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Microchip’s strategy in a ‘weak economy’
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9/30/2011   13 comments
In a recent interview at ESC, Microchip’s COO made no efforts to sugar coat the weak global economy. But he noted: Now is not the time to panic, it’s time to “focus on things we can control.”
Unmanned vehicles push wireless, but lack in multicore
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9/30/2011   8 comments
Military electronics is going through a mobile boom in drones—a rise in unmanned planes, trucks and ships—that is just beginning.
Vishay buys specialty resistor firm
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9/30/2011   4 comments
Discrete IC and passive component supplier Vishay Intertechnology said it acquired the resistor businesses of Huntington Electric for about $19.6 million.
Energy Micro spots ESC Boston with Geckos, Dracos
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9/30/2011   Post a comment
Leave it to a company like Energy Micro (Oslo, Norway) to just add 100, yes one hundred, microcontrollers to its portfolio in one swoop, as it did at last week's Embedded Systems Conference here.
Gartner: IC capex to decline 19% in 2012
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9/30/2011   4 comments
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending will total about $35.2 billion in 2012, representing a 19.2 percent decline from the projected 2011 total of $43.5 billion, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.
Rambus crypto division licenses tech to secret firm
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9/30/2011   4 comments
Cryptography Research, Inc., a division of Rambus Inc., has made a cryptic announcement about signing a license agreement with a major smart phone and tablet manufacturer.
Amkor to buy Toshiba's Malaysia subsidiary
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9/30/2011   3 comments
Toshiba said it signed a deal to sell its Malaysian test and assembly operations to Amkor Technology. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Best in class will thrive in new spending environment
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9/29/2011   1 comment
Recent statements about the U.S. defense budget have made frequent mention of cuts, fiscal constraints and reform, with subsequent lobbying and debate across the national media. Although this is the reality today, and possibly for several years to come, focusing on the headlines often masks some of the more subtle trends.
Micron swings to loss on lower DRAM prices
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9/29/2011   19 comments
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology said it swung to a net loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, largely because of declining average selling prices for DRAM chips.
Deadline looms for SRAM settlement funds
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9/29/2011   2 comments
The deadline is quickly approaching for companies that purchased SRAM memory indirectly between Nov. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 2006 to join a class action settlement and potentially be eligible to receive a portion of $41.3 million in settlement money.
NeoPhotonics buys Santur for $39.2M
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Photonic module maker NeoPhotonics has agreed to acquire Santur for $39.2 million in cash, gaining access to its 40 and 100 Gbit/s optical components.
Dick Tracy uber-watch tipped for ARM TechCon launch
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9/29/2011   21 comments
I'm Watch, is a Dick Tracy style watch for the 'app' generation that is being tipped to launch at ARM TechCon, which takes place Oct. 25 to 27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley.
Synopsys to distribute ARM Fast Models
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys will distribute ARM Fast Models and create models of ARM Cortex series processors under the terms of an agreement between the two companies, Synopsys said.
Crocus appoints CEO for Russian MRAM fab
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of MRAM memory ICs, has announced the appointment of Boris Omarov as CEO of a manufacturing joint venture, Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), which is being created to run an MRAM wafer fab under development in Russia.
ST-Ericsson augments reality on NovaThor
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Struggling wireless chip vendor ST-Ericsson NV has announced that it is collaborating with Metaio GmbH to support augmented reality applications and capability with its NovaThor chips for smartphones and tablet computers.
Six handset makers back Isis NFC payment
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9/29/2011   3 comments
Isis, a joint venture between U.S. mobile phone service providers AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has announced that HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that implement Isis NFC and technology standards for electronic payment.
Bergman becomes CEO at Synaptics
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9/29/2011   1 comment
Synaptics named Rick Bergman its president and chief executive officer a week after he departed Advanced Micro Devices where he was general manager of products.
Fibre Channel decline predicted for 2014
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9/28/2011   3 comments
Fibre Channel will decline starting in 2014, the same year 10 Gbit/s Ethernet will surpass Gbit Ethernet in unit shipments, according to a new report.
Qualcomm jumps into ‘Embedded’ fray
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Qualcomm, traditionally known for its direct relationships with mobile handset OEMs and ODMs, has jumped into the “embedded” fray, by launching the company’s newly designed “DragonBoard.”
Kindle Fire profitable at estimated $150 BoM
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9/28/2011   17 comments
Amazon will make a profit on the Kindle Fire, but probably only a third to a quarter as much as the Apple iPad and Playbook, according to estimates from UBM TechInsights.
Mosaid says Google bought 18 patents for $11M
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Canadian IP licensor Mosaid Technologies said Google recently bought five patent families from the firm for $11 million.
AMD warns of lower Q3 sales
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9/28/2011   7 comments
AMD warned that third quarter sales would be up less than expected compared to the second quarter, primarily because of 32-nm yield issues at its foundry provider, Globalfoundries.
ESC keynoter wants to revolutionize medical devices
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9/28/2011   2 comments
ESC Boston keynoter Charles G. Sodini claimed that by 2020 medical devices will have made a similar impact on the technology roadmap as transistors did in the 1980s and smart phones in the 2010s.
