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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.
Kingston releases enterprise-class SSD
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8/27/2012   Post a comment
Drive buoys Big Data with capacities of up to 400 GB.
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.
DoCD – DCD’s on-Chip FPGA/SoC Debugger
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8/27/2012   Post a comment
DoCD offers real time, non-intrusive debug capability, enabling pre-silicon validation and post-silicon on-chip software debugging.
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.
Silicon Motion rolls out ruggedized SSD
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8/27/2012   Post a comment
Single-package drive targets industrial applications.
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.
Multichannel TDC provides 81-ps timing resolution
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8/24/2012   Post a comment
The id800 TDC (time-to-digital converter) from Swiss manufacturer ID Quantique is used to transfer the time tags of registered events with picosecond precision and at high rates to a computer.
Touchless control sensor modules add multifunctional capabilities to LED lighting
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8/24/2012   Post a comment
Touchless sensor modules now available from Rapid Electronics, add multifunctional capabilities to LED lighting, allowing users to switch and dim lighting in response to hand gestures and proximity, without the need for physical contact.
MIL grade ceramic switch mode power supply capacitors support high frequencies
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8/24/2012   Post a comment
API Technologies has added high reliability MIL grade switch mode power supply (SMPS) ceramic capacitors to its Spectrum Control product line.
M12 Cat 6A connector system delivers signal integrity up to 10Gbps
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8/24/2012   Post a comment
Molex’s M12 x-coding cross-shielded format connectors and receptacles achieve Cat 6A Ethernet speed for high-speed data transfer in harsh-duty applications.
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.
New 90nm high-speed macro targets high-performance automotive and industrial MCU apps
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8/24/2012   Post a comment
TSMC has unveiled the foundry segment's claimed first 100MHz flash memory single-cycle access speed 90nm embedded flash IP.
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.
Vicor has output-configurable MicroPAC power system
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8/23/2012   2 comments
Vicor Corp. introduced Westcor MicroPAC power factor corrected AC-DC power system providing up to 1300 W of continuous power at up to 92% efficiency and 25 Win3 power density in a compact 4 x 1.72 x 7.45 inch package.
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.
IR has three PM chips for Ultrabook designs
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8/23/2012   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced three chips that meet Intel’s VR12.6 specifications for 15W and 25W Intel’s Ultrabook laptop reference designs.
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.
Synopsys raises profit target again after strong quarter
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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.
U.S. test drives Wi-Fi to improve traffic safety
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8/22/2012   8 comments
The U.S. Transportation Department is connecting vehicles and highway infrastructure with Wi-Fi technology to reduce accidents and improve traffic flow.
Apple, Samsung fire final salvos as case closes
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8/22/2012   8 comments
Here’s a sampler of the points made in closing arguments Apple and Samsung made over four hours in front of a crowd that extended into two overflow courtrooms.
Rambus cutting 15% of workforce
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8/22/2012   3 comments
Rambus plans to cut its workforce by about 15 percent as part of a restructuring plan expected to save the company $30-$35 million.
UMC to shutter Japanese fab
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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
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8/22/2012   3 comments
ON Semiconductor said it would eliminate about 250 jobs as part of a previously disclosed plan to reduce costs.
ADI’s Fishman remains bullish despite economic uncertainty
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8/22/2012   5 comments
CEO Jerald Fishman (shown) remains upbeat about Analog Device's ability to boost profits as it continues to grow its analog content in all of its major market sectors.
Adapteva ships OpenCL compiler for Epiphany
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8/22/2012   2 comments
Adapteva Inc. has released an OpenCL compiler for its Epiphany multicore floating–point processor.
Kiss your unfeeling computer goodbye
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8/22/2012   16 comments
"Emotion" is the last thing a computer scientist or design engineer wants to deal with, says MIT's Rosalind Picard (shown).
Slideshow: The jury's job in Apple vs. Samsung
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8/22/2012   27 comments
Here's a look at some of the 33 questions the nine people in the Apple vs. Samsung jury must answer, and their instructions for answering them.
Updated: Curiosity ready to roll despite sensor damage
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8/22/2012   16 comments
The Mars mission of the Curiosity rover suffered its first setback when a damaged wind sensor was discovered. The problem won't affect surface activities, NASA said.
Chip startup funding up in July, says GSA
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8/22/2012   Post a comment
Funding for semiconductor firms and suppliers grew sequentially in July, but was down compared with July 2011, the Global Semiconductor Association said.
Globalfoundries projected to surpass UMC in foundry rankings
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8/21/2012   6 comments
Globalfoundries is expected to surpass UMC to become the No. 2 semiconductor foundry supplier in 2012, according to projected ranking of foundry vendors by market research firm IC Insights.
IDT NVMe flash controller
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8/21/2012   Post a comment
IDT announced samples of its NVM Express (NVMe) enterprise flash memory controller with native support for PCIe® Gen 3.
Analog specialist Apex targets printing market
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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.
Thanks to Apple, Samsung foundry sales to surge again
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8/21/2012   4 comments
Samsung's foundry revenues are projected to grow 54 percent this year after surging 82 percent in 2011, according to IC Insights.
Cypress tips upgraded IDE for PSoC
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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.
Elpida submits restructuring plan advancing Micron deal
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8/21/2012   1 comment
Elpida Memory said it submitted a restructuring plan detailing its proposed acquisition by Micron Technology, bringing the $2.5 billion deal one step closer to fruition, according to reports.
Apple vs. Samsung jury hears 84 instructions
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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!”
Samsung to invest $4B to upgrade Austin chip fab
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8/21/2012   24 comments
Samsung Electronics plans to invest $4 billion to beef up the company's logic semiconductor fab in Austin, Texas, where it builds Apple's A4 and A5 processors and other logic chips.
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