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European groups join 'Fab Club'
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
Two of the three companies that have joined the Fab Owners Association (FOA) are based in Europe and brings the number of semiconductor and MEMS manufacturing facilities owned by member companies to over 60.
Motorola set to open Israeli R&D site
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5/30/2007   Post a comment
Motorola is joining the rush of top multinational technology companies that are stepping up their R&D activity in Israel.
Nokia, Qualcomm extend their patent battles
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5/24/2007   Post a comment
The war of words and litigation between mobile phone maker Nokia and Qualcomm has intensified with Nokia countersuing the chipmaker for its infringement of six implementation patents used in Qualcomm GSM/WCDMA and CDMA2000 chipsets.
Intel mum on WiMax deal in central China
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. appears to be pushing ahead with efforts to seed the WiMax market in China, striking a deal with a provincial government in central China that may spread to several other provinces.
ITC judge rules AnalogicTech did not infringe Linear's patents
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
A legal battle between two analog IC companies has tilted toward Advanced Analogic Technologies (AnalogicTech) with a favorable ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Taiwan launches patent auction service
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
The Industrial Technology Research Institute, a Taiwanese R&D organization, has launched a patent auction service.
Microsoft inks anti-piracy deal with Vietnam
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. signed an agreement with the Vietnamese government designed to reduce the use of pirated software in the country as it gears up to attract more technology investments.
STATS ChipPAC shareholders resist private-equity buyout
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
A buyout of STATS ChipPAC closed with government investment arm Temasek Holdings seizing a majority stake in the firm, but falling short of the 90 percent share needed to proceed with plans to take the test and assembly house private.
NXP looking for acquisitions in India
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
NXP is looking acquisitions in India according to Frans van Houten, the company's president and CEO.
China tech industry to hit $1.45 trillion by 2010
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
China's high-tech industry will rake in $1.45 trillion by 2010, nearly triple its size of just a few years ago, according to a report from a top Chinese policy group.
H-1B bills seek to end abuses, raise visa cap
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
A pair of competing Senate bills would seek to reform the U.S. high-tech visa program by raising annual visa caps and stopping abuse of the visa program by overseas employers.
Senators charge Indian outsourcers with visa abuse
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Two influential U.S. senators claim that Indian outsourcers are skirting H-1B rules and using the visas to stock their U.S. operations with low-paid Indian nationals.
Agility buys ocean freight forwarder in South China
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Extending its reach into the South China region, Agility has acquired Guangzhou Runtong International Transportation Company Ltd. (GRITCL), an ocean-freight forwarder, for an undisclosed sum.
Silicon IP vendors angle for advantage in China
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
In the silicon intellectual-property business, ARM Ltd. may be gaining traction in China, but it remains a challenging landscape for most other pure-play IP companies, which can usually count design wins on a single hand.
European VC activity in high tech falls in Q1
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
The level of venture capital invested in high technology companies in Europe fell in the first quarter of 2007 to Euros 1.4 billion ($1.9 billion) from Euros 1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) in the corresponding quarter of 2006, according Library House, a consultancy that tracks the venture capital sector.
Renesas seeks to keep its own process technology
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Announcing positive financial results, Satoru Ito, chairman and CEO of Renesas Technology Corp. said "our policy is to have our own process [technology] beyond 45 nanometers."
Beijing sets up $1.3 billion war chest for innovation
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Tsinghua Science Park in Beijing is putting together a $286 million investment fund, backed by another $1 billion in guaranteed loans, to encourage innovation and help local firms transform into global competitors.
Chip execs see consumer sector driving industry, posing challenges
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
The consumer electronics boom will continue to fuel growth in the semiconductor industry, but it may also create an environment where only the biggest players thrive, executives told an industry forum.
Slow growth predicted for component, assembly markets
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
Both the long term and short term forecasts compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) indicate that that growth will be slower in 2007 than it has been the last two years.
Israeli investors establish $155 million China fund
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5/7/2007   Post a comment
Infinity Fund has raised $155 million in the initial closing of the new Infinity Israel-China Fund. In a statement, Infinity said that it has decided to increase the target size of the fund from $150 million to $250 million.
Design defect discovered in Apple iBook G4
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5/4/2007   Post a comment
The consumer protection board in Denmark has found a design defect that causes the Apple iBook G4 to power down and leave a blank screen after about a year of use.
Nokia licenses Moore Microprocessor patents
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5/4/2007   Post a comment
Nokia has become the first mobile phone maker to license the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio from The TPL Group. Financial arrangements for the deal were not disclosed.
Greece opens a door to Balkans
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5/3/2007   Post a comment
Eyeing emerging markets in the Balkans and neighboring nations, Greece is jockeying to become the development gateway to this vast, untapped market of over 146 million consumers.
Report: China seeks 'indigenous innovation'
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
China is launching a 15-year plan akin to the U.S. post-Sputnik research initiative to achieve "indigenous innovation," a U.S. group concludes in a report on global competitiveness.
Report: China seeks 'indigenous innovation'
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
China is launching a 15-year plan akin to the U.S. post-Sputnik research initiative to achieve "indigenous innovation," a U.S. group concludes in a report on global competitiveness.


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