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Denmark beats out U.S. in 'networked' technology
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
In another indication this week that the U.S is losing its competitive high-tech edge, the country dropped from first to seventh place in "networked readiness" rankings of global economies released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF.)
China Netcom win boosts A/V codec
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
China Netcom, one of China's major wired-telecom companies, will implement a homegrown A/V codec in its fledgling Internet Protocol television network this year.
Fake components delay designs in Israel
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
Israeli designers, fed up with long component lead times, are buying counterfeits from China, sources said. The result is a high failure rate of designs, and lost sales at several companies.
U.S. has lost its high-tech edge, report finds
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
The AeA's follow up study from 2005 delivers chilling statistics but offers a pathway to regaining an advantage in science, technology and innovation.
Infineon licenses fab technology to Indian chip maker
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Infineon has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. to license semiconductor manufacturing technologies required to launch production in India.
Sonus Networks acquires Zynetix
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
Sonus Networks Inc. will acquire Zynetix Ltd. for $13 million in cash and stock, giving the soft-switching specialist a new software base in GSM infrastructure products.
Fiber will benefit rural China, research director says
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
China's rural villages could prove to be the largest optical market over the next decade, according to a leading Chinese optical researcher.
Fab craze in China is not playing out as planned
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
For any country looking to seed its semiconductor industry with fabs, China is a prime example of how a good idea can go bad. Just ask James Koo, who was president of the now-defunct Nanotech Corp.
Updated: Intel confirms $2.5 billion fab in China
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3/26/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. confirmed that it will build a $2.5 billion, 300-mm wafer fab in the northern Chinese city of Dalian.
Execs upbeat about ICs, China
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3/23/2007   Post a comment
Semiconductor executives are feeling positive about the near-term prospects for the global IC industry, expecting revenue gains to exceed 10 percent this year, according to a survey from KPMG.
Global IT production estimated at $1.8 trillion in 2006
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3/23/2007   Post a comment
Japanese trade group JEITA estimated that total 2006 IT production, including electronic equipment, components and devices, will increase by 6.6 percent to 196 trillion ($1.78 trillion).
Japanese association compiles electronics stats
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
The Japan Electronics & Information Technology Industries Association has compiled global electronics production statistics.
Slow, steady growth seen for U.S. tech sector
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
The U.S. tech sector is expected to grow slowly, but steadily, this year, driven by expanding overseas sales, a market research firm said Wednesday.
Doubling of NIST budget sought to boost standards work
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
The chairman of a congressional panel on technology innovation said Wednesday (March 21) it is time to reexamine the Commerce Department agency's role in shaping technology standards and influencing the direction of U.S. innovation policy.
India expects chip policy to attract $5B in foreign investment
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
The Indian government said it expects its new chip policy to attract more than $5 billion in manufacturing investments over the next three years.
India expects chip policy to attract $5B in foreign investment
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
The Indian government said it expects its new chip policy to attract more than $5 billion in manufacturing investments over the next three years.
Intel Capital folds Israel into Europe region, names new MD
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Intel Capital has named London-based Ashish Patel as the managing director for all of Intel's European VC investment regions, combining Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Western Europe and Middle East.
ITC to rule on Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent IPR spat
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. and Alcatel-Lucent are embroiled in another patent infringement case and the software giant has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to begin an investigation. It claims the French communications group is infringing on some of its patents related to "unified communications" products.
SanDisk, Hynix plan NAND joint venture
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
SanDisk Corporation and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. are planning a joint venture to develop and make flash memories and NAND memory systems based on four-bit-per-cell x4 flash technology. The move follows the companies signing a patent cross licensing deal Wednesday (March 21) covering flash memory that ends a long standing dispute.
Qualcomm hits back against Nokia'a accusations
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Qualcomm has, not surprisingly, called Nokia's latest legal action against the chip maker, and allegations that its patents are exhausted for use in Europe, as meritless and simply a manoeuvre by the Finnish handset maker to delay judicial determinations that Nokia's GSM handsets infringe Qualcomm's patents.
