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Will Taiwan DRAM makers survive in '11?
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12/31/2010   5 comments
Taiwan's DRAM makers survived the last downturn. This time around, the island's vendors may run out of luck.
15 hi-tech trends in China
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12/31/2010   10 comments
Market research house RedTech Advisors offers a glimpse at the key themes in China that will play out in 2011 and beyond.
IP trolling firms make more waves
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12/31/2010   11 comments
It's been a big year for the IP patent--or so-called patent trolling--firms. Acacia, Intellectual Ventures Management, Interval Licensing, Patriot and others made big headlines in 2010.
Woman charged in insider trading probe
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12/30/2010   21 comments
Winifred Jiau of Freemont, Calif. was arrested this week on charges relating to her involvement in an insider trading scheme, according to the FBI.
Intel launches solid-state drive
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12/30/2010   26 comments
Intel Corp. has introduced to the market a solid-state drive (SSD) that offers 40- and 80-Gbyte memory capacity in a format measuring 51-mm by 30-mm and only 5-mm deep. The unit weighs 10 grams.
Connected TVs already at 21% of market, says analyst
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12/30/2010   12 comments
About 45 million units and some 21 percent of all TVs shipped in 2010 are forecast to have internet connectivity, according to market research company DisplaySearch
Intel shrinks SSD drive
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12/30/2010   3 comments
Intel Corporation has released the Intel® solid-state drive 310 Series, a solid-state drive (SSD) with Intel® X25-class SSD performance that measures 51mm-by-30mm and 5mm thick.
China to cut rare earth exports in '11
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12/29/2010   5 comments
China is reducing the amount of rare earths it will export by more than 10 percent for the first half of 2011, according to the Associated Press.
Top stock picks for 2011
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12/29/2010   6 comments
The following article summarizes key technology sector trends and the top stock picks for 2011 from each of the technology analysts at Canaccord Genuity.
Nine predictions for CES 2011
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12/29/2010   10 comments
Many at CES will show an iPad-alike, no one will have much to add to 3-D Web TVs, everyone will want to partner in home nets and the AMD/Intel war will take a new turn.
Report: touch panels grow 30 percent y/y
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12/29/2010   2 comments
Worldwide touch screen industry is on track for more than 30 percent Y/Y growth in 2010, according to market follower DisplaySearch.
Top 10 electronics stories for 2010
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12/29/2010   2 comments
Here's our list of the top stories in the global electronics industry during 2010.
Best, worst fab tool stocks in '10
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12/29/2010   2 comments
The Motley Fool has listed its best and worst fab tool stocks of 2010.
TowerJazz extends fab lease
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12/29/2010   Post a comment
Specialty foundry vendor TowerJazz has signed an amendment to its existing lease, confirming its right to retain the building that houses its semiconductor manufacturing facility in Newport Beach through March 2027.
Graphics IP startup claims 40 licensees
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12/29/2010   12 comments
Vivante Corp., a supplier of graphics processing unit (GPU) IP cores, has announced that 40 companies have licensed Vivante GPU cores, and multiple customers having integrated Vivante's GPUs into semiconductor products due to launch in 2011.
Foxconn wants to dominate LCD market
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12/29/2010   3 comments
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as Foxconn Technology Group, is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer (CEM). Now, the company wants to dominate another market: LCDs.
Arkados to sell semi business to STMicro
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12/28/2010   3 comments
Arkados has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement to sell its semiconductor business to STMicroelectronics and expects to complete the transaction in the first quarter of 2011.
Santa brought fewer gadgets in 2010
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12/28/2010   17 comments
Holiday spending was down in consumer electronics, a maturing sector increasingly focused on profits, not growth, said one leading analyst
Darpa to fund MEMS R&D
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12/28/2010   12 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is funding a research collaboration between Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering.
5 things to watch for in new cameras during 2011
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12/28/2010   33 comments
Here are five things defined by camera OEMs and chip vendors as the next battleground for the digital still camera market in 2011.
Alcatel-Lucent settles bribery case
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12/28/2010   4 comments
Alcatel-Lucent has concluded its settlements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) following their investigations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
ATIC takes control of GlobalFoundries
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12/28/2010   3 comments
As part of a new and complex transaction, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has reduced its stake in GlobalFoundries Inc. from about 30 percent to 14 percent.
Automotive MEMS hits record high
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12/28/2010   8 comments
Automotive MEMS chip sales surpassed a 2008 peak, reaching a new high in worldwide shipments during 2010.
Nordic shrinks 2.4GHz ANT products
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12/28/2010   Post a comment
Nordic releases miniaturized 2.4GHz products with wafer-level chip-scale packages for space-constrained sports, fitness, and health applications.
