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South Korea's mobile RFID technology gets ISO nod
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
With the ISO-standardized RFID technology, South Korea will be able to protect its domestic mobile RFID market, which is expected to reach 700 billion won ($752 million) in 2010.
ICT industry needs to reduce CO2 emissions, says analyst
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4/26/2007   Post a comment
The information and communications technologies are responsible for about 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to research by Gartner Inc. This is about the same as the airline industry, yet gets much less attention from the global environmental lobby.
Semiconductor IP group spun off from Philips
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
The technology incubator division of Royal Philips Electronics has spun out Silicon Hive, a licensor of processor and related intellectual property, and as part of the deal, New Venture Partners, TVM Capital and Philips have together invested $10 million in the new company.
Hitachi sues LGE over PDP patent infringement
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Hitachi Ltd., through its Plasma Patent Licensing subsidiary (HPPL), is suing LG Electronics and its U.S. unit, saying the South Korean company infringed its plasma display-related patents.
IP providers cast wary eye on TSMC
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is quietly but aggressively laboring to broaden its portfolios of internally developed semiconductor intellectual property and "proven" third-party IP. That has some observers asking whether the company is migrating to a more ASIC-like business model.
Samsung wins in Q1 mobile shipments, says iSuppli
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Global mobile-phone shipments in the first quarter of 2007 fell by 12.8 percent sequentially, declining to 253 million units, down from 290.1 million in the fourth quarter, according to market research group iSuppli Corp. The only mobile phone maker in the top five not to have suffered a quarterly decline was Samsung.
Samsung exec pleads guilty in DRAM scandal
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
A sixth executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a global conspiracy to fix DRAM prices, the Department of Justice announced.
Bill to raise H-1B visa cap makes a comeback in Congress
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
The bill looks to not only increase the cap on H1-B visas, but also create a new visa category -- the F-1 -- for foreign students looking to pursue a bachelor's or advanced degree.
Microsoft, Lenovo disclose joint research effort
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
A new research center in Beijing will focus on developing mobile technologies and customized versions of Microsoft products for Lenovo's PC platforms.
Actel sees FPGA comback in 2008
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
Betting its future on three FPGA market segments, Actel Corp. said it expects strong growth in the FPGA market by the end of the year.
U.S. officials downplay general's assessment of China ASAT test
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4/13/2007   Post a comment
Two U.S. officials cautioned against reading too much into the Jan. 11 test by China of an antisatellite weapon.
India to launch prototyping fab
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4/12/2007   Post a comment
Construction will begin within the next 12 months on a prototype fab which will be part of the India Design Center in Kolkata.
$10 handset reportedly in the works
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4/11/2007   Post a comment
UC Berkeley's Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is reportedly reaching out to Taiwan contract manufacturers to see if a $10 handset is feasible.
NEDA joins anti-piracy task force
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
The National Electronic Distributors Association has joined the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led task force formed to fight the growing global problem.
ETSI, AT4 to co-host mobile WiMAX PlugFest
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4/10/2007   Post a comment
Two of the leading organizations writing and testing for WiMAX Forum Certification in Europe, ETSI and AT4 wireless, are to co-host the third, public mobile WiMAX PlugFest. The event is scheduled for May 13-19, 2007 in Sophia Antipolis, France.
Pistorio being lined up as chairman of Telecom Italia
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4/9/2007   Post a comment
Pasquale Pistorio, former president and CEO of STMicroelectronics, is being lined up as the next chairman of Telecom Italia according to reports in the Italian media following the resignation over the weekend of Guido Rossi.
Toshiba sues 17 over DVD patents
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4/9/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba has gone on the offensive with a lawsuit and a trade complaint claiming 17 companies--including Daewoo Electronics America, jWIN Electronics and Memcorp from the United States--infringe on its DVD patents.
Nokia pays Qualcomm, but IP dispute continues
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4/5/2007   Post a comment
In the latest twist to the long running patent disputes between Nokia and Qualcomm Inc., the Finnish phone maker said Thursday (April 5) it is paying Qualcomm $20 million for patent licenses covering the second quarter 2007.
Apple at bottom of 'Green Ranking' barrel
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
Despite its worldly image, Apple ranks at the bottom of Greenpeace's latest "Green Ranking," while Chinese computer maker Lenovo shot up from last place to become the most environmentally conscious electronics maker.
Chips, displays fuel South Korea's Q1 IT export growth
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
South Korea's exports of information technology products totaled $28.75 billion during the first quarter of this year, up 8.3 percent over the same quarter of 2006.
ASML to set up R&D and support center in Taiwan
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4/4/2007   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment maker ASML Holding NV is to go ahead with an R&D centre in Taiwan and has signed a contract Wednesday (April 4) with the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs to establish the "Center of Excellence" near Taipei.
South Korea trade pact a boon for technology
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4/3/2007   Post a comment
An industry group suggests the elimination of trade tariffs will increase the $12.7 billion worth of electronic products U.S. companies sent to South Korea in each of the last few years.
European regulators move against Apple's iTunes sales
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4/3/2007   Post a comment
Just a day after Apple Inc. and EMI concluded a deal that would allow the British music publisher to make some of its content available on-line to users of the iTunes platform without antipiracy protection, Apple, and several music publishers, have been hit by a European Commission investigation.
Comment: In China, always a quid pro quo
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
There is an unwritten rule that multinationals must pay a hefty "cover charge" to do business in China. The latest example is Intel Corp., which last week confirmed it will build a $2.5 billion fab in China.
Agility to acquire shippers LEP, Pan Orient
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
Agility Logistics Solutions Ltd. announced plans to expand its global footprint by acquiring freight forwarder LEP International, a network of logistics companies operating in the Asia Pacific region.
Americas fared worst in February's global chip slump
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
Europe was one of the better performing sectors for sales of semiconductors in February, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), while the Americas region suffered the largest decline.
TI's Templeton backs R&D in India, rules out fab
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
Although the prospect of setting up a manufacturing facility is far from his plans in India, Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton is certainly excited about the Indian semiconductor policy that was announced a few weeks ago. And on a visit to the country, Templeton announced a partnership with the Bengaluru--based Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
Europe shows lowest chip sales decline in February
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
Europe was one of the better performing sectors for sales of semiconductors in February, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), while the Americas region suffered the largest decline.
Not everyone gets mugged in China for IP
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
Intellectual-property theft in China isn't going away anytime soon. That's the bad news. The good news is that there are still plenty of ways for chip designers and manufacturers like Intel to get in on China's growth without getting mugged.

Apple will sell DRM-free music
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4/2/2007   Post a comment
Apple Inc. will make available on its iTunes store starting in May the entire digital catalog from EMI Music without any digital-rights restrictions and at a higher encoding quality for a 30 center per song premium.


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