Chip Group Sets 2017 Policies
News & Analysis 2/2/2017 Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association released an eight-point policy agenda for 2017 that may clash with President Trump’s plans on trade and immigration.
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles
News & Analysis 2/2/2017 9 comments
Qualcomm’s $39 billion acquisition of NXP could hit a snag. China’s MOFCOM could target the deal by demanding material divestitures as a condition of clearance. CFIUS could object to concessions Qualcomm and/or NXP might offer to MOFCOM.
Trump, Brexit Cloud Upbeat 2017
News & Analysis 1/27/2017 7 comments
The semiconductor market is posed for a better year ahead but uncertainties with President Trump, China and Brexit could sway the numbers.
Talent Hunt in China's Memory Triangle
News & Analysis 1/26/2017 19 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup’s recently disclosed d plans to build a $30 billion memory chip in Nanjing was unexpected – even by many China watchers. Unfolding are fierce battles over talent, manufacturing equipment and regional financing – among Xi’an, Wuhan and Nanjing.
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits
News & Analysis 1/25/2017 8 comments
Qualcomm’s quarter profits fell as a result of a fine from the Korea government in one of now five cases alleging unfair patent licensing.
China Goes on an M&A Diet
Blog 1/24/2017 2 comments
A decade-long trend of the China government encouraging Chinese businesses to expand globally by acquiring resources, advanced technologies, and distribution channels overseas is hitting a speed bump.
Trump: Man Without Scruples
Blog 1/23/2017 26 comments
The world isn't so sure yet which Trump will show up for the long haul. The Chinese government, too, is still deciding how to react to the new U.S. president.
FTC Slaps Qualcomm with Suit
News & Analysis 1/17/2017 1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint alleging Qualcomm is unfairly using its dominance in cellular baseband processors against rivals and customers.
China Defends Big Chip Bet
News & Analysis 1/12/2017 23 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
Korea Fines Q’comm Nearly $1B
News & Analysis 12/28/2016 5 comments
Korean regulators fined Qualcomm nearly $1 billion following a two-year investigation into its patent licensing practices, a decision the company will appeal.
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
News & Analysis 12/19/2016 3 comments
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
Lurking Behind Every M&A Is China
News & Analysis 12/13/2016 3 comments
Despite all the buzz in the global semiconductor industry about the accelerated consolidation of chip vendors, the biggest story this year goes untold — the presence at the negotiating table — in almost every M&A deal — of Chinese investors
Weighing China’s 1.1 Million Patents
Blog 11/25/2016 6 comments
U.S. innovators should not misconstrue the higher absolute number of patents filed in China in 2015 to imply anything about the strength of U.S. innovation or the U.S, IP marketplace.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
News & Analysis 11/8/2016 Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
U.S. Convenes Chip Study Group
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 8 comments
The Obama administration convened top semiconductor executives to make recommendations on what the sector needs to deal with threats from China and a slowing Moore’s law.
Lam/KLA Failure Cools M&A
News & Analysis 10/6/2016 Post a comment
Regulators struck down a proposed merger of Lam Research and KLA-Tencor, signaling collaboration will be the focus in process technology.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships
News & Analysis 9/26/2016 Post a comment
Imagination Technologies predicts profits this year with streamlined operations under a new CEO and thoughts of new core IP licensing models.
Samsung Gets Kicked Off the Plane
Blog 9/13/2016 2 comments
Lithium-ion battery fires are infrequent but not rare. Incidents involving Samsung’s latest smartphone may encourage mobile device makers to reexamine the integrity of their power trains.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic?
News & Analysis 7/20/2016 14 comments
Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Qualcomm Faces $900 Million Fine from Korea
News & Analysis 7/20/2016 Post a comment
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has said that semiconductor and telecoms company Qualcomm is facing a fine of up to 1 trillion won (about $875 million) for allegedly violating antitrust regulations, according to a Korea Times report.
Blog 7/20/2016 Post a comment
ARM/SoftBank deal: Is there a steady-state theory of tech company creation and destruction or are we living in a big-bang technology world?
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
News & Analysis 6/20/2016 5 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine
News & Analysis 5/18/2016 Post a comment
The European Commission is planning to announce it is hitting Google with a record-breaking €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) or thereabouts, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper.