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Do we still have the patience and stamina for deep-space missions?
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7/31/2010   15 comments
The challenges of these amazing, incredibly distant missions has obstacles beyond the obvious technical ones
Actel posts profit, names chairman
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Actel reported second quarter growth on both a sequential and year-to-year basis and named a new chairman.
Cut down a tree with a herring?
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7/30/2010   4 comments
The Ethernet community needs to expand its perspective and look at other application spaces.
Memory firms, foundries move up in semi rankings
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7/30/2010   12 comments
Memory chip vendors and silicon foundries were the best performers in the first half of the year, with most moving up at least one spot in on the top 20 semiconductor firm rankings.
GT Solar buys firm
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7/30/2010   1 comment
GT Solar International Inc., a provider of photovoltaic manufacturing services for the solar industry, has acquired privately-held Crystal Systems Inc.
Renesas moves to fab-lite strategy
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7/30/2010   8 comments
Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. has outlined its restructuring efforts in an effort to become profitable.
Q2 results: What analysts are saying
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7/30/2010   2 comments
It's earnings season and a plethora of IC companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players.
Analyst: Maxim readies parts at Powerchip's 300-mm fab
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Analog chip maker Maxim has formed a 300-mm foundry alliance with Taiwan's Powerchip, according to an analyst.
SiGe Semi files for IPO
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
RF chip maker SiGe Semiconductor Inc. has filed for an initial public offering of shares of its common stock on NASDAQ under the symbol ''SIGE.''
IBM crafts silicon optical amplifier
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7/30/2010   5 comments
IBM has demonstrated a silicon-based, all-optical amplifier for mid-infrared wavelengths used in applications like heat sensors and medical imaging.
Samsung posts record profit on strong chip sales
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7/30/2010   2 comments
Samsung Electronics reported a record operating profit for the second quarter, with strong semiconductor and LCD sales setting the pace.
Intel wins ruling in class action suit
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7/29/2010   2 comments
A judge reviewing an antitrust case against Intel brought by computer users recommended rejecting the plaintiffs' request for class action status, Intel said.
KLA, Varian beat forecast; MEMC misses
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Fab tool and materials suppliers posted mixed results for the quarter.
VLSI ups IC forecast, but CEOs remain cautious
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
VLSI Research Inc. has raised its IC forecast, but the research firm sees more product shortages and a possible DRAM glut looming on the horizon.
MRAM maker settles with WD
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
MagSil Corp. is developing MRAM technology, based on some patents from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Focus spins off chip unit
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Focus Enhancements Inc. has spun off its semiconductor division under the name Summit Semiconductor LLC.
Optimizing real-time performance and efficiency through intelligent motor control
Design How-To  
7/29/2010   8 comments
How smart is your motor? Two engineers from Texas Instruments explain how you can improve a motor's performance through more intelligent motor types and controls.
15 unknowns for electronics companies
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7/29/2010   15 comments
Electronics sales are surging, further lifting profit margins and boosting cash piles. Still, unease continues. We identify 15 unanswered questions for vendors.
TSMC forecast indicates chip cycle nearing its peak
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7/29/2010   2 comments
TSMC's Q2 financial results show that the wild swings of the last two years are over along with signs that the chip market cycle is nearing its peak.
TSMC sees Q2 sales climb, modest growth in Q3
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported net income of $960 million on revenues of $2.51 billion during the second quarter.
LSI blames customer inventory adjustments for Q2 miss
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
LSI blamed isolated customer inventory adjustments for modest second quarter revenue growth that resulted in the company coming up short of analysts' expectations for sales.
More fab tool vendors top expectations
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
More semiconductor manufacturing equipment vendors posted strong quarterly results, with Lam Research, Teradyne and Axcelis Technologies all putting up numbers that exceeded analysts' expectations.
ASMI buys Siemens' SMT business
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7/29/2010   1 comment
Germany's Siemens AG will sell its assembly systems business--Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (SEAS)--to ASM Pacific Technology.
Acquisition-related tax benefit boosts Cadence
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems again reported quarterly results that topped analyst expectations, with management reporting that business improved across all regions of the globe.
Memcon: ASML, vendors to blame for shortages
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
There are supply constraints, extended lead times and firm product prices in this memory cycle. So who’s to blame for the problem?
Report: Renesas plans massive layoffs
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7/28/2010   3 comments
Amid plans to embrace foundries, Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. reportedly plans to cut nearly 10 percent of its workforce, or about 5,000 jobs, by year's end.
Memory interface group claims to be back on track
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7/28/2010   2 comments
After a false start to forge a new mobile DRAM interface technology, a consortium has regrouped and re-defined its specification.
