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Analyst: Infineon exits cell IC market just in time
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8/31/2010   9 comments
In the Intel-Infineon deal, one analyst believes that Infineon exited the wireless business just in time.
Troubled FormFactor issues warning
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
FormFactor Inc. has issued a warning amid product shipment delays.
TI to provide foundry services to Spansion
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has agreed to provide foundry services to another semiconductor vendor, but a spokesperson for the company said TI has no designs on beefing up its presence in the foundry business long-term.
Edwards sells solar equipment unit
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Solar Semi Engineering Ltd., a solar and semiconductor startup company, has purchased Edwards Chemical Management Europe Ltd. (CME) for an undisclosed sum.
HP, Hynix to commercialize the memristor
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8/31/2010   31 comments
Seeking to commercialize its memristor technology, Hewlett-Parkard Co. has entered into a joint development agreement with South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Samsung pledges $70M for connected TVs
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8/31/2010   1 comment
Samsung vowed to spend about $70 million to establish its connected TV platform and showed a new app to control the TV using its Galaxy S Android smartphone.
Firm raises solar outlook
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8/31/2010   1 comment
There is a lull in the IC market, but solar is up.
Gartner cuts second-half PC sales forecast
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8/31/2010   5 comments
Gartner revised downward its PC sales forecast for the second half of 2010, citing an uncertain economic outlook in the U.S. and Europe.
Infineon set to focus on capacity before acquisitions
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8/31/2010   3 comments
Infineon, which is selling its wireless business unit to Intel, is planning to use the cash it will receive to re-invigorate its in-house manufacturing ahead of seeking growth through acquisitions.
Ethernet switch takes new tack at virtual I/O
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8/31/2010   1 comment
Startup Xsigo Systems, Inc. rolled out a 10 Gbit/second switch that can handle Ethernet networking and Fibre Channel storage traffic for a fraction of the cost of Fibre Channel over Ethernet adapters sold by companies such as Cisco Systems.
Intel will run wireless as separate business
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8/31/2010   5 comments
Intel will operate the wireless business it is set to acquire from Infineon as a separate business, according to executives speaking at a press conference called to discuss the deal.
Toshiba rolls 24-nm NAND flash
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8/31/2010   5 comments
Toshiba Corp. has announced that is has started mass production of NAND flash memories using a 24-NM CMOS manufacturing process technology.
Trident fires opening salvo on frame rate conversion patents
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8/31/2010   8 comments
Trident plans to pursue license agreements with select chip vendors for its motion estimation/motion compensation patents – essential to LCD displays and 3-D TV sets.
RF-MEMS to boost NTT's cell phones
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8/31/2010   3 comments
WiSpry and NTT DoCoMo will jointly develop tunable RF-MEMS capacitor arrays on CMOS chips to tune its filters in realtime thereby improving performance, mitigating dropped calls and expanding network capacity.
Cree devises 150-mm SiC wafers
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8/31/2010   2 comments
Cree Inc. claims that it has achieved a breakthrough in the development and commercialization of silicon carbide (SiC) technology.
Sematech completes 3-D chip pilot line
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Sematech announced the completion of its 300-mm, 3-D IC pilot line.
Applied's flowable CVD: Another opinion
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer.'' Some analysts were not as impressed, however.
Analyst cuts forecast for AMD
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8/30/2010   4 comments
An investment banking firm has lowered its estimates for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Graphite foam cools hi-intensity LEDs
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8/30/2010   15 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher James Klett (shown) claims to have developed a graphite foam technology that can help cool LED light fixtures and extend their lifespan.
Report: EMS vendors face supply chain 'pileup'
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8/30/2010   2 comments
Contract manufacturers are facing a challenging supply imbalance characterized by tight inventories of components and a glut of raw materials, according to a report by market research firm iSuppli.
Intel-Infineon deal: What analysts are saying
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8/30/2010   8 comments
Here's what analysts said about the Intel-Infineon deal.
Top-of-rack 10GE switches to hit $500M
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The market for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet switches geared for rack-mounted servers grew a whopping 300 percent in the last quarter, an indicator a major upgrade cycle is underway in business networks, said an analyst.
MOST Cooperation to highlight new application options at SAE Convergence
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
At the SAE Convergence, America's most distinguished automotive electronics event, the MOST Cooperation will demonstrate that the MOST technology is now ready to set off for new horizons. The group plans to enhance the market position of its bus system hitherto used solely for multimedia data transport. New domains targeted include connected services and driver assistance systems.
Chip sales stay strong amid slowdown signs
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for July was $25.24 billion, up 1.2 percent from June and up 37.0 percent from July 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
QNX tackles Freescale processors as platform for its software
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8/30/2010   3 comments
QNX Software Systems has announced that its CAR Application Platform now supports Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX processors which are used widely in automotive environments.
Analysis: Intel's wireless move no guarantee of success
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8/29/2010   11 comments
Intel pays $1.4 billion for a ticket to bet on itself in the convergence of computing and communications. And Infineon gets richer and 30 percent smaller, but where's the plan?
