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Spansion plans to emerge from bankruptcy in Q1
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12/31/2009   Post a comment
NOR flash vendor Spansion said it plans to emerge from bankruptcy early in 2010 after posting a GAAP net income of $1.5 million for the quarter ended Sept. 27, despite declining sales.
South Korea closes NAND antitrust probe
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has closed a three-year investigation of NAND flash memory chip makers, saying it found no evidence that they were engaged in international price fixing, according to reports.
ITC issues final determination against Tessera
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a final determination that Tessera Technologies failed to prove that its patents were infringed by some DRAM manufacturers and sellers, including Elpida Memory, Nanya Technology, Powerchip Semiconductor and ProMOS Technologies.
The 10 most popular stories of 2009
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top ten stories for 2009 as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Tuesday, Dec. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
PC shipments to climb 13% in 2010, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
In 2010 PC shipments year-on-year growth will be 13 percent, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
Taiwan set to outspend Samsung on DRAM capex, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Inotera Memories Inc. will triple its capital expenditure in 2010 to $1,385 billion as part of an effort by Taiwan DRAM manufacturers that will, in aggregate, eclipse the spending of market leader Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
DRAM capex set to rise 80% in 2010, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Capital expenditure by DRAM makers will increase by 80 percent year-on-year to $7.85 billion in 2010, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company. The company estimated the DRAM makers will spend $4.30 billion in 2009.
Hynix confirms 2010 capex increase
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12/24/2009   Post a comment
South Korean memory chip vendor Hynix Semiconductor has confirmed that it will increase its planned capital expenditure for 2010 to 2.3 trillion won (about $1.95 billion), according to reports, which cite a filing made by Hynix with the South Korea Stock Exchange.
Global sales were strong in November, says analyst
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in November were strong according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The average of September, October and November chip sales is expected to be reported as $22.5 billion versus $21.7 billion for the equivalent figure in October.
Nano vacuum tubes could make better batteries, or memories
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12/23/2009   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, reckon the vacuum tube could be basis of a high energy density battery, or a non-volatile memory. In theory arrays of nanometer-scale vacuum tubes should be able to achieve three times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.
Micron logs first profit in three years
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology swung to profit in the quarter ended Dec. 3, topping Wall Street's expectations with sales of $1.74 billion.
Automotive chip market to grow 13.5% in 2010, says Gartner
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
The automotive semiconductor market is expected to decline by 26.5 percent in 2009 to $14.58 billion, after declining nearly 5 percent in 2008 to $19.53 billion, according to a fourth quarter update from market research firm Gartner.
Making the shift from floating-gate to phase-change in non-volatile memory
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
While continued research on floating gate techniques should extend non-volatile flash technology capability through the end of this decade, new memory storage mechanisms and materials based on phase-change show promise through the end of the next decade.
Seven things to fix in 2010. Join the conversation
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12/21/2009   17 comments
The editors of EE Times came up with their own informal list of things we hope engineers fix in 2010, spanning everything from nano-lithography to space travel. What do you want to see get done next year?
Winning, losing sectors in equipment markets through 2013
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
The compound annual growth rates for the various market sectors quoted by IC Insights for the period 2008 to 2013 are generally low as they factor in a fall in the market for electronic equipment in 2009.
Intel at 32-nm, $99 netbook, debt-free Freescale lead weekly story ranking
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 13, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 18. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
ATIC completes acquisition of Chartered
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. has announced that its acquisition by Advanced Technology Investment Company LLC (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi has become effective Friday (Dec. 18).
Study: Indian companies not using innovation to reposition themselves
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
A study of R & D in ICT has found that Indian companies are not using innovation to position themselves higher in the value chain. They also innovate mostly with clients and customers and are mostly short-term oriented in this too.
Altos unveils statistical memory characterization tool
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Library characterization startup Altos Design Automation Inc. has introduced Variety MX that it claims is a fast and accurate statistical timing model generator for embedded memories.
Samsung replaces CEO, gives units more autonomy
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics announced a major restructuring for the second time in 11 months, appointing a new CEO and giving its business units greater autonomy.
Rambus buys lighting, optoelectronics patents
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12/14/2009   Post a comment
Memory technology licensor Rambus will pay $26 million to acquire a portfolio of advanced lighting and optoelectronics patents from Global Lighting Technologies, the company said.
No compromise: NXP's MCU strategy is ARM, says exec
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
A gasp of surprise was raised at the ARM European Technical Conference when an NXP executive described, with an almost religious fervor, the six-year relationship between his chip company and the processor intellectual property licensor.
Ten hot apps, winners, losers lead weekly story ranking
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Dec. 6, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Dec. 11. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Numonyx could add refresh to PCM to beat the heat
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
Nonvolatile memory supplier Numonyx BV (Rolle, Switzerland) could add a refresh cycle to its chalcogenide phase-change memory to allow it to work at elevated temperatures.
Hynix to double capex in 2010, says report
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. plans to spend about 2.3 trillion won (about $2 billion) on chip production in 2010, more than doubling its capex in 2009, according to a local report.
TCAM from Renesas supports up to 360 million searches per second
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12/11/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology announced a ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) family designed for multi-layer packet processing in networking equipment such as routers and switches to support 40G and beyond data transfers.
