Content posted in August 2012
Russia backs e-beam lithography firm
News & Analysis 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.
Intel partners with VMware on cloud security
News & Analysis 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.
Samsung to take 3% stake in ASML
News & Analysis 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.
Apple awarded $1.05B in Samsung patent case
News & Analysis 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.
Synopsys raises profit target again after strong quarter
News & Analysis 8/22/2012 Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys raised its profitability target for its current fiscal year for a second consecutive quarter after reporting sales in line with expectations and profitability that exceeded analysts' estimates for the quarter ended last month.
UMC to shutter Japanese fab
News & Analysis 8/22/2012 1 comment
Taiwanese foundry UMC said its board of directors voted to close the company's 200-mm fab in Japan in an effort to cut costs amid difficult macroeconomic conditions and customer demand decline.
ON Semi cuts 250 jobs
News & Analysis 8/22/2012 3 comments
ON Semiconductor said it would eliminate about 250 jobs as part of a previously disclosed plan to reduce costs.
Analog specialist Apex targets printing market
News & Analysis 8/21/2012 1 comment
Apex has reemerged as a niche power analog vendor targeting printing applications in the industrial sector, an embryonic market that CEO Greg Brennan (shown) believes has significant growth opportunities.
Cypress tips upgraded IDE for PSoC
Product News 8/21/2012 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor rolled out a new version of the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip development environment with more than 100 new features and enhancements.
Apple vs. Samsung jury hears 84 instructions
News & Analysis 8/21/2012 10 comments
On the third of four “stand up breaks” during the reading of 84 jury instructions in the Apple vs. Samsung case someone exclaimed in the overflow room “How can [the jury] keep track of all this!”