EU Commissioner slammed for stance on mobile TV
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
The head of the WorldDMB organization has made a scathing attack on EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, for rejecting out of hand all but the DVB-H version of mobile TV for use in Europe.
China trip by Intel CEO fuels fab rumors
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. chief executive Paul Otellini will travel to China next week, fueling speculation that Intel will confirm plans for a 12-inch wafer plant in the northern city of Dalian.
Gartner analyst says Intel fab is Chinese wishful thinking
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
Bob Johnson, an analyst with Gartner Inc., has dismissed the idea of Intel Corp. putting down a trailing-edge 90-nm wafer fab in China as "wishful thinking" by Chinese authorities.
Nokia opens another front against Qualcomm in IPR fight
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Nokia and Qualcomm have extended their increasingly bitter and complex patent infringement lawsuits against each other with the Finnish phone maker filing complaints against Qualcomm in Germany and the Netherlands over the continuing validity of some of Qualcomm's IP. The move comes just weeks ahead of a deadline for the companies to renew a long standing royalties sharing agreement for W-CDMA technology.
Offshore outsourcing cost advantages to disappear by 2027: Study
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
Rising costs in emerging markets such as India and China mean the financial advantages of outsourcing to such destinations will dry up in the next 20 years, according to a study released Thursday.
UK firms breaking the law as WEEE directive starts
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
Some British companies could be breaking the law as from today (March 15) as the Government has failed to consider the impact on business with the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive, a firm closely involved in the scheme has warned.
India CE maker to spend $250M on chip facility
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3/13/2007   Post a comment
Consumer electronics maker Videocon Ltd. intends to spend $250 million to build a semiconductor facility in eastern or southern India.
Motorola invests in wireless video developer Amimon
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3/13/2007   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. said it is investing in Amimon Inc., a developer of chip technology for wireless transmission of high-definition video.
National Semi chief blasts politicos' tech inertia
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
In what sounded suspiciously like a stump speech, National Semiconductor Corp. CEO Brian Halla Monday blasted U.S. politicians for ignoring technology issues and, in doing so, putting the country at risk.
IBM looks beyond India to Vietnam and China
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3/12/2007   Post a comment
IBM on Monday announced plans to open new computer services centers in Vietnam and China, and said it will work with Cisco Systems to provide a range of internationally consistent infrastructure support offerings.
Two bidders vie for JVC
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3/10/2007   Post a comment
Matsushita Electric received final bids from two suitors for the sale of its JVC subsidiary.
U.K companies link for WEEE recycling compliance
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3/8/2007   Post a comment
Testing house RFI Global Services Ltd is partnering with environment consultancy Environ to deliver what they say is the first approved U.K. Producer Compliance Scheme under the pending waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE ) directive.
NFC meets money: Basics of mobile transactions
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Here's a quick review of the basics of Mobile NFC technology and an intriguing glimpse into the brave new world of secure over-the-air (OTA) channels.
Education, immigration reforms essential to U.S. competitiveness: Bill Gates
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
To remain globally competitive, America must double the number of science, math, and technology graduates in the U.S. by 2015, and reform immigration policies, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates told a Senate panel on Wednesday.
Industry coalition calls for export reforms
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
Responding to proposed export controls on technology shipped to China, an industry coalition on Tuesday called on the Bush administration to strike a balance between U.S. national security and global competitivness.
Industry coalition calls for export reforms
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
Industry groups pressing for export control reforms and federal support for U.S. technology innovation are stepping up their lobbying efforts on several fronts.
Matsushita seeks bids for JVC
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3/3/2007   Post a comment
Matsushita Electric will invite bids on March 9 for the sale of its subsidiary, Victor Company of Japan, Ltd., according to reports from Japan.
Will Brazil be the next EMS hot spot?
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3/2/2007   Post a comment
Brazil's contract manufacturing market is poised to double over the next five years from $3 billion in 2006 to $6.2 billion by 2011, according to an analyst at iSuppli Corp.
Renesas invests in Chinese software partner
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3/1/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. is investing in a Chinese company in Xian in order to expand sales of systems-on-a-chip for audio/visual product applications.


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