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Actel posts profit, names chairman
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Actel reported second quarter growth on both a sequential and year-to-year basis and named a new chairman.
Memory firms, foundries move up in semi rankings
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7/30/2010   12 comments
Memory chip vendors and silicon foundries were the best performers in the first half of the year, with most moving up at least one spot in on the top 20 semiconductor firm rankings.
GT Solar buys firm
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7/30/2010   1 comment
GT Solar International Inc., a provider of photovoltaic manufacturing services for the solar industry, has acquired privately-held Crystal Systems Inc.
Micron confirms support for phase-change memory
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7/30/2010   13 comments
Memory chip maker Micron has confirmed its support for the phase-change memory product line and R&D inherited when it acquired Numonyx BV in May 2010.
Nanofibers-on-silicon harvest mechanical energy
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7/30/2010   4 comments
Piezoelectric nanofibers aligned on polymer on a silicon substrate can harvest power from motion for medical implants and "stretchable" electronics.
Renesas moves to fab-lite strategy
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7/30/2010   8 comments
Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. has outlined its restructuring efforts in an effort to become profitable.
Q2 results: What analysts are saying
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7/30/2010   2 comments
It's earnings season and a plethora of IC companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players.
Analyst: Maxim readies parts at Powerchip's 300-mm fab
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Analog chip maker Maxim has formed a 300-mm foundry alliance with Taiwan's Powerchip, according to an analyst.
Qualcomm forms Indian joint venture
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7/30/2010   4 comments
Qualcomm Inc. has joined with two Indian partners to form an LTE wireless joint venture.
Patent pool uncertainty looms over LTE roll out
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7/30/2010   7 comments
Three patent pool administration organizations are each trying to garner support from essential patent holders for the LTE standard for fourth generation communications.
Cranfield Aerospace uses antennas from Cobham Antenna Systems for Boeing X-48B prototypes
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
The X-48B is the latest experimental X-Plane and is a joint venture between NASA, US Air Force Research Laboratory and The Boeing Company. The vehicle was on view at a recent open day at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Centre at Edwards Air Force Base, USA.
Earth has enough copper for e-mobility, researchers say
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7/30/2010   4 comments
The upcoming e-mobility wave could potentially lead to increased demand for metals such as copper, neodymium, and nickel. Research institute Fraunhofer ISI has gotten granular on the question if the geological availability of these raw materials is high enough to support e-mobility. The answer is yes, but...
SiGe Semi files for IPO
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RF chip maker SiGe Semiconductor Inc. has filed for an initial public offering of shares of its common stock on NASDAQ under the symbol ''SIGE.''
IBM crafts silicon optical amplifier
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7/30/2010   5 comments
IBM has demonstrated a silicon-based, all-optical amplifier for mid-infrared wavelengths used in applications like heat sensors and medical imaging.
Benchmark for deep packet inspection
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7/30/2010   2 comments
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmarking Consortium is developing a benchmark for measuring the performance of deep packet inspection on network processors.
Samsung posts record profit on strong chip sales
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7/30/2010   2 comments
Samsung Electronics reported a record operating profit for the second quarter, with strong semiconductor and LCD sales setting the pace.
Intel wins ruling in class action suit
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7/29/2010   2 comments
A judge reviewing an antitrust case against Intel brought by computer users recommended rejecting the plaintiffs' request for class action status, Intel said.
Analog semiconductor makers join earnings rally
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7/29/2010   1 comment
Analog chip vendors are mostly joining in the semiconductor earnings rally in recent days, with Maxim Integrated Products, MaxLinear and Monolithic Power Systems reporting profits, while Advanced Analogic Technologies posted a loss.
KLA, Varian beat forecast; MEMC misses
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Fab tool and materials suppliers posted mixed results for the quarter.
VLSI ups IC forecast, but CEOs remain cautious
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VLSI Research Inc. has raised its IC forecast, but the research firm sees more product shortages and a possible DRAM glut looming on the horizon.
MRAM maker settles with WD
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MagSil Corp. is developing MRAM technology, based on some patents from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Focus spins off chip unit
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Focus Enhancements Inc. has spun off its semiconductor division under the name Summit Semiconductor LLC.
ST offers dual-core Cortex-A9 processor for embedded apps
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7/29/2010   6 comments
STMicroelectronics has announced it can provide samples of a Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with a DDR3 memory interface intended for embedded applications.
Motorola Q2 net rises on higher margins
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7/29/2010   2 comments
Motorola Inc. improved its financial performance during the latest quarter with sales and earnings exceeding analysts’ average expectations although several of the company’s business units continued to experience year-over-year revenue declines.
TSMC sees Q2 sales climb, modest growth in Q3
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported net income of $960 million on revenues of $2.51 billion during the second quarter.
