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Semiconductor M&A Fervor Cools
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
The value of semiconductor industry deals fell markedly in the first half of this year as the absence of "megadeals" brought down the total value of transactions, according to IC Insights.
Report: Samsung Plans to Triple Foundry Market Share
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7/24/2017   20 comments
South Korean giant eyes No. 2 spot in foundry market and market share of 25 percent, according to Reuters report.
Memory Chip ASP Growth Expected to Cool in Second Half
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7/19/2017   1 comment
DRAM and NAND flash memory chips are forecast to achieve record gains in average selling prices this year, but growth is expected to cool as the year goes along.
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
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7/17/2017   20 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
ASML Claims Major EUV Milestone
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7/14/2017   13 comments
Litho vendor claims elusive source power target as dawn of EUV era inches closer.
PC Sales Slide as Chip Costs Drive Prices Up
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7/13/2017   1 comment
Higher average selling prices for components such as DRAM and flash memory chips began driving system costs up, adding to the headwind facing declining PC sales.
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   1 comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Memory Prices Drive Samsung's Record Q2 Profit
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7/7/2017   2 comments
South Korean electronics giant appears on pace to surpass Intel and become world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor.
TI Claims to Obsolete FPGAs for Embedded Apps
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7/6/2017   3 comments
Texas Instruments says its C2000 microcontrollers running its DesignDRIVE software offer a fast current loop that obsoletes the FPGA in motor control applications.
Combined Handset, PC Shipments Expected to Decline
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Gartner expects rate of PC decline to slow while smartphone market posts strong growth in 2017.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   4 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
Handsets Expected to be Largest Market for ICs
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Cellular handsets are expected to surpass PCs as the largest application for integrated circuits for the first time in 2017.
Imagination Puts Itself on the Block
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies said the whole company is up for sale after fielding interest from several parties.
Gfast: First Products Certified, Ready for Deployment
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The next generation in copper-based internet access now has certified products. Gfast could replace DSL in the last 200 m, so long as 5G doesn't get there first.
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
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6/20/2017   1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
UMC Appoints Co-presidents as CEO Steps Down
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6/16/2017   2 comments
Taiwanese foundry takes page from rival's book, names two to lead the company.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
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6/14/2017   2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
NAND Shortage Drives Price Surge
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6/2/2017   2 comments
Contract pricing for NAND flash surged by 20 to 25 percent in the first quarter, a strong testament to the undersupply condition that persists in the market
Nvidia Pitching AI to ODMs in Taiwan
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia has come to Computex, in hopes of replicating what Intel and Microsoft achieved a few decades ago with the PC market. Nvidia hopes to dominate “accelerated computing,” by partnering with Taiwan's ODMs and driving AI cloud computing.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continued to take market share from Samsung and Apple, Gartner says.
NI's New CEO: Automotive To Be Key Opportunity
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5/25/2017   14 comments
National Instruments' new CEO spoke about his transition to the top, what's driving the company, and about engineering education, in an interview with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
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5/22/2017   3 comments
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Sensor Sales Finally Catch Fire
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor sensors and actuators hit all time highs last year as several years of price erosion abated, according to IC Insights.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
Consolidation Continues to Rewrite Chip Vendor Rankings
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
The unprecedented wave of semiconductor industry consolidation skewed comparisons and continued to redraw the rankings of vendors by sales.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
Nvidia Takes Deep Learning to School
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5/9/2017   7 comments
The message that Nvidia hopes to hammer home, at its conference, is that deep learning is “transforming computing.” Nvidia has styled itself as a firebrand, catalyst and Deep Learning enabler, and — in the long run — a deep profiteer.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
Intel Names New Data Center Chief as Bryant Takes Leave
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5/3/2017   3 comments
Navin Shenoy, general manager of the chip giant's Client Computing Group, will take over leadership of the DCG as Diane Bryant takes leave of absence to focus on family matter.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
MediaTek Losing Market Share in Smartphones
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5/1/2017   1 comment
Taiwanese IC vendor losing ground to rival Qualcomm, but says it expects to make it back.
Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
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4/28/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
Samsung Lifted by Strong Memory Chip Sales
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4/27/2017   1 comment
Best ever quarterly profit for semiconductor division helps South Korean electronics giant shake off Galaxy 7 recall fiasco.
Automotive Strength Drives TI's First Quarter Sales
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm posts double-digit revenue growth on the strength of automotive and industrial sales.
Fab Tool Billings Reach 16-Year High
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment billings hit their highest level since 2001 in March, according to the SEMI trade organization.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   8 comments
ASML said it expects to sell 20-24 EUV systems next year as the technology edges closer to being deployed in production by chipmakers.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   2 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
Qualcomm to Re-Pay $815 Million to BlackBerry
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Arbitration panel rules for Canadian smartphone maker in contract dispute over past royalties.
Gartner Ups Chip Market Growth Forecast to 12%
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4/13/2017   2 comments
Continued improvement in memory market conditions lifting expectations for overall market in 2017 and 2018.
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