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Qualcomm, NXP Discuss Merger, Say Reports
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9/29/2016   10 comments
Qualcomm may be considering buying NXP Semiconductors for more than $30 billion according to multiple press and Wall Street reports.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies predicts profits this year with streamlined operations under a new CEO and thoughts of new core IP licensing models.
Linde Starts Specialty Gases R&D in Taiwan
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9/14/2016   Post a comment
Linde Group, one of the world’s largest suppliers of specialty gases for the semiconductor industry, has established what it says will be a world-leading R&D facility in Taiwan.
Samsung Gets Kicked Off the Plane
Blog  
9/13/2016   2 comments
Lithium-ion battery fires are infrequent but not rare. Incidents involving Samsung’s latest smartphone may encourage mobile device makers to reexamine the integrity of their power trains.
Obama Polishes High Tech Legacy
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8/30/2016   1 comment
We’ve got ObamaCare. This October its ObamaCon, an event in Pittsburgh that is the latest high tech initiative from the White House.
SMIC Raises Target for 2016 Sales
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, today raised its aim for sales this year on unexpectedly strong demand.
China’s IC Industry: 'Don't Let World Bully Us'
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8/2/2016   5 comments
Recent international forums have concluded the development of China’s IC industry is a threat to the world. Prof. Wei Shaojun makes the case why that's not true.
China Likely to Narrow Chip Gap, IC Insights Says
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7/27/2016   4 comments
China, which in dollar terms imports more semiconductors than oil, is likely to narrow its chip trade deficit by the end of this decade, according to market research firm IC Insights.
SoftBank/ARM Deal: Political Hurdles Ahead?
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7/22/2016   Post a comment
The deal could also face hard scrutiny by the European Commission, which is now becoming more critical about consolidation in the technology sector.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic?
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7/20/2016   14 comments
Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Qualcomm Faces $900 Million Fine from Korea
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has said that semiconductor and telecoms company Qualcomm is facing a fine of up to 1 trillion won (about $875 million) for allegedly violating antitrust regulations, according to a Korea Times report.
Brexit, Techxit?
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
ARM/SoftBank deal: Is there a steady-state theory of tech company creation and destruction or are we living in a big-bang technology world?
Brexit Vote Prompts Reduced Global Chip Market Forecast
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7/13/2016   1 comment
IC Insights has lowered its 2016 semiconductor market forecast from 2 percent growth to an annual decline of 1 percent.
Trade, Innovation Get Major Boost with ITA Expansion
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
By eliminating tariffs on trade in tech products, ITA expansion will spur an estimated $190 billion in annual GDP growth globally.
Silicon Valley Becomes U.S Ambassador
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6/24/2016   Post a comment
President Obama suggested Silicon Valley is part of his foreign policy in a session at a startup event that included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Patent Infringement Cases Just Got Easier
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
In a decision with significant impact for engineers, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that will make it easier to seek enhanced damages in cases of patent infringement.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
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6/20/2016   5 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Apple Appeals Order to Halt iPhone 6 Sales in Beijing
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6/17/2016   2 comments
A ruling by a an intellectual property tribunal in Chinese capitol would halt sales of the smartphones based on alleged violation of design patent.
Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
The European Commission is planning to announce it is hitting Google with a record-breaking €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) or thereabouts, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
New Legislation Protects Trade Secrets
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5/16/2016   Post a comment
The continued success of our industry and continued American leadership in semiconductor design and manufacturing depends on strong protections for trade secrets and other IP.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny
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5/15/2016   Post a comment
Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
AMD Licenses X86 to China JV
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4/21/2016   12 comments
AMD struck a joint venture partnership to provide next-generation x86 server technology to a China partner for $292 million.
Lead Partner Pulls Out of India Fab Plan
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4/21/2016   3 comments
After years of inactivity the Indian government's long-running project to build two wafer fabs in the sub-continent appears to be in jeopardy.
China’s Chip Patent Growth May Be Short Lived
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4/21/2016   Post a comment
A big spurt in semiconductor patent grants in China may not be sustainable, according to an analysis of the data by a intellectual property expert.
Android Auto Rolls Into 18 New Countries
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4/6/2016   Post a comment
Google's Android Auto tool that gives drivers access to features including maps, music, and search, is now available in a larger selection of countries around the world.
Seoul Semi Wins LED Backlight Lawsuit
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3/29/2016   Post a comment
LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) has won a patent infringement lawsuit regarding LED backlight lens technology against Japanese lens maker Enplas Display Device Corp.
