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Brussels and What’s Really Important
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3/22/2016   44 comments
Events like the attacks in Brussels soften my heart and remind me what’s really important.
3D NAND Fab Seen as Milestone for China
News & Analysis  
3/22/2016   4 comments
Breaking of ground for construction of XMC fab that will eventually produce 200,000 wafers per month signals new phase in development of China's domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, says analyst.
U.S. to Temporarily Relax Restrictions on ZTE
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
A senior U.S. Commerce Department official said the U.S. will temporarily lift exports restrictions imposed earlier this month on Chinese telecom giant, according to published reports.
Ireland: a Lucky & Lucrative Electronics Manufacturing Destination
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3/17/2016   Post a comment
n the electronics supply chain and manufacturing sectors, that Irish identity may be increasingly a norm.
The ‘Elite Eight’: A Policy Plan to Strengthen U.S. Technology Leadership
Capitol Connection  
3/15/2016   1 comment
Despite the semiconductor industry’s outsized importance to our country, we face a range of challenges in 2016. Here are the top 8.
How Foxconn-Sharp Benefit from Reconciliation
Blog  
3/11/2016   2 comments
Sharp and Foxconn again struggling to do a deal that is expected to significantly benefit both companies.
ZTE Ruling Rattles Optical Component Suppliers
News & Analysis  
3/11/2016   1 comment
A ban on exports by U.S. suppliers to China's ZTE is expected to hit small and mid-sized optical transceiver suppliers hardest, analysts say.
Intel Buys 3D Video Technology Startup
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3/10/2016   Post a comment
Deal to acquire Replay Technologies seen as chip giant's broadest move yet toward application level technology.
US Gov't Fines Qualcomm Over Bribery Reports
News & Analysis  
3/4/2016   1 comment
Qualcomm Inc has agreed to pay $7.5 million in charges for violating U.S. anti-bribery laws by hiring "princelings," an Asian term referring to children or younger relatives of China's political leaders or top executives at state-owned enterprises to obtain business and leverage, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday.
10 Views of Security at RSA
Slideshow  
3/2/2016   2 comments
The U.S. attorney general, head of the NSA and president of Microsoft were among those commenting on the Apple-FBI case and the future of cryptography at the RSA Conference.
Facebook Friends the Telco Cloud
Blog  
2/22/2016   3 comments
Cellular base stations and other telco gear may go the way of open servers if a new group gets its way.
LinkedIn Refines its Network
News & Analysis  
2/11/2016   4 comments
Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT and Politics On Tap
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2/10/2016   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is a mere five weeks away. Here's a look at what we're expecting at the event, amidst local, national, and global politics.
Why AMD Should ARM China
Blog  
2/10/2016   13 comments
Qualcomm recently joined the party in China where Intel and IBM are longstanding guests. AMD needs to respond to its RSVP.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval
News & Analysis  
2/3/2016   1 comment
The Taiwanese government has given foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) approval to build a 300mm wafer fab in China, according to reports that reference the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
News & Analysis  
1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Qualcomm Enters $280M Joint Venture with Chinese Province
News & Analysis  
1/19/2016   1 comment
The joint venture will focus on the design, development and sale of advanced server chipset technology in China, which is the second largest country in the world for server technology sales.
Congratulations to Taiwan’s President-Elect
Blog  
1/18/2016   2 comments
Taiwan President-elect Tsai Ing-wen appears to be the sort of trustworthy and rational person Taiwan needs as a leader. She was my English student.
TSMC Boosts 2016 Capex to About $9.5 Billion
News & Analysis  
1/14/2016   2 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will increase its capital expenditure in 2016 to an amount ranging from $9 billion to $10 billion as it aims for a bigger share of finer geometry chips.
Al Gore on China, Mobile Web
News & Analysis  
1/14/2016   3 comments
The warming relationship between China and the U.S. is important for continued development of the mobile Internet, according to former vice president Al Gore. Yet new tech companies also play an important role in shaping the future world.
