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Spansion Q2 2012 earnings
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7/31/2012   2 comments
Memory maker Spansion reported Q2 2012 revenue up 11 percent from Q1 to $233.4 million. Net income of $26 million compared with a first-quarter loss of $13.1 million.
London Calling: Infineon's Bauer bows out
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7/31/2012   Post a comment
Peter Bauer, CEO of Infineon, has commented on his last set of quarterly financial results. Speciality foundry Altis is making automotive RF transceivers to let cars to each others.
Apple v. Samsung kicks off innovation debates
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7/31/2012   17 comments
The case asks whatís the line between aggressive benchmarking and copying of a competitorís product and between filing relevant versus submarine patents.
Toshiba to commence volume production of white LEDs
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7/31/2012   4 comments
Toshiba announced it would start mass production of white light-emitting diodes in the 200-mm wafer fab at subsidiary Kaga Toshiba Electronics in October.
Indian firm launches $125 MIPS-based Android 4.1 tablet
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7/31/2012   4 comments
Intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies said an Indian firm is now shipping in India a media tablet featuring a MIPS-based processor and running the latest version of the Android operating system for about $125.
Amy Farrah Fowler helps Texas Instruments teach
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7/31/2012   14 comments
Mayim Bialik, the Emmy-nominated actress who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the television show The Big Bang Theory, is going to be doing teaching gigs at schools as part of working with Texas Instruments.
ARM microcontroller, IoT exam coming early in 2013
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7/31/2012   2 comments
A second entry-level exam, addressing Cortex-M cores, microcontrollers and the Internet of Things, will be added early in 2013 to the ARM Accredited Engineer certification scheme recently rolled out by ARM.
Apple captive Cirrus gagged
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7/31/2012   39 comments
With almost 60 percent of its business is coming from a single customer Ė in this case Apple, Inc., itís not quite kosher to call Cirrus Logic an independent fabless chip company any more.
Infineon sales hold firm, profits fall
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7/31/2012   3 comments
Fiscal third quarter sales at chip maker Infineon were slightly ahead of previous guidance but the company confirmed its outlook that the fiscal fourth quarter would be flat.
Synopsys buys EDA vendor Ciranova
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7/30/2012   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced the acquisition of custom IC EDA tool vendor Ciranova. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
London Calling: CIA partners with UK RF firm
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7/30/2012   Post a comment
CIA's In-Q-Tel makes a deal with Lime Microsystems over flexible radios. Plessey gears up for GaN-on-silicon LED manufacture. Samsung cellphones lead the pack.
Samsung eating Apple smartphone iLunch
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7/30/2012   17 comments
Samsung has regained the lead in the smartphone market in 2Q12, six month after losing out to Apple, according to market research firm IHS-iSuppli.
Analog sector to post modest sales growth, boost 300-mm production
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7/30/2012   2 comments
The worldwide analog semiconductor market is on track this year to grow 5.1 percent, increasing at a slower clip than the overall semiconductor industry, according to a market report from Semico Research Corp.
Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
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7/30/2012   12 comments
Apple signed a merger agreement to acquire AuthenTec, a provider of fingerprint ICs, sensors and software for security, for about $356 million, according to a regulatory filing.
UMC seeks partners, offers 10% share in business
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7/30/2012   1 comment
Foundry chip maker UMC has announced that it is offering a private equity placement for up to 10 percent of the company. There has been speculation that Qualcomm could be persuaded to purchase the stock as a means of investing in manufacturing.
Rohde & Schwarz extends into N.A. EMC market
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7/30/2012   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz will take over the sales of anechoic chambers and shielded rooms from the Albatross Projects Group in the U.S. and Canada.
Wireless is bright sector in slow chip market, says IHS
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7/30/2012   2 comments
Global semiconductor component revenue is expected to rise by 3 percent to $320.8 billion 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm said that wireless market growth would be a highlight in an otherwise lackluster year.
Intel upgrades 3G RF chip with power amplifiers
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7/30/2012   7 comments
Intel has announced the integration of a 3G HSPA radio frequency transceiver with power amplifiers on a single 65-nm die.
Clemmer: NXP debt under control, focusing on design wins
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7/27/2012   6 comments
NXP CEO Rick Clemmer (shown) said the chip maker has reduced its debt by $900 million, allowing it to devote more of its resources to key design wins.
Auto IC gains breathe new life into car market
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7/27/2012   5 comments
Entrenched suppliers like ST, Freescale and Renesas are providing new kinds of auto electronics that are sustaining the global car market. That will make it harder for aspiring Chinese suppliers to enter a market with high barriers to entry.
More than a third of Android apps host malware
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7/27/2012   43 comments
More than a third of all Android apps contain some form of malware, according to tests conducted by BT, but a new generation of firewalls could help block the code.
UMC set to beat TSMC to FinFET process
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7/27/2012   13 comments
UMC could get one over on its long-time rival TSMC by being first in production with FinFET process technology.
Reports: Fujitsu is trying to sell its main fab
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7/27/2012   2 comments
Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. has attempted to open up talks about the sale of its main wafer fab to foundry company TSMC, according to reports.
FinFETs-on-SOI can double battery life, says GSS
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7/27/2012   12 comments
Fully depleted FinFET style transistors made on SOI wafers are likely to allow about one-third the leakage current of FinFETs made on bulk silicon according to TCAD simulations performed by Gold Standard Simulations.
Researchers claim smallest semiconductor laser
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7/27/2012   7 comments
Physicists at the University of Texas-Austin say they have developed the world's smallest semiconductor laser in collaboration with colleagues in Taiwan and China.
Ethernet group crafting cloud, SDN specs
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7/26/2012   2 comments
The Metro Ethernet Forum has started technical work on standards to support cloud computing and software-defined networking over carrier-grade Ethernet.
