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Free Renesas from its golden cage called Japan
8/30/2012   33 comments
The crisis surrounding Renesas underscores the rut in which Japan has been stuck. Renesas was created by, for, and of Japan, and that's the issue.
Renesas president won't quit, lays out priorities
News & Analysis  
8/29/2012   33 comments
Hours after a U.S. private equity firm launched a takeover bid, Renasas President Yasushi Akao (shown) told EE Times he's staying.
KKR said to target Renesas with $1.27 billion bid
News & Analysis  
8/28/2012   6 comments
Renesas has a market capitalization of about 95 billion yen. KKR’s plan is to lead the chipmaker's turnaround efforts by taking over a majority stake by year's end.
Yoshida in China: Fallout from Apple-Samsung lawsuit
8/28/2012   4 comments
While Apple’s victory in the Apple vs Samsung patent lawsuit dominated the news cycle in the Western media, the story got a subdued, understated treatment in the China Daily.
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Design How-To  
8/24/2012   9 comments
Power management is hot. The engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison knows it and is taking full advantage.
Yoshida in China: Does Apple need China Mobile?
8/23/2012   13 comments
The tech world is abuzz with speculation about a TD-SCDMA version of Apple iPhone. However, I don’t think now is the time for Apple to move into the TD-SCDMA market.
Yoshida in China: Does China Mobile need iPhone?
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).
Kiss your unfeeling computer goodbye
News & Analysis  
8/22/2012   16 comments
"Emotion" is the last thing a computer scientist or design engineer wants to deal with, says MIT's Rosalind Picard (shown).
Yoshida in China: Gap between rich, poor grows wider
8/21/2012   16 comments
There is one thing in common between the United States and China: Both nations are suffering from widening income inequality.
Yoshida in China: Workers can't afford products they make
8/20/2012   22 comments
A government report says migrant workers living in any given Chinese city for a year spent an average of 1,761 yuan ($277), increasing to 2,609 yuan ($410) if they stayed for five years or longer.
Foxconn owner seeks 20 percent stake in Sharp
News & Analysis  
8/17/2012   11 comments
If Foxconn owner manages to increase its stake in Sharp by over 10 percent, the Taiwan giant will be in a position to ask a court to dissolve Sharp.
Yoshida in China: Worries about declining U.S. investors
8/16/2012   14 comments
New data released by Chinese government shows that direct investment from the U.S. to China dropped by 3.2 percent in the first half of this year.
Yoshida in China: If not China, there is always Indonesia
8/15/2012   14 comments
The pressure to build iPads and iPhones at even cheaper cost is prompting Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, to look beyond China.
Bondholders say Elpida is grossly undervalued
News & Analysis  
8/14/2012   3 comments
Micron Technology’s planned takeover of Japan’s failed chip maker Elpida Memory has hit a snag.
Yoshida in China: Vendors caught napping on smartphones
8/14/2012   2 comments
A sudden switch from feature phones to smartphones in China is catching everyone off guard – including China’s domestic handset vendors.
Foxconn outfoxes Sharp’s sharpest
8/13/2012   19 comments
When Sharp announced in March its partnership with Hon Hai,the decision generated a torrent of criticism. Since then, things have gone horribly wrong.
Yoshida in China: Spreadtrum sees lower profits
8/13/2012   Post a comment
There might be no clearer crystal ball offering a vision of what’s up and what’s next in the Chinese mobile handset market than Spreadtrum Communications’ latest financial results.
Yoshida in China: Taiwan-China superpower?
8/10/2012   10 comments
Expect further investment from China to Taiwan. Fully energized cross-strait business deals between Taiwanese and Chinese companies will be emerging on the horizon.
No medals at Olympics for 3D TV
News & Analysis  
8/10/2012   35 comments
London 2012 Olympics has offered an epic event – great athletes, thrilling games and the record number of viewers. But it has done absolutely nothing, when it comes to generating buzz on new broadcast technologies.
Yoshida in China: Rare earths rarer
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.
Yoshida in China: Rainstorm, restrictions on license plates affect automakers
News & Analysis  
8/8/2012   3 comments
Japanese automakers’ auto sales in July in China dipped, due to last month’s heavy rain in China; and new limits placed on the number of license plates issued in Guangzhou.
Replace Cirrus’ design slots in Apple? Fuhgeddaboudit!
News & Analysis  
8/8/2012   22 comments
Cirrus Logic’s big design wins with Apple’s upcoming products is, unquestionably, the envy of many in the electronics industry.But before climbing onto the Cirrus-envy bandwagon, let’s ask a few questions.
Report: Nikon to work with Intel to develop 450-mm wafer steppers
News & Analysis  
8/7/2012   3 comments
Nikon Corp., the world’s number two stepper manufacturer, will work with Intel Corp. to develop the next generation semiconductor manufacturing equipment capable of handling 450-mm wafers.
Yoshida in China: Apple falls to No.5 in China; Pearl River woes
News & Analysis  
8/7/2012   5 comments
You’ve been hearing that China is no longer all about cheap feature phones, right? Your logical response to that is: Show me the data.
The quiet defiance of the Beijing motorist
8/6/2012   21 comments
The rigidity of Chinese government’s control over people’s lives is well documented. Many foreign observers (including myself), however, often naively assume that people in China are equally rigid about complying with government rules.
Yoshida in China: Leveraging one billion smartphones
News & Analysis  
8/6/2012   2 comments
Lately, the Chinese planning fixation is on the development of an intelligent transport system. The difference with China’s ITS ambitions is the government’s focus on a billion mobile phone users in the country.
High-profile ex-Intel exec joins Qualcomm as new marketing chief
News & Analysis  
8/6/2012   17 comments
After more than a year of silence, Anand Chandrasekher, a high-profile, former Intel executive once responsible for the microprocessor giant’s mobile group, has resurfaced, as chief marketing officer at Qualcomm.
Does Samsung deal leave CSR out in the cold?
News & Analysis  
8/3/2012   12 comments
The recently announced CSR-Samsung deal was an easy sell to the financial community. But then, what’s left of CSR -- with no connectivity and location technologies at its core?
Yoshida in China: Windfall orders from smartphones in China?
News & Analysis  
8/3/2012   3 comments
Taiwan’s MediaTek continues to expand its sales by piggybacking on China’s growing demand for smartphones.The slowdown of China’s economy is everyone’s concern, but MediaTek president painted a different picture.
Yoshida in China: Is China’s manufacturing sector slowing down?
News & Analysis  
8/2/2012   12 comments
Two data points unveiled Wednesday (Aug. 1st) are confusing the narratives on the state of China’s economy.

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