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Samsung is mass producing 4-Gbit DDR3 DRAM
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2/24/2010   3 comments
Memory chip vendor Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has announced it has begun mass production of a 4-Gbit DDR3 devices using 40-nm process technology.
Kumar Sivarajan named tech visionary; Verismo's internet TV device named best product by ISA
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2/24/2010   1 comment
ISA names Kumar Sivarajan tech visionary, lists electronic products award winners
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Junctionless transistor is ready for 20-nm node, says researcher
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2/23/2010   3 comments
Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland), co-author of the paper Nanowire transistors without junctions, has said that junctionless transistors could be implemented commercially at around the 20-nm manufacturing node.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
A mid-year slump in the western economy is likely to inhibit consumer electronics spending and hold annual semiconductor revenue growth back at 11.2 percent in 2010, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
X-FAB opens UK branch office
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Following the recent sale of its Plymouth silicon fabrication facility to Plessey Semiconductors, X-FAB has established a UK office supporting research and development, customer hotline support and sales
Infineon files DRAM complaint against Elpida
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has announced it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Elpida Memory Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) seeking to stop Elpida from importing and selling certain DRAMs in the United States.
55 nanometer embedded flash process for automotive microcontrollers
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics announced its 55 nanometer embedded flash (eFlash) process technology, which will be implemented in the company's next-generation automotive microcontroller chips
Junctionless transistor could simplify chip making, say researchers
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
In a move that could revolutionize nanoelectronics manufacturing and the semiconductor industry, scientists at the Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland) have designed and fabricated what they claim is the world's first junctionless transistor.
Teardown: Inside the art of pulse oximetry
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2/19/2010   3 comments
Few areas have the ability to turn the cold science of metrology into pure art as quickly as medical diagnostics, and few systems embody the essence of this art as the Radical-7 Signal Extraction Pulse-CO Oximeter from Masimo. We go deep inside to uncover some of the secrets and design choices, that transform a box of ICs into a cutting-edge, life-saving system.
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
DRAM revenue to grow 40% in 2010, says iSuppli
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
After three straight years of declines, the DRAM business is set to grow 40 percent in 2010, reaching $31.9 billion, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Qimonda R&D equipment up for auction
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
Approximately 650 lots of automatic test equipment, assembly and packaging and test and measurement instruments formerly used by Qimonda at a site in Munich, Germany, for DRAM R&D are due to go under the hammer on Wednesday Feb. 24.
Grace: Setting course in a consolidating foundry market
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
Grace Semiconductor of China has been a rather low-profile company in the past. Nevertheless, the foundry service provider makes most of its profits in Western geographies, mostly in Europe and the U.S.
ISSCC, A4 processor, Micron lead weekly story ranking
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 12. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Intel's Gargini pushes III-V-on-silicon as 2015 transistor option
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
A presentation prepared by Paolo Gargini, Intel's director of technology strategy, to give to the Industry Strategy Symposium Europe, held in Dublin, Ireland, earlier this week, stressed Intel's progress in adding compound semiconductor layers to silicon as a means of continuing scaling and reducing power consumption.
UMC sees January sales drop 9% sequentially
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second largest foundry, had January sales of NT$8,600 million (about $268 million), a decrease of 9.25 percent from the December 2009 sales figure of NT$9,292 million (about $290 million).
What did you see @ ISSCC? Join the Conversation
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2/11/2010   5 comments
What did you think was surprising or significant at this year's ISSCC? We invite you to chime in whether you were in San Francisco or just browsed stories from the conference online.
Intel, Renesas, Toshiba show mobile media chips
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2/10/2010   1 comment
Toshiba described Wednesday (Feb 10) a novel mobile media processor it is now sampling using stacked custom DRAM, one of a handful of such devices discussed at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
TSMC sees sales drop in January
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its January sales on an unconsolidated basis, were approximately NT$29.16 billion (about $908 million) a decrease of 4.3 percent from December 2009 and an increase of 134.4 percent over January 2009.
Toshiba mulls $8.9 billion NAND flash fab
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Toshiba is planning to build an 800 billion yen (about $8.9 billion) wafer fab to increase its manufacturing capacity in NAND flash memories, according to a number of reports that cited the Nikkei business daily as their source.
SMIC expected to announce capital injection
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) is expected to announce a capital injection from Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Holdings Co. Ltd., an existing investor, at a quarterly investor conference call on Wednesday (Feb. 9).
