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NXP: 'We Need to Be More Chinese'
Blog  
3/6/2014   9 comments
When Drue Freeman, NXP’s senior vice president, was asked why a fabless automotive chip JV in China, he said: “We’ve kept thinking we need to be more Chinese than we already are.”
Wearable Patent Battles Ahead
Blog  
2/24/2014   3 comments
The rapid rise of wearable computing products will likely spawn another round of patent battles, many of them fought at the International Trade Commission
Android Contract Raises Questions
Blog  
2/14/2014   20 comments
A leaked copy of a 2011 Android agreement between Google and HTC raises questions about the amount of control Google exercises over OEM handsets.
End of Startup Era: Chips Face Innovation Gap
Slideshow  
2/14/2014   34 comments
The startup era is ending, chief executives and investors said, so the semiconductor industry has to find innovation from another source.
10 Tips for Your Product Launch
Blog  
2/11/2014   Post a comment
A public relations professional provides some free coaching in how to position and launch to the world that product you've been quietly working on.
Patent Suit Bills Found Wanting
News & Analysis  
2/11/2014   32 comments
Congress is expected to pass legislation to curb frivolous patent suits, but experts say current draft bills are flawed.
IBM Chip Sale: What Would It Mean?
Blog  
2/7/2014   5 comments
IBM is exploring the sale of its chip division -- a move that could have profound implications for the chip and server industries.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
News & Analysis  
2/7/2014   50 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Expect India Fabs Green Lighted Within a Week
Blog  
2/4/2014   22 comments
The ball will start rolling at long last for the two semiconductor manufacturing facilities in India. Sources say the Indian government will give the green light within a week.
China Bets on Homegrown OS
News & Analysis  
1/31/2014   30 comments
A new operating system designed in China for smartphones, tablets, set-tops, and PCs could exercise a disruptive influence worldwide.
Lenovo Snags Motorola for $2.9B
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   31 comments
Just six days after agreeing to spend $2.3 billion for IBM's x86 server group, Lenovo bids for Motorola Mobility in an unexpected fire sale at Google.
Slashing Costs in 3D IC Wafer Process
News & Analysis  
1/27/2014   3 comments
AML has filed a patent for its newly developed vacuum wafer carrier solution, using carriers with etched micro-patterns that allow for a vacuum to be created between the carrier and the wafer to be processed.
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon
News & Analysis  
1/23/2014   2 comments
Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
FTC Hearing IoT Privacy Concerns
Blog  
1/2/2014   2 comments
Anyone concerned about privacy on the Internet of Things ought to speak out before the US Federal Trade Commission closes public comment on Jan. 10.
E-Waste: Lack of Info Plagues Efforts to Reduce E-Waste
News & Analysis  
12/31/2013   13 comments
Fixing e-waste problems is hampered by lack of information on both ends of trade flows, according to an MIT study. Poorer nations need to track e-waste coming onto their shores, which means tracking codes need to be created.
Welcome to the Xmas Return Line
Blog  
12/30/2013   38 comments
The last two consumer electronics products I bought failed miserably. Is it just my bad luck or has quality gone to hell?
5G Dials Up Global Efforts
News & Analysis  
12/24/2013   13 comments
The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
E-Waste to Jump One-Third by 2017, StEP Report Says
News & Analysis  
12/18/2013   5 comments
In 2017, the end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys, and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end to end on a highway straddling three-quarters of the Equator.
Cloud Giants Rain on Washington
Blog  
12/10/2013   4 comments
When Apple, Google, and Microsoft lecture the government on how to handle personal data, the best comedians listen intently.
China's LTE Bid Good for Apple
Blog  
12/4/2013   4 comments
The Chinese government licensed its three big carriers for LTE, opening a door to more sales for Apple and a handful of China and US chip makers.
IoT Challenge Sparks Ongoing Discussion
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11/25/2013   Post a comment
Join an ongoing conversation about the Smart America Challenge and what lies ahead for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.
Industrial Internet Group Debuts Soon
News & Analysis  
11/15/2013   12 comments
A 10-company US consortium to set standards for the Industrial Internet aims to debut in January, said a GE executive driving a business in the area.
Merger Pits Mysterious Tsinghua Unigroup vs. MediaTek
News & Analysis  
11/14/2013   17 comments
The industry landscape among China’s fabless chip companies -- fragmented among too many little players fighting for a low-margin smartphone chip business in the domestic market -- is about to change.
Sony & Panasonic: Out of the Woods?
News & Analysis  
11/1/2013   16 comments
Two contrasting full-year financial forecasts issued by Panasonic and Sony this week prodded many financial analysts to suddenly ditch Sony and jump on Panasonic's bandwagon.
Mobile Phones Too Crowded: Nobody Goes There Anymore
Blog  
10/29/2013   14 comments
More than 3.4 billion people -- nearly half the world's population -- own mobile phones, a Worldwatch Institute study.
China's SMIC Responds to Soaring 3D IC Market
News & Analysis  
10/21/2013   5 comments
To capture the rapidly growing thru-silicon-via technology-based stacked device market, China Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has formed an R&D and manufacturing center dedicated to 3D IC.
