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Hynix CEO sees chance to reduce debts
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
Kwon Oh-chul, the incoming CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Icheon, Korea), is looking forward to a good year in terms of sales and profits and that this will let Hynix reduce its debts and for banks to offload more of their stake in the company.
Intel-Micron JV hiring for delayed Singapore fab
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
In another signal that a delayed 300-mm fab in Singapore is moving closer to ramp up, IM Flash Technologies--the NAND flash joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology--is advertising dozens of jobs openings in the island city-state.
Report: Third Chinese Foxconn employee falls to death
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3/30/2010   1 comment
An employee of contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn fell to his death Monday (March 29) in Shenzhen China, according to a Xinhua report that cited the company and police as sources.
Still Rambus, but less rambunctious
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3/29/2010   3 comments
Rambus is seeking to cast a kinder and gentler light on the company's feisty reputation. Heretofore, Rambus has been largely known as a litigious memory technology company. Rambus now wants to be viewed as more conciliatory, as it diversifies its IP portfolio far beyond memories.
Tough 2009 creates winners, losers in chip vendor ranking
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm, Hynix and Advanced Micro Devices each managed to climb two places in a top ten ranking of chip vendors by 2009 revenue provided by market research company Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Conn.).
NXP is planning billion-dollar IPO, say reports
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
NXP BV, the chip company that resulted from a buy out from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) by a private equity consortium, is planning to list its shares, according to Reuters and Bloomberg reports that cite unnamed sources.
TSMC applies to take 10% stake in SMIC
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Leading foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has applied to the Taiwan government for approval to acquire a 10 percent stake in China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., according to reports.
Find out what's inside a life-changing gadget
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3/26/2010   1 comment
The FitBit is a $99 device that (hopefully) has life-altering effects. See what makes it tick at ESC.
SMIC asks TI to take over fab management, says report
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3/26/2010   1 comment
Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China), is planning to end an agreement to manage a 200-mm wafer fab in Chengdu, according to a Reuters report.
Toshiba fab portends more NAND capacity adds
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3/26/2010   Post a comment
In the wake of Toshiba's announcement that it will move forward with construction of a previously delayed NAND flash fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, analysts expect other NAND vendors to ratchet up capacity in light of favorable pricing conditions that have persisted for the past year.
February chip sales were steady, says analyst
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3/25/2010   2 comments
The three-month average of global chip sales for February is set to be $22.15 billion compared with $22.49 billion, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Former Samsung chief Lee returns
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3/24/2010   1 comment
Lee Kun-hee, longtime chairman of the Samsung Group, has returned to lead its flagship company, Samsung Electronics, three months after receiving a presidential pardon following a 2009 fraud conviction, according to reports.
Nanya says it prevailed over LSI in ITC dispute
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a final determination in favor of Taiwan's Nanya Technology and other chip makers in a patent infringement dispute brought by LSI, according to a statement issued by Nanya.
Toshiba to add NAND fab in Japan
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Toshiba plans to begin construction later this year on a new semiconductor fab to build NAND flash memories on a site adjacent to existing Toshiba fabs in the city of Yokkaichi, in Japan's Mie prefecture, the company said.
ISSI raises quarterly financial targets
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Memory chip maker ISSI increased its financial guidance for the quarter ending March 31, saying the company has experienced better than expected end market demand and pricing, primarily for its DRAM products.
Report: Mosaid sues LSI, alleges breach of contract
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Memory technology licensor Mosaid Technologies Inc. earlier this month filed a lawsuit against LSI and Agere Systems, alleging breach of contract stemming from a 2007 patent acquisition deal, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Chip market to slow in second half, says TSMC's Chang
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. chairman Morris Chang has said he expects chip market growth to slow in the second half of 2010, before picking up again in 2011, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
MEMORY - Kilopass partners with Samsung Electronics Foundry to offer One-Time Programmable (OTP) Memory
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Kilopass Technology, Inc. announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. will support Kilopass' one-time programmable (OTP) antifuse memory, XPM, in its foundry business' advanced logic processes.
Innovative Silicon moves floating-body RAM off SOI
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3/17/2010   1 comment
Innovative Silicon Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a pioneer of floating-body memory, has said it has adapted its technology for operation at less than one volt and so that it does not require a silicon-on-insulator substrate.