U.K. appoints managers for $500 million national VC fund
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The U.K. government has appointed Hermes Private Equity and the European Investment Fund as managers for the UK Innovation Investment Fund.
U.K. launches national plastic electronics initiative
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
The U.K. government has launched a national strategy for plastic electronics and alongside it the government-backed Technology Strategy Board has announced an £8 million (about $13 million) investment in plastic electronics technologies.
Fusion-io wins NAND storage design-in with IBM
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12/10/2009   Post a comment
Fusion-io Inc. (Salt Lake City, Utah), a vendor of high bandwidth solid-state drives based on NAND flash memory, has said that its ioMemory technology will be used in IBM's family of System X servers.
MLC is not priority for phase-change memory, says Numonyx
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Nonvolatile memory supplier Numonyx BV (Rolle, Switzerland) is working on adding multilevel cell (MLC) capability to its phase-change memory technology but the work is not a priority, according to Paolo Cappelletti, vice president of technology development at Numonyx.
Counterpoint: Samsung's foundry challenge will succeed
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12/9/2009   Post a comment
Samsung wants to rival $10 billion Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. at the foundry game? Is Samsung serious? And should others take them seriously? Here's the case in favor of saying yes and yes.
Day of the Indian engineer
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12/9/2009   17 comments
Indian engineers can have their day under the sun soon blessed as they are with advantages such as low average age, desirous of staying current on news and continuing technical education and are not blinkered by age-old methods, according to a senior Mentor Graphics executive.
Numonyx 1-Gbit phase-change memory set to sample in Q1
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
Nonvolatile memory supplier Numonyx BV (Rolle, Switzerland) is on course to provide customers with samples of its 1-Gbit phase-change random access memory (PCRAM) in the first quarter of 2010 and get into volume production later in the same year.
Seagate jumps into crowded flash drive market
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
The world's biggest hard disk drive maker is jumping into the crowded market for solid-state drives as Seagate Technology is shipping Pulsar a 200 GByte, 2.5-inch flash drive aimed at servers.
Semiconductor startup funding fell in 2009, says Gartner
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor startups have attracted more than $750 million in 2008 and the first ten months of 2009 but whereas about $590 million was raised in 2008, less than $200 million was raised in the first ten months of 2009, according to Gartner analysts.
UMC's November sales rise 52% year-on-year
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for November that are 52 percent higher than they were in the same month a year before.
Third-party IP and design partner network links to X-FAB processes
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12/8/2009   Post a comment
X-FAB Silicon Foundries announced strategic and technical customer support services to speed up time-to-market and optimize supply chain organization.
Dolphin Integration readies high-yield circuit design methodology
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12/7/2009   Post a comment
EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA said it has defined a design methodology that is said to assess the design yield for any memory generator.
Salary survey, Analog Devices lead weekly story ranking
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12/5/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 29, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Saturday, Dec. 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
October 'actual' chip sales up 14% on a year ago
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12/4/2009   Post a comment
October's global market for semiconductors was $22.05 billion, up 13.8 percent on the $19.38 billion sales recorded in October 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
Samsung plans to rival TSMC in foundry, says report
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12/4/2009   4 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to double its production of chips for others, so called foundry production, every year until it rivals market leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., according to a Chosun Ilbo report that referenced an un-named company spokesman as its source.
Panelists question fabless model viability
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12/4/2009   Post a comment
Is fabless still fabulous? In a panel session at the IP-ESC 2009 Conference this week in Grenoble, France, panelists discussed the evolution of semiconductor business models and confronted views on whether the fabless model is dead or alive and kicking.
ST reorganizes regional structure
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12/3/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) has announced changes in its global sales and marketing organization, consolidating ST's regions in Asia to two: Greater China & South Asia, Japan & Korea, with effect from Jan. 1, 2010.
Inphi suit without merit, says Netlist
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12/2/2009   Post a comment
Memory subsystem vendor Netlist responded to a patent infringement suit filed by rival Inphi, saying the suit is "without merit and will fail in court."
ISSCC preview: Non-volatile memory goes commercial
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12/2/2009   Post a comment
Non-volatile memory technologies promise to break important ground at the International Solid State Circuits Conference, due to be held in San Francisco in February as the technologies move closer to market.
Samsung plans a $6 billion capex for 2010, says report
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12/2/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is planning to spend around 7 trillion won (about $6 billion) on expanding its semiconductor business in 2010, according to a Korea Herald report that cited an un-named source.
Analyst raises forecast on soaring October chip sales
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12/1/2009   Post a comment
Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for the 2009 chip market, for the second month in a row. Carnegie asserts the market will still be down but the shrink will be less than Carnegie previously predicted.
October chip sales grew fastest in Europe
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12/1/2009   Post a comment
The European and Americas regions grew fastest according to the October three-month average chip sales released by the Semiconductor Industry Association on Monday (Nov. 30), when compared with the previous month.
Samsung ramps production of 30-nm NAND memory
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12/1/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun volume production of 3-bit, multi-level-cell NAND flash chips using a 30-nm manufacturing process technology.
Inphi sues Netlist for patent infringement
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12/1/2009   Post a comment
Firing back at a competitor, analog IC vendor Inphi said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Netlist in U.S. District Court.


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