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LinkedIn Refines its Network
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2/11/2016   1 comment
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.
Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT and Politics On Tap
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2/10/2016   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is a mere five weeks away. Here's a look at what we're expecting at the event, amidst local, national, and global politics.
Why AMD Should ARM China
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2/10/2016   10 comments
Qualcomm recently joined the party in China where Intel and IBM are longstanding guests. AMD needs to respond to its RSVP.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval
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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.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Qualcomm Enters $280M Joint Venture with Chinese Province
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1/19/2016   1 comment
The joint venture will focus on the design, development and sale of advanced server chipset technology in China, which is the second largest country in the world for server technology sales.
Congratulations to Taiwan’s President-Elect
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1/18/2016   2 comments
Taiwan President-elect Tsai Ing-wen appears to be the sort of trustworthy and rational person Taiwan needs as a leader. She was my English student.
TSMC Boosts 2016 Capex to About $9.5 Billion
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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
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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.
Samsung Gives Ground Over Chip Workers' Cancers
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has made a concession to the families of scores of workers and former employees who have died of cancers over the last decade.
Slowing China Economy Halts $170M Facility Expansion Plan
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1/6/2016   Post a comment
The downturn in China's economy prompted Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) to suspend its expansion program for a $170-million factory, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
Intel Acquires Drone Maker Ascending Technologies
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1/5/2016   3 comments
World's biggest chip maker furthers drone technology portfolio with definitive agreement to buy German firm.
Chinese Nationals Charged in Plot to Steal Chips From U.S. Navy
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12/12/2015   1 comment
Three Chinese nationals are being held in Connecticut after allegedly attempting to buy and export chips stolen from the U.S. Navy.
Taiwan Joins Pack Pursuing Qualcomm
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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
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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
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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.
UMC to Start 12-inch Fab in China Ahead of Schedule
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12/7/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world's third-largest foundry, said it expects to open a joint venture 12-inch fab in China about two months earlier than the company expected.
TSMC Aims to Build Its First 12-inch Fab in China
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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
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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.
Technology Tackling Climate Change
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11/30/2015   19 comments
We can still beat greenhouse warming climate change by adopting carbon-free electrical power generation and zero-emission vehicles.
NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
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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
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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
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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.
TSMC Open to Selling Stake to Chinese Investors
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it is open to the possibility of selling a stake in itself to Chinese investors.
Cisco, Ericsson Flirt with Merger
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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
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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.
Manufacturer's Definition of ‘Made in USA’ Costs Big Bucks
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
The "Made in USA" label does not always mean the same thing to companies as to the Federal Trade Commission.
Chip Mergers, Impacts Still Ahead
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10/26/2015   2 comments
The current consolidation of semiconductor companies is not over, and engineers and OEMs have yet to feel its impacts in layoffs and pricing.
Lam Deal Leaves Open Questions
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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.
Foundry Sales Defy IC Decline
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
The importance of the wafer foundry business continues to grow in the IC industry, according to a new report from one veteran electronics analyst.
Lam, KLA May Leapfrog Applied
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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.
Silicon Valley's Role in Digital India Highlighted by Indian PM
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10/20/2015   1 comment
PM Modi recognizes the talent in Silicon Valley, and of the Indian Diaspora in particular.
Singapore Trials Autonomous Public Transport Systems
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10/19/2015   1 comment
Singapore marked a key milestone toward its vision of autonomous public transport as it flagged off trials in One-North, signing MoUs to support tests with monitoring and safety infrastructure.
Engineer’s Newspaper Turns 123
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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
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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.
Startups Without Borders
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10/13/2015   Post a comment
International expansion is no longer a long-range goal for a fledgling startup.
Moroccan Camera Packager to Exit Market, Auction Equipment
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10/13/2015   Post a comment
Nemotek Technologies SA (Rabat, Morocco), which has been performing wafer-level packaging of lenses and camera modules, is leaving the business and putting its production equipment up for sale.
10 Wearables That Want to Change the World
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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.
Infineon Sets Up Second Factory in China
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10/12/2015   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies plans to get closer to its Asian customers as it invests $300 million in its second factory in China, seemingly unconcerned about the country's slowing growth.
IoT Net Gets Boost in Europe
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10/12/2015   Post a comment
The wireless M-Bus running in a 169 MHz band is getting a boost from smart city planners in Italy deploying 25,000 nodes this month.
Chip Market Decline Gathered Pace in August, says ESIA
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10/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner revised its forecast, calling for chip sales to decline due to weakness in PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Dresden's Chilling Evening Stroll
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10/8/2015   5 comments
After a visit to the Semicon Europa exhibition this week, I see Dresden as a home of high tech and of some scary protests reminiscent of the 1930s.
India Scores Support of Silicon Valley Giants
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
U.S. tech giants have committed to participate in Digital India and Smart Cities projects after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Silicon Valley on Saturday (Sept. 26).
India Could Tap Tesla for Solar Battery Solution
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9/28/2015   2 comments
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a visit to Tesla Motors to seek a viable solution to power storage problems that have been hounding solar electricity planners in the country.
Samsung Opens Silicon Valley Home
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9/24/2015   2 comments
Samsung’s new San Jose office towers over its sprawling Silicon Valley neighbors.
Foxconn Plants New Seeds in India
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
Foxconn is expanding its presence in India, pledging billions of dollars to build more R&D and manufacturing facilities there.
Apple Seen Splitting 14/16nm Orders Among Foundries into 2016
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9/17/2015   5 comments
Apple, the world’s largest buyer of chips made with leading process technology, is likely to divvy up its orders for 14/16nm products this year and next as part of a strategy to gain pricing power over foundry suppliers such as Samsung and TSMC.
EE Times Silicon 60: 2015's Startups to Watch
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9/8/2015   2 comments
EE Times adds 30 recently formed companies to its Silicon 60 list for 2015.
Engineering Job Market: Passion Helps Land the Job
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9/7/2015   10 comments
Engineers: show your passion and pray for capital investment. Adecco's head of US Engineering and Technology division talks about the job market today of engineers.
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.
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