people's lives.
SMIC picks Kilopass NVM IP for 55-nm process
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6/28/2011   Post a comment
Non-volatile memory IP vendor Kilopass Technology said Tuesday (June 28) it is expanding its one-time programmable NVM product offering to SMIC's 55-nm logic CMOS process.
Energy efficiency may require 'cool factor'
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6/28/2011   27 comments
The Smart Energy Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum addressed the issue of smarter energy efficiency by asking its panelists to expound on the question: What is the biggest hurdle to action?
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding
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6/28/2011   3 comments
Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm
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6/28/2011   10 comments
Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
WiGig shows progress with 60 GHz specs
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6/28/2011   6 comments
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance announced progress on 60 GHz standards, gaining kudos as the future for apps including Wi-Fi and wireless docking and displays.
Adesto ready to ramp CBRAM, with Altis
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6/28/2011   4 comments
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup company developing conductive bridging RAM nonvolatile memory technology, has announced that it will ship products this year manufactured by foundry partner Altis Semiconductor SA.
Alcatel-Lucent rolls 400 Gbit router chip
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6/28/2011   9 comments
Alcatel-Lucent's 400 Gbit/s FP3 chip set powers its push into routers with twice the throughput of the best chip from archrival Cisco.
Synopsys rolls non-volatile memory IP
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6/27/2011   5 comments
Synopsys announced the immediate availability of DesignWAre AEON non-volatile memory IP for multiple 180-nm process technologies.
Versatile energy harvesting with piezoelectric thin films
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6/27/2011   4 comments
In a crucial step towards the development of self-powering portable electronics, RMIT University researchers have for the first time characterized the ability of piezoelectric thin films to turn mechanical pressure into electricity. The result has been published in the leading materials science journal, Advanced Functional Materials.
Private equity firm invests in Sumitomo unit
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6/27/2011   Post a comment
European private equity firm Bridgepoint said it is backing a management buyout of semiconductor process equipment vendor SPP Process Technology Systems. Financial terms of the buyout were not disclosed.
Wolfson issues warning over slow sales
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6/27/2011   4 comments
Mixed-signal fabless chip company Wolfson Microelectronics plc has issued a trading update notice stating that that second quarter revenues would come in at the lower end of previous guidance.
European solar incentive cuts initiate global PV market shift
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6/27/2011   1 comment
Continued government policy adjustments are causing major shifts in the sizes, growth rates and customer segment mix of photovoltaic (PV) markets in 2011, according to the conclusions of three new Regional Downstream PV Market reports issued by Solarbuzz. Specifically, European markets, led by Germany and Italy, have absorbed Feed-In Tariff (FIT) rate cuts of up to one-third between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011.
HomePlug Powerline Alliance plans to support for IEEE P1905 convergent digital home network standard
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6/26/2011   3 comments
A P1905 network would include combinations of stationary home networking devices such as set top boxes, home gateways, Blu-Ray players and televisions, and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cellphones.
Freescale's makeover: How's it look?
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6/26/2011   32 comments
CEO Beyer, in his keynote at Freescale Technology Forum, portrayed Freescale as a company of “embedded processing.” What pops into your head, when asked to describe Freescale in one key word?
Opinions divided on patent reform impact
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6/24/2011   9 comments
Large companies praised and individual inventors criticized the patent reforms passed in Congress seen as having moderate impact across a variety of issues.
NIST materials scientist awarded Kyoto Prize
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6/24/2011   2 comments
The Kyoto Prize winners this year include material scientists pioneer John Cahn, now an emeritus Fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST). Cahn's numerous contributions to the science of metallurgical alloys--including the co-authorship of the seminal paper explaining quasicrystals--are widely used in semiconductors, renewable energy, robotics, medicine and transportation.
Accenture to do Windows development for Nokia
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6/24/2011   22 comments
Mobile phone maker Nokia Oy and Accenture plc have finalized their agreement to outsource Symbian software development and support to Accenture. At the same time Accenture said it will retrain and redeploy transferred staff while providing Microsoft-related services to Nokia through Avanade, a majority-owned technology services company.
Power transistor market set to grow 9% in 2011
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6/24/2011   6 comments
The global market for power transistors is set to reach $13.1 billion in 2011, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc., an increase of 9 percent over 2010, which itself was a 44 percent increase over the market in 2009.
Doubling shipments boosts Imagination profits
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6/24/2011   2 comments
The number of chips that shipped containing graphics and other cores from licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc annually almost doubled in the financial year to April 30, causing a jump in revenue and profit.
CEA calls for signing Declaration of Innovation
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6/24/2011   2 comments
In a dramatic move to reinvigorate the U.S. economy thru ingenuity and innovation Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, offered his Declaration of Innovation at CE Week here.
Micron's sales fall short of estimates
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6/24/2011   4 comments
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported revenue for its fiscal third quarter that fell below analysts' expectations as the company posted sequential declines in sales for both DRAM and NAND flash memory.
House passes patent reform bill
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6/23/2011   22 comments
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a patent reform bill by a vote of 304-117, the last major hurdle in revamping the U.S. patent system.
Nvidia quit PC benchmarking consortium, too
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6/23/2011   9 comments
Nvidiay left PC benchmarking consortium Business Applications Performance Corp., the organization now engaged in a war of words with Advanced Micro Devices after AMD exited the group earlier this week.
Astrium wins $105M contract for Galileo management, control
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6/23/2011   Post a comment
European space company Astrium announced it will deliver the Ground Control Segment for the full operational Galileo system, Europe's global navigation satellite system, at this week's Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.
Samsung must pay over leukemia deaths, says report
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6/23/2011   11 comments
A court in Seoul, South Korea, has ordered that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. pay compensation to the families of two young employees who died of leukemia, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Updated: India again seeks help with fabs
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6/23/2011   42 comments
The so-called Empowered Committee, set up by the Indian government to get the country into chip manufacturing, has prepared an advertisement inviting potential technology providers and financial investors to make a preliminary expression of interest in setting up semiconductor wafer fabs in India.
JTAG sponsors EU student mission to the Moon
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6/23/2011   1 comment
Boundary-scan specialist JTAG Technologies (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) said it has agreed to donate its boundary-scan hardware, software and technical support to the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project.
Microsoft releases Kinect-for-Windows SDK
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6/23/2011   6 comments
Microsoft Corp. has announced a free beta release of the Kinect for Windows SDK.
ST Micro's lab-on-chip covers multiple food pathogens
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6/23/2011   2 comments
STMicroelectronics and Veredus Laboratories have successfully developed and deployed a lab-on-chip that is able to detect 10 to 12 food-borne pathogens, including E.coli, in one test.
ST-Ericsson tips restructuring plan
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6/23/2011   2 comments
ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics NV and Ericsson AB, has said it will implement cost savings to reduce annualized costs by about $120 million by the end of 2012. Up to 500 jobs are expected to be affected on a staff roster of about 6,700.
Analog startup goes old school, gets funding
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6/23/2011   21 comments
An analog IC startup with a seasoned management team and a throwback business model emerged to disclose the receipt of $12 million in series A venture capital funding and announce new analog comparator products.
PCI Express poised for 2x upgrade
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
The PCI SIG said it expects to deliver within four years a fourth-generation PCI Express delivering at least 16 GTransfers/s over copper links.
PCI Express takes on Thunderbolt
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6/22/2011   19 comments
The PCI Special Interest Group will launch an effort in July to create a cabled version of PCI Express that will take on the Thunderbolt interconnect developed by Intel.
Freescale inks collaboration deals
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
Freescale announced a collaboration on a memory module with NOR flash memory vendor Spansion and an agreement around embedded software with Wind River.
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