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Strong April chip sales drive prediction higher
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
Actual global chip sales were $23.41 billion in April, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association, which quotes numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics. Cowan LRA model moves annual prediction up.
April averaged chip sales beat expectations
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for April was $23.579 billion, up 2.25 percent compared with the previous month and up 50.4 percent compared with the year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Startup proposes SOI JFETs for low power
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
SuVolta Inc., a startup formerly known as DSM Solutions Inc., has revealed some details of the company's plan to achieve low power IC operation through the use of complementary junction FET technology.
Hynix raises capex, breaks with Numonyx
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5/31/2010   Post a comment
South Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has said it plans to raise its capital expenditure for 2010 to 3.05 trillion won (about $2.5 billion) from an earlier planned 2.3 trillion won (about $1.9 billion). The company is also planning to spend 522 trillion won (about $425 million) to buy Numonyx NV out of a joint-venture wafer fab in China.
Analyst sees chip market uptick over next decade
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The global chip market will likely rise annually by about 8 to 10 percent on average over the next decade, due to the demands of environmental engineering on semiconductor technologies, according to an industry analyst.
TSMC to invest $5 million in Shanghai VC firm
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said it will invest $5 million, or about NT$160 million, in a venture capital company based in Shanghai, according to a Focus Taiwan report.
5 reasons why Samsung scares Japan
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5/26/2010   18 comments
Here are the five reasons why the Japanese are losing confidence against Samsung -- and why they’re feeling whipped by their erstwhile whipping boy, Korea.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
ITC extends Nvidia investigation
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has extended an investigation against Nvidia and others until May 26, according to Rambus.
Selecting the right Nonvolatile Memory IP: Applications and Alternatives
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5/24/2010   2 comments
With the myriad NVM technologies available, the challenge for system engineers is to do a thorough and critical assessment of the real needs their designs and second, to to understand the benefits and trade-offs for each.
Microchip unloads NAND products from SST
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Chip vendor Microchip Technology announced the sale of several product lines acquired with the recent Silicon Storage Technology acquisition--including NAND drives and other products--to Greenliant Systems. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed
Clients to become more like servers, says ARM's CTO
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
Processors for mobile clients are going to have to take on many of the functions associated with networking infrastructure, according to Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM. This will be part of an explosion of processing requirements for wirelessly-connected devices that will require multiple application-specific processors to keep power consumption down, he added.
GlobalFoundries, ASML linked to UMC fund raising
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Foundry chip manufacturer United Microelectronics Corp. wants to involve a strategic partner in plans to raise capital according to local reports and market watchers have tipped GlobalFoundries as a candidate.
Analyst: April IC shipments weaker than expected
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
April semiconductor shipments were slightly weaker than expected after a strong March, as key PC players began to reduce component inventories, according to Craig Berger, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. Berger said sources from Asian distributors indicated that DRAM and NAND flash contract pricing may have peaked.
Europe fines nine DRAM makers $400 million
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
As expected, the European Commission has announced fines for ten DRAM makers who took part in price-fixing in the earliest years of the millennium.
Analyst sees global chip sales decline in April
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April is set to be $22.9 billion down slightly from $23.06 billion recorded for March, according to analysts at Carnegie Investment Bank AB.
NOR to remain undersupplied until Q4, says Gartner
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
The NOR flash memory market, which had been a profitless market for several quarters, has begun its recovery with prices moving steadily upward in 2010, according to Brady Wang, an analyst at market research firm Gartner Inc.
Europe set to fine memory chip makers, say reports
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Memory chip makers, including Samsung, Hynix and Infineon whose subsidiary Qimonda is now defunct, are expected to be fined by the European Union for illegally fixing memory chip prices, according to reports.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
Update: Samsung doubles chip, LCD capex
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
As expected Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced on Monday (May 17) that it would double its capital spending to boost its capacity in semiconductor and flat screen manufacturing, according to reports.
NXP tops automotive infotainment chip ranking, says iSuppli
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Exposure to Chinese automobile makers helped Dutch chip vendor NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) take the top position in the global automotive infotainment semiconductor market in an economically difficult 2009, according to market research company iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
Sidense raises $5 million in B round
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Sidense Corp. (Ottawa, Canada), a develop of antifuse-based non-volatile memory, has announced that it has raised $5 million in a Series B, growth capital venture capital financing round led by VentureLink Funds of Canada.
Foundry revenue to grow 40% in 2010, says iSuppli
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Pure-play foundry suppliers will see their collective revenues rise to $24.8 billion in 2010, a climb of 39.5 percent compared with the 2009 figure of $17.8 billion, according to market analysis firm iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
JEDEC announces publication of e-MMC standard update v4.41
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
JEDEC announces publication of e-MMC standard update v4.41, which offers performance enhancements for embedded mass-storage flash memory.
IMEC forms 'more-than-CMOS' alliance with TSMC
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Luc van den Hove, president and chief executive officer of IMEC (Leuven, Belgium), has said the research institute has entered into a partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to develop hybrid "more-than-Moore" process technologies and pass them on to the Taiwanese foundry.
TSMC reports strong April sales
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its unconsolidated April sales were approximately NT$32.68 billion (about $1.04 billion), an increase of 6.0 percent over March 2010 and an increase of 50.3 percent over April 2009.
UMC's sales sail forward in April
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales revenue for April down 1.7 percent on sales revenue for March. Sales were up 35 percent on what they were in the same month a year before.
GlobalFoundries hints at further expansion plans
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5/7/2010   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), already at the start of building a $5 billion wafer fab in New York, appears to be getting ready to announce further expansion plans to help it profit from strong demand for foundry manufacturing services.
Chip CEOs join European competitiveness committee
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5/7/2010   Post a comment
Leading CEOs have joined an attempt by the European Commission to improve European competitiveness in high technology industries that covers semiconductors, nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology and photonics.
Penn raises chip market growth forecast to 31%
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
The strength of Q1 financial results has led Future Horizons to raise its 2010 annual growth forecast for the global chip industry to 31 percent, up from 22 percent.
Chip market headed for 30% growth year, says Cowan
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Strong global chip sales in the first quarter of 2010, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, have led industry analyst Mike Cowan to predict 30.3 percent growth for the chip market in 2010.
IMEC appoints former TSMC boss to business role
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5/4/2010   Post a comment
Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has appointed Kees den Otter, former president of TSMC Europe BV, to the position of vice president of emerging business.
March averaged chips sales set record, says SIA
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5/3/2010   Post a comment
At $23.06 billion, the three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for March set a record high, exceeded expectations and was up 4.6 percent from the equivalent figure in February and up 58.3 percent from March 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.


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