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Video: When the fab shuts down
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Matt, a young process engineer at the Hynix DRAM fab in Eugene, Oregon, shares his views about the human impact of the Korean company's decision in late July to close its only U.S. manufacturing plant.
Indian bombings raise concerns among foreign investors
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Major Indian cities remain on high alert following 17 blasts in a space of an hour in the western city of Ahmedabad and seven bombings in Bangalore.
Engineer pitches $12 recorder at digital divide
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Literacy Bridge, a non-profit agency, has designed a $12 digital audio recorder to help teach reading in some of the world's poorest countries—and it wants help designing a $5 version of the system.
Chartered ramps 45nm amid bleak outlook
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. will ramp its 45nm process technology this fall amid a bleak business outlook for the chip foundry.
Hynix will close 200mm fab in Oregon
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor will close within two months a 200mm DRAM wafer fab in Eugene, Oregon, according to local officials speaking immediately after a visit from Hynix chief executive Jong Kap Kim, a move that comes as a reaction to a DRAM market that has been in oversupply for months.
Converged nets drive Brocade, Foundry combo
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
The proposed $3 billion merger between Brocade and Foundry Networks highlights the trend of business networks trying to consolidate the number of suppliers and technologies they use, increasingly focusing on Ethernet and the push to merge traffic from Fiber Channel storage networks with mainstream Ethernet nets.
Nokia, Qualcomm court case to be Webcast
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
Nokia and Qualcomm Inc. will again go eyeball-to-eyeball over their bitter and long-protracted patent and licensing dispute in a Delaware Court beginning Wednesday (July 23) , and this time the case will be televised by Courtroom View Network via Webcast.
Mindspeed makes $10M from patents sale
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
Comms chip specialist Mindspeed Technologies (Newport Beach, Calif.) has sold off a bunch of what it says are "non-core" patents for $10 million.
NXP denied in court against Dutch security researchers
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7/18/2008   Post a comment
A court in Arnhem, the Netherlands, has denied a request from NXP Semiconductors to stop the publication of a scientific study into the security of the company's Mifare Classic contactless smart card chip technology.
EC pushes plans to cap European data roaming fees
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
The GSMA trade group that represents the GSM mobile operators has made a scathing attack on the decision by the European Commission to bring forward legislation by the Autumn that would cap rates for sending SMS and for data roaming across European borders.
India plans massive technical education push
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7/11/2008   1 comment
The Indian government is launching a three-year initiative to boost technical education.
U.S. panel focuses on China R&D
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7/9/2008   Post a comment
A congressional commission established to monitor U.S.-China economic and security issues will probe China's domestic and foreign-funded research and development during a hearing scheduled for July 16.
EU takes cautious steps towards power standby regulation
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7/8/2008   Post a comment
The Brussels, Belgium based European Environmental Bureau has welcomed the EU national governments' support for an EC proposal to reduce energy losses from the standby mode of electrical appliances for a broad range of products.
Analysis: The consequential cost of light touch regulation
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7/8/2008   Post a comment
Wireless industry consultant Geoff Varrall of RTT (London) has issued a research note strongly critical of the decision by the European Commission to adopt a 'technology neutral let the market decide' position on the split between FDD and TDD channels in the 2.6 GHz extension band. He also queries the WiMAX Forum's strong backing for the apparent regulatory victory.
Microsoft appeals EU's 'unreasonable' judgement
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7/8/2008   Post a comment
Microsoft has opened its appeal against a European Union court fine of $1.4bn (Euros 899 million), and called for the ruling and fine to be annulled. It said the charge was "unreasonable" and "error prone".
Indian tech firms eye semi IP business
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
Indian technology companies facing cost pressures from a global economic slump and domestic competition are seeking a way out by boosting R&D investments to develop semiconductor intellectual property.
Patent pools may flow in wake of latest alliance
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7/3/2008   Post a comment
Allied Security Trust, a group of 11 high tech companies that have combined their clout to buy, license and sell strategic patents may point the way for more patent pools to come in a maturing market for intellectual property.
WiMax, 3G services seen fueling Indian wireless growth
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7/3/2008   Post a comment
India's wireless market is poised for change, including the launch of WiMax and 3G services along with industry consolidation in 2009.
Report: SemIndia looks for new partner after AMD deal ends
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7/1/2008   Post a comment
SemIndia Fab, one of India's first major chip manufacturing projects, is looking for a new technology partner after a three-year technology with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. lapsed.


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