SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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? Blog 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?
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers News & Analysis 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.
Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine News & Analysis 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.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny News & Analysis 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.
Seoul Semi Wins LED Backlight Lawsuit News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
3D NAND Fab Seen as Milestone for China News & Analysis 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.
US Gov't Fines Qualcomm Over Bribery Reports News & Analysis 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 Slideshow 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.
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.
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.
TSMC Boosts 2016 Capex to About $9.5 Billion News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Taiwan Joins Pack Pursuing Qualcomm News & Analysis 12/11/2015 1 comment Mobile phone technology and chip provider Qualcomm Inc has announced that the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) has initiated an investigation into whether the company’s patent licensing arrangements violate the Taiwan Fair Trade Act.
Qualcomm Denies European Antitrust Charges News & Analysis 12/8/2015 Post a comment The European Commission has sent two Statements of Objections to phone chip company Qualcomm alleging it has made illegal exclusivity payments and pursued predatory pricing of its chipsets. Qualcomm has responded by saying it will show the allegations to be false.
China Swarms into IoT News & Analysis 12/7/2015 Post a comment Chinese gadget makers are jumping into Internet of Things (IoT) devices to catch an expected new wave of growth led by connected appliances for homes, some of which can use smartphones as remote controls.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.