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Andes Takes Embedded Cores to Japan, Korea
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5/31/2012   Post a comment
Emboldened by reports of an uncertain future for MIPS Technologies, Andes Technology will take its embedded cores to the Japan market this fall. Andes CEO Frankwell Lin says its a "small move for us."
U.S. manufacturing effort targets regional clusters
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5/29/2012   10 comments
The Obama administration wants to foster the creation of regional manufacturing clusters under a $26 million program.
Solar gold in payment plans, not panels
5/29/2012   3 comments
Most of the earnings in the solar industry now and in the future are not in manufacturing hardware but in designing, financing and installing rooftop systems.
Slideshow: Sun shines on UMC's new fab
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5/24/2012   6 comments
It was a warm, sunny day in Tainan as UMC officially broke ground on its latest and largest fab to date, but there were distant clouds on the horizon for the foundry.
Report reveals fake chips in U.S. military hardware
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5/23/2012   28 comments
More than a million suspect counterfeit electronic components have been used in 1,800 separate cases of bogus parts affecting U.S. military hardware, according to a report produced by the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Qualcomm offers $250,000 funding for best startup
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5/22/2012   3 comments
Qualcomm Ventures has launched its third annual QPrize seed investment competition by opening it up to eight regions.
Foxconn invests $210M in new Apple production plant
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5/21/2012   Post a comment
Foxconn Technology Group will spend $210 million on building a new production line for its biggest customer, Apple Inc., according to China Daily.
ESilicon set to reap rewards of Asian gamble
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Jack Harding, CEO of design services provider eSilicon, says the company's move to Asia is beginning to pay off as it helps customers navigate two very different chip markets in Taiwan and mainland China.
Taiwan expects 14% boost in IC output in Q2
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5/17/2012   Post a comment
Taiwan expects its integrated circuit output for the second quarter to increase 14.3 percent compared to the first quarter, according to a government report.
Will China hit a (great) wall? Don’t bet on it
5/16/2012   26 comments
Some naysayers argue that China can't innovate and that the Chinese economy is bound to "hit the wall" like Japan's export-driven economy did in the 1990s. The "hit-the-wall" proponents are wrong.
Plastic doesn't pollute, people do
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5/15/2012   7 comments
Plastic may not be the most beloved of materials to the more environmentally minded, but a tradeshow held last week in Italy aimed to mold a different opinion of the material in people's minds.
NSF's I-Corps targets 'innovation ecosystem'
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5/15/2012   1 comment
The National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps is designed to create an agile technology ecosystem that can transform basic research into value-added products.
SMIC gets government backing for second Beijing fab
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5/15/2012   Post a comment
Chinese foundry SMIC said its Beijing subsidiary reached a deal with the Beijing municipal government that will result in a second 300-mm fab in Beijing.
Despite obstacles, experts say China continues to innovate
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5/10/2012   2 comments
China continues to innovate, but in ways that are not well understood in the West.
Altair, Sequans drive TD-LTE in India, U.S.
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5/7/2012   1 comment
Altair announced a low-cost TD-LTE chip set for India and chip designer Sequans said it will work with service provider Clearwire to support its planned TD-LTE network.
Top 25 Distributors: Sellers without borders
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5/7/2012   2 comments
We rank the Top 25 electronics distributors by revenue and address issues of significance to their operations, customers and suppliers.
Trade group survey to measure 'on-shoring' in electronics
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5/4/2012   8 comments
IPC, a trade group that represents printed circuit board manufacturers and other electronics firms, launched a survey to measure the impact of "on-shoring"—the migration of electronics manufacturing operations back to the U.S. from overseas.
Facebook, China merge server rack specs
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5/2/2012   7 comments
Facebook struck an alliance with China’s Tencent and Baidu to merge separate designs for data center racks, a step toward the goal of a broad data center specification.
Move Infineon to Asia? Who said that?
5/2/2012   14 comments
Ten years ago I was sat in the ballroom of a London hotel and heard Ulrich Schumacher, then CEO of Infineon, talk about the unthinkable.

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