Avago shareholders unload 15 million shares
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9/28/2011   2 comments
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies announced the sale of 15 million ordinary shares by certain existing shareholders to Citigroup and Deutsche Bank Securities, as underwriters in the registered public offering of those shares.
MeeGo gone: Intel drops OS in favor of Tizen
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9/28/2011   21 comments
Chip giant Intel has decided to drop its MeeGo mobile operating system in favor of the Tizen project announced by two Linux-oriented non-profit groups, the LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation.
Linux groups launch Tizen to fight Android
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9/28/2011   28 comments
Two Linux oriented non-profit groups, The LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation which include a number of high profile supporters, have announced an open-source project called Tizen, intended to develop a mobile device software platform based on the Linux operating system.
Sematech appoints Stefan Wurm to run litho
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9/28/2011   6 comments
Semiconductor R&D consortium Sematech has announced the appointment of Stefan Wurm as director of lithography.
Samsung invests in OLED pioneer Novaled
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Organic light emitting diode materials specialist Novaled AG has said it has received an undisclosed amount of financial backing from Samsung Ventures Investment Corp.
Freescale increases pulse of healthcare apps
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9/28/2011   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its offerings of reference designs and support tools for the consumer health and wellness markets.
Actions, Dialog raise Q3 forecasts
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Two companies have raised their guidance for how they will perform financially in the third quarter, going against the recent trend in chip business announcements.
Open-Silicon takes broad ARM license
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9/28/2011   2 comments
Open-Silicon Inc. has signed a multi-year comprehensive licensing agreement for a broad portfolio of processor cores and related intellectual property from ARM Holdings plc.
Atmel to acquire ADD Semiconductor
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9/27/2011   2 comments
Chip vendor Atmel signed a definitive agreement to acquire power line chip vendor Advanced Digital Designfor an undisclosed amount, the company said.
Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY
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9/27/2011   40 comments
A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Tower, Presto offer SiGe test services
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Specialist foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd, which trades under the name TowerJazz, has announced collaboration with Presto Engineering Inc. to provide engineering services to customers using Tower's silicon-germanium process technology.
Wind River helps Leadcore run Android on ARM
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9/27/2011   6 comments
Embedded and mobile software company Wind River Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of chip giant Intel Corp., has teamed up with China's Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. to develop an ARM-based system-on-chip platform for Android smartphones.
Synopsys claims unified flow for digital, custom SoCs
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced advances in its Galaxy implementation platform with the availability of its unified solution for mixed-signal designs.
Indian IP firm scores win with ARM
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9/27/2011   15 comments
In an unusual win for an Indian tech company, ARM Holdings is using phase-locked loop solutions from Indian IP vendor Cosmic Circuits.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc
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9/27/2011   25 comments
As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
Oracle rolls T4 servers, pulls in 28nm T5
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Oracle announced servers using the T4, the first out-of-order version of its Sparc processor, and promised to deliver a 28nm T5 as much as a year ahead of plan.
Photonics confab presents trends, research results
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
More than 550 technical presentations by the world’s leading scientists and engineers in the areas of lasers, optoelectronics, optical fiber networks and associated lightwave technologies will gather for the IEEE Photonics Conference 2011 October 9-13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel in Arlington, VA.
SoC supports 1080p HD video for still cameras
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9/26/2011   6 comments
Image processing chip vendor Ambarella announced the availability of a new system-on-chip said to enable the development of digital still cameras with full 1080p HD video.
Intel tips next university research center
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Intel said its fifth university research center will be based at the University of Washington and focus on pervasive computing research.
NRC report urges education in science and te
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9/26/2011   4 comments
The primary drivers of future economic growth and job creation will be innovations largely derived from advances in science and engineering, according to a recently released report issued by the National Research Council.
PMIC startup raises $11 million
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9/26/2011   1 comment
Quantance Inc., a developer of high-speed power supply management ICs, has announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
AMD debuts next-gen embedded graphics processor
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
At Embedded Systems Conference Boston this week AMD is introducing its Radeon E6460, a next-generation entry-level embedded graphics processor that complements its Radeon E6760.
Freescale lowers Q3 financial guidance
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9/26/2011   6 comments
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has lowered its financial guidance for the third quarter of 2011 ending Sept. 30.
Trident to cut 20% of staff to lower costs
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9/26/2011   8 comments
Trident Microsystems Inc., a provider of chips for TVs and set-top boxes, has announced that it plans to lay off about 275 employees out of a total of 1,275 so that is can lower its financial breakeven point.
Entropic invests $10M in Zenverge
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Entropic has invested $10 million in video specialist Zenverge, and plans to start jointly selling chips and working on future integrated devices for home networks.
ST-Ericsson's NovaThor powers HTC smartphone
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Struggling wireless chip vendor ST-Ericsson has announced that China Mobile and HTC have announced the first smartphone to be based on one of its NovaThor chipsets.
Broadcom rolls 40-nm NFC chip
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Broadcom said it is sampling the semiconductor industry's first near field communications chips built in 40-nm CMOS.
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