Home media server embraces car infotainment
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7/29/2010   1 comment
In a project highlighting the increasing merger between home and automotive entertainment technologies, a consortium explores ways to use home media content in vehicles and mobile devices.
EDA startup Sigasi raises funds
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7/29/2010   5 comments
Sigasi, a Belgian EDA start-up that develops and markets Sigasi HDT, an Intelligent Development Environment (IDE) for VHDL designers, announced it has raised $800.000 in an initial round of financing.
LSI blames customer inventory adjustments for Q2 miss
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LSI blamed isolated customer inventory adjustments for modest second quarter revenue growth that resulted in the company coming up short of analysts' expectations for sales.
More fab tool vendors top expectations
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More semiconductor manufacturing equipment vendors posted strong quarterly results, with Lam Research, Teradyne and Axcelis Technologies all putting up numbers that exceeded analysts' expectations.
ASMI buys Siemens' SMT business
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7/29/2010   1 comment
Germany's Siemens AG will sell its assembly systems business--Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (SEAS)--to ASM Pacific Technology.
Acquisition-related tax benefit boosts Cadence
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Cadence Design Systems again reported quarterly results that topped analyst expectations, with management reporting that business improved across all regions of the globe.
Memcon: ASML, vendors to blame for shortages
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
There are supply constraints, extended lead times and firm product prices in this memory cycle. So who’s to blame for the problem?
Nvidia warns of revenue shortfall
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7/28/2010   1 comment
Chip maker Nvidia warned that it expects revenue for the quarter ending Aug. 1 to be lower than previously projected.
Report: Renesas plans massive layoffs
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7/28/2010   3 comments
Amid plans to embrace foundries, Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. reportedly plans to cut nearly 10 percent of its workforce, or about 5,000 jobs, by year's end.
Memory interface group claims to be back on track
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7/28/2010   2 comments
After a false start to forge a new mobile DRAM interface technology, a consortium has regrouped and re-defined its specification.
MEMS startup aims picoprojectors at 3-D modeling
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7/28/2010   4 comments
MEMS startup Seikowave and the University of Kentucky are harnessing picoprojectors to bring 3-D modeling based on structured light illumination to mass-market apps.
MediaTek takes LTE license, partners with Docomo
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7/28/2010   2 comments
MediaTek, a supplier of mobile phone chipsets, has announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with NTT Docomo covering LTE-PF, a mobile terminal platform. The move is described as the first phase of a strategic partnership.
3-D TV shipments forecast to grow to rapidly
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7/28/2010   8 comments
Despite a dearth of content, DisplaySearch predicts 3-D TV shipments will grow from 3.4 million in 2010 to 42.9 million in 2014.
Infineon increases sales, profits, outlook, capex
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7/28/2010   3 comments
German chip vendor Infineon beat analysts' expectations with revenues of about $1.57 billion in its fiscal third quarter.
Foxconn sizzles on Apple patronage
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7/28/2010   4 comments
Foxconn Technology Group’s share of the contract manufacturing market will increase to 50 percent by 2011 as demand for its services rise from companies like Apple Inc., although margin pressures will remain a major problem for the EMS provider.
Analyst: Chip market on track for record increase
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7/28/2010   3 comments
The semiconductor market is poised to break the industry record for annual growth by surging $72 billion from 2009, says an analyst.
Analyst: Flash is hot, supply chain is not
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7/27/2010   1 comment
Thanks to the sudden upturn, the flash market has been hot in 2010, but the supply chain has suffered in the process, according to a report.
FormFactor posts another loss
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Probe card maker FormFactor reported strong gains in second quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations, but the company notched another loss in the wake of management changes and layoffs.
Debate rages over future of U.S. fabs
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7/27/2010   17 comments
The debate continues over the demise of chip manufacturing—and the lack of solar fabs-in the United States.
Broadcom beats analyst views on record sales
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7/27/2010   2 comments
Broadcom is the latest chip vendor to surprise analysts with higher-than-expected quarterly sales, reporting record revenue of $1.6 billion for the second quarter.
Intel demos 50-Gbit/s silicon optics
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7/27/2010   10 comments
Intel has demonstrated a 50-gigabit per second optical connection using its silicon manufacturing processes.
Solar firm names chip exec as CEO
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Solyndra, a manufacturer of cylindrical solar photovoltaic systems for commercial rooftops, named Brian Harrison as president and CEO.
Analysts cut estimates for Nvidia
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7/27/2010   1 comment
Legal issues are not the problem for Nvidia, but rather the company is seeing lackluster performance for its chips.
Lab offers to test IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet standard
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The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory has launched a new consortium for companies to test products for the IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet standard.
MeeGo in-vehicle win gives embedded Intel a boost
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7/27/2010   2 comments
The Linux Foundation has announced the Genivi Alliance has chosen the MeeGo platform as the basis of its next reference release for in-vehicle infotainment.
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