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?
Aricent Buys SmartPlay for $180M
News & Analysis 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.
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.
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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
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.