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Slideshow: Remembering Neil Armstrong & Apollo
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8/31/2012   12 comments
We remember Neil Armstrong and all the other engineers, technicians and astronauts who all helped send humans to the moon.
Memscap partners with Chinese MEMS startup
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8/31/2012   3 comments
MEMS component maker Memscap has formed a partnership with Hanking Group to expand sales of the MUMPS multiproject wafer service in China.
HSA recruits Arteris, Sonics
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8/31/2012   6 comments
The Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation, a group formed to advance technology standards for multicore processing, has recruited six additional member companies, including two suppliers of network-on-chip intellectual property to its ranks; Arteris and Sonics.
'Nano machine shop' research shapes nanowires
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8/31/2012   Post a comment
Researchers have come up with a future manufacturing method for tiny structures with potentially revolutionary properties.
Tokyo court hands Samsung a win over Apple
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8/31/2012   13 comments
A Tokyo court has found Samsung not guilty of infringing Apple's intellectual property, in contrast to a jury decision and a $1.05 billion damage award in Apple's favor in a California court last week.
Formosa Plastics bails out DRAM subsidiaries
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8/30/2012   2 comments
Formosa Plastics Group, parent of Nanya Technology Corp., has put together a bail-out plan worth about $1 billion to keep the loss-making DRAM maker from delisting from the Taiwan stock exchange, according to local reports.
Intel energizes wireless charging effort
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8/30/2012   9 comments
Intel has selected mixed-signal fabless chip company Integrated Device Technology to make transmitter and receiver ICs to implement Intel's resonant wireless energy transfer technology.
Slideshow: Novel server CPUs glow at Hot Chips
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8/30/2012   8 comments
In the next five years, ARM-based SoCs will grab about ten percent of the server market, according to a straw poll at Hot Chips where new Power and Sparc chips also debuted.
Foreman defends Apple vs. Samsung verdict in video
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8/29/2012   9 comments
In a video interview, Velvin Hogan, the foreman in the closely watched patent infringement cases between Apple and Samsung, defended and provided more context on the jury's decision.
Renesas president won't quit, lays out priorities
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8/29/2012   33 comments
Hours after a U.S. private equity firm launched a takeover bid, Renasas President Yasushi Akao (shown) told EE Times he's staying.
AlcaLu CTO calls for new basestation chips
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8/29/2012   2 comments
Wireless networks need chips designed for a new class of small-cell basestations said Marcus Weldon (pictured) in a Hot Chips keynote.
Qualcomm, Broadcom settle with Dutch IP house
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8/29/2012   2 comments
Dutch IP licensor Semiconductor Ideas to Market BV has reached a settlement with several chip companies, including Qualcomm and Broadcom, in a deal reportedly worth several million dollars.
Verizon pre-certifies Altair LTE chip
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8/29/2012   2 comments
Verizon Wireless pre-certified Altair Semiconductor’s FourGee 3100/6200 LTE chipset, representing the first time that Verizon certified an LTE chip vs. a device.
AMD appoints ecosystem expert to its board
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8/29/2012   3 comments
Jack Harding (shown), CEO of design and manufacturing services provider eSilicon, has been appointed to the board of directors of AMD.
Report: TSMC rebuffs Apple, Qualcomm
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8/29/2012   31 comments
Apple and Qualcomm have each offered more than a $1 billion to foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to obtain a dedicated supply of processor chips, and both their offers have been rejected, according to a Bloomberg report.
Top 10 chip vendors hurt by weak Q2
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8/29/2012   5 comments
Six of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers booked chip sales in the second quarter that were lower than the second quarter of 2011, with overall chip sales declining 3 percent year-over-year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
AMD reports progress in cores, SoCs, APIs
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8/29/2012   2 comments
The Heterogeneous Systems Architecture group could finish “within months” the first draft of a new API, said Mark Papermaster (pictured), AMD's CTO in an interview at Hot Chips.
