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How to Design for Regulatory Approval
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9/3/2015   Post a comment
A consultant reviews what engineers need to consider about getting products through regulatory approvals.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
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9/3/2015   Post a comment
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
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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?
Drone Highways: Europe Wants to Get on the Road
Blog  
8/25/2015   1 comment
Amazon is upping its game for dedicated space for drone delivery, and Europe seems eager to play along.
Google Android One Lands In Africa
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
Google broadens its low-cost Android One service with the African rollout of its Infinix HOT 2 smartphone.
China Startup Offers Non-Volatile FPGAs
News & Analysis  
8/19/2015   2 comments
Gowin Semiconductor Corp., a startup formed and backed to produce FPGAs has announced the availability of a non-volatile family of devices.
Taiwan May Ease Rules on Chip Investments in China
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
The Taiwan government may soon ease regulations to help local chipmakers get a bigger slice of the semiconductor business in China.
Aricent Buys SmartPlay for $180M
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8/10/2015   1 comment
Aricent will create a design group focused on the semiconductor industry with the capabilities it acquired from SmartPlay for an estimated $180 million.
China's Stock Market Plunge & the Electronics Industry
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8/6/2015   Post a comment
Big changes in China's stock markets aren't the end of the world. They may signal a new direction for electronics OEMs in terms of outsourcing choices, though.
An Operator's View of 5G
News & Analysis  
8/5/2015   1 comment
The Telecommunications Industry Association surveyed 58 operators globally on the future of 5G cellular, and found that the next-generation technology will begin rollout in Asia and require great effort from network operators.
Expansion of Information Technology Agreement Big Deal for Semiconductor Industry
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8/3/2015   Post a comment
The recent ITA deal is a huge shot in the arm for the global economy and the semiconductor industry, eliminating tariffs on more than $1 trillion in global yearly sales of tech products.
Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec
News & Analysis  
8/3/2015   7 comments
Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand
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7/29/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, said its ramp of 28nm process technology will slow as the outlook for demand is likely to remain weak until the first half of 2016 while the chip industry works its way out of an inventory correction.
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum
News & Analysis  
7/20/2015   2 comments
As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
China Bids $23B for Micron
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7/13/2015   9 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
Toshiba Execs in Firing Line, Accounting Probe Nears End
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7/13/2015   1 comment
Toshiba Corp. has issued a statement saying that no executive resignations have been decided with regard to accountancy practices that are under an investigation that is expected to report is conclusions mid-July.
Indian Wafer Fab Will be Specialty Foundry
News & Analysis  
7/10/2015   3 comments
Cricket Semiconductor – a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India – will operate as a specialty foundry, according to Lou Hutter, one of two former Texas Instruments executives who formed the company.
Drop in Foundry Sales Sends a Warning Signal
News & Analysis  
7/10/2015   3 comments
For the first time in more than three years, the world's two biggest foundries have posted negative monthly revenue figures at the same time.
TSMC Urges Taiwan to Solve Long-Term Power Supply Issues
News & Analysis  
7/8/2015   5 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest chip foundry, has urged the Taiwan government to solve a long-term power supply issue that could impact TSMC as soon as five years from now.
Heisenberg's Principle Applied to Indian Wafer Fabs
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7/7/2015   Post a comment
Will the curiously-named Cricket Semiconductor be going the same way as two previously-touted wafer fabs for India: into a state of uncertainty in position and momentum?
Could India's Analog Wafer Fab be Moving South?
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7/3/2015   Post a comment
Cricket Semiconductor, a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India has been in talks with state government of Telangana, according to a report in the New Indian Express.
Back in the Driver’s Seat on Global Trade
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a major victory for free trade and the semiconductor industry, says CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
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6/23/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0
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6/11/2015   4 comments
The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
Engineering Shortage Persists
Engineering Job Market  
6/8/2015   25 comments
Lower engineering salaries means managers should brace themselves for the revolving door, especially when 3-7—year itch kicks in.
Avago/Broadcom Create Patent Powerhouse
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6/8/2015   2 comments
With their proposed $37 billion merger, Broadcom Corp. will strengthen Avago Technologies’ patent position significantly in sectors such as mobile, the data center and the Internet of Things.
Intel/Qualcomm: The Last Big Move
Blog  
5/29/2015   8 comments
In the chip game, two big dominoes are waiting to fall.
NXP Agrees to RF Power Business Sell-Off
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors strikes deal to sell its RF power business to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd (JAC Capital) to appease regulators.
Chips Make Change in Emerging Markets
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
The chief executive of ARM challenges engineers to put today's technologies to use in developing markets.
SoC From Russia With MIPS
News & Analysis  
5/27/2015   7 comments
Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
Waving the Flag
Blog  
5/26/2015   2 comments
Economic espionage in the electronics industry is really the issue?
Mao Zedong & Little Red Internet
Engineering Investigations  
5/21/2015   12 comments
Linking Internet leaders like Jack Ma with Chairman Mao
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
News & Analysis  
5/14/2015   25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
Startup's Search Engine Matches Experts to Projects, Globally
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
French startup ideXlab has developed a very specialized search engine, one that shifts through patents, academic papers, specialized industrial databases and even social networks to establish expert profiles and match them to your projects.
China Advantage Wanes for OEMs
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5/2/2015   2 comments
Once the clear winner for OEMs in terms of low-cost manufacturing, China may soon be less compelling for electronics OEMs.
RCA Taiwan Workers’ Victory: Too Little, Too Late
Blog  
4/30/2015   4 comments
Taiwanese workers win settlement against famously defunct U.S. electronics company, RCA, for exposure to hazardous chemicals in 1970s.
Arris Sets Pace in Set Top Boxes
Blog  
4/29/2015   7 comments
The demise of UK's indigenous electronics sector continues apace. Here's another sign of the downhill trend.
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei
News & Analysis  
4/15/2015   4 comments
Wireless is the likely target of layoffs after Nokia bid $16.6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to create the world’s second largest telecom vendor.
Power Electronics Market Surges
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
News & Analysis  
4/10/2015   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
News & Analysis  
4/1/2015   3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Patent Suits Have Global Impacts
Blog  
3/26/2015   1 comment
Companies found guilty of patent infringement, even those under an injunction, may be permitted to carry out some global activities, according to a recent court decision.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
News & Analysis  
3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
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   12 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.
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