Hynix, Samsung push NAND flash below 30-nm
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Competition is hotting up in NAND flash memory as South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has claimed it has used a 26-nm manufacturing process technology to produce a device with a capacity of 64-Gbits, according to reports. And local rival Samsung has said it is aiming to have a 27-nm NAND flash memory in production in the second quarter of 2010, according to another report.
Rambus unveils its Mobile XDR memory architecture for mobile products
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2/9/2010   1 comment
Rambus announced its Mobile XDR memory architecture for next-generation mobile products, combining high-bandwidth and low-power
IMS: Electric cars propel IC demand
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
A new report from IMS Research forecasts that demand for electric vehicles will grow steadily throughout the decade.
ISSCC: Intel has edge over AMD, for now
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2/8/2010   5 comments
Intel Corp. has a significant, if temporary, edge over archrival Advanced Micro Devices based on news and papers emerging here Monday at the International Solid State Circuits Conference where Intel launched a 32nm six core server processor and described an existing x86/graphics chip.
Micron, Nanya announce 42-nm DRAM process
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. and Nanya Technology Corp. have unveiled a 42-nm DRAM process technology with copper metallization that has been used to produce a 2-Gbit DDR3 memory.
Number indicted in chip-spying case rises to 18, says report
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
The number of people facing charges related to the passing of process technology secrets from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has risen to 18 according to a Sapa-AP report.
An analyst's 10 reasons to be cheerful
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Bill McClean, analyst with IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has provided ten reasons that support the idea that 2010 could be between a good and a great year for the semiconductor industry.
Intel flash, Apple departures, ARM roadmap lead weekly story ranking
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 31, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
GlobalFoundries wants 30% of foundry market, says report
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) the foundry chip maker backed by Abu Dhabi, has said it wants to take 30 percent of the foundry market within three years, according to a Bloomberg report that cited the CEO of its lead investor as its source.
DRAM leads top ten IC growth sectors for 2010, says analyst
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
All but four of about 28 IC product categories will grow in 2010 resulting in an overall IC market growth of 15 percent, according to a forecast from market research firm IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Updated: Applied execs arrested for leaking Samung process details to Hynix
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Prosecutors in Seoul, South Korea, have arrested two executives from U.S. semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials alleging they stole Samsung process technology details and passed them on to Hynix, according to local reports.
Updated: Applied execs arrested for leaking Samung process details to Hynix
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Prosecutors in Seoul, South Korea, have arrested two executives from U.S. semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials alleging they stole Samsung process technology details and passed them on to Hynix, according to local reports.
Karnataka announces India's first state semiconductor policy
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2/3/2010   1 comment
The Karnataka semiconductor policy is focusing on chip design start-ups and new embedded software firms, and on setting up ATMP facilities in the state.
MoSys tips memory chips in new silicon drive
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
MoSys Inc. said it will make memory chips using a novel high-speed interface for a broad range of networking and storage markets as the first of a planned family of standard parts for the company that is expanding beyond its roots as a supplier of silicon cores.
Report: India needs a wafer fab, says summit keynoter
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
The Indian government should help private enterprise invest in a semiconductor wafer fab, according to an EE Herald report that references Madhavan Nair, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization.
Comment: Will 2010 see SSD technology topping out?
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2/2/2010   1 comment
Reliability and performance limitations of NAND flash-based SSDs in demanding enterprise applications will be addressed in 2010 by phase-change memory, according to Ed Doller, CTO of Numonyx.
Samsung, Toshiba retain lead in Q4 NAND ranking
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
The six companies fighting for NAND flash memory market share retained their positions in the fourth quarter of 2009. Samsung and Toshiba led with market shares of 38.6 percent and 3.7 percent respectively, according market research company DRAMexchange.
Full-year chip sales fell 9% in 2009, says SIA
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2/1/2010   1 comment
Global semiconductor sales were $226.3 billion in 2009, a decline of 9 percent from 2008 when sales were $248.6 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The full-year decline was as had been expected in the last month but much less than had been predicted in the first months of 2009.
PC, phone demand strong in 2010, says SIA's Scalise
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
Units sales of PCs and cellphones will grow in the low-to-mid teens of percent in 2010, providing a "solid platform for chip sales," according to George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association.


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