Samsung Gives Ground Over Chip Workers' Cancers
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has made a concession to the families of scores of workers and former employees who have died of cancers over the last decade.
Slowing China Economy Halts $170M Facility Expansion Plan
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1/6/2016   Post a comment
The downturn in China's economy prompted Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) to suspend its expansion program for a $170-million factory, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
Intel Acquires Drone Maker Ascending Technologies
News & Analysis  
1/5/2016   3 comments
World's biggest chip maker furthers drone technology portfolio with definitive agreement to buy German firm.
Chinese Nationals Charged in Plot to Steal Chips From U.S. Navy
News & Analysis  
12/12/2015   1 comment
Three Chinese nationals are being held in Connecticut after allegedly attempting to buy and export chips stolen from the U.S. Navy.
Taiwan Joins Pack Pursuing Qualcomm
News & Analysis  
12/11/2015   1 comment
Mobile phone technology and chip provider Qualcomm Inc has announced that the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) has initiated an investigation into whether the company’s patent licensing arrangements violate the Taiwan Fair Trade Act.
Qualcomm Denies European Antitrust Charges
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12/8/2015   Post a comment
The European Commission has sent two Statements of Objections to phone chip company Qualcomm alleging it has made illegal exclusivity payments and pursued predatory pricing of its chipsets. Qualcomm has responded by saying it will show the allegations to be false.
China Swarms into IoT
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12/7/2015   Post a comment
Chinese gadget makers are jumping into Internet of Things (IoT) devices to catch an expected new wave of growth led by connected appliances for homes, some of which can use smartphones as remote controls.
UMC to Start 12-inch Fab in China Ahead of Schedule
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12/7/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world's third-largest foundry, said it expects to open a joint venture 12-inch fab in China about two months earlier than the company expected.
TSMC Aims to Build Its First 12-inch Fab in China
News & Analysis  
12/7/2015   1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said today that it aims to build its first 12-inch fab in China to tap strong demand in the world’s fastest growing chip market.
Samsung Preps $548M Check to Apple
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12/4/2015   Post a comment
Samsung said it its prepared to pay Apple $548 million in damages for violating iPhone patents but may ask for reimbursement pending appeals at the patent office and U.S. Supreme Court.
Technology Tackling Climate Change
News & Analysis  
11/30/2015   19 comments
We can still beat greenhouse warming climate change by adopting carbon-free electrical power generation and zero-emission vehicles.
NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
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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
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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.
TSMC Open to Selling Stake to Chinese Investors
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it is open to the possibility of selling a stake in itself to Chinese investors.
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.
Manufacturer's Definition of ‘Made in USA’ Costs Big Bucks
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
The "Made in USA" label does not always mean the same thing to companies as to the Federal Trade Commission.
Chip Mergers, Impacts Still Ahead
News & Analysis  
10/26/2015   2 comments
The current consolidation of semiconductor companies is not over, and engineers and OEMs have yet to feel its impacts in layoffs and pricing.
Lam Deal Leaves Open Questions
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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.
Foundry Sales Defy IC Decline
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
The importance of the wafer foundry business continues to grow in the IC industry, according to a new report from one veteran electronics analyst.
Lam, KLA May Leapfrog Applied
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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.
Silicon Valley's Role in Digital India Highlighted by Indian PM
Blog  
10/20/2015   1 comment
PM Modi recognizes the talent in Silicon Valley, and of the Indian Diaspora in particular.
Singapore Trials Autonomous Public Transport Systems
News & Analysis  
10/19/2015   1 comment
Singapore marked a key milestone toward its vision of autonomous public transport as it flagged off trials in One-North, signing MoUs to support tests with monitoring and safety infrastructure.
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
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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.
Startups Without Borders
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10/13/2015   Post a comment
International expansion is no longer a long-range goal for a fledgling startup.
Moroccan Camera Packager to Exit Market, Auction Equipment
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10/13/2015   Post a comment
Nemotek Technologies SA (Rabat, Morocco), which has been performing wafer-level packaging of lenses and camera modules, is leaving the business and putting its production equipment up for sale.
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.
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