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Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm
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9/4/2014   10 comments
Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
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9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Europe Leads in Chip Market Growth
News & Analysis  
9/2/2014   1 comment
In July, Europe showed the strongest year-on-year growth of all regions tracked by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
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9/2/2014   3 comments
With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   14 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
White Goods Consolidation Drives Power Deals
News & Analysis  
8/27/2014   3 comments
The power semiconductor industry has seen two key announcements this week, highlighting some serious consolidation, all driven by agitation in the white goods market.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
News & Analysis  
8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Brazil's Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home
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8/26/2014   29 comments
John Hall, President of the Linux Foundation, lays out a scenario for how a clone of the Raspberry Pi, only better and much cheaper, could be made in Brazil. Call it the Plum Pi.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Bitcoin Bill Begs Questions
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8/26/2014   1 comment
A California law passed in late June attempted to legalize the use of alternative currencies such as Bitcoin, but the law falls short in at least one area and raises questions in others.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
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8/25/2014   24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran
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8/22/2014   7 comments
Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
China Wants to Be No. 1
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8/20/2014   14 comments
China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
EU to Boost RFID Use & Privacy
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8/20/2014   7 comments
Can the European Union protect consumer privacy with a new RFID logo?
Engineers: Join Humanitarian Shout Out
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8/19/2014   22 comments
It's World Humanitarian Day: Share your stories with colleagues about efforts you, family, and colleagues make the world a better place. ESC's program manager gets the conversation started.
China Moves to Buy Omnivision
News & Analysis  
8/19/2014   1 comment
CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters
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8/15/2014   22 comments
China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
Betting Big on HD-to-Ultra HDTV Transition
Blog  
8/14/2014   4 comments
Will the Christmas buying season starting on Black Friday this year be the start of HDTV's transition to Ultra HD? That's what Nanotech Entertainment Inc. in San Jose, Calif,. is betting big on happening.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Freescale Japan Chief Breaking Barriers, Storming Castles
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8/8/2014   7 comments
Japan, once the leader in the high-tech world, has lost that distinction. “Japan needs to put that giant belt back,” says David Uze, president of Freescale Japan, “by leading the world in IoT.”
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed
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8/8/2014   19 comments
The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
Chinese Government Rejects Apple's iPad
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8/7/2014   6 comments
Ten Apple products, including its iPad and MacBook line, have been excluded from Chinese government procurement, reflecting deepening distrust of American technology among foreign officials in the wake of leaks about expansive US intelligence gathering.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June
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8/6/2014   1 comment
Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
Samsung Loses Grip on China
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Xiaomi has usurped Samsung's smartphone lead in the world's largest market.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones
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7/31/2014   5 comments
Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
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7/25/2014   17 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Cloud-Based Chip Design Research & Education
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   17 comments
Semiconductor Research and Silicon Cloud give chip designers global reach.
Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs
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7/17/2014   11 comments
Microsoft today announced sweeping layoffs related to the acquisition of Nokia’s handset division. The company will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year and while 12,500 layoffs are related to Nokia-related, Microsoft officials said losses are company-wide.
Mapper Opens Russian MEMS Fab
News & Analysis  
7/9/2014   1 comment
Mapper Lithography BV, a pioneer of the use of direct-write e-beam to characterize photoresist for chip production, has established a MEMS manufacturing site in Moscow for the production of e-beam deflection lens components for inclusion in its lithography systems.
TRW Launches Its Largest R&D Center -- in China
News & Analysis  
6/24/2014   2 comments
TRW Automotive Holdings has opened an R&D center in China. Placing its largest technology center in the Middle Kingdom provides a clear hint about where the automotive supplier expects further growth.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy?
News & Analysis  
6/17/2014   6 comments
This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
Startups Should Think Globally
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6/17/2014   3 comments
The technology industry is a global village with many moving parts, from engineers abroad to international operation. Startups are often recommended to concentrate on one geographical area, but the secret sauce may be in managing and developing across multiple geographies.
Brazilian Telecoms Go LTE-A, Rural
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6/17/2014   4 comments
With the World Cup well underway, soccer fans and telecom companies are testing 4G infrastructure mandated by the Brazilian government to handle massive user increases. Officials are optimistic about the strength of wireless networks and, despite delays, are moving forward with LTE rollout.
3D Printer Files Get ITC Protection
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6/16/2014   1 comment
The US ITC ruled in the so-called Align case that data files for 3D printers have property rights, but enforcing them will mainly fall to the files' owners.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All
Blog  
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
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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
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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
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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.
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