Tokyo court hands Samsung a win over Apple News & Analysis 8/31/2012 13 comments A Tokyo court has found Samsung not guilty of infringing Apple's intellectual property, in contrast to a jury decision and a $1.05 billion damage award in Apple's favor in a California court last week.
Top 10 chip vendors hurt by weak Q2 News & Analysis 8/29/2012 5 comments Six of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers booked chip sales in the second quarter that were lower than the second quarter of 2011, with overall chip sales declining 3 percent year-over-year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Apple awarded $1.05B in Samsung patent case News & Analysis 8/24/2012 40 comments Apple scored a big but not complete win in its landmark case with Samsung, winning damages of $1.049 billion from the jury plus a verdict of willful infringement on many counts. The willfulness count opens the door to the judge awarding punitive damages later.
Yoshida in China: Does China Mobile need iPhone? Blog 8/22/2012 14 comments China’s telecom market is showing signs of distress. Wireless carriers in China are beginning to see their growing handset subsidies to customers eating into profits, while they struggle to increase their ARPU (average revenue per user).
Apple vs. Samsung jury hears 84 instructions News & Analysis 8/21/2012 10 comments On the third of four “stand up breaks” during the reading of 84 jury instructions in the Apple vs. Samsung case someone exclaimed in the overflow room “How can [the jury] keep track of all this!”
Mentor sues EVE—again News & Analysis 8/19/2012 Post a comment EDA vendor Mentor Graphics filed another patent infringement suit against French emulation tool vendor EVE, the latest in an escalating legal battle between the two companies that has simmered for years.
Tech manufacturing returning, U.S, group says News & Analysis 8/16/2012 6 comments Electronics manufacturing operations with a total value of at least $2.5 billion are expected to be brought to North America in the next three years with companies citing quality control as the primary reason for bringing operations back from overseas.
The hits keep coming at Apple vs. Samsung News & Analysis 8/15/2012 10 comments It turns out serial entrepreneur Tim A. Williams--a founder of hot startups such as Atheros-- was the witness Intel objected to yesterday. He testified, and a top Samsung designer is next.
Samsung designer details rivalry with Apple News & Analysis 8/15/2012 33 comments A senior Samsung user interface designer testified during a patent lawsuit that she felt so stressed her body would no longer produce the breast milk she was pumping to send to her newborn at home.
EE says Apple design patents invalid News & Analysis 8/15/2012 9 comments A university mock up (pictured) was an example of prior art a former TI technologist testifying for Samsung used to declare invalid three patents on the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung, Osram settle LED patent battle News & Analysis 8/13/2012 3 comments Two leading manufacturers of light-emitting diodes, Samsung and Osram, have settled patent differences and have been granted a joint-motion to end an investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to reports.
Yoshida in China: Rare earths rarer Blog 8/9/2012 5 comments China will shut down about one-fifth of its rare earths production capacity under new industry rules. Analysts fear that the rules’ strict implementation could see production further erode.
SMIC hits new quarterly revenue high News & Analysis 8/8/2012 2 comments Chinese foundry SMIC reported a new quarterly revenue record for the second quarter, posting sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and the company's revised sales target issued last month.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.