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Samsung reports record operating profit for Q1
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics posted record operating profit on strong first quarter sales growth driven by its components business, especially semiconductors.
Hynix reports record sales
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor reported record first quarter sales of 2.82 trillion won (about $2.54 billion), up about 1 percent from 2.8 trillion won in the previous quarter and up 115 percent 1.3 trillion won in the first quarter of 2009.
Chip makers beat analysts' expectations
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
In another signal that the semiconductor market recovery remains in full swing, chip makers Qualcomm, SanDisk and Intersil reported quarterly results that exceeded consensus analyst expectations.
Numonyx 1-Gbit phase-change memory delayed
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4/21/2010   1 comment
Nonvolatile memory maker Numonyx BV (Geneva, Switzerland), the company being acquired by Micron Technology Inc., has yet to sample customers with a long-awaited 1-Gbit capacity phase-change memory. The indications from Numonyx are that samples will be available in 2010 with volume production expected in 2011.
TSMC stresses automotive embedded flash qualifications
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) claims to have shipped nearly 600,000 200-mm diameter wafers containing 0.25-micron AEC-Q100 qualified embedded flash ICs.
Sales, profits surge in Apple's latest quarter
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Apple Inc. reported results of its last three months, its best non-holiday quarter to date with revenue of $13.50 billion and net profit of $3.07 billion compared to revenue of $9.08 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.62 billion in the same period last year.
Micron sampling 2-Gb, LPDDR2 for mobile devices
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Micron Technology said it is sampling a monolithic 2-gigabit low-power DDR2 memory chip designed to provide mobile products, such as smartphones and smartbooks, with improved battery life and speedier system performance.
Report: Airspace closure could hit chip, cellphone firms
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Asian chip and cellphone makers could be impacted if the European air-space closure does not end soon, according to a Dow Jones Newswire report.
Europe frets under air-travel ban
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4/19/2010   6 comments
The closure of northern European air space due to a volcanic dust cloud is starting to have an impact on business as well as causing distress to tens of thousands of travelers stranded abroad.
PC market booms on European demand
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 27.4 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results from Gartner Inc. Gartner had been expecting first quarter PC shipments to grow 22 percent.
Samsung opens up over cancer allegations
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has denied chemicals used in its manufacture of integrated circuits cause leukemia or lymphoma during a planned tour of its Gi-Heung wafer fab facility, about 39 miles south of Seoul, according to reports.
Virage Logics's new IP venture: It's the subsystems, stupid!
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Virage Logic no longer sees itself as just a provider of a collection of semiconductor IP cores. Instead, it's betting on a future of becoming a supplier of "subsystems" that can be quickly, painlessly and deeply embedded in SoCs for its licensees.
Numonyx set to discuss potential PCM "showstopper"
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4/13/2010   8 comments
A research team from flash memory company Numonyx is set to discuss current density in phase-change memory at the International Reliability Physics Symposium.
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3
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4/12/2010   1 comment
European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.
March sales at UMC rise 9.8%
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for March that are up 9.8 percent on sales in February 2010. This is slightly less than is usual as March tends to be a considerably stronger March with sequential rises of around 25 percent.
Indian semiconductor test firm gets venture funding
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Tessolve Services, which bills itself as India's first independent full-service semiconductor test firm, nets a new round of venture funding, led by Reliance Venture Asset Management.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign?
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Actual global sales of semiconductors was $20.79 billion in February, down 4.9 percent from the actual sales in January of $21.85 billion, according to figures from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Former Fujitsu president sues over sacking
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Kuniaki Nozoe, the former president of computer and IT services company Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), is planning legal action against the firm over his removal from office, according to reports.
Intel's CEO earned $14 million in 2009
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4/6/2010   1 comment
Paul Otellini, president and CEO of the world's largest chip company Intel Corp., received about $14.1 million in total compensation for doing his job in 2009, an increase of 16.7 percent over what he was paid in 2008, according to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Chip market recovery still has legs, says analyst
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4/5/2010   Post a comment
Following a sharp recovery in late 2009 and into 2010, semiconductor industry unit volumes should still grow another 15 to 20 percent between now and the end of the year, according to analysts at Benchmark Equity Research.
February's global averaged chip sales up 56%, says SIA
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4/5/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors in February was $22.04 billion down 1.3 percent from the equivalent figure in January 2009 and up 56.2 percent from February 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Spansion claims progress in emergence from Chapter 11
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4/2/2010   Post a comment
Spansion Inc. has said that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has issued a decision regarding Spansion's reorganization plan that sets aside a number of objections to the plan and provides guidance on the remaining issues. Weekly Newsletter: March 29 - April 2, 2010
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
This is archive copy of the Thursday Newsletter, chronicling news, product and design article activity during the week of March 29 to April 2, 2010.
Toshiba backs memory appliance maker
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
Memory appliance Violin Memory said Japan's Toshiba has made a multi-million dollar investment in the company as part of a strategic agreement.
Enlarged Renesas climbs the chip vendor ranks
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
The carefully prepared merger transaction of NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. has been completed to create Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's third (or fourth) largest chip company.

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