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Bell Labs exits chip research
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8/29/2008   2 comments
Bell Labs is out of the material sciences and device physics research business.
Technology Week in Review: Glowing nanotubes, 3-D lidar
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Hydrogen power, light-emitting nanotubes and a 3-D laser radar for weather forecasting top our weekly technology review.
Mitsubishi to boost photovoltaic cell production capacity
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Mitsubishi plans to build a new photovoltaic (PV) cell plant to boost annual production capacity to 600 megawatts by fiscal year 2012.
Vishay-IR deal could end or turn nasty
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Now that International Rectifier Corp. has formally rejected Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s purchase offer, the two companies must now chart separate paths or seek ways to revive the $1.6 billion transaction.
Microchip boosts Indian R&D investment
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Microchip Technology Inc. plans to expand its R&D center in India with an additional investment of $65 million.
Court upholds ITC patent ruling against Linear Tech
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A U.S. District Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling invalidating a charge pump patent held by Linear Technology, according to a Advanced Analogic Technologies. (AnalogicTech), a provider of power management ICs for mobile consumer devices.
SSDs not ready for 'storage-class' apps
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Solid-state drives (SSDs) are promising, but the technology may not be ready for prime time in higher-end enterprise or ''storage-class'' applications, according to an analyst.
Photovoltaic module maker secures $104M in funding
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AVA Solar, a thin-film photovoltaic module manufacturer based in Fort Collins, Colo., said it has secured $104 million in a second round of venture capital funding.
International Rectifier rejects Vishay takeover bid
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier Corp. has rejected Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s unsolicited, non-binding proposal by Vishay to acquire IR.
Finnish agency invests $484 million in R&D projects in first half
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The Finnish National Technology Agency (Tekes) announced it has invested 329 million euros ($484 million) in R&D projects and innovation activities in the first half of 2008.
Infineon tops power semiconductor rankings for fifth consecutive year
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
Infineon has retained its position as the world's largest supplier of power semiconductors (discretes and modules) in 2007 according to latest analysis from Market research analysts, IMS Research.
Global UPS market grows by 14 percent in first half of 2008
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
The global market for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) has grown by almost 14 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2008 according market research analysts, IMS Research.
Accelerating robotics development with NI LabVIEW
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8/29/2008   Post a comment
The Accelerating Robotics Development with NI LabVIEW webinar will demonstrate examples of how commercial-off-the-shelf technologies can accelerate design and development of complex robotics systems.
Elpida says no Qimonda investment plans, says Reuters
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Japanese DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) said it has no plans to invest in struggling German chip company Qimonda AG (Munich, Germany), according to a Reuters report.
Lenovo follows Dell into Poland
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China's Lenovo Group has formalized plans to set up a PC factory in Poland with an annual production capacity of 1.7 million units.
Estonia hosting Georgia's key websites
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The Estonian government is temporarily hosting the websites of Georgia's central bank and Foreign Ministry to try to protect them from cyberattacks.
Magma Reports First Quarter Loss
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Magma joins Cadence and Mentor in reporting a loss from operation for its last quarter.
Dätwyler Cables trotzt schwacher Konjunktur
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Mit Kabelprodukten hat die Dätwyler Gruppe im ersten Halbjahr trotz schwacher Konjunktur ihren Umsatz um 6,7 Prozent erhöhen können. Auch der Betriebsgewinn legte zu.
Atmel, batteries and cars lead story ranking
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Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 24, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Aug. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article
Researchers create quantum repeater
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Scientists from Austria, China and Germany have implemented a stable quantum repeater. The device has the potential to obtain a central function in future quantum effect-based communication networks.
Rofin-Sinar, Manz develop PV production technology
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Laser beam specialist Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc. (Plymouth, MI) plans to develop a new machine concept for the production of thin-film solar modules. For this purpose, the company has entered a strategic alliance with Reutlingen (Germany) based Manz Automation AG.
South Korean chip industry heads to Israel
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The Korean Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) is planning to send a delegation to Israel in September, according to Israeli newspaper Globes.
Scaleo Chip names VP sales
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Scaleo Chip, French designer of ARM-based systems-on-chip, announced it has appointed Laurent Gay as vice president of sales.
Fairchild's power-management seminars set to go
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Sixth annual worldwide technical seminars cover design techniques, product technologies, and industry trends specifically focused on energy-efficient applications
KLA-Tencor COO Kispert stepping down
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John Kispert, president and chief operating officer of chip gear vendor KLA-Tencor, will step down at the end of the year. The company also announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer.
Robot removes kidney
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
A robot has for the first time removed a kidney with only a single incision.
Magma reports bigger loss, lowers full-year guidance
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EDA vendor Magma Design Automation reported revenue of $45.7 million for the quarter ended Aug. 3, down 9 percent from the same period a year ago. Citing a difficult business environment, Magma also lowered its guidance for the full fiscal year.
Oki to spin out telecommunications business
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
A month after agreeing to divest its semiconductor business, Japan's Oki Electric Industry is spinning off its telecommunications business and establishing it as Oki Networks effective Oct. 1.
