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Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Faulty memory chip causes Philips defibrillator recall
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9/30/2009   1 comment
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a leading vendor of consumer and medical products, has announced that it is recalling approximately 5,400 HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Micron narrows quarterly loss
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Saying the market remains challenging but is beginning to improve, memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported a net loss of $88 million for the quarter ended Sept. 3, down from a net loss of $290 million in the prior quarter and a net loss of $344 million in the year-ago quarter.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Global semi sales seen falling in August
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Seasonally adjusted global sales of semiconductors in August are expected to show a fall from that achieved in the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
IC recovery, Canon's struggle and executive migration lead weekly story ranking
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Sept. 25. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
SMIC licenses non-volatile memory from Virage, Kilopass
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (Shanghai, China) has said it is working with two non-volatile memory IP providers for future applications and process nodes; Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) and Kilopass Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
More details emerge on printed roll-to-roll memory
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
More details have emerged of the printed roll-to-roll memory production being piloted by PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG (Fuerth, Germany) using technology from ThinFilm Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway).
ESC Boston: Phase-change memory alters design boundaries, constraints
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9/23/2009   1 comment
A Numonyx executive explained how changes in memory technologies affect designers and products, and how the coming reality of phase-change memory will change the design tradeoffs at both the prototyping stage as well as for final products.
Phase change memory technology changes design boundaries, constraints
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Newest memory technology promises improve time-to-market, interface issues of NAND, NOR flash memory
Samsung semis chief sees signs of recovery
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics is ramping up production of DDR3 memories and shifting manufacturing to a 40-nm process to meet what it anticipates will be increased demand as companies start rebuilding inventories.
Nanya claims a win over LSI in patent dispute
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
DRAM maker Nanya Technology Corp. (Taoyuan, Taiwan) has said that Administrative Law Judge Carl C. Charneski in the United States International Trade Commission has found invalid the patent cited in an action brought by LSI Corp. against Nanya and other semiconductor manufacturers.
Analysis: How ready is Intel with 22-nm platform?
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
Intel's 22-nm devices should arrive at the end of 2013. The company's 22-nm team isn't quite finished with the SRAM layout yet.
Outsider likely to take Hynix stake
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
The search for a new major shareholder for Korean memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor apparently has proved successful: Conglomerate Hyosung has submitted a bid Tuesday (September 22) according to Korean news agency Yonhap News.
PolyIC, ThinFilm announce pilot of volume printed plastic memories
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG (Fuerth, Germany) and ThinFilm Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway) have announces that they have manufactured rewritable polymer memory products in a high-volume, roll-to-roll printing process.
Samsung demos component advances for mobiles
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics will start sampling in December 1GHz application processors based on ARM's Cortex-A8, targeted at designers of smartphones and netbooks.
Analysis: Samsung leapfrogs Numonyx in phase-change memory
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9/22/2009   1 comment
The race to bring phase-change non-volatile memory to market in integrated circuit form has been going on for 40 years and the two leading protagonists, Numonyx and Samsung, are only just out of the starting blocks.
Samsung moves phase-change memory to production
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9/22/2009   1 comment
South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that it has begun production of a 512-Mbit phase-change random access memory and is aiming it at mobile phone handsets and other battery-operated applications.
IC analyst sees tighter supply, ASP growth
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
A historically low level of capital spending by chipmakers is paving the way tight supply conditions that will result in increased average selling prices but may have unforeseen ramifications, according to an industry analyst.
Rambus demos threaded modules at IDF
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. has partnered with Kingston Technology to create a prototype DDR3 memory module that increases performance and lowers power for main memory access, and they will demonstrate the prototype targeted at use with multicore processors at next week's Intel Developer Forum.
Numonyx regains top spot in NOR flash
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9/15/2009   1 comment
Numonyx jumped back into the No. 1 position among NOR flash memory vendors in the second quarter, taking advantage of problems at chief rival Spansion, according to market research firm iSuppli .
Startup's flash drives ride serial-attached SCSI
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Startup Pliant Technology has released two flash drives that ride the serial-attached SCSI interconnect and use a proprietary controller to deliver what it claims is a new level of performance and reliability.
Ramtron reaches settlement over product failure
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Nonvolatile memory vendor Ramtron International has entered into a settlement with one of its customers that resolves all matters related to previously disclosed in-field failures of one of Ramtron's ferroelectric RAM products.
Semiconductors on even keel at end of 2Q 2009
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9/3/2009   Post a comment
The latest Global Semiconductor Alliance report paints a somber economic picture for the semiconductor industry. GSA reported that most companies GSA interacts with plan to remain very conservative through the remainder of 2009.


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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