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Asian Share of Global Fab Capacity May Top 69% by 2019
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Asia is expected to account for a new record, nearly 70% of the world's fab capacity, by 2019, according to a new report from IC Insights.
Europe's Road to 5G Another Hot Topic at MWC
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2/20/2015   Post a comment
As Mobile World Congress approaches, what is the reality underlying the hype of 5G? And will Europe's aspirations be met?
Two Ex TI-ers Invest $1B in India's First Analog Fab
India Chip Chat  
2/16/2015   10 comments
US-based chip manufacturing company Cricket Semiconductor is setting up a $1 billion fab in India.
Singapore to Help India Boost Semiconductor Manufacturing
India Chip Chat  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association signs a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association to establish and develop trade and technical cooperation between both the countries.
Sony to Ramp CMOS Image Sensor Production
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Sony is spending in FY15 on image sensor production to meet smartphone demand and reinforce its number one position, while closing down an IC development site.
China Clouds Chip Outlook
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2/2/2015   3 comments
The SIA reported semiconductors grew at a respectable 9.9% rate in 2014, but its new CEO is headed to China to address trade policies raising concerns.
Tizen Phones Selling in India Compete with Android One
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Samsung is introducing their second Tizen OS smartphone, the Z1, initially just for the Indian market.
Chinese Walls and Back Doors
Blog  
1/29/2015   15 comments
Qualcomm and U.S. industry are the losers as China’s antitrust regulators help build a new wall around China's semiconductor industry.
Patent Law’s Global Grey Areas
Blog  
1/28/2015   1 comment
Patent law has unresolved grey areas when it comes to patent infringement liability for transactions handled outside the U.S., say two experts.
Are TSMC, UMC Affected By Taiwan’s Water Shortages?
News & Analysis  
1/27/2015   1 comment
Rainfall in Taiwan is at the lowest level since 1947. Are foundries in Taiwan ready?
China to Write $10B Check for Chips
News & Analysis  
1/14/2015   3 comments
China is expected to invest about $10 billion on its semiconductor industry this year, according to a foundry exec who hopes to get a big chunk of the money.
Patents Strategy Shift Predicted
News & Analysis  
1/13/2015   7 comments
Companies are expected to shift slowly from patent strategies based quality, not quality given a handful of new factors, an intellectual property expert says.
Google, Apple Rise in Patent Ranks
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1/12/2015   4 comments
Google entered the list of top 10 winners of US patents in 2014, trailing Qualcomm but ahead of Apple, according to a report issued by IFI Claims Patent Services.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50
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1/8/2015   2 comments
China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
Top Robots for Farmers for 2014
Slideshow  
1/2/2015   14 comments
Over 60 agricultural robots are in-the-field today, either commercially or in testing for release in 2015-2016. Here are 27 of the top contenders for the autonomous robotic ag of the future.
China, India Drive Cellular Growth
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12/23/2014   20 comments
China deployed huge numbers of TD-LTE base stations last year and India led the world in growth in cellular packet microwave systems, according to analysts at Dell'Oro Group.
G.fast Now on Fast Track
Blog  
12/16/2014   3 comments
Chip vendors are gung-ho about G.fast, the standard that promises data delivered in 1 Gbit/s over existing cooper.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
News & Analysis  
12/15/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
FDA Tackles Security, Software
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12/4/2014   3 comments
The FDA is working on guidelines for security in medtech devices, as well as ways to harmonize with international agencies on how it regulates software that acts as a medical device.
Korea, France Join Forces on Driverless Cars R&D
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11/28/2014   13 comments
Driverless cars, wearables, and digital medical devices will be the focus of R&D projects jointly conduct by Korea and France, reports newspaper Korea Joongang Daily.
Your Part in the Recovery
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11/25/2014   7 comments
Engineers and innovators are central to the slow but ongoing economic recovery, a top economist told a recent gathering of semiconductor executives.
MediaTek Plans $49 Million Investment in China's Chip Fund
News & Analysis  
11/25/2014   2 comments
Taiwan’s largest chip designer has announced it will invest $48.9 million in a Chinese government fund as the company aims to sharpen its competitive edge in the world’s largest cellphone market.
