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SIA reports record chip sales for 2007
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductors in 2007 hit a new record of $255.6 billion, up 3.2 percent on the previous year and the sixth consecutive annual rise in chip sales, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Analysis: Phone spinoff could be beginning of the end for Motorola
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2/1/2008   1 comment
Motorola Inc.'s decision to explore the possibility of spinning of its loss-making handset division might result in the break up of the entire company and the eventually demise of another American icon.
Chip sales fall in December
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Worldwide chip sales were $22.3 billion in December, an increase of 2.5 percent compared to the $21.7 billion reported in the like period a year ago, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
EE Times updates list of emerging startups
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The EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list, first published in April 2004, has been updated to version 7.0 to reflect the latest corporate, commercial, technology and market conditions.
Bosch prepares dual-view automotive display
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Through its automotive consumer electronics subsidiary Blaupunkt, Bosch is presently preparing a dual–view display unit. The device is intended to be in volume production at European car manufacturers from 2009.
Maxim to shut down fab, exits RF line
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Seeking to cut costs, Maxim Integrated Products Inc. announced the ramp down and eventual closure of its wafer fab in Dallas.
Esterel, AbsInt form technology partnership
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Esterel Technologies SA and AbsInt Angewandte Informatik GmbH have concluded a technology partnership so as to offer an integrated environment for developing mission and safety-critical embedded software applications.
Would Motorola really sell its handsets group?
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Will -- would -- Motorola really sell off or park in a completely different division its iconic mobile handsets operation?
Comment: $45 billion not enough; Google is the big dog now
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I reckon $45 billion is a lot of money, way too much surely even for Yahoo? But what else is Steve Ballmer going to spend Microsoft's money on? After all is said and done dividends is not the answer because Bill Gates has got more money than he can give away.
Ofcom checks out public spectrum sell-off
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The U.K. government is proposing to sell off valuable and so far reserved spectrum controlled by the military establishment and free it up for commercial use.
Web sites, terrorists and Vista lead story ranking
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Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 27, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 1. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6B
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Microsoft Corp. has made an unsolicited $44.6 billion for Yahoo Inc., moving to accelerate the ongoing consolidation of the Internet advertising market and in a bid to counter Google Inc.'s growing dominance of the sector.
NAND-Daten fünfmal schneller über neues Interface
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
Intel und Micron haben gemeinsam eine neue Schnittstelle für NAND-Flash-Speicher vorgestellt. Das Interface soll einen fünfmal schnelleren Datentransfer erlauben.
Alcatel-Lucent to cut 400 jobs in France, says report
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The series of bad news continues at Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France). Suffering from financial difficulties, the telecom equipment provider has unveiled a voluntary redundancy plan that will lead to another 400 job cuts in France, according to an online report from French economic and financial newspaper La Tribune.
EC approves state-aid for French R&D program
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
The European Commission has approved a €70 million financial aid to be provided by the French government to MINimage R&D program that aims to perfect a new generation of micro-cameras for mobile phones. This decision follows an in-depth study required by the Community Framework on research, development and innovation aid.
Multibit milestone for flash alternative
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
At the International Solid-State Circuits Conference this week, Intel Corp. and STMicroelectronics will describe work on what they claim is the first phase-change memory capable of storing multiple bits per cell. Separately, Intel will discuss a power amplifier it has developed as part of a future digital radio.
Broadband gets a wakeup call
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2/1/2008   Post a comment
Two myths prevail about the global broadband infrastructure. With everyone going gaga over wireless client services, there's an assumption that even multigigabit backhaul will go wireless soon, leaving scant need for those terabit-per-second fiber-optic cables that span the planet.
Wavecom acquires M2M specialist
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Wavecom SA, French provider of integrated technology solutions for wireless voice and data applications, announced it has acquired Anyware Technologies SA, French developer of M2M client-server software solutions. The acquisition should be accretive for Wavecom in 2008.
Intel, Micron tip NAND interface breakthrough
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Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have unveiled a high-speed and souped-up NAND flash-memory interface technology that is said to boost the data transfer rates by up to five times over current devices.
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