Five trends for DRAMs
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12/27/2010   14 comments
What will happen in the DRAM market in 2011? Here are five trends collected from various reports from analyst C.J. Muse of Barclays Capital:
Seven trends for NAND flash
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12/27/2010   10 comments
What will happen in the NAND flash market in 2011? Here are seven trends collected from various reports from analyst C.J. Muse of Barclays Capital:
Anaren radio modules target European apps
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12/27/2010   Post a comment
Anaren integrated radio modules A1101R08A (antenna) and A1101R08C (connectorized) are ETSI-compliant for 865-868MHz. With the new modules, Anaren aims to save time and costs for OEMs marketing a wireless product in Europe.
Cypress fleshes out 65nm SRAM family
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12/27/2010   1 comment
Cypress Semiconductor reports that new devices deliver industry’s fastest QDR SRAM operating speed of 550 MHz while reducing power consumption by 50 percent.
VCO targets fixed wireless and satcom
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12/27/2010   Post a comment
Z-Communications, Inc. has announced model CRO2595A-LF, a RoHS compliant voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) for S-band applications
Rambus, Renesas ink patent deal
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12/27/2010   1 comment
Rambus Inc. has renewed its patent license agreement with Renesas Electronics Corp.
Maxim LNA goes for better GPS receiver performance
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12/27/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest GPS LNAs offer an industry-low 0.65dB noise figure to extend receiver sensitivity and read range.
Key innovators in 2010
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12/27/2010   6 comments
Multicore development, the Droid phone and the acceleration of Tesla's electric car head our list of top innovations in 2010.
Report: TSMC in talks to buy land
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12/27/2010   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is in discussions to buy land and buildings from DRAM maker Powerchip Technology Corp.
Sony to invest $1B in sensors
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12/27/2010   13 comments
Sony Corp. plans to invest approximately 100 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in a newly acquired fab to increase the production capacity for CMOS image sensors.
Report: Samsung, Toshiba ink foundry deal
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12/24/2010   12 comments
In a major surprise, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has gained another foundry customer: Toshiba Corp.
NXP sells off can tuner operation
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12/24/2010   12 comments
NXP Semiconductor NV, a chip company that has been undergoing a strategic overhaul and downsizing, after being loaded with debt by private equity buyers has announced that Nutune, a joint venture, has been sold to affiliates of American Industrial Acquisition Corp.
Toshiba's logic unit goes fab lite
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12/24/2010   6 comments
Toshiba Corp.'s logic IC unit is going fab lite.
ITC won't review Samsung-Spansion finding
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12/23/2010   5 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission said it will not review an October determination that Samsung did not violate flash memory patents held by Spansion.
Advanced Energy forms solar units
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12/23/2010   1 comment
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. has announced the creation of two solar business units within the company effective Jan. 1, 2011.
ATMI gets new chairman
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12/23/2010   Post a comment
ATMI Inc. has announced that Doug Neugold, its chief executive and president, has been elected chairman, effective Jan. 1, 2011.
ITC finds Knowles infringed ADI patents
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12/23/2010   Post a comment
A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge ruled that Knowles Electronics infringes valid claims from a wafer anti-stiction application patent held by Analog Devices.
Micron results: What analysts are saying
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12/23/2010   8 comments
As reported, Micron missed Wall Street's estimates for the quarter. Here's what analyst said about the results.
IBM racetrack memory enters home stretch
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12/23/2010   9 comments
IBM's racetrack memory entered the home stretch to fabricating a prototype solid-state memory chip that can replace both flash memory and hard disk drives.
ITC: China's IP enforcement is still lacking
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12/23/2010   12 comments
Enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) laws remains a ''serious problem'' in China, according to a new and recent report from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
Elmos sells packaging unit
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12/23/2010   Post a comment
Elmos Semiconductor AG is selling the specialty packaging business of its subsidiary, Elmos Advanced Packaging B.V., to an investment company owned by Dutch financial investor Nimbus Hands-On Investors.
Advantest ups bid to buy Verigy
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12/23/2010   2 comments
Japanese ATE giant Advantest Corp. has increased its bid to buy rival Verigy Ltd.
Many-core Plurality to benchmark on EEMBC
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12/23/2010   2 comments
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has announced that Plurality Ltd., a developer of many-core processors, has joined the consortium's Consumer Workgroup.
Micron ramps NAND fab without Intel
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12/22/2010   6 comments
Micron Technology Inc. has begun producing limited NAND wafers at its new 300-mm fab in Singapore, but the company is missing an important piece of the puzzle: Intel Corp.
Roboteq publishes free WiFi Robot Platform Design
Product News  
12/22/2010   2 comments
Roboteq, Inc. has published a WiFi Robot design platform featuring Roboteq’s AX3500 DC Motor Controller and an Intel Atom Processor-based Mini-ITX mainboard. The robot is a battery-operated, 4 wheel-drive unit, built around 1.5 by 2 feet (46cm x 61cm) aluminum frame, with WiFi connectivity and video camera.
Axiomtek's new NA-320FL multi-Gigabit network appliance platform is fanless, noiseless
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12/22/2010   Post a comment
Axiomtek's NA-320FL is a fanless 1U compact network appliance platform with six Gigabit LANs. It supports Intel's low-power Atom processors D510 1.66GHz with Intel ICH8M PCH chipset.
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