Update: UMC investigation reportedly centers on chairman
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Prosecutors searched the offices of Taiwan foundry United Microelectronics Corp., investigating the alleged personal investment in shares of ProMos Technologies by "a single individual associated with UMC," reportedly company chairman Stan Hung.
Photovoltaics drive thin-film market for energy applications
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The global market for thin films in energy applications is projected to reach $3.9 billion in 2013 up from $1.1 billion in 2007, driven primarily by photovoltaic applications, according to BCC Research.
More consolidation to follow ST-Ericsson, predicts analyst
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By grabbing a 19 percent market share of the key mobile phone silicon the recently announced 50-50 joint venture between ST-NXP Wireless and Ericsson Mobile Platforms (EMP) will put pressure on Freescale, Broadcom and Infineon and other suppliers with a limited customer base and relatively low market share, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.
Upcoming Conferences, Seminars, and Trainings
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Automotive DesignLine Europe brings a selection of the most relevant events for Automotive Electronics Designers to its readers.
How 'reorganized' is AMD?
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc's reorganization of its entire operation appears to be drawing to a close with the pending announcement of the asset-light manufacturing strategy but questions persist on how much the semiconductor company has changed and whether the steps taken were sufficient to improve the company's competitive position in the microprocessor and graphics IC markets. Will AMD complete one round of reorganization and have to immediately embark upon another?
Will Hynix' new fab prolong NAND glut?
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
Amid losses and a memory downturn, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has announced the grand opening of its new, 300-mm NAND fab in Korea, with initial production slated for September.
ChipMOS cuts investment in China
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ChipMOS Technologies Ltd. said that its IC-packaging and test subsidiary in Shanghai, China--Modern Mind Technology Ltd.--has formally cut its capital investment in that operation.
Intel in deal to promote Indian WiMax
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Intel Corp. and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., India's largest telecommunications carrier, have agreed to promote WiMax-based broadband access in India.
Ekinops déploie sa plateforme de transport optique à Bangkok
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Le Breton Ekinops SA vient de remporter un contrat avec le Thaïlandais Symphony Communication Co. Ltd. en vue d'optimiser les ressources du réseau optique métropolitain de la région de Bangkok.
Phylogy signs distribution agreement with Czech telecom manufacturer
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Phylogy, a developer of advanced telecommunications equipment based in Sunnyvale, CA, has signed an agreement with Czech firm Micos to sell, integrate and support its equipment in Central Europe.
Texas software firm opens Moscow office
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Seismic Micro-Technology, a developer of geo-scientific interpretation software, has opened an office in Moscow to support its oil company customer base.
Chip market will grow 7% in 2009, says analyst
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Global chip market unit volume growth will moderate slightly while value growth is set to increase in 2009, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research.
PDF buys IC fault detection firm
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PDF Solutions Inc., a provider of yield enhancement software for IC manufacturing, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Triant Holdings Inc.'s fault detection and classification business. The deal was valued at $1.75 million.
Is Sony Ericsson about to break up?
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In an interview with Die Welt online, Sony CEO Howard Stringer appeared disappointed with the performance of Sony's mobile phone joint venture with Ericsson. In the interview Stringer hinted that break-up or reorganization was possible if things don't improve.
July set to end chip market's strong growth, says analyst
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales for July has come in at $22.1 billion, up 7.2 percent year-on-year from $20.6 billion in July 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research. However, this implies that actual global chip sales in July 2008 came in at $20.54 billion, only 1.3 percent up on the actual sales of $20.28 billion recorded for July 2007.
FPGA architecture patent granted to systems and IP company
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8/28/2008   1 comment
NASDAQ-listed O2 Micro International Ltd. (George Town, Cayman Islands), a company with offices in Taiwan and China, has been granted U.S. patent number 7,391,237 for its field programmable gate array architecture upgrade.
Consumer group licenses Belfast audio codec
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Armour Group plc (Tunbridge Wells, England), a company that trades under the names of a number of consumer electronics brands, has licensed the apt-X audio codec from audio compression specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Schwache Konjunktur nützt der Consumerelektronik
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
Während im Vorfeld der IFA 2008 in Berlin diverse Marktforschungsinstitute eine zunehmende Kaufzurückhaltung der Kundschaft konstatieren, kommt das US-Institut iSuppli zu einem gegenteiligen Ergebnis: Der konjunkturelle Abschwung sei gerade gut für die Consumerindustrie. Denn wenn die Leute mangels Geld zuhause bleiben müssen, wollen sie wenigstens ordentlich fernsehen.
AMD's Ruiz spotted at New York fab site
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Hector Ruiz, executive chairman of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), was spotted in New York.
3-D lidar said to detect weather conditions
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Swiss researchers claim to have made the weather balloon obsolete with a vertically projecting lidar system that scans the sky instantaneously up to 10 kilometers.
STATS ChipPac to provide services for Infineon
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Singapore-based test and packaging vendor STATS ChipPac has entered into an agreement with Infineon Technologies AG to provide manufacturing services for products based on Infineon's first-generation embedded wafer-level ball grid array technology.
Here Ye! Last call to speakers for APEC seminars
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Your proposal for presenting a Professional Education Seminar at APEC 2009 is due by Friday, August 29th.
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