Tech Forms Backdrop for Comic Thriller
Blog  
10/21/2013   3 comments
If you could use a few laughs, a virtual romp around Vegas and Paris, or ever considered killing your spouse, you might check out Three's a Crowd.
Walden’s $100M Fund to Inject Fuel Into Indian Chip Startups
India Chip Chat  
10/18/2013   16 comments
Walden's $100 million fund comes at a time when the central government has also announced new initiatives for the semiconductor industry.
Iridis4 Supercomputer Accelerates Big Research
News & Analysis  
10/18/2013   9 comments
IBM Intelligent Cluster x86 architecture is the brawn behind one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK devoted to science and technology research.
Qualcomm Move Raises Wireless Charging Questions
News & Analysis  
9/25/2013   12 comments
Co-founder of the Alliance for Wireless Power has joined the board of rival organization the Wireless Power Consortium.
Applied, Tokyo Electron Agree to $29 Billion Merger
News & Analysis  
9/24/2013   38 comments
New name needed for proposed trans-Pacific "merger of equals" that will create a clear market leader in chip- and display-making equipment.
Russia Preens for Investors
Blog  
9/20/2013   7 comments
A $2,000 heads-up display, a 3D competitor to Microsoft Surface computer, and a 90nm fab were among the jewels Russia showed off.
Agilent Splits HP DNA Again
News & Analysis  
9/19/2013   29 comments
With a bold three-year plan, Agilent will split into a separate $3.9 billion life science and $2.9 billion traditional T&M company.
China Drives Upticks in Infrastructure
Blog  
9/18/2013   2 comments
China was a source and benefactor of growth in recent sales in several communications markets, said market watchers at Dell'Oro Group.
Researcher Steps Beyond Higgs Boson
Blog  
9/18/2013   7 comments
Sean Carroll gave a layman's tour of the latest findings and frontiers in particle physics to an audience of wide-eyed electronics execs.
FTC Action Should Make You Insecure
Blog  
9/17/2013   8 comments
Recent actions of the US Federal Trade Commission are a wakeup call that it's time to make security a top design priority.
China Is the Only Reason the iPhone 5c Matters
News & Analysis  
9/10/2013   39 comments
The iPhone 5c matters, because Apple's China strategy goes nowhere without it.
Apple Ahead as Samsung Ban Looms
Blog  
8/16/2013   5 comments
Apple currently has an upper hand in the fierce and protracted patent infringement battle with Samsung over smartphones and tablets.
Hoover Institution Plans Report on US Patent System
News & Analysis  
8/9/2013   4 comments
Stanford's think tank will weigh in on whether the US patent system helps or hinders innovation with a report and a series of events.
Roundtable on Intellectual Property, Part 1
Blog  
8/6/2013   3 comments
Four experts in intellectual property core provision came together to discuss partnership in IP. Here is the first installment. Look out for the discussion to develop over the several postings.
How Will President Obama Rule on Apple vs. Samsung?
Blog  
8/2/2013   27 comments
The US legal system is complex, and companies have become adept at using trade rulings by the ITC as an alternate forum. But has it come to pass that President Obama must rule on Samsung versus Apple?
Lawsuits Drive Patent Market
News & Analysis  
8/1/2013   24 comments
A market for buying and selling patents is emerging as companies file more patents and get hit with more infringement suits, said a panel of experts.
Japan to Form Power Device Initiative
News & Analysis  
7/31/2013   10 comments
Unlike the CE market, there are no established testing procedures for power devices used in vehicles or other high-voltage, high-current infrastructure equipment. It could result in life and death issues, warned an Advantest executive.
Micron Closes Elpida Acquisition
News & Analysis  
7/31/2013   14 comments
Micron Technology announced it closed its $2.5 billion deal to acquire Elpida Memory.
Ethics in the Workplace
Blog  
7/29/2013   64 comments
Sometimes work can throw you an ethical challenge, and the right and wrong of it are not always black and white. That's when you have to step back and do some non-engineering thinking.
China Won't Be a Chip Manufacturing Power
Blog  
7/25/2013   52 comments
More evidence that China's thrust to create a large indigenous semiconductor manufacturing base hasn't quite panned out.
The Cloud May Clear Post-Snowden
Blog  
7/18/2013   4 comments
A letter from web giants to the US government may be just the start of a conversation about how we can innovate around privacy and transparency.
Swimming in a Patent Suit Tsunami
Blog  
7/15/2013   10 comments
We need some fresh thinking about how to navigate the rising tide of patent infringement suits.
Ham Operators' Paradise at Friedrichshafen's Flea Market
Blog  
7/10/2013   2 comments
Ham Radio show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is a must see for any ham enthusiast. Here's why.
Apple Bucks High-Tech Slippage in Fortune Rankings
News & Analysis  
7/8/2013   7 comments
The high-tech industry as a whole, despite the performance of Apple, Samsung, and Hon Hai, took a back seat to automotive companies and oil producers in the latest Fortune Global 500.
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