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Not-Spots Now... Really?
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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
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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
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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.
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10/30/2014   28 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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
News & Analysis  
8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Brazil's Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home
News & Analysis  
8/26/2014   29 comments
John Hall, President of the Linux Foundation, lays out a scenario for how a clone of the Raspberry Pi, only better and much cheaper, could be made in Brazil. Call it the Plum Pi.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
News & Analysis  
8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Bitcoin Bill Begs Questions
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8/26/2014   1 comment
A California law passed in late June attempted to legalize the use of alternative currencies such as Bitcoin, but the law falls short in at least one area and raises questions in others.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
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8/25/2014   24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran
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8/22/2014   7 comments
Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
China Wants to Be No. 1
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8/20/2014   14 comments
China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
EU to Boost RFID Use & Privacy
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8/20/2014   7 comments
Can the European Union protect consumer privacy with a new RFID logo?
Engineers: Join Humanitarian Shout Out
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8/19/2014   22 comments
It's World Humanitarian Day: Share your stories with colleagues about efforts you, family, and colleagues make the world a better place. ESC's program manager gets the conversation started.
China Moves to Buy Omnivision
News & Analysis  
8/19/2014   1 comment
CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
News & Analysis  
8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters
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8/15/2014   22 comments
China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
Betting Big on HD-to-Ultra HDTV Transition
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8/14/2014   4 comments
Will the Christmas buying season starting on Black Friday this year be the start of HDTV's transition to Ultra HD? That's what Nanotech Entertainment Inc. in San Jose, Calif,. is betting big on happening.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
News & Analysis  
8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Freescale Japan Chief Breaking Barriers, Storming Castles
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8/8/2014   7 comments
Japan, once the leader in the high-tech world, has lost that distinction. “Japan needs to put that giant belt back,” says David Uze, president of Freescale Japan, “by leading the world in IoT.”
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed
News & Analysis  
8/8/2014   19 comments
The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
Chinese Government Rejects Apple's iPad
News & Analysis  
8/7/2014   6 comments
Ten Apple products, including its iPad and MacBook line, have been excluded from Chinese government procurement, reflecting deepening distrust of American technology among foreign officials in the wake of leaks about expansive US intelligence gathering.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June
News & Analysis  
8/6/2014   1 comment
Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
Samsung Loses Grip on China
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Xiaomi has usurped Samsung's smartphone lead in the world's largest market.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones
News & Analysis  
7/31/2014   5 comments
Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
News & Analysis  
7/25/2014   17 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Cloud-Based Chip Design Research & Education
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   17 comments
Semiconductor Research and Silicon Cloud give chip designers global reach.
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