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Nissan turns auto/home power-sharing into reality
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5/31/2012   13 comments
Nissan launched here what it calls its “Leaf-to-home” power supply system, designed to turn Nissan’s electric vehicle Leaf into a backup electricity supply for residential homes.
Renesas, TSMC tout licensable MCU platform using 40-nm eFlash
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5/28/2012   7 comments
Renesas and TSMC Monday outlined joint plans to develop an embedded flash-based MCU platform licensable to other chip suppliers around the world.
Slideshow: Rambus lights up GuitarMania
5/27/2012   3 comments
10-foot Fender Stratocaster guitars showed up in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland this Memorial weekend. Among them was a guitar illuminated with LED lights, developed by Rambus engineers.
Renesas cuts 14,000 jobs; fab sale to TSMC
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5/26/2012   10 comments
Renesas Electronics Corp. plans to eliminate up to 14,000 jobs, while selling the company’s leading system-chip fab in Yamagata to TSMC, according to a report in Nikkei, Japan’s economic newspaper.
Sharp to transfer LCD technology to Hon Hai’s China plant
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5/25/2012   11 comments
Terry Gou, founder of Taiwan’s contract manufacturer Hon Hai (known as Foxconn), has been consistent in its one naked ambition: To build technology prowess at Foxconn that surpasses Korean giant Samsung Electronics.
Renesas still struggling with restructuring plan
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5/24/2012   6 comments
Japanese chip maker Renesas again finds itself at a crossroads as it struggles to come up with a restructuring plan that would ensure its survival.
Failure to launch: Why Sony never got AirBoard off the ground
5/24/2012   24 comments
Life is full of coulda’s and woulda’s. Many engineers have stories to tell about their brilliant technologies (and products), but somehow the project got cancelled. Later on, their invention is often wistfully described as it was “before its time.”
TCL to launch motion-controlled Android TV first in China
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5/23/2012   5 comments
Among the most common misconceptions about China's CE market is that the role of local vendors is to build cut-rate TV sets sold at lower prices that Chinese consumers can afford.
Will Japan Inc. say sayonara to TV manufacturing?
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5/22/2012   34 comments
The TV set – once regarded by Japan Inc. as the focal point of every living room, essential to fuel growing demand for a host of other consumer devices in the home – has turned on its parents, draining their resources and threatening their future.
Ring of Fire: How Japan sees it (Updated)
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5/20/2012   14 comments
Tokyo residents are going crazy over the highly anticipated appearance of the solar “ring of fire,” expected at 7:35a.m., Monday, May 21st.
Comment: re: Why China? - 5/12/2012
Comment: re: Why China? - 5/12/2012
Four reasons why MIPS new cores may make it relevant again
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5/11/2012   18 comments
Here’s the $64,000 question is: If you are already an ARM licensee (most likely you are, if you are in the mobile market), why even consider licensing MIPS now?
Comment: re: Why China? - 5/11/2012
Comment: re: Why China? - 5/10/2012
Comment: re: Why China? - 5/10/2012
Comment: re: Why China? - 5/10/2012
Why China?
5/10/2012   32 comments
We all pay abject lip service to China. The business community and the media are equally in thrall to the world’s second largest – and fastest growing economy. But China’s also a handy device for fear mongering.
Weigh in on the greatest hits in electronics
5/9/2012   85 comments
This fall, EE Times will kick off a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary year. Through coverage and various activities online, in a special digital edition and at events, we plan to honor 40 visionaries, technologies and disruptions that have rewritten the rules—of technology, of the industry, sometimes of society—over the last four decades.
Talk from the hip at Microchip
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5/7/2012   14 comments
Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi is a straight talker. When he comments on the economy, outsourcing, technology or market trends, you’ll hear very little conventional wisdom or polite evasion. He has no stake winning a popularity contest or looking fashionable.
Microchip to buy SMSC, plotting new expansion
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5/2/2012   24 comments
Micochip's SMSC acquisition deal puts Microchip – long known as a “long-tail” company with 70,000 customers – on a new trajectory.
Six hurdles Intel must clear to be a major foundry
5/1/2012   8 comments
How far Intel goes in the foundry business remains unknown, but that's not to say that the company is undecided about the potential opportunity.

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