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Foundry rankings, Apple iPad lead weekly story ranking
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Hynix: no bidders for stake forces rethink
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Bank shareholders in Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had received no offers for their 28 percent stake in the memory maker by a Friday deadline, according to local reports that cited lead investor Korea Exchange Bank as their source.
Chip makers swing to profitability
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Chip makers including Sandisk, Maxim Integrated Products, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor swung to profit in the calendar fourth quarter of 2009—compared to losses suffered at the height of the downturn in late 2008. But memory technology licensor Rambus posted a wider loss after retroactively recognizing previously withheld royalties in the year-ago period.
Samsung revenue up 19% on strong chip sales
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
South Korean giant Samsung Electronics reported strong sales and profit for the fourth quarter of 2009, citing a 50 percent year-to-year improvement in semiconductor revenue and a seasonal increase in consumer electronics sales.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite
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1/28/2010   6 comments
The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Soaring DRAM prices push Elpida into Q3 profit
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
With the average selling price for PC DRAMs rising 30 percent compared with the previous quarter Elpida's PC DRAM product sales soared in its third financial quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, propeling the company into profit.
LSI, Seagate team up for solid-state storage
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
LSI Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) and Seagate Technology Inc. (Scotts Valley, Calif.) are going to work together on PCI-based solid-state storage for data centers.
Analysis: Why a sustained ASP turnaround could be a mirage
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), has been at the bullish end of the spectrum of market researchers' opinion through most of the last decade. He remains so, but he is convinced that at long last the conditions are coming together to create manufacturing capacity shortages and a boom for chip makers and vendors.
TSMC profits in Q4 on returning demand
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to post a net income of NT$32.67 billion (about $1.02 billion) on consolidated revenue of NT$92.09 billion (about $2.88 billion) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Hynix shares tumble on lack of bidders
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
The stock price of memory chipmaker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. fell 8.9 percent on Tuesday (Jan. 26) to close at 23,600 won (about $20.40). The tumble was prompted by concerns that the consortium of banks that bailed the company out several years ago cannot find a buyer to take over their stakes, according to a Reuters report.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Optical RAM on chip, set to reduce telecoms power
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Researchers from IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and the department of information technology at Ghent University (INTEC) have published a paper on an optical random access memory integrated on a silicon chip with record low power consumption.
Grace, HHNEC begin building joint wafer fab, say reports
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp and Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co. Ltd. (HHNEC) have begun construction of a 300-mm wafer fab at Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai, according to local reports.
NAND: close your supplier deals, or else
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
In this Product Focus, we look at memory, specifically NAND flash and solid-state disks (SSDs).
ITC judge rules for Rambus over Nvidia
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
An administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an internal determination against graphics chip maker Nvidia and others, in a case involving interface technology licensor Rambus, according to Rambus.
Fabless ranking, Apple's iPad, Daizi Zheng lead weekly story ranking
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 17, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 22. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Three-bit-per-cell NAND products entering main stage
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
UBM TechInsights has started analyzing the industry-leading three-bit-per-cell manufacturer SanDisk's 43-nm three-bit-per-cell 32-Gb NAND flash found in the SanDisk memory card and the Intel Micron's 32-nm three-bit-per-cell 32-Gb NAND flash.
Global chip sales stayed firm in December, says analyst
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for December was $22.4 billion compared with $22.6 billion in November and up 28.5 percent from $17.4 billion, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Hynix holding out against Rambus, say reports
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. still sees a gap between its position and that of Rambus Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.), the memory intellectual property licensor that is pursuing it in the law courts, according to reports.
Samsung to pay $900 million in Rambus license deal
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics will pay about $900 million over five years to license technology from Rambus under the terms an agreement that settles all litigation between the two companies.
Superlattices enable small, fast, low-power RRAM
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Superlattices fabricated at the Missouri University of Science and Technology hold promise as the bit cells of resistive random access memories (RRAMs).
Korea recruits Abu Dhabi investor for chip initiatives
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
ATIC of Abu Dhabi, the government investment vehicle behind GlobalFoundries, has agreed to explore with the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association potential collaborations and partnerships in the chip industry.