Semi Market Breakdown and 2016 Forecasts
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
The 2016 global chip market will grow 0.3% compared with 2015 to reach a value of $341.0 billion, but the European region will see its part of that market contract by 1.6%, according to industry association SEMI.
Brussels and What’s Really Important
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3/22/2016   45 comments
Events like the attacks in Brussels soften my heart and remind me what’s really important.
3D NAND Fab Seen as Milestone for China
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3/22/2016   3 comments
Breaking of ground for construction of XMC fab that will eventually produce 200,000 wafers per month signals new phase in development of China's domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, says analyst.
U.S. to Temporarily Relax Restrictions on ZTE
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
A senior U.S. Commerce Department official said the U.S. will temporarily lift exports restrictions imposed earlier this month on Chinese telecom giant, according to published reports.
Ireland: a Lucky & Lucrative Electronics Manufacturing Destination
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3/17/2016   Post a comment
n the electronics supply chain and manufacturing sectors, that Irish identity may be increasingly a norm.
The ‘Elite Eight’: A Policy Plan to Strengthen U.S. Technology Leadership
Capitol Connection  
3/15/2016   1 comment
Despite the semiconductor industry’s outsized importance to our country, we face a range of challenges in 2016. Here are the top 8.
How Foxconn-Sharp Benefit from Reconciliation
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3/11/2016   2 comments
Sharp and Foxconn again struggling to do a deal that is expected to significantly benefit both companies.
ZTE Ruling Rattles Optical Component Suppliers
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3/11/2016   1 comment
A ban on exports by U.S. suppliers to China's ZTE is expected to hit small and mid-sized optical transceiver suppliers hardest, analysts say.
Intel Buys 3D Video Technology Startup
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3/10/2016   Post a comment
Deal to acquire Replay Technologies seen as chip giant's broadest move yet toward application level technology.
US Gov't Fines Qualcomm Over Bribery Reports
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3/4/2016   1 comment
Qualcomm Inc has agreed to pay $7.5 million in charges for violating U.S. anti-bribery laws by hiring "princelings," an Asian term referring to children or younger relatives of China's political leaders or top executives at state-owned enterprises to obtain business and leverage, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday.
10 Views of Security at RSA
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3/2/2016   2 comments
The U.S. attorney general, head of the NSA and president of Microsoft were among those commenting on the Apple-FBI case and the future of cryptography at the RSA Conference.
Facebook Friends the Telco Cloud
Blog  
2/22/2016   3 comments
Cellular base stations and other telco gear may go the way of open servers if a new group gets its way.
LinkedIn Refines its Network
News & Analysis  
2/11/2016   4 comments
Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT and Politics On Tap
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2/10/2016   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is a mere five weeks away. Here's a look at what we're expecting at the event, amidst local, national, and global politics.
Why AMD Should ARM China
Blog  
2/10/2016   13 comments
Qualcomm recently joined the party in China where Intel and IBM are longstanding guests. AMD needs to respond to its RSVP.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval
News & Analysis  
2/3/2016   1 comment
The Taiwanese government has given foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) approval to build a 300mm wafer fab in China, according to reports that reference the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Qualcomm Enters $280M Joint Venture with Chinese Province
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1/19/2016   1 comment
The joint venture will focus on the design, development and sale of advanced server chipset technology in China, which is the second largest country in the world for server technology sales.
Congratulations to Taiwan’s President-Elect
Blog  
1/18/2016   2 comments
Taiwan President-elect Tsai Ing-wen appears to be the sort of trustworthy and rational person Taiwan needs as a leader. She was my English student.
TSMC Boosts 2016 Capex to About $9.5 Billion
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1/14/2016   2 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will increase its capital expenditure in 2016 to an amount ranging from $9 billion to $10 billion as it aims for a bigger share of finer geometry chips.
Al Gore on China, Mobile Web
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1/14/2016   4 comments
The warming relationship between China and the U.S. is important for continued development of the mobile Internet, according to former vice president Al Gore. Yet new tech companies also play an important role in shaping the future world.
Samsung Gives Ground Over Chip Workers' Cancers
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has made a concession to the families of scores of workers and former employees who have died of cancers over the last decade.
Slowing China Economy Halts $170M Facility Expansion Plan
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1/6/2016   Post a comment
The downturn in China's economy prompted Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) to suspend its expansion program for a $170-million factory, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
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