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.
TSMC Aims to Build Its First 12-inch Fab in China News & Analysis 12/7/2015 1 comment Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said today that it aims to build its first 12-inch fab in China to tap strong demand in the world’s fastest growing chip market.
Samsung Preps $548M Check to Apple News & Analysis 12/4/2015 Post a comment Samsung said it its prepared to pay Apple $548 million in damages for violating iPhone patents but may ask for reimbursement pending appeals at the patent office and U.S. Supreme Court.
NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle News & Analysis 11/26/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
Sarawak-Backed X-Fab Invests in Wafer Fab News & Analysis 11/17/2015 Post a comment More-than-Moore chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany) has announced it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to meet demand for 0.18-micron and 0.35-micron manufacturing.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A News & Analysis 11/17/2015 3 comments Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
Cisco, Ericsson Flirt with Merger Blog 11/9/2015 4 comments In a rapidly consolidating tech industry, sometimes the biggest players are at a disadvantage. Such is the case with Cisco Systems and Ericsson the world’s biggest makers of infrastructure for wired and cellular networks.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
Lam Deal Leaves Open Questions News & Analysis 10/23/2015 Post a comment Lam Research’s proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of KLA-Tencor raises several unanswered questions about customer reactions, counter-offers, China and layoffs.
Lam, KLA May Leapfrog Applied News & Analysis 10/21/2015 Post a comment Lam and KLA-Tencor announced a $10.6 billion merger that one analyst said could help it leapfrog Applied Materials as the top supplier of semiconductor capital equipment.
Engineer’s Newspaper Turns 123 Engineer’s Bookshelf 10/14/2015 8 comments Denmark is home to one of the little known treasures of engineering, a newspaper for engineers that dates back to July 2, 1892.
IoT Spectrum on WRC-15 Agenda Blog 10/14/2015 Post a comment Identifying new 700 MHz spectrum bands for the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications is one of the agenda items at the upcoming WRC-15 event.
10 Wearables That Want to Change the World Slideshow 10/12/2015 5 comments Unicef, ARM and frog teamed up to ask electronics designers worldwide to think creatively about how wearable technology could change the way people solve some of the world's biggest problems.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch News & Analysis 9/3/2015 2 comments The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
E-waste Eludes EU’s Enforcement Efforts News & Analysis 9/1/2015 Post a comment Europeans recycled only 35% of electronic waste properly in 2012. The rest was either illegally dumped or traded, according to a two-year study put together by the United Nations University and INTERPOL. What has gone wrong?
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments