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Apple v. Samsung kicks off innovation debates
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7/31/2012   17 comments
The case asks whatís the line between aggressive benchmarking and copying of a competitorís product and between filing relevant versus submarine patents.
Indian firm launches $125 MIPS-based Android 4.1 tablet
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7/31/2012   3 comments
Intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies said an Indian firm is now shipping in India a media tablet featuring a MIPS-based processor and running the latest version of the Android operating system for about $125.
London Calling: CIA partners with UK RF firm
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7/30/2012   Post a comment
CIA's In-Q-Tel makes a deal with Lime Microsystems over flexible radios. Plessey gears up for GaN-on-silicon LED manufacture. Samsung cellphones lead the pack.
Clemmer: NXP debt under control, focusing on design wins
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7/27/2012   6 comments
NXP CEO Rick Clemmer (shown) said the chip maker has reduced its debt by $900 million, allowing it to devote more of its resources to key design wins.
Auto IC gains breathe new life into car market
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7/27/2012   5 comments
Entrenched suppliers like ST, Freescale and Renesas are providing new kinds of auto electronics that are sustaining the global car market. That will make it harder for aspiring Chinese suppliers to enter a market with high barriers to entry.
Brazil tees up billion dollar telecom bonanza
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7/25/2012   4 comments
A ruling by Brazilís telecom officials is expected to tee up a multi-billion bonanza in capital spending on telecom networks over the next two years.
Processor IP firms sue Amazon, Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, others
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7/25/2012   6 comments
Alliacense LLC, the adminstrator of the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio, has announced that the co-owners of the portfolio are pursuing 13 companies with complaints alleging infringement being filed with the International Trade Commission and District Court for the Northern District of California.
Chinese safety requirement may be de facto global standard
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7/24/2012   7 comments
A new Chinese safety standard set to go into effect Dec. 1 could essentially become a de facto global standard for power supplies, since the vast majority of all power supplies are now manufactured there.
Driving ST's auto IC strategy: Manufacturing line can't stop
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7/23/2012   3 comments
STMicroelectronics is factoring the diverging nature of automotive components and design demands in emerging markets against the imperative of car makers to keep their manufacturing lines moving at all times.
Could Apple play the 'Made in the USA' card, too?
Semi Conscious  
7/20/2012   15 comments
An AppleInsider story argues that more components in the iPhone are built in the USA than most realize. Really?
What were they thinking: Cures for jet lag
7/20/2012   12 comments
As I prepare for my annual pilgrimage to England, I wondered about the advances in cures for jet lag...
AMD: PC CPU sales may slump to single digits
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7/19/2012   4 comments
Annual PC processor sales may slow to ďa new baselineĒ of low single-digit growth long term, said AMD, reporting an 11 percent decline in its quarterly sales.
EMS industry at the crossroads?
7/19/2012   4 comments
An expert on electronics manufacturing argues that the first EMS providers about to move up the manufacturing value chain will have a leg up on other competitors seeking to expand their operations.
Panel defines strategy for U.S. advanced manufacturing
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7/19/2012   20 comments
A mix of R&D, tax and trade reforms and closer collaboration between industry, universities and community colleges is needed to spur a "sustainable resurgence" of U.S. manufacturing, a new report concludes.
Xilinx forecasts chip sales down about 6%
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7/18/2012   2 comments
Xilinx forecasted sales will be down four to eight percent in its current quarter due to a mix of factors including weakness in industrial and wired communications.
Contract manufacturers position themselves for a rebound
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7/18/2012   1 comment
Second-tier electronics manufacturers like SMTC are trying to leverage their flexibility as they seek to expand in anticipation of a manufacturing rebound.
How Samsung stole Appleís lead
7/16/2012   74 comments
Samsungís Galaxy Note and S3 handsets foreshadow what I expect to be the next important element in smartphones, and in handset competition generally.
Despite crisis, Europe investing in future technologies
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
7/9/2012   2 comments
Europe is looking to the future and specifically to emerging technology flagships according to vice president of the European Commission responsible for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes.
Volkswagen overtakes Porsche
7/9/2012   14 comments
A humble beetle is leading the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche in an automotive race that is giving hope to Europe.
Has ARM won the processor wars? Hardly!
7/4/2012   72 comments
ARM processor cores are used for everything from smartphones to tablets to basestations to servers, so one could believe that the company has just about won the processor wars. Not so fast. There are places where ARM has not won, where it is unlikely to and meanwhile the technology environment is changing.
Embracing 'superstack' model is a matter of survival
7/2/2012   Post a comment
Competing in the superstack market that combines chips, operating systems, devices and applications is critical as the tech industry moves full throttle in this direction.

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