Mosaid, Samsung settle terms of patent licenses
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) has said it has agreed semiconductor patent license terms with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
AMD jumps into fabless chip company ranking
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Only seven fabless chip companies out of the top 25 managed to grow their revenue in 2009, according to market research company IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.). However, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) jumped into the rankings at number two, courtesy of its divestment of its manufacturing to GlobalFoundries.
Memory to boost market growth, says analyst
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
The flash memory, DRAM and optoelectronics (LEDs) sectors will fare best in 2010 as worldwide semiconductor revenue advances 15 percent to $257 billion, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
Nexus teardown, CES and Intel-FPGA tale, lead weekly story ranking
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 10, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 15. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
PC shipments jumped 22.1% in 4Q09, says Gartner
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide PC shipments surpassed 90 million units in the fourth quarter of 2009, a 22.1 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2008, according to preliminary numbers from Gartner Inc.
Nokia leads Greenpeace electronics ranking
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1/14/2010   1 comment
Environmental lobby organization Greenpeace International (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has kept Nokia at the top of its Greener Electronics Guide as it moved into its fourteenth edition.
TSMC to recruit 3,000 engineers, says report
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) said Thursday (Jan. 14) that it planned to recruit more than 3,000 employees to help it expand manufacturing capacity, according to a Reuters report.
VC investment jumped in November 2009, says GSA
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1/12/2010   Post a comment
Fifteen fabless chip companies and semiconductor suppliers raised $93.5 million in November 2009, according to industry organization the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Google smartphone teardown reveals few surprises
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
Google's Nexus One smartphone carries an estimated bill of materials cost of $174.15 and features chips from Qualcomm, Synaptics and Samsung, among others, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
CES NEWS - JEDEC announces solid state drive application classes
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
At CES, JEDEC Solid State Technology stated upcoming solid state drive standard will define SSD capacity using a near-decimal value like that defined for hard disk drives.
A dozen companies to watch in the IPO landscape
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1/11/2010   1 comment
Initial public offerings of shares (IPOs) in semiconductor companies have been rare over the last few years and that has had an inhibiting effect on venture capital investment in startups.
UMC set to increase capacity, says report
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) is expected to install equipment in Fab 12b, a 300-mm wafer fab at the Southern Taiwan Science Park soon, and take over a similar factory from ProMOS Technologies Corp., according to a local report.
CES, Gphone, quad-core ARM lead weekly story ranking
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 3, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 8. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
TSMC's sales fell 11.2% in 2009
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
December sales at foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. were more than double what they were in the same month in 2008, but annual sales fell by 11.2 percent.
Prepare for 2010 demand surge, says analyst
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Looking forward to 2010 Bill McClean of IC Insights (Scottsdale, Ariz.) observed that both PC and cellphone unit volume shipments are forecast to increase at double-digit rates in 2010 and that this indicates an IC market boom is coming.
China is en route to double its IC production capacity over ten years says SEMI
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
A recent research by SEMI indicates China is committed to narrow the gap between its IC production and consumption, leading to doubling the country's global equipment and materials market in ten years.
November chip sales up 27.5% on a year ago
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
November's global market for semiconductors was $21.63 billion, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the upwardly revised figure for October of $22.19 billion, but exceeded the November 2008 actual sales figure of $16.96 billion by 27.5 percent.
Memory, foundry sectors expected to drive capex
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1/5/2010   Post a comment
Thanks to a resurgence in the memory chip market and increased spending by foundries, semiconductor industry capital spending will reach nearly $33.5 billion this year, up 50 percent from 2009, according to a forecast by a Wall Street analyst.
SIA salutes resumption of chip sales growth
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
Commenting on the three-month average of global chip sales for November, George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, said that year-on-year sales growth had resumed and most markets were showing signs of strength.
November's averaged global chip sales beat expectations
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $22.645 billion in November, ahead of expectations, and up 8.5 percent on the same figure in November 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.


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