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Philips Lumileds wins another round in patent lawsuits
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
In another round of the long running patent infringement cases between LED suppliers Philips Lumileds (san Jose, Calif.) and Epistar (Hsinchu, Taiwan), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected Epistar's appeal of the International Trade Commission's interpretation of the claims in Philips Lumileds' U.S. Patent No. 5,008,718 (the '718 patent).
Nokia lost out as Q1 mobile phone sales fell, says Gartner
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 269.1 million units in the first quarter of 2009, a 8.6 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2008, according to market analysis firm Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Connecticut).
Japan's chip equipment book-to-bill climbs to 0.44
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
The global book-to-bill ratio for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment climbed to 0.44 in April, up from 0.30 recorded in March, according to a Dow Jones report which gave the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan as its source.
Counterfeiting of electronics moves online
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5/20/2009   5 comments
The counterfeiting of electronics has long been a problem, but the economic downturn that has many searching for bargains could cost U.S. consumer electronics companies alone as much as $200 billion, according to one estimate.
PCB market to contract 16% in 2009, says BPA
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
The worldwide PCB market is set to decline in 2009 by about 16 percent according to market analysis firm BPA Consulting Ltd. (Dorking, England).
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Analysis: Dissecting the MIPS-Chipidea breakup
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5/18/2009   4 comments
MIPS executives have blamed its short marriage with Chipidea on a weak economy. But ex-Chipidea employees insist integration of the two companies was botched by MIPS.
Analysis: Dissecting the MIPS-Chipidea breakup
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5/18/2009   4 comments
MIPS executives have blamed its short marriage with Chipidea on a weak economy. But ex-Chipidea employees insist integration of the two companies was botched by MIPS.
Innovision confirms NXP as Gem licensee
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
The deal signed by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England) with an un-named supplier of NFC chips turns out to be with NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands).
U.S. satellite operator challenges EC decision on S-band
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
American satellite operator ICO Global Communications is to challenge the European Commission's decision to award the licenses for S-band mobile satellite services across EU states to Dublin, Ireland-based Solaris Mobile and the London headquartered Inmarsat group.
Indian designers still targeting Japan
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Despite a slumping Asian electronics market, design services companies here continue to target Japan.
France is preparing chip industry bail out, says report
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
The French government is drawing up plans to support the semiconductor industry there, according to an AFP report that cited a senior government official as its source.
Intel executives come out fighting against EC ruling
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Intel CEO Paul Otellini strongly rebutted the European Commission's findings that it breached anti-trust rules in its selling of microprocessors and said the chip maker would immediately appeal the decision.
Infineon completes discounted debt buy-back
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has bought back Euros 53 million worth of its bonds for Euros 40 million, a 75 percent discount, following in the footsteps of two other semiconductor groups — NXP Semiconductors BV and Freescale Semiconductors Inc. — that have clinched similar debt swap deals over the past few months.
Europe set to levy fine against Intel, says report
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5/8/2009   2 comments
The European Commission is set to rule next Thursday (May 13) that Intel Corp. breached anti-trust rules in its selling of microprocessors and to implement a massive fine, according to a Reuters report.
Another patent pool effort emerges for LTE
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
Via Licensing Corp. is looking to administer a patent pool for companies and research institutes claiming to have Intellectual Property for the emerging fast date rate cellular technology Long Term Evolution (LTE).
Obama's proposal to cut tax loopholes scrutinized in India
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5/7/2009   Post a comment
U.S. attempts to address overseas tax loopholes the Obama administration says are being exploited by U.S. companies offshoring work to countries like India could adversely affect their overseas operations, the Indian software industry warned.
MPEG group looks into High Performance Video Coding
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
Engineers attending the 88th meeting of the MPEG/ISO standards group, held in Maui, Hawaii, have recommended that a new generation of video compression technology with higher compression capability than the existing AVC standard in its best configuration (the High Profile), is needed.
Chip sales and statistics: A reader responds
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5/4/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales in March were 7.1 percent worse than the previous month, and not up 3.3 percent as reported, according to a reader who notes that March has 31 days while February only 28.

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