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Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Micron posts wider loss, cuts capex
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Memory supplier Micron Technology reported a net loss of $706 million, or 91 cents per share, on revenue of $1.4 billion for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2009, which closed Dec. 4.
DRAM spot prices rebounding, firm says
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Spot prices for DRAM chips are on the rebound thanks to production cuts by several vendors, and the spot price for 1-Gbit DDR 2 667-Mhz parts may reach $1 again in the first quarter of 2009, according to DRAMeXchange, a DRAM clearing house.
Updated: Memory spot prices stage rally
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Spot prices for memory parts showed some increases for the week ending Dec. 19 on news of DRAM production cutbacks and better-than-expected holiday sales of NAND flash products, according to market research firm Gartner.
ITC to investigate Spansion complaint against Samsung, others
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint by flash memory specialist Spansion against certain flash memory chips made by South Korean giant Samsung Electronics and products based on those chips marketed by some of the biggest names in electronics.
SST cuts guidance, 120 jobs
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
Citing weakening demand caused by the global economic slowdown, flash memory specialist Silicon Storage Technology cut guidance for the fourth quarter and said it would cut its workforce by about 17 percent, or roughly 120 jobs.
Group backs aid for Taiwan DRAM makers
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
A U.S.-based group that lobbies on behalf of Taiwan is backing a proposed government bailout of Taiwan's ailing DRAM industry.
Viewpoint: Data centers look to cash in on SSDs
12/15/2008   2 comments
The current financial mess poses a dilemma for CIOs and IT managers. Solid-state drives for server storage may help.
SanDisk reportedly cutting jobs, capex
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Sandisk plans to cut its headcount by more than 10 percent this quarter and will cut capital spending in 2009, according to a blog posting on Barons.com.
Spansion plans two-week Austin fab shutdown
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Flash memory specialist Spansion plans to close its fab in Austin, Texas, for two weeks during the fourth quarter in anticipation of a weak holiday season and deteriorating macroeconomics.
Can DDR3 save the DRAM industry?
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12/9/2008   1 comment
Samsung Electronics believes that DDR3 will become the mainstream DRAM chips in 2009. But will the move to the next generation of commodity memory parts save the industry from a crushing downturn?
Chip reverse engineering firms merge
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
United Business Media Ltd., the publisher of EE Times, has acquired for at least $8 million Sanguine Microelectronics, a semiconductor reverse engineering company based in Shanghai that UBM will merge into its existing Semiconductor Insights group in Ottawa.
Rankings: A peak inside China's chip industry
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12/5/2008   Post a comment
A recent report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers provides a rare glimpse inside China's semiconductor industry, offering a ranking of 29 indigenous Chinese chip firms with 2007 revenue greater than $30 million, according to the firm.
ITC to investigate Rambus complaint against Nvidia
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12/5/2008   Post a comment
Memory technology licensor Rambus said the U.S. International Trade Commision has opened an investigation into possible infringement of the company's patents by graphics chip vendor Nvidia and other companies whose products incorporate the accused Nvidia products.
Update: Intel, Hitachi partner in flash drives
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12/2/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies will partner in developing a line of solid state disk drives for PC servers and workstations using the Serial Attached SCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces, with products coming in early 2010.
Top 20 chip suppliers: iSuppli's preliminary rankings
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12/1/2008   Post a comment
Six of the top 10 semiconductor companies are expected to suffer revenue declines in 2008, with the broader industry hamstrung by a "disastrous" year for the memory chip segment, according to market research firm iSuppli's preliminary rankings of the top 20 chip suppliers for the year.

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