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Philips Semiconductors to become NXP
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
With an ownership change from Royal Philips Electronics to a consortium of private equity investment companies, Philips Semiconductors will become NXP. Semiconductors, or NXP.
Russian high-tech plan will require patient investors
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
Russia will launch its first high-tech industrial park facilities by the end of 2007, Russian sources said.
Foxconn sues over abuse report at iPod factory
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Two Chinese journalists have had their assets frozen and are being sued for $3.7 million after writing a report critical of work conditions in a factory that makes Apple's popular iPod.
Blu-ray hardware makers mum on plans
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8/29/2006   Post a comment
A gathering of Blu-ray Disc companies here revealed an avalanche of content coming from content providers, but a dearth of available hardware to play the content on.
Japan joins U.S. in Apple laptop probe: report
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8/29/2006   Post a comment
Japanese authorities confirmed Tuesday that an Apple laptop has caught fire in Japan and asked the trouble computer maker to investigate the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week, according to an Associated Press report.
Soitec launches new Singapore fab
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
SOI wafer specialist Soitec launched a new 300-mm fab in Singapore that the firm's head said will play a key role in its growth strategy.
U.S. court denies Samsung infringed Matsushita's patents
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8/28/2006   Post a comment
A U.S. district court has ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. did not infringe on each other's DRAM-related patents, Samsung said.
Offshoring data to get recrunched
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8/25/2006   Post a comment
An obscure agency, the National Academy of Public Administration, is following up on key conclusions of a suppressed U.S. study on the offshoring of high-tech jobs.
Ericsson signs $1B contract with India comm company
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8/24/2006   Post a comment
India-based communications company Bharti Airtel has awarded Ericsson a contract worth an estimated $1 billion to upgrade and expand its GSM/GPRS network and managed services.
World Bank agency backs Hungarian energy initiative
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
International Finance Corp. will guarantee half of the $231 million in government loans to support energy efficiency upgrades in Hungary's schools.
Singapore institute offers R&D foundry services
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research is offering R&D foundry services through its Institute of Microelectronics.
Patents in Magma-Synopsys dispute may be reexamined
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation said that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been asked to re-examine U.S. Patents No. 6,453,446 and 6,725,438 (the '446 and '438 patents)--two of the three patents at the core of the ongoing bitter patent dispute between Magma and Synopsys Inc.
Patents in Magma-Synopsys dispute may be reexamined
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation said that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been asked to re-examine U.S. Patents No. 6,453,446 and 6,725,438 (the '446 and '438 patents)--two of the three patents at the core of the ongoing bitter patent dispute between Magma and Synopsys Inc.
AMD opens second China R&D center
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8/23/2006   Post a comment
AMD is opening an R&D center in Shanghai to be closer to its notebook PC clients, most of which are in the region surrounding the city.
Suntech to establish manufacturing in Shanghai
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8/21/2006   Post a comment
China-based photovoltaic cell maker Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. plans to establish manufacturing and R&D facilities in Caohejing Hi-tech Park, Shanghai. The facilities are expected to begin operations in early 2008.
Seagate to boost Asian investments
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8/18/2006   Post a comment
Asia will remain a vital part of hard disk drive maker Seagate's strategy despite a decision to shut some recently acquired plants in the region, company executives said.
Japanese IC equip book-to-bill slid to 1.30 in July
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8/18/2006   Post a comment
The ratio of bookings to billings by Japanese semiconductor equipment manufacturers slipped significantly in July, but still maintained a robust book-to-bill ratio of 1.30, according to the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan.
EPCGlobal is de facto RFID spec in China, analyst says
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8/18/2006   Post a comment
The chances of success for China's national RFID standard are diminishing each day as the government stays flat-footed in the face of an aggressive campaign by EPCGlobal.
Singapore will help launch Russian economic zones
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
Singapore has signed a deal to advise Russia on setting up two special economic zones in Siberia for R&D and manufacturing.
Pantech launches own brand handset in Canada
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8/16/2006   Post a comment
Pantech Group, South Korea's second largest mobile phone maker, announced it has launched its own-branded handset for the first time in Canada, in partnership with Canada's major mobile telecommunications service carrier TELUS.
Huawei signs 3G deal with U.S. wireless firm
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8/15/2006   Post a comment
Chinese telecom network company Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has signed a 3G agreement with wireless carrier Leap Wireless International Inc.
Russia boosts tech venture funds
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8/10/2006   Post a comment
Moscow has established the Russian Venture Co. to boost technology investments and diversify the economy away from energy resources.
Nokia fights back against Qualcomm in U.S. court
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8/9/2006   Post a comment
Nokia Corp. has filed a complaint against Qualcomm in a Delaware state court seeking a court order to compel Qualcomm to adhere to international standards for licensing intellectual property essential to GSM and UMTS technology specs.
Nokia wins 3G contract from Chungwha Telecom
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8/8/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan-based communications network company Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (CHT) has awarded a turnkey network expansion contract to Nokia to expand its WCDMA 3G and HSDPA network coverage
Confab to explore Russia's emerging electronics sector
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8/8/2006   Post a comment
Is Russia's semiconductor industry poised to take off? A conference there will explore the prospects.
Korea's Pantech enters Chilean GSM market
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8/8/2006   Post a comment
South Korean handset maker Pantech Group has signed a deal with Claro, the third largest mobile communications service carrier in Chile.
EEs fatalistic about design offshoring
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8/7/2006   Post a comment
Chip design jobs hustling out the back door to save money? Such a scenario has long troubled the minds of U.S. engineers, who witnessed firsthand the offshoring of other design and support work to cheaper countries.
Korean broadband operator KT sees earnings recover
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8/4/2006   Post a comment
KT Corp., South Korea's largest fixed-line and broadband Internet operator, said its second-quarter net income soared by more than 50 percent over the same quarter of 2005, when it was heavily fined by the government for unfair business practices and competition in the domestic market.
Pantech inks handset deal with Japan's KDDI
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8/3/2006   Post a comment
Pantech Group, South Korea's No. 2 mobile phone maker, has signed an agreement to supply an elderly-friendly 3G CDMA phone model to Japanese mobile telecommunications service carrier KDDI, in a deal pegged at $110 million.
Tyco sells pc board group for $226 million
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8/3/2006   Post a comment
Tyco International Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Tyco Printed Circuit Group (TPCG) business— currently part of the company's Electronics segment— to TTM Technologies Inc. for $226 million in cash.
Rambus deceived chip markets, says FTC
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8/2/2006   Post a comment
The Federal Trade Commission said Rambus Inc. has unlawfully monopolized the markets for computer-memory technologies incorporated into industry standards for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips.


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