Microsoft founder sues the industry
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8/29/2010   17 comments
Interval Licensing LLC, which is backed by Paul Allen, has filed a complaint against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
3Par a $2 billion company
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8/27/2010   16 comments
The 3Par bidding war between HP and Dell speaks volumes about the dynamics of today's computer industry
China researchers claim faster MRAM
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8/27/2010   5 comments
MRAM speed can be boosted and power consumption cut by using a new electrical switching technique that requires much less energy to write bits, according to Chinese researchers.
Intel cuts sales target on weak PC sales
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8/27/2010   7 comments
Intel lowered its sales target for the third quarter, saying the company now expects revenue to be between $10.8 billion and $11.2 billion, down from a previous estimate of $11.2 billion and $12 billion.
Visteon forms Russian automotive JV
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8/27/2010   2 comments
Automotive supplier Visteon Corp., which is currently operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has formed a joint venture with Avtopribor, one of Russia's largest automotive components suppliers.
Jobs await U.S.-based Taiwanese expats
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8/27/2010   10 comments
A Taiwanese delegation is due to launch a recruitment drive in Boston next month in an attempt to hire 1,000 Taiwanese expatriates working in the U.S.
Magma hits guidance, beats analyst expectations
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8/26/2010   2 comments
Magma Design Automation met or exceeded all financial guidance for the quarter ended Aug. 1, posting a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of $3.3 million on revenue of $32.6 million.
IR tops expectations, but profit declines
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8/26/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier posted a net income of $29 million on revenue of $263.8 million for the quarter ended June 27, beating consensus analysts' expectations.
California proposal could jumpstart U.S. solar market
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8/26/2010   3 comments
Will solar finally take off in California--and the U.S.?
Sony, LG adopt Hillcrest Labs 3-D remote control
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8/26/2010   1 comment
Sony and LG have adopted Hillcrest Laboratories' MEMS-enabled Freespace remote control technology for its 3-D and Internet-enabled TVs.
Silicon Labs, Quintic settle infringement suit
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8/26/2010   Post a comment
IC vendor Quintic has agreed to a patent licensing and royalty deal that provides the company with a limited license to Silicon Laboratories' international portfolio of FM radio patents under the terms of a patent infringement litigation settlement between the two companies, Silicon Labs said.
Analyst: IC business back on track in July
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8/26/2010   6 comments
After a lull, the IC industry is back on track, at least according to one analyst.
Analyst: Samsung likely to pass Intel in ICs
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8/26/2010   24 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics is on track to catch Intel in semiconductor revenue and will most likely become the No. 1 chip vendor by the middle of this decade, according to an industry analyst.
Report sees 255M Web-ready TVs sold in 2014
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8/26/2010   3 comments
Connected TVs and other networked digital home devices will grow to sales of more than 650 million units worldwide in 2014, signaling a gradual decline for DVDs and new opportunities still being defined.
Mentor teams with GlobalFoundries on DRC
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8/26/2010   1 comment
Mentor Graphics has announced it has been working with GlobalFoundries to create the Graphical Design Rule Manual (GDRM) that helps IC designers debug layout design rule violations in chips intended for manufacture by foundry.
Sony: 3-D sweep, WiFi remote, netbox but no Google TV yet
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8/26/2010   15 comments
Sony showed off digital cameras with 3-D sweep panorama mode, 3-D LCD TVs with LED backlighting, Android-based Xperia smartphones, Netbox and more. But conspicuously absent was Google TV.
Report: Russian chipmaker calls for 90-nm import ban
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8/26/2010   13 comments
Russian company Sistema and state nanotechnology venture Rusnano are calling for a ban on imports of 90-nm ICs for key applications as they get their own 90-nm production up and running, according to reports.
Graphene fabrication gets a boost
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8/26/2010   2 comments
U.S. researchers claim supercomputer simulations found that electron radiation prevents crosstalk between monolayers of graphene during fabrication.
China's Godson vector, 28nm
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8/25/2010   31 comments
A chief architect of China's microprocessor initiative described an ambitious set of new Godson CPUs including a server chip with vector processing and plans to leapfrog to a 28nm process for the next generation.
Ford steers electric car push in Portland
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8/25/2010   13 comments
Ford Motor Co. and Portland General Electric announced a collaboration to help prepare the city of Portland.
Analyst: Street is too bearish on IC climate
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8/25/2010   1 comment
Regarding the growing chip inventories and IC lull, one analyst drew a simple conclusion: Don't worry.
Applied's flowable CVD: What analysts are saying
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer,'' but analysts were not as impressed.
VLSI raises IC, fab tool forecasts
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8/25/2010   1 comment
Despite a lull in the market, VLSI Research Inc. has raised its chip and fab tool forecasts for 2010.
Army reloads combat vehicle program
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8/25/2010   10 comments
The Army will issue a revised request for industry proposals for a new infantry fighting vehicle.
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