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Falling IC development productivity means lost engineering jobs
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11/30/2010   23 comments
Steadily declining IC development productivity means more job losses for engineers in the U.S. and Europe to their less expensive counterparts in second-world economies. And the trend is accelerating as chip design complexity outpaces gains in productivity.
Toshiba to source rare-earths from Mongolia
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11/26/2010   17 comments
Toshiba Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mongolia's MNFCC LLC agreeing to discussions on cooperation in the development of Mongolia's mineral resources, including uranium, rare earth and rare metals products.
North American PCB book-to-bill slips
News & Analysis  
11/24/2010   3 comments
The book-to-bill ratio for the North American rigid PCB industry in October 2010 fell below parity to 0.98, according to the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a standards body for the electronics industry known as the IPC.
Analog Devices claims MEMS patent win
News & Analysis  
11/23/2010   6 comments
Analog Devices Inc. has said that U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled patents belonging to Knowles Electronics LLC invalid. As a result Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers Jr. has quashed attempts to stop ADI from importing or selling its microphones in the United States.
Interview: Europe's new patent chief
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11/17/2010   8 comments
The new head of the European Patent Office wants to harmonize today's separate intellectual property systems—and he's starting at home.
China expands presence on Top 500 list
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11/14/2010   9 comments
China kept its number one spot in the latest rankings of the world's supercomputers and is now second only to the U.S. in sheer numbers of Top 500 systems.
Thunder in the Silicon Valley
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11/5/2010   12 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association stiffens its spine.


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