Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs News & Analysis 7/17/2014 11 comments Microsoft today announced sweeping layoffs related to the acquisition of Nokia’s handset division. The company will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year and while 12,500 layoffs are related to Nokia-related, Microsoft officials said losses are company-wide.
Mapper Opens Russian MEMS Fab News & Analysis 7/9/2014 1 comment Mapper Lithography BV, a pioneer of the use of direct-write e-beam to characterize photoresist for chip production, has established a MEMS manufacturing site in Moscow for the production of e-beam deflection lens components for inclusion in its lithography systems.
TRW Launches Its Largest R&D Center -- in China News & Analysis 6/24/2014 2 comments TRW Automotive Holdings has opened an R&D center in China. Placing its largest technology center in the Middle Kingdom provides a clear hint about where the automotive supplier expects further growth.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy? News & Analysis 6/17/2014 6 comments This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
Startups Should Think Globally Blog 6/17/2014 3 comments The technology industry is a global village with many moving parts, from engineers abroad to international operation. Startups are often
recommended to concentrate on one geographical area, but the secret sauce may be in managing and developing across multiple geographies.
Brazilian Telecoms Go LTE-A, Rural News & Analysis 6/17/2014 4 comments With the World Cup well underway, soccer fans and telecom companies are testing 4G infrastructure mandated by the Brazilian government to handle massive user increases. Officials are optimistic about the strength of wireless networks and, despite delays, are moving forward with LTE rollout.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All Blog 6/13/2014 2 comments China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
China’s Auto Industry in 2050 Blog 6/11/2014 7 comments China has about 170 carmakers today, most of which produce fewer than 10,000 vehicles a year. That is unsustainable. Here’s my prediction of what the Chinese auto industry might look like in 2050.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS News & Analysis 6/10/2014 10 comments The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
Computex 2014: Building a Better Mouse Blog 6/9/2014 3 comments Despite being the largest tradeshow in Asia, the 2014 Computex appeared to be more about building better solutions around the existing technology, than new innovations, a trend that has been reflected by many of the other major industry events.
Robotics: EU Launches $3.9 Billion Initiative Blog 6/5/2014 2 comments The European Union believes the worldwide market for robotics will grow from US$30 billion (€22 billion) this year to $83 billion (€60 billion) by 2020. The Commission wants Europe to have a leading role developing new robotic products and technologies.
Patent Reform? Experts Say No News & Analysis 5/21/2014 22 comments A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Brazil Drives to 4G for World Cup News & Analysis 5/14/2014 5 comments The eyes of soccer fans around the globe will be on Brazil June 12 when at least 3.7 million people descend for the World Cup. A race is on to deploy new networks to ensure the influx of fans will be able to get on the mobile web, but the outcome is still uncertain.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup? News & Analysis 5/12/2014 1 comment The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Tech Giants Settle Salary Suit News & Analysis 4/25/2014 20 comments Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel agree to settle a class action suit alleging they unfairly agreed not to hire one another's engineers and set pay ceilings.
The Big Fat Indian Election Blog 4/16/2014 7 comments Technology and data analysis have come to play a crucial role in India's national election where 815 million eligible voters will cast their vote in more than 930,000 polling booths.
PC Prior Art Cited on iPhone News & Analysis 4/15/2014 11 comments Samsung cited a DOS-based app and an early web server as prior art against two of Apple's five patent infringement charges involving the Galaxy phones and tablets.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple News & Analysis 4/14/2014 7 comments Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
Samsung Grills Apple Expert News & Analysis 4/11/2014 9 comments Samsung's lead attorney grilled one of Apple's strongest experts, a witness who calculated the Korean giant owes $2.191 billion in damages.
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports News & Analysis 4/11/2014 9 comments After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed News & Analysis 4/7/2014 15 comments An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Apple, Samsung Allege Copying News & Analysis 4/4/2014 4 comments Apple showed Samsung reports detailing plans to copy a patented slide-to-unlock feature; Samsung countered with emails from Steve Jobs on Google.
Russia Sanctions Impact Mulled News & Analysis 4/2/2014 6 comments Russian officials and company heads discussed how speculation about sanctions can have unintended consequences for the business community, including the impact on IPOs and sales. Cooperation will be key in preventing innovation slowdown, panelists said.
Apple Launches iTrial 2 Blog 4/1/2014 3 comments Apple's second major patent infringement trial against Samsung is starting off much like the first one 18 months ago when it won a $1B decision.
China's Parallel Universe Blog 3/26/2014 10 comments When I’m in China, I often feel as though I’m in a parallel universe. As global as the electronics industry has become, certain things remain distinctly regional. China’s tablet and set-top markets are good examples.
Will ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen? Blog 3/17/2014 10 comments Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab News & Analysis 3/14/2014 8 comments Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Yoshida in China: Why 'WeChat' Blog 3/13/2014 13 comments The technology companies here seem to believe their highest priority is to get China’s dynamic Internet players -- chiefly, Alibaba and Tencent -- on their side, talking them into pairing new services with their new technologies.
NXP: 'We Need to Be More Chinese' Blog 3/6/2014 9 comments When Drue Freeman, NXP’s senior vice president, was asked why a fabless automotive chip JV in China, he said: “We’ve kept thinking we need to be more Chinese than we already are.”