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China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All
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6/13/2014   2 comments
China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
EU Denies Intel Appeal of $1.4B Fine
News & Analysis  
6/12/2014   6 comments
The General Court of the European Union turned down Intel's appeal of a $1.4 billion fine for anti-competitive practices levied in a 2009 case.
China’s Auto Industry in 2050
Blog  
6/11/2014   7 comments
China has about 170 carmakers today, most of which produce fewer than 10,000 vehicles a year. That is unsustainable. Here’s my prediction of what the Chinese auto industry might look like in 2050.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS
News & Analysis  
6/10/2014   10 comments
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
Computex 2014: Building a Better Mouse
Blog  
6/9/2014   3 comments
Despite being the largest tradeshow in Asia, the 2014 Computex appeared to be more about building better solutions around the existing technology, than new innovations, a trend that has been reflected by many of the other major industry events.
How Best-Kept Tech Secret Got Tank Man Images Out of China
Blog  
6/5/2014   36 comments
During the unrest leading up to Tiananmen Square massacre, Western journalists squashed the story of the new digital camera, so the Chinese government would not know to prevent the escape of images.
Robotics: EU Launches $3.9 Billion Initiative
Blog  
6/5/2014   2 comments
The European Union believes the worldwide market for robotics will grow from US$30 billion (€22 billion) this year to $83 billion (€60 billion) by 2020. The Commission wants Europe to have a leading role developing new robotic products and technologies.
Fujitsu Labs: Is Trend Open-Source or Cloud-Labor?
News & Analysis  
6/5/2014   2 comments
Monozukuri, a Japanese manufacturing term that translates vaguely into craftsmanship and integrated manufacturing processes, gets an open-source update.
Rousset Fab's Future Hangs in the Balance
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5/30/2014   Post a comment
Twelve bids for the former LFoundry wafer fab in Rousset and its assets are now in the Commercial Court of Paris.
Regulators May Stymie 60 GHz Use
Blog  
5/28/2014   4 comments
Emerging 60GHz communications could be a prime example of how a market can be held back by subtle differences in government regulations.
Counterfeit DC/DC Converters in the Supply Chain
News & Analysis  
5/28/2014   2 comments
Power converter maker Recom has issued an advisory that it has identified numerous counterfeit copies of its products in the market and is seeking to protect its brand value.
Patent Reform? Experts Say No
News & Analysis  
5/21/2014   22 comments
A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Japan's Chip Fabs Turn to Growing Lettuce
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   5 comments
Two of Japan's chip companies have decided to grow lettuce and other vegetables in idle semiconductor clean rooms, using specialized lighting to replace sunlight.
Brazil Drives to 4G for World Cup
News & Analysis  
5/14/2014   5 comments
The eyes of soccer fans around the globe will be on Brazil June 12 when at least 3.7 million people descend for the World Cup. A race is on to deploy new networks to ensure the influx of fans will be able to get on the mobile web, but the outcome is still uncertain.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
News & Analysis  
5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Verdict Split in Apple v. Samsung
News & Analysis  
5/2/2014   31 comments
Jurors awarded Apple $119 million, a fraction of the $2+ billion it sought, failing to hurt the Korean company or slow the Android juggernaut.
Slideshow: Verdict Form in Apple v. Samsung
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
Four men and four women from San Jose have started deliberations in the $2 billion patent infringement suit of Apple v. Samsung. Take a look at the verdict form they must fill out.
Apple-Samsung: Let the Jury Begin
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
The closing arguments in the Apple-Samsung trial show.
Apple-Samsung Trial: The End Is Near
News & Analysis  
4/29/2014   2 comments
Final courtroom drama in Apple-Samsung trial is just a speed bump in march toward closing arguments, which will happen today.
Slideshow: Exhibits in Apple v. Samsung
News & Analysis  
4/28/2014   5 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case has generated thousands of pages of exhibits from which we pulled 17 pages that were widely cited or insightful.
Tech Giants Settle Salary Suit
News & Analysis  
4/25/2014   20 comments
Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel agree to settle a class action suit alleging they unfairly agreed not to hire one another's engineers and set pay ceilings.
Samsung Defense: Marketing Guru vs. Marketing Guru
News & Analysis  
4/19/2014   9 comments
Parade of marketing and programming experts continues as Samsung tries to prove Apple’s reasoning is flawed.
Patent Lessons From Apple v. Samsung
Blog  
4/18/2014   13 comments
The Apple v. Samsung case exposes vast gray areas in today's patent laws and practices in high-tech.
The Big Fat Indian Election
Blog  
4/16/2014   6 comments
Technology and data analysis have come to play a crucial role in India's national election where 815 million eligible voters will cast their vote in more than 930,000 polling booths.
PC Prior Art Cited on iPhone
News & Analysis  
4/15/2014   11 comments
Samsung cited a DOS-based app and an early web server as prior art against two of Apple's five patent infringement charges involving the Galaxy phones and tablets.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple
News & Analysis  
4/14/2014   7 comments
Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
Samsung Grills Apple Expert
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   9 comments
Samsung's lead attorney grilled one of Apple's strongest experts, a witness who calculated the Korean giant owes $2.191 billion in damages.
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports
News & Analysis  
4/11/2014   9 comments
After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
Apple Lays Out Case for $2B Penalty
News & Analysis  
4/9/2014   11 comments
An Apple expert testified why he believes Samsung owes the iPhone maker $2B+ in damages and could be liable for three times that amount.
Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat
News & Analysis  
4/8/2014   10 comments
Apple examined details of Google's Android code in testimony Monday as part of its patent infringement case against Samsung.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed
News & Analysis  
4/7/2014   15 comments
An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Phones Irk Apple v. Samsung Judge
Blog  
4/7/2014   3 comments
The judge in the Apple v. Samsung case threatened to have phones removed from the courtroom due to interference on the court's WiFi network.
Apple, Samsung Allege Copying
News & Analysis  
4/4/2014   4 comments
Apple showed Samsung reports detailing plans to copy a patented slide-to-unlock feature; Samsung countered with emails from Steve Jobs on Google.
SK Hynix, Others Benefit From DRAM Shortage
News & Analysis  
4/3/2014   1 comment
The semiconductor industry's record revenue is skewed by a shortage of memory and a spike in costs, according to Garter. SK Hynix is one company that has benefited.
Russia Sanctions Impact Mulled
News & Analysis  
4/2/2014   6 comments
Russian officials and company heads discussed how speculation about sanctions can have unintended consequences for the business community, including the impact on IPOs and sales. Cooperation will be key in preventing innovation slowdown, panelists said.
Apple Launches iTrial 2
Blog  
4/1/2014   3 comments
Apple's second major patent infringement trial against Samsung is starting off much like the first one 18 months ago when it won a $1B decision.
EU Moves Towards Single Telecom Market
Blog  
3/26/2014   4 comments
European Union to end roaming charges, coordinate spectrum licensing for wireless broadband, guarantee an open Internet for all, and adopt other consumer protections.
China's Parallel Universe
Blog  
3/26/2014   10 comments
When I’m in China, I often feel as though I’m in a parallel universe. As global as the electronics industry has become, certain things remain distinctly regional. China’s tablet and set-top markets are good examples.
Will ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen?
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3/17/2014   10 comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Yoshida in China: Why 'WeChat'
Blog  
3/13/2014   13 comments
The technology companies here seem to believe their highest priority is to get China’s dynamic Internet players -- chiefly, Alibaba and Tencent -- on their side, talking them into pairing new services with their new technologies.
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
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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   49 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   16 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.
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