Forecaster sees DRAM shortages on the horizon
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3/16/2010   1 comment
Shortages of DRAM memory chips are on the horizon and closing fast, according to market research firm Semico Research, which said ramifications of slowed manufacturing capacity output and a lack of capital expenditure over the past 24 months, combined with increased demand driven by a hot PC market, has resulted in a very positive environment for DRAM pricing.
Intel brings affordable solid-state computing to netbooks, desktop PCs
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3/16/2010   2 comments
Intel Corp. is aiming its latest SATA solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel X25-V, at value-segment netbooks and dual-drive/boot drive desktop set-ups.
ASIC, ASSP revenue to rise 14% in 2010, says Gartner
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Revenue from application-specific ICs and application-specific standard products is set to increase by 14.4 percent in 2010, to $93.3 billion, according to Gartner analyst Bryan Lewis.
Samsung foundry offers Kilopass antifuse memory
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Kilopass Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a provider of non-volatile memory intellectual property has announced that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has agreed to offer Kilopass' one-time programmable antifuse memory XPM in its foundry business' advanced logic processes.
Creditors sell 6.7% of Hynix for $814 million
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Creditors sold 6.7 percent of Hynix Semiconductor for roughly $814 million, part of a plan by the group led by Korea Exchange Bank to unload a total of 13 percent of the company this year, according to reports.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
MagnaChip Semiconductor, a logic IC spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has now filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
Defendants in Samsung 'secrets' case deny charges, says report
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3/12/2010   1 comment
Nineteen semiconductor engineers and managers indicted for stealing process technology and market planning details from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and passing them to Hynix Semiconductor Inc. have all pleaded not guilty in court in Seoul, according to a Yonhap report.
Semiconductor capex to grow 76% in 2010, says Gartner
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending is projected to surpass $29.4 billion in 2010, a 76.1 percent increase from 2009 spending of $16.7 billion, according to market research company Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Conn.).
Atom, Tabula, Samsung lead weekly story ranking
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 28, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, March 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Wafer fab utilization stays high, says SICAS
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
Chip manufacturing capacity is rising around the world, but so is demand, keeping capacity utilization above 90 percent in several leading-edge sectors, according to SICAS.
TSMC, UMC lose production to quake
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
Foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinhcu, Taiwan) and United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) have reported on the impact of an earthquake that hit southern Taiwan at 8:18 am local time on March 4, 2010.
WSTS: January chip sales up 72% on a year ago
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3/4/2010   2 comments
January's global market for semiconductors was $22.38 billion according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the figure for December 2009 of $23.48 billion, but exceeded the January 2009 actual sales figure of $13.02 billion by 71.9 percent.
PC shipments to rise 20% in 2010, says Gartner
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide PC shipments are projected to total 366.1 million units in 2010, a 19.7 percent increase from 305.8 million units shipped in 2009, according to the latest preliminary forecast by Gartner.
Updated: Elpida buys Spansion NAND assets
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory has acquired from Spansion various NAND flash memory assets, including intellectual property, according to reports. Complete terms of the deal, including the purchase price, have not been revealed.
Updated: Elpida buys Spansion NAND assets
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory has acquired from Spansion various NAND flash memory assets, including intellectual property, according to reports. Complete terms of the deal, including the purchase price, have not been revealed.
Chip market boom makes analyst hike forecast
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for 2010 chip market growth from 13 percent to 15 percent on the strength of the January global chip sales reported by the SIA.
Freescale: Thin-film flash mimics EEPROM
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor unveiled its 90 nanometer thin-film storage nanocrystalline flash memory and a new FlexMemory architecture at Embedded World.
LRA model predicts 40% chip market growth for 2010
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3/1/2010   1 comment
Global chip sales in January, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, were so strong that the linear regression analysis (LRA) model used by independent industry analyst Mike Cowan has come up with a 39.6 percent growth prediction for the chip market in 2010.
January averaged global chip sales up 47%, says SIA
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3/1/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors in January was $22.49 billion, flat with the equivalent figure in December 2009 and up 47.2 percent from January 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.


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