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ARM, HP, SK Hynix join Hybrid Memory Cube group
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7/4/2012   4 comments
ARM, Hewlett-Packard and SK Hynix have joined the Hybird Memory Cube Consortium led by Micron and Samsung, a sign of gathering momentum for this proposed application of 3-D memory stacks.
Scientists to push organic solar cell efficiency
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7/4/2012   4 comments
Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have launched a four-year research program that aims to improve the efficiency of organic solar cells to more than 10 percent.
Xilinx to recruit engineers in $50 million Irish expansion
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7/4/2012   3 comments
Xilinx is to invest $50 million in an expansion of its operations at its European headquarters sites in Dublin and Cork, and plans to recruit 60 silicon designers and applications engineers.
Report: TSMC's Chang says no to buying Renesas fab
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7/4/2012   8 comments
Morris Chang, chairman of foundry TSMC, has said his company has no intention of acquiring a wafer fab from struggling Japanese chipmaker Renesas, according to a Focus Taiwan news report.
Chip market still shrinking versus 2011, says SIA
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7/4/2012   1 comment
The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $24.4 billion for the month of May 2012, 3.4 percent lower than in May 2011, but a 1.4 percent increase over the prior month when sales were $24.1 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Packaging takes front and center stage
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7/3/2012   3 comments
Cadence has acquired Sigrity, a developer of high-speed board and packaging software...
Toumaz buys radio chip firm for $50 million
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7/3/2012   10 comments
UK chip company Toumaz has agreed to buy fabless DAB radio chip firm Frontier Silicon for up to Ł32.3 million.
Analysts find May was weak month for chip market
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The global market for chips was worth about $23 billion in May, according to Nomura Equity Research which has disclosed monthly by-sector statistics provided to it by the Semiconductor Industry Association.
ST's new 32-bit ARM Cortex MCUs for affordable digital signal control
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7/2/2012   Post a comment
STM32 F3 series boosts STM32 Cortex-M4 based portfolio to over 70 devices, combining unprecedented analog peripheral integration with DSP and FPU-enhanced core.
Analyst lowers chip market forecast for 2012
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7/2/2012   2 comments
Actual global chip sales for May 2012 are likely to be reported at about 3 percent lower than the same month in 2011, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Infineon leads power chip market ranking, says IMS
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7/2/2012   1 comment
The power semiconductor market grew by 9 percent to just under $18 billion in 2011, with Infineon top of the ranking, according to market analyst IMS Research.
Terahertz emitter harnesses 45-nm CMOS
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7/2/2012   3 comments
Texas Instrument has demonstrated a terahertz-range emitter which could be a step toward creating silicon-based terahertz-range emitters and detectors that could downsize millimeter-wavelength devices for a wide variety of applications beyond airport security including safer medical and dental imaging along with a whole array of industrial and environmental applications aimed at detecting hazardous substances.
Micron confirms Elpida deal, also plans Rexchip purchase
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7/2/2012   9 comments
Memory chip company Micron has confirmed that it has signed a definitive "sponsor agreement" to acquire and support Japan's Elpida for $2.5 billion. Micron said it will also buy a 24 percent share of Taiwanese DRAM fab Rexchip from Powerchip Technology Corp. for approximately $334 million.
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