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ASMI sells inspection gear unit
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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.
K&S buys Orthodyne, sells wire unit
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Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. has acquired one company and divested a business unit.
Taiwan mulls 300-mm fabs in China
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The Taiwan government is mulling over a plan to relax its semiconductor export control laws in China.
World Bank unit funds Russian polysilicon giant
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International Finance Corp., a member of the World Bank Group, has made a $50 million equity investment along with a $25 million loan to Russian polysilicon producer Nitol Solar.
Solar group slams Congress over failed tax credit bill
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The Solar Energy Industries Association slammed the U.S. Senate for failing to pass a critical solar bill that would extend an investment tax credit.
Atmel seeks to cut French workers
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There are more cutbacks at Atmel Corp., namely within its operations in France.
Rood Technology changes name
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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).
Solar-cell startup obtains funding
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Solar-cell startup Cyrium Technologies Inc. has closed its Series B round of funding for a total of $15 million.
IBM reveals plan to acquire French software house
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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.
Turkcell to make $500M purchase of Belarus state telecom network
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Turkcell, Turkey's biggest mobile-phone operator, has agreed to buy 80 percent of Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST), from the Belarus state for $500 million.
Ness Technologies acquires Czech firm Logos
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Ness Technologies, an IT services provider, will pay $68M to acquire all shares of Logos, a Prague-based IT services and consulting firm.
Motorola ekes out 2Q profit, beats forecast
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Motorola Inc posted a small profit for the June quarter boosted by growth in its two smaller divisions and operating margin improvements that helped offset weakness in the wireless handset business.
Poland's Microtech to launch IPO, go across borders
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Microtech, one of Poland's few electronics design houses, is in talks with international customers, focusing on R&D and launching an IPO this year.
TDK, Epcos merger forms passive components giant
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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.
Micronas : TV demodulator targets broadcast TV in China
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Micronas has introduced the DRX 398yZ family of digital terrestrial demodulators targeted at the rapidly growing digital television market in China.
Update: TDK plant Epcos-Übernahme
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Palomar launches management buyout
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Palomar Technologies Inc., a provider of automation equipment and contract assembly services, has launched a management buyout of the company.
Commentary: Losing patience with SMIC
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Based on the tone of this week's conference call, the analyst community is simply running out of patience with China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC).
French virtual HMI startup raises $3.9 million
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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.
ARM confirms architecture licensee is handset maker; is it Apple?
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In a repeat run of the announcement of ARM's second quarter financial results, the company's senior executives revealed that the multiyear architectural licensee mentioned on Monday (July 28) is a "leading handset OEM" which is developing its roadmap for mobile computing devices.
Electronic ID card could stimulate smart card market
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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
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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.
Crédit agricole Private Equity investit dans h2i technologies
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La jeune pousse nîmoise h2i technologies SA, spécialisée dans les interfaces homme-machine virtuelles, vient de lever 2,5 millions d'euros auprès de Crédit Agricole Private Equity et de ses investisseurs initiaux, Emertec et Soridec.
UMC posts mixed Q2, warns about Q3
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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
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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.
Diablo Technologies obtains funding
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Diablo Technologies Inc., a provider of memory bridging and subsystem interconnect devices, has secured an additional $15 million in series B funding.
Gennum acquires IP firm
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Gennum Corp. has acquired ASIC Architect Inc., a developer of high-speed controller intellectual property (IP) based in Santa Clara, Calif.
Athena Design Systems: websites down, numbers disconnected
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EDA company Athena Design Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), appears to have shut up shop.
Cisco invests in Israeli startup
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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.
Academic and business links drive Wroclaw's effort to spark startups
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Wroclaw Technology Park's business incubator is fostering the entrepreneurial talent that exists in the city's technical universities.
Surveying the hardware-assisted verification landscape
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The results of a survey taken during DAC on hardware-assisted verification trends.
RadiSys : COM Express module targets high-performance portable implementations
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The Procelerant CEGM45 COM Express module targets high-performance portable implementations in areas such as medical and machine imaging, test and measurement, and communications.
Soitec finalise son plan d'intéressement des salariés
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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
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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.
Pickering Interfaces : Data comms multiplexer suits differential pair cabling
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Pickering Interfaces expands its range of switching solutions with the 40-736 PXI module, capable of switching communications signals carried on 100 ohm differential pair cables.
Siemens-Industriesparte bekommt neuen Chef
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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.
Indian bombings raise concerns among foreign investors
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Major Indian cities remain on high alert following 17 blasts in a space of an hour in the western city of Ahmedabad and seven bombings in Bangalore.
Engineer pitches $12 recorder at digital divide
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Literacy Bridge, a non-profit agency, has designed a $12 digital audio recorder to help teach reading in some of the world's poorest countries—and it wants help designing a $5 version of the system.
Matsushita absorbs battery, IT units
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In an apparent move to cut costs, Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has reeled in two subsidiaries.
Cisco backs startup's video-over-Wi-Fi chip
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Celeno Communications Inc., a startup designing a variant of Wi-Fi chips geared for video, has closed a $16 million funding round led by Cisco Systems.
India targets $10 laptop
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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
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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.
Inside Contactless names sales VP for Canada
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Seeking to strengthen its position on the Canadian smartcard market, Inside Contactless SA (Aix-en-Provence, France) has appointed Kim Madore as vice president of sales and business development, Canada.
Lasers need lenses no more
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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.
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