IEEE forecasts ten-fold data growth by 2015
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7/26/2012   12 comments
Data traffic is expected to grow ten-fold from 2010 to 2015 and up to 100-fold by 2020, according to a new report from the IEEEís Ethernet standards group.
ARM adds weight to IoT debate
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7/26/2012   2 comments
ARM has invited four U.K. companies to help it form an industry forum to help shape the Internet of Things. The work is being done within the U.K. initially partly to help align it with government initiatives and regulation.
Global CO2 emissions up 3% in 2011
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7/26/2012   21 comments
After a 1-percent decline in 2009 and an unprecedented 5-percent surge in 2010, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 3 percent in 2011, to 34 billion tons, according to the European Commission's Joint Research Center.
European TSV summit planned
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7/26/2012   2 comments
SEMI, the international trade association that represents the interests of semiconductor equipment and materials companies, is planning for a summit meeting on 3-D packaging and through silicon via to be held in Grenoble, France, on January 22 and 23, 2013.
ARM, TSMC lead Intel in SoC, says CEO East
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7/26/2012   31 comments
ARM CEO Warren East is not concerned that Intel Corp. is developing a lead in process technology. This is despite the fact that FinFET technology for ARM processors may not be in volume production until the second-half of 2015, according to foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
PV inverter market to resume growth in 2012
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7/26/2012   3 comments
The global photovoltaic inverter market shrank in terms of revenues in 2011 but will return to growth in 2012, exceeding $7 billion, according to IMS Research.
HiWave tips glasses frames that provide audio
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7/26/2012   3 comments
Next generation headsets and glasses frames will be able to deliver audio in a compact way without using ear buds or sticking things in the ear canal, according to HiWave.
Cadence CEO sees design activity keeping pace
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7/26/2012   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems President and CEO Lip-Bu Tan said he expects to see design activity remain at a good pace in the second half of the year, despite macroeconomic challenges.
NASA preps spacecraft for risky Mars landing attempt
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7/26/2012   9 comments
NASA has repositioned its Mars Odyssey spacecraft to relay the results of next month's risky landing attempt by the Curiosity rover. Meanwhile, mission managers declined to gauge the odds for a successful landing.
Rambus loses ITC case against chip makers
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7/25/2012   1 comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that a group of chip makers did not violate several patents held by technology licensor Rambus.
Apple coming to dominate electronics supply chain, says IHS
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7/25/2012   6 comments
Apple is expected to be the top chip buyer again in 2012 and is lengthening its lead in semiconductor buying over other top OEMs, according to IHS iSuppli
Brazil tees up billion dollar telecom bonanza
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7/25/2012   4 comments
A ruling by Brazilís telecom officials is expected to tee up a multi-billion bonanza in capital spending on telecom networks over the next two years.
TI makes good on NS buy to lead industrial sector
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7/25/2012   1 comment
Market research firm IHS iSuppli, in its latest report, has confirmed Texas Instrumentsí purchase of National Semiconductor has boosted TIís market share, reinforcing its dominance in 2011, as its revenue from the industrial electronics chip space grew to $2.2 billion, up 24.9 percent from $1.8 billion a year earlier.
TSMC says single-customer fabs make sense
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7/25/2012   21 comments
The world's leading foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is considering operating single-customer wafer fabs, according to chairman and CEO Morris Chang.
Black Hat: Impersonating Microsoft Exchange servers to manipulate mobile devices
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7/25/2012   2 comments
A Black Hat researcher demonstrates a mobile man-in-the-middle, proof-of-concept attack that allows for unauthorized remote wipes.
Expert, lawmakers at odds over GPS security
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7/25/2012   9 comments
After testifying before Congress about security vulnerabilities in civil GPS systems last week, Todd Humphreys is convinced the industry needs a new approach.
Processor IP firms sue Amazon, Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, others
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7/25/2012   6 comments
Alliacense LLC, the adminstrator of the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio, has announced that the co-owners of the portfolio are pursuing 13 companies with complaints alleging infringement being filed with the International Trade Commission and District Court for the Northern District of California.
Losses up at NXP on increased sales
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7/25/2012   2 comments
Mixed-signal chip company NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has posted an increased loss on sales that climbed sequentially in the second quarter but were down year-on-year.
ARM Q2 continues climb in sales and profits
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7/25/2012   3 comments
Processor IP licensor ARM has posted yet another quarter with increased sales and profits.
Micron's Elpida buy carries risks, says IHS
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7/25/2012   1 comment
Micron move to acquire Elpida Memory is a bold one that carries risk, particularly if the integration and technology transfer does not go smoothly, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Globalfoundries to expand N.Y. fab
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7/25/2012   1 comment
Globalfoundries announced it would move forward with additional construction of its Fab 8 campus in upstate New York, a move that will bring the total manufacturing capacity of the facility to 300,000 square feet.
Toshiba cuts NAND production by 30%
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7/25/2012   5 comments
Japan's Toshiba it cut its production of flash memory chips by about 30 percent due to market oversupply and price declines.
Broadcom not threatened by Samsung's CSR buy
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7/25/2012   9 comments
Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor downplayed speculation that Samsung's acquisition of CSR's mobile business posed a threat to the company's business following Broadcom's better-than-expected second quarter financial report.
RS Components signs global distribution agreement for HiWave Technologies audio and haptic devices
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7/25/2012   Post a comment
HiWave Technologies and RS Components have announced a worldwide distribution agreement whereby RS will stock HiWave's range of audio exciters, haptic touch feedback actuators, balanced mode radiator (BMR) speaker drivers and energy efficient amplifier modules.
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