ASMI sells inspection gear unit News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Under pressure on a number of fronts, ASM International N.V. has signed a letter of intent to sell its majority-owned subsidiary NanoPhotonics AG, a supplier of inspection gear.
Rood Technology changes name News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Rood Testhouse International N.V. announced that its subsidiary Rood Technology has been renamed to RoodMicrotech. This comes soon after Rood Technology took over Microtec GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany).
IBM reveals plan to acquire French software house News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment ILOG SA (Gentilly, France) announced its board of directors has received and approved a proposed acquisition agreement from IBM Corp. (Armonk, New York). If finalized, the transaction would enable IBM to combine its business process management, business optimization, and service oriented architecture technologies with ILOG’s business rules management systems software.
TDK, Epcos merger forms passive components giant News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Electronic component vendor TDK (Tokio) plans to merge its passive component business with its German competitor Epcos AG (Munich, Germany). The Epcos management supports the plan. Both brands will be continued, the companies said.
Update: TDK plant Epcos-Übernahme News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Der japanische Bauelementehersteller TDK will seinen deutschen Wettbewerber Epcos AG übernehmen und das Geschäft mit passiven Komponenten verschmelzen. Das Epcos-Management unterstützt den Plan. Beide Market sollen weitergeführt werden, größere Stellenstreichungen seien nicht geplant, hieß es.
TSMC posts mixed Q2 results News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reported consolidated revenue of NT$88.14 billion ($2.87 billion) for the second quarter, up a mere 0.8 percent from the previous period and up 17.6 percent a year ago.
Hynix posts $700M loss for Q2 News & Analysis 7/31/2008 Post a comment South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. reported revenues of 1.86 trillion won ($1.82 billion)
for the quarter, up 16 percent from the previous quarter.
Local designers drive Chinese IC market growth News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Semiconductors designed for consumption in China is forecast to expand more than 60 percent between 2007 and 2012 driven by the need to customize products for the local market although total Chinese IC consumption is seen growing at a slower 7.7 percent rate during the same period.
KLA buys Vistec's inspection unit News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Continuing on its acquisition spree, KLA-Tencor Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire the inspection business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems Inc.
Video: When the fab shuts down News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Matt, a young process engineer at the Hynix DRAM fab in Eugene, Oregon, shares his views about the human impact of the Korean company's decision in late July to close its only U.S. manufacturing plant.
AMD to sell consumer lines, says analyst News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Amid a possible plan to spin-off its manufacturing unit, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) may sell its consumer and handset chip lines from its ATI subsidiary, according to an analyst, who said Broadcom Corp. could be part of the mix.
French virtual HMI startup raises $3.9 million News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment h2i technologies SA, French startup specialized in virtual human-machine interfaces (HMI), has raised 2.5 million euros ($3.9 million) in a round of financing led by Crédit Agricole Private Equity and the company's initial investors, namely Emertec and Soridec.
Electronic ID card could stimulate smart card market News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment The German federal government has announced to introduce an electronic ID card similar to the electronic passport already in use. In contrast to the passport, the ID card will optionally carry an electronic signature which enables it to use it as an internet authentication device, potentially replacing PIN and TAN based transaction procedures. For the industry, the device will create a significant additional business.
Apple with P.A. is possible ARM architecture licensee News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Warren East, chief executive officer of ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), has declined to name the company that has taken a multiyear architecture license for ARM's current and future technologies. But East gave enough clues at an analysts' meeting to show clearly that Apple is a contender.
UMC posts mixed Q2, warns about Q3 News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Taiwan foundry provider United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted mixed results in the second quarter and warned about the overall business climate in the third period.
Rohm takes step to buy Oki's chip unit News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Japan's Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to transfer 95 percent of the shares of its semiconductor unit, Oki Semiconductor Co. Ltd., to Rohm Co. Ltd.
Gennum acquires IP firm News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Gennum Corp. has acquired ASIC Architect Inc., a developer of high-speed controller intellectual property (IP) based in Santa Clara, Calif.
Cisco invests in Israeli startup News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Celeno Communications Inc., Israeli provider of semiconductors for multimedia WiFi home networking applications, announced it has raised $16 million in a Series C round of financing led by Cisco Systems, Inc. and the company's initial investors, namely Greylock Partners and Pitango Venture Capital.
Soitec finalise son plan d'intéressement des salariés News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Suite et fin du plan d'intéressement des salariés de Soitec SA. Faisant suite au contrat PACEO (Programme d’Augmentation de Capital par Exercice d’Options) signé début juin avec la Société Générale, le spécialiste du silicium sur isolant (SOI) annonce que 400 salariés et responsables ont accès à 1 656 261 bons de souscription et/ou d’acquisition d’actions remboursables, non cotés, (BSAAR).
E-cars driving out of the niche, researcher says News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment In the face of shrinking fossil fuels reserves, alternative automotive drive technologies gain importance. This trend is the major force to establish electrically driven cars as mainstream products, believes market researcher Frost & Sullivan.
Siemens-Industriesparte bekommt neuen Chef News & Analysis 7/30/2008 Post a comment Zum 1. Oktober wird Jens Michael Wegmann die Leitung der Division Industry Solutions im Siemens-Sektor Industry übernehmen. Er folgt damit auf Jörgen-Ole Haslestad, der das Unternehmen auf eigenen Wunsch verlässt.
India targets $10 laptop News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment India's Ministry of Human Resources Development will seek to develop a very-low-cost access, low-power device designed to link Indian technology and other institutes.
HP, Intel, Yahoo partner in cloud computing News & Analysis 7/29/2008 Post a comment Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Yahoo have partnered with three research groups to create an open source test bed for research in cloud-computing, the concept of using globally distributed computers as a platform for delivering services.
Lasers need lenses no more News & Analysis 7/29/2008 1 comment Researchers have demonstrated a plasmonic collimator that utilizes grooves etched directly into the semiconductor laser facet. The technique could eliminate costly, bulky lenses.