Smartphones projected to be majority of handsets shipped in 2013
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8/29/2012   4 comments
Smartphones are now expected to account for the majority of cellular handset shipments for the first time in 2013, two years earlier than previously predicted, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Western Digital back on top of hard disk drive heap
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8/28/2012   3 comments
Western Digital regained the top spot among hard disk drive suppliers in the second quarter, six months after falling behind rival Seagate Technology in the wake of flooding in Thailand that forced several facility closures, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
AMD lands high-performance computing guru
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8/28/2012   2 comments
AMD named John Gustafson, formerly of rival Intel's eXtreme Technologies Lab, to the role of senior Fellow and chief product architect for AMD's graphics chip business unit.
KKR said to target Renesas with $1.27 billion bid
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8/28/2012   6 comments
Renesas has a market capitalization of about 95 billion yen. KKR’s plan is to lead the chipmaker's turnaround efforts by taking over a majority stake by year's end.
Intel gives peek inside Xeon Phi at Hot Chips
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8/28/2012   4 comments
Xeon Phi aka Knights Corner packs more than 50 quad-threaded Pentium-class cores with 512-bit vector units and 25 Mbytes cache around a 512-bit, three-ring interconnect.
Week in automotive electronics (Aug. 27, 2012)
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8/28/2012   Post a comment
Big shakeup at Navistar; vehicle-to-vehicle technology gets tested; STMicroelectronics in China venture; touch-sensing how-to
Making every TV 'smart'
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8/28/2012   8 comments
Hillcrest Labs announced a downsized version of its motion processing algorithms that can run on an 8-bit microcontroller inside a television remote control, offering the potential to make any TV a "smart" TV.
Xilinx buys embedded Linux tool vendor PetaLogix
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8/28/2012   Post a comment
Programmable logic provider Xilinx announced it acquired embedded Linux solutions provider PetaLogix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
AMD's Jaguar packs four cores in one for mobile
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8/28/2012   9 comments
AMD’s Jaguar puts four x86 cores into one unit with a large shared L2 cache to compete with Intel’s Core and Atom chips in notebooks, tablets and embedded systems.
TSMC joins multibeam mask-writing club
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8/28/2012   2 comments
Leading foundry chip maker TSMC has joined a multibeam mask writer development consortium hosted by Austria's IMS Nanofabrication. TSMC joins founder members Dai Nippon Printing, Intel, and Photronics.
Jury foreman in Apple vs. Samsung had 'light bulb moment'
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8/28/2012   136 comments
Velvin Hogan (shown), the jury foreman in the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case, used his experience as a patent holder and engineer to sort out the many claims made by the companies.
STATS ChipPAC qualifies TSV process
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8/28/2012   Post a comment
Singaporean chip packaging and test company STATS ChipPAC Ltd. has announced it has "qualified" 300-mm mid- and back-end manufacturing using a through-silicon-via (TSV) process allowing it to increase its 2.5- and 3-D packaging integration.
ST forms joint venture with Chinese car maker
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8/28/2012   6 comments
STMicroelectronics and Chinese automobile maker FAW Group Corp. have formed a joint laboratory to develop automotive electronic components.
Russia backs e-beam lithography firm
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8/28/2012   2 comments
Rusnano, the nanotechnology investment arm of the Russian state, has invested in Dutch electron beam lithography equipment company Mapper. As part of the deal some component manufacturing is set to move to Russia.
Teardown: Samsung tablet could have higher margin than iPad
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8/27/2012   13 comments
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 media tablet could deliver higher profit margins than Apple's market-leading iPad—if Samsung can maintain its target selling prices—according to a preliminary teardown analysis of the tablet conducted by IHS iSuppli.
25th anniversary of flash memory sees 2.7ZB of data
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8/27/2012   3 comments
SanDisk is marking the 25th anniversary of flash memory technology, pointing out that 2.7 zettabytes (ZB) of data will be created and consumed this year and tripling to 8ZB by 2015.