Not-Spots Now... Really?
Blog  
11/13/2014   3 comments
The Battle of Britain: Political attempts to stamp out the not-spot run afoul of the Home Office.
China, US Strike Tech Trade Deal
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   6 comments
Negotiators from China and the US strike a preliminary agreement to end tariffs on as much as $1 trillion in annual sales of high-tech goods including semiconductors.
Qualcomm: More Trouble Ahead
Blog  
11/7/2014   14 comments
If Qualcomm reported a good fourth quarter and cheery guidance for the next quarter and fiscal year, why did its share price plummet?
China Owes Us, Qualcomm Says
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11/5/2014   18 comments
In an otherwise glowing quarterly financial report, Qualcomm said China device makers are not reporting hundreds of millions in sales to avoid royalties.
Chinese Startup Halves Cost of SSD
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11/3/2014   16 comments
Sage Microelectronics is shipping an SSD controller IC capable of up to 5 terabytes on a single PCB with a standard 2.5 inch form factor.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip
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10/30/2014   4 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
News & Analysis  
10/30/2014   33 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
UMC Joins $6.2B China Foundry
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10/9/2014   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. said it will invest US$1.35 billion over five years in a 40nm foundry joint venture planned in Xiamen.
Apple HealthKit Has Good Prognosis
Blog  
10/9/2014   2 comments
Apple's new mobile health platform looks like too good an opportunity for developers to pass up, but it is not without its open questions and competitors.
Smart Cities Merge IoT, Cloud
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10/7/2014   Post a comment
A research collaboration in Europe and Japan is trying to create smarter cities by using tools that merge cloud computing with the Internet of Things.
HP Splits, Adds 5,000 Layoffs
News & Analysis  
10/6/2014   19 comments
Hewlett-Packard will split into separate $57B cloud and PC/printer companies, adding 5,000 more layoffs to its restructuring in a move that was met with muted response.
$200M Photonics Effort to Keep US Ahead
News & Analysis  
10/3/2014   2 comments
President has included $100 million in his 2015 budget for an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute to be matched by the winning proposal to built it.
Behind Success of India’s Mars Orbiter
Blog  
10/2/2014   20 comments
The Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary mission, entered the Red Planet's orbit last week. Here's how the Indian space odyssey began in the 1980s and paved the way for today's success.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
News & Analysis  
9/23/2014   4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Slideshow: Boeing, SpaceX Take US Back to Space Station
Slideshow  
9/17/2014   7 comments
NASA tapped Boeing Co., the safe but more expensive choice, and upstart Space Exploration Technologies Inc., or SpaceX, on Sept. 16 to provide spacecraft and launchers that would deliver astronauts and perhaps even space tourists to the space station by as early as 2017.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
Blog  
9/15/2014   2 comments
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents
News & Analysis  
9/12/2014   6 comments
Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Could AMS' Expansion Be Bad News for Europe?
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9/12/2014   Post a comment
An Austrian chip manufacturer getting hold of another wafer fab has to be good news for Europe, right? Yes, unless….
Apple of Greenpeace's Eye?
Blog  
9/9/2014   1 comment
Environmental group Greenpeace has called on companies in the consumer electronics sector to follow and maybe even exceed Apple’s example in reducing the damage it does to the environment.
Entrepreneurs Seek Bridge to Iran
News & Analysis  
9/8/2014   4 comments
Iran has the engineers and universities to spawn a Silicon Valley in the Middle East if it can overcome steep political, economic, and cultural challenges, said speakers at the Bridge 2014 conference.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm
News & Analysis  
9/4/2014   10 comments
Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
News & Analysis  
9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
News & Analysis  
9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Europe Leads in Chip Market Growth
News & Analysis  
9/2/2014   1 comment
In July, Europe showed the strongest year-on-year growth of all regions tracked by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
News & Analysis  
9/2/2014   3 comments
With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
News & Analysis  
8/28/2014   14 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
White Goods Consolidation Drives Power Deals
News & Analysis  
8/27/2014   3 comments
The power semiconductor industry has seen two key announcements this week, highlighting some serious consolidation, all driven by agitation in the white goods market.
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