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NAND revenue to fall further, iSuppli says
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Worldwide NAND flash memory revenue, which routinely expanded by triple-digit percentages in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will fall by 14 percent in 2008 and decline another 15 percent in 2009, according to a revised forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
Mosaid, Powerchip settle patent litigation
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies said it has settled its patent infringement litigation with Powerchip Semiconductor and signed a patent license agreement with the Taiwanese provider of memory chips and foundry services.
ST swings to loss on Numonyx, NXP JV charges
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reported a third quarter net loss of $289 million, or 32 cents per share, after posting a profit of $187 million during the same period of 2007.
Toshiba launches 43-nm SLC NAND lineup
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10/28/2008   1 comment
Toshiba launched a new line-up of 43-nm single-level cell NAND flash memory products available in densities ranging from 512 Mbits to 64 Gbits.
Ex-Faraday exec named Kilopass CEO
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Non-volatile memory IP provider Kilopass Technology named former Faraday Technology executive Charlie Cheng to the position of CEO, replacing Bernie Aronson, who is retiring.
Apple, Samsung unveil notebooks
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10/14/2008   Post a comment
Electronics heavyweights Apple and Samsung Electronics announced new notebook PC products, some of which will compete head-to-head in the U.S.
Low stock values impede M&A deals, analyst says
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10/13/2008   Post a comment
The depressed stock valuations that are making more firms seem like attractive acquisition targets could also stifle merger and acquisition activity as shareholders and management teams are likely to reject offers viewed as opportunistic, according to an analyst.
iSuppli trims IC outlook, warns conditions may worsen
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli trimmed its 2008 semiconductor industry revenue growth forecast amid signals that the chip market may be feeling the impact of the credit crisis and economic downturn.
Gartner may cut IC outlook, urges calm
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
Market researcher Gartner dropped its IC forecast for 2008 and 2009, projecting that the IC market will grow 4.2 percent in 2008 and 7.8 percent in 2009.
Updated: Micron to cut workforce, production
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
Micron Technology will cut its workforce by about 15 percent and reduce the production of its NAND flash joint venture with Intel as part of a restructuring of semiconductor memory operations, the company said.
Gartner slashes IC capex forecast for '08, '09
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
Gartner is the latest research firm to cut its capital spending forecast for the semiconductor industry, predicting declines of 25.7 percent in 2008 and 12.8 percent in 2009 before a recovering in 2010.
U.S. Supreme Court denies Samsung appeal
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by Samsung Electronics for review of a federal appeals court ruling dismissing claims by Samsung against Rambus.
Under the Hood: Esquire puts e-ink on the cover
10/7/2008   3 comments
For its 75th anniversary edition, Esquire magazine took a bold technology flyer, embedding a pair of E Ink electrophorectic displays in a limited edition of its cover.
Canadian MRAM developer targeting sensor apps
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
MRAM developer Micromem Technologies has established a New York office for its U.S. subsidiary as part of a strategic plan to focus on magnetic sensor opportunities independent of the magnetic RAM market, the company said.
TSMC reportedly settles with IP licensor
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has reached a settlement with UniRAM Technology Inc. over disputed trade secrets, according to reports.
ProMOS cutting production capacity
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10/3/2008   Post a comment
Taiwanese DRAM vendor ProMOS Technologies will shut down a 200-mm fab as planned as part of an initiative to cut overall manufacturing capacity by 10 to 15 percent in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Micron tightens belt after big loss
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10/2/2008   Post a comment
Micron Technology announced some token cost control measures after reporting a $1.6 billion loss for its fiscal year ended Aug. 28, but conceded that it faces ongoing challenges in a memory market plagued by oversupply and price degradation.
Analyst: PC demand slipping broadly
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
PC demand started falling in emerging markets including China in mid-August and has been on the decline globally most of September, adding a major economic headache for the electronics industry to the existing U.S. financial worries, according to one market researcher.

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