ADI - Xilinx collaboration streamlines base station design
Product News  
7/28/2010   2 comments
Analog Devices Inc. has collaborated with Xilinx Inc to introduce a radio architecture development platform that helps multi-carrier cellular base station manufacturers reduce engineering resources and improve time to market.
Musings about Tabula and other FPGA startups
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7/28/2010   6 comments
It has been a bad few weeks for FPGA startups. Tier Logic and Abound Logic (M2000) closed the doors, both apparently unable to get funding to continue. After some prodding from several high tech journalists, some bloggers, and a slew of calls from investor/wall street types, I started looking into the Tabula FPGA technology.
Infineon increases sales, profits, outlook, capex
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7/28/2010   3 comments
German chip vendor Infineon beat analysts' expectations with revenues of about $1.57 billion in its fiscal third quarter.
Analyst: Chip market on track for record increase
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7/28/2010   3 comments
The semiconductor market is poised to break the industry record for annual growth by surging $72 billion from 2009, says an analyst.
FormFactor posts another loss
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Probe card maker FormFactor reported strong gains in second quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations, but the company notched another loss in the wake of management changes and layoffs.
Debate rages over future of U.S. fabs
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7/27/2010   17 comments
The debate continues over the demise of chip manufacturing—and the lack of solar fabs-in the United States.
Broadcom beats analyst views on record sales
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7/27/2010   2 comments
Broadcom is the latest chip vendor to surprise analysts with higher-than-expected quarterly sales, reporting record revenue of $1.6 billion for the second quarter.
Intel demos 50-Gbit/s silicon optics
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7/27/2010   10 comments
Intel has demonstrated a 50-gigabit per second optical connection using its silicon manufacturing processes.
Solar firm names chip exec as CEO
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Solyndra, a manufacturer of cylindrical solar photovoltaic systems for commercial rooftops, named Brian Harrison as president and CEO.
Analysts cut estimates for Nvidia
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7/27/2010   1 comment
Legal issues are not the problem for Nvidia, but rather the company is seeing lackluster performance for its chips.
Graphene beats silicon nitride
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
University of Pennsylvania researchers claim that their new carbon-based platform outperforms previous silicon-based systems.
ARM reports sales, profits up in Q2
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7/27/2010   3 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc reported increased sales and profits in its second quarter. The company said it would increase its dividend by 20 percent and observed that it had increased market share in all target markets.
Researchers say carbon-based platform beats silicon for detection
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7/26/2010   2 comments
Carbon-based platforms outperform existing silicon-nitride based systems, according to a University of Pennsylvania team that is working on a system which automates DNA sequencing.
CMP foundry polishes strategy
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
The recent downturn took a toll on chip and equipment makers.
Motorola stages handset comeback
News & Analysis  
7/26/2010   9 comments
A handset player is making waves. And it's not Apple, Google, HTC, Nokia, RIM or Samsung.
CEOs: Still room for fab tool startups
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Some equipment segments are nearly turning into quasi-monopolies, leaving fab tool buyers with fewer choices.
ESC panel: Indian design climbs the value chain
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7/26/2010   6 comments
Panelists at ESC Bangalore 2010 saw signs that Indian design firms are preparing to move up the value chain.
TV chip market to rise 30% in 2010, says iSuppli
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7/26/2010   3 comments
The market for chips for inclusion in TVs is set to rise to $12.1 billion in 2010, up 30 percent from $9.3 billion achieved in 2009, according to analysis company iSupply Corp.
Infineon rolls wireless control receivers for automotive, consumer apps
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG announced it has introduced wireless control receivers that offer enhanced sensitivity, lower power consumption and flexible multi protocol support.
NXP prices IPO to raise $700 million
News & Analysis  
7/23/2010   2 comments
In a reduction of the expected billion-dollar initial public offering NXP has priced its IPO offering of 34 million shares at between $18 and $21 each, to raise between $612 million and $714 million.
Freescale execs on debts, profit goals, supply constraints
News & Analysis  
7/23/2010   11 comments
Freescale Semiconductor said supply constraints will persist at least through early 2011, but sales and margins are improving.
Microsoft-ARM deal is a game-changer
News & Analysis  
7/23/2010   8 comments
Microsoft's move to take an architectural license from ARM means ARM support for Microsoft in consumer applications and Microsoft support for ARM in PCs is looking not only likely, but strategic for both companies.
Microsoft takes ARM architectural license
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7/23/2010   6 comments
Microsoft has signed an architectural license agreement with ARM Holdings plc, giving the software giant access to the ARM processor architecture and the freedom to design its own 'ARM' chips.
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