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Java's father says Oracle is “in the right”
4/30/2012   13 comments
James Gosling, the father of Java, publically came out in favor of Oracle in its suit against Google’s Android, igniting a lively debate
Standards effort seeks to put a charge in EV deployment
News & Analysis  
4/25/2012   9 comments
The American National Standards Institute is driving an effort to develop technical specs for electric vehicle technology and related efforts like battery development and an interoperable charging infrastructure.
Tensilica aims at Chinese audio
News & Analysis  
4/24/2012   2 comments
Tensilica is banking its future growth on the world's largest electronics market by adding support for China's Dynamic Resolution Adaptation standard to its entire library of over 100 audio encoders, decoders, an sound enhancement chips for adding high-fidelity audio digital signal processors to mobile handsets.
China mulls national CPU architecture spec
News & Analysis  
4/23/2012   40 comments
Chinese officials have kicked off a program to define a national processor architecture that could become a requirement for projects seeking government funding.
Intel smartphone launched in India
News & Analysis  
4/19/2012   18 comments
The first smartphone with Intel’s Atom inside has launched in India
Huawei recognizes Lattice as 'core partner'
News & Analysis  
4/18/2012   Post a comment
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., one of the world's largest suppliers of telecommunications and networking equipment, has recognized FPGA vendor Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (Hillsboro, Ore.) as a "2011 Core Partner."
Google may bundle MIPS support with Android
News & Analysis  
4/17/2012   12 comments
Google is expected to boost support in Android for MIPS Technologies, giving the company a badly needed boost in the hot smartphone and tablet sector.
Nokia faces long, painful, uncertain recovery
4/13/2012   14 comments
Nokia investors should expect the near certainty that the company will emerge from the ongoing restructuring painfully smaller and possibly less profitable.
The distinction between manufacturing and production, and why it matters
4/10/2012   10 comments
Understanding the distinction between manufacturing and production is crucial for how we leverage technology to revive the economy and create more jobs.
Who wants Elpida and why? Analysts weigh in
News & Analysis  
4/10/2012   4 comments
Amid the extraordinary Elpida auction situation, we asked several analysts who wants Elpida, why, and what the ultimate impact will be for the DRAM business.
India seen as fastest growing chip consumer in 2012
News & Analysis  
4/9/2012   5 comments
India is expected to be the fastest growing market in terms of semiconductor assumption in 2012, according to market research firm Gartner.
Arbitrator orders ST Micro to pay NXP $59M
News & Analysis  
4/9/2012   4 comments
STMicroelectronics has been ordered to pay about $59 million to NXP Semiconductors by an arbitration tribunal to settle a dispute over charges for wafers NXP supplied to ST's wireless joint venture in 2008 and 2009, ST said.
Thinking about the next Big One (for now)
Semi Conscious  
4/6/2012   5 comments
Electronics firms are thinking about supply chain risk management after a disaster-plagued 2011. Will they continue to do so?
Toshiba reportedly bows out of Elpida bidding
News & Analysis  
4/5/2012   2 comments
Toshiba no longer plans to bid for a stake in fellow Japanese chip vendor Elpida Memory, according to a Reuters news service report that cites two Japanese newspapers as its source.
IHS: Counterfeit parts represent $169B annual risk
News & Analysis  
4/4/2012   19 comments
The five most prevalent types of semiconductors reported as counterfeits represent $169 billion in potential risk per year for the global electronics supply chain, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Apr 4th
4/4/2012   Post a comment
Dialog, TSMC, Open-Silicon, Analog Bits, Gartner, ABI, Synopsys, Analog Devices, Kilopass, CEVA, OCP-IP, NXP and MarketsandMarkets made the lineup today. See here for their news…
NXP sues RIM for patent infringement
News & Analysis  
4/3/2012   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors filed a patent infringement lawsuit against RIM in U.S. federal court, according to a report by the Bloomberg news service.
Can the cloud revive manufacturing?
News & Analysis  
4/3/2012   22 comments
A new study argues that information technology in the form of "cloud-enhanced services" is one way western manufacturers can add value to products and compete with Asian manufacturing giants.

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