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UMC's September sales are flat
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10/8/2010   5 comments
Taiwanese foundry United Microelectronics Corp. announced its net sales for September 2010 were approximately NT$10.94 (about $350 million), up 0.5 percent over August 2010 and an increase of 14.8 percent over September 2009.
SEMI wants easier access to European money
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10/8/2010   40 comments
The SEMI industry trade organization has called for a simplification of the rules controlling access to the European Union Framework collaborative research program.
Report: Elpida could buy Taiwan's DRAM makers
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10/8/2010   40 comments
Elpida Memory Inc., the number three DRAM maker behind Samsung and Hynix, is considering buying shares in Taiwanese DRAM makers to bolster its position, according to a Bloomberg report.
Gear vendor K&S warns of softening demand
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10/7/2010   4 comments
The chief executive of Kulicke & Soffa Industries warned of softening industry conditions that would cause his firm to record sales for the December quarter "significantly below" what was previously anticipated.
Synopsys expands into optical design software
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10/7/2010   2 comments
Synopsys acquired Optical Research Associates, a privately held provider of optical design software and engineering services, for an undisclosed cost.
Micron misses estimates, inks Samsung deal
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10/7/2010   44 comments
Micron Technology reported lower-than-expected sales for its most recently concluded quarter and announced a 10-year, $275 million patent cross licensing agreement with rival Samsung Electronics.
4M ports LTE stack to Tensilica, Blue Wonder
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10/7/2010   Post a comment
4M Wireless has completed the port of its PS100 LTE protocol stack to the ConnX Atlas 3GPP LTE reference architecture from Tensilica and the LTE system platform from Blue Wonder Communications.
Report: Samsung predicts profits down in Q3
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10/7/2010   16 comments
Samsung has said that, despite rising sales, its third-quarter operating profit is likely to fall from Q2's record high, according to an Associated Press report.
Exec: Microsemi to support all Actel products
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10/6/2010   27 comments
Microsemi has no intention of killing off any Actel product lines following the anticipated close of the $430 million tender offer the company made for Actel earlier this week, according to a Microsemi executive.
Low-power stereo audio codec delivers high performance
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10/6/2010   53 comments
Aimed at mobile multimedia applications, AKM Semiconductor's AK4953A 24-bit low-power stereo audio codec is offered as featuring the industry’s best performance to power ratio.
ST-Ericsson makes power claim for HSPA+ modem
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10/6/2010   19 comments
ST-Ericsson has launched an HSPA+ two-chip modem, the M5730, capable of transmitting data at speeds of up to 21-Mbps and claimed it has "fifty per cent lower power consumption than competing HSPA+ 21-Mbps modems available on the market."
Intel calls for U.S. manufacturing tax breaks
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10/6/2010   57 comments
Paul Otellini, the president and CEO of Intel, has called for the U.S. government to provide tax concessions for companies that build factories in the United States, according to a Reuters report.
Teardown finds iPad guts inside Apple TV
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10/6/2010   31 comments
Apple's second-generation Apple TV features nearly the same internal design and key components as the company's iPad and iPod Touch products, according to an iSuppli teardown.
Nielsen: Android top smartphone OS in past 6 months
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10/6/2010   5 comments
Google's open-source Android is the most popular operating system among people in the U.S. who bought a smartphone in the past six months, according to data from Nielsen.
Silicon Image unveils first products supporting MHL standard SiI9244 MHL transmitter for power-sensitive mobile devices; the SiI9381A HDTV port processor for both HDMI and MHL connectivity; and the SiI9292 MHL-to-HDMI low-power bridge
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10/5/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Image has rolled out its first products that include support for the new MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) standard to deliver enhanced HD video connectivity between mobile devices and HDTVs for consumers.
eASIC Nextreme
Product News  
10/5/2010   1 comment
eASIC's NEW ASICs offer ASIC-like performance, power, and low unit-cost combined with an FPGA-like design flow and rapid delivery of devices.
Elpida cuts FY estimates, capex says report
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10/5/2010   1 comment
Memory chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. is cutting capital expenditure plans as a slow growing memory market means it will miss previous earnings projections, according to a Bloomberg report which cited company president Yukio Sakamoto as its source.
Graphene research wins Nobel prize for physics
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10/5/2010   31 comments
Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, two researchers who began their academic careers in Russia, have been awarded the 2010 Nobel prize for physics "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene."
TSMC agrees to help with soft IP cores
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10/5/2010   20 comments
TSMC has said it is working with a number of EDA and IP suppliers to create a 'soft' intellectual property cores collaboration program.
August's 'actual' chip sales were below par
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10/5/2010   23 comments
August's sequential rise in 'actual' global chips sales was less than the average rise over the previous decade
Toshiba’s glasses-free 3-D panel: Worth the wait?
News & Analysis  
10/4/2010   24 comments
Toshiba demonstrated a 3-D TV panel that doesn't require the viewer to wear glasses. We take a closer look.
Intersil TW3801 TW3811 ISL59601
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10/4/2010   17 comments
Intersil rolls new video solutions, the TW3801 camera modem PHY, the TW3811 receiver modem PHY and the ISL59601 equalizer.
CPU technologist sues patent pool firms
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10/4/2010   32 comments
Microprocessor technologist Charles H. Moore (Chuck Moore) has announced he has filed a law suit against patent licensing firms Technology Properties Ltd. LLC (The TPL Group) and Alliacense LLC alleging fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.
Carnegie raises chip market growth forecast
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10/4/2010   14 comments
After the August three-month average of global semiconductor sales came in ahead of his expectation Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for the 2010 annual chip market.
Microsemi CEO would kill some Actel products
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10/4/2010   15 comments
Microsemi wants Actel for synergies in several markets, but the firm also plans to discontinue some Actel product lines, said CEO James Peterson.
Global chip sales rise in August, says ESIA
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10/3/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for August was $25.69 billion, up 1.8 percent compared with the previous month and up 32.6 percent compared with the same month a year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Microsoft sues Motorola over smartphone patents
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10/1/2010   39 comments
Microsoft said it filed patent infringement actions against Motorola, alleging violation of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola's Android-based smartphones.
Open-source multicore processor project begins
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10/1/2010   53 comments
ORSoC AB, a Swedish design house that took over responsibility for maintaining the OpenCores website in 2007, has announced that work has begun on OpenRISC 2000 (OR2K), an upgrade to the open-source OpenRISC 1000 32-bit processor.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions' 38 GHz surface mount technology (SMT) packaged GaAs MMIC chipset
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10/1/2010   Post a comment
M/A-COM Tech has developed for the point-to-point radio market a 38 GHz surface mount technology packaged GaAs MMIC chipset that includes an integrated up converter and receiver, driver and power amplifiers, a VCO and a multiplier.
Get on board: 20-nm MPW run for SOI scheduled
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10/1/2010   Post a comment
Research institutes CEA-Leti and Circuits Multi Projets, both based in Grenoble, France, have announced that a 20-nanometer fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) process will be used on a 300-mm multiproject wafer scheduled to go in September 2011.
Atmel closes sale of smartcard business
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10/1/2010   17 comments
Atmel Corp. has said it has completed the previously announced sale of its Smart Card (SMS) business based in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, Scotland, to Inside Contactless SA.
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