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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.