Intel partners with VMware on cloud security
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8/27/2012   Post a comment
Intel said it would collaborate with VMware to deliver a platform for "trusted cloud" that combines Intel's Trusted Execution Technology and VMware's vSphere 5.1, platform for building cloud infrastructures.
Slideshow: The Apple/Samsung verdict form
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8/27/2012   3 comments
Here's a look at key excerpts from the final verdict form--mistakes and all--in the Apple vs. Samsung case.
Cypress again ups ante for Ramtron
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8/27/2012   4 comments
Cypress Semiconductor increased its offer to acquire FRAM vendor Ramtron International to $2.88 per share, or around $100 million.
Fujitsu settles patent case with Acacia Research
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8/27/2012   1 comment
Acacia Research, a patent portfolio holder and licensor, said it entered into a settlement agreement with Japan's Fujitsu Semiconductor and its U.S. subsidiary resolving pending patent litigation.
Samsung to take 3% stake in ASML
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8/27/2012   4 comments
Samsung Electronics will invest $345.5 million to boost ASML's extreme ultraviolet and 450-mm lithography tool development and has committed to buying a 3 percent stake in the Dutch lithography vendor for about $629.5 million.
Finally, a hardware accelerator: Bolt's Ben Einstein on a leg up for startups
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8/27/2012   5 comments
Product designer and entrepreneur Ben Einstein (shown) is part of a team in Boston looking to give hardware startups their fair share of the glory.
Apple awarded $1.05B in Samsung patent case
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8/24/2012   40 comments
Apple scored a big but not complete win in its landmark case with Samsung, winning damages of $1.049 billion from the jury plus a verdict of willful infringement on many counts. The willfulness count opens the door to the judge awarding punitive damages later.
Mentor riding 28-nm transition wave
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8/24/2012   3 comments
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines (shown) said Mentor and other EDA vendors are benefiting from customers' transition to more advanced design nodes.
Experts see promise, threat in SDN, OpenFlow
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8/24/2012   4 comments
Software-defined networking and the OpenFlow protocol holds promise but also could disrupt business models said a panel of experts.
Seagate to buy former Solyndra plant
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8/24/2012   15 comments
Seagate Technology has offered $90.3 million to buy the Solyndra solar-panel factory in Silicon Valley.
Qualcomm buys Israeli basestation SoC vendor
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8/24/2012   4 comments
Qualcomm said it acquired Israeli basestation system-on-chip and software vendor DesignArt Networks for an undisclosed sum.
Automotive IC sales roll in 2012
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8/23/2012   3 comments
Semiconductor sales into the automotive sector are the brightest spot in an otherwise down year for IC vendors.
New twist in Intel, ARM server war: Interconnects
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8/23/2012   13 comments
RapidIO is quietly courting ARM, ARM SoC and server makers in an effort to become as an open alternative to proprietary technologies in Intel Xeon chips.
IC market now seen shrinking in '12
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8/23/2012   9 comments
A key market watcher is expected to announce a downgraded 2012 chip market forecast projecting sales to decline slightly compared to 2011.
Zorian of Synopsys to head 50th DAC planning
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8/23/2012   2 comments
Planning for the 50th Design Automation Conference has begun with the naming of the executive committee to be chaired by Yervant Zorian (shown), chief architect at Synopsys.
Research on molybdenum disulfide sparks new apps
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8/23/2012   8 comments
Molybdenum disulfide, used for many years as an industrial lubricant, promises to become another 2-D platform for electronic devices on par with graphene, itself a 2-D platform for new electronic devices.
Report: Dongbu Group likely to acquire Daewoo Electronics
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8/23/2012   1 comment
South Korea's Dongbu Group is likely to be the winning bidder in acquiring Daewoo Electronics, according to a report by the Reuters news service which cites an unnamed source.
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