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  • Physicists Discover How to Change the Crystal Structure of Graphene

    05/01/2014 9:41:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    SciTech Daily ^ | May 1, 2014 | NA
    Graphene trilayers can be stacked in two different configurations, which can occur naturally in the same flake. They are separated by a sharp boundary. (Image: Pablo San-Jose ICMM-CSI) A team of researchers has discovered how to change the crystal structure of graphene, a finding that could lead to smaller and faster microprocessors.A University of Arizona-led team of physicists has discovered how to change the crystal structure of graphene, more commonly known as pencil lead, with an electric field, an important step toward the possible use of graphene in microprocessors that would be smaller and faster than current, silicon-based technology.Graphene consists...
  • Globalfoundries Emerges as Lead Candidate to Buy IBM Chip Plants, Sources Say -- Update

    04/04/2014 10:56:43 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2014 | Spencer E. Ante, Dana Cimilluca and Dana Mattioli
    Globalfoundries Inc. has emerged as the lead candidate to buy International Business Machines Corp.'s semiconductor manufacturing operations, people familiar with the matter said. IBM has also held talks with chip makers Intel Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., these people said. TSMC has dropped out of the talks, the people said. Intel is still involved, but Globalfoundries appears to have a stronger interest, these people said. Talks between IBM and Globalfoundries are ongoing and a deal isn't imminent, these people said. The transaction involves thorny issues, including control of intellectual property and terms under which the ultimate buyer of the...
  • Above parity: SEMI releases October book-to-bill ratio

    11/22/2013 1:26:50 PM PST · by null and void
    SEMI ^ | November 2013
    North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.12 billion in orders worldwide in October 2013 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05, according to the October EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.   A book-to-bill of 1.05 means that $105 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.The three-month average of worldwide bookings in October 2013 was $1.12 billion. The bookings figure is 13.3 percent higher than the final September 2013 level of $992.8 million, and is 51.4 percent higher than the October 2012 order level of $742.8 million.The three-month average of...
  • MIT Scientists Mix Graphene with Hexagonal Boron Nitride to Create New Material for Computer Chips.

    05/24/2013 9:49:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 05/22/2013 08:57 PM | Anton Shilov
    Researchers Create New Material for Semiconductors Graphene has dazzled scientists, ever since its discovery more than a decade ago, with its unequalled electronic properties, its strength and its light weight. But one long-sought goal has proved elusive: how to engineer into graphene a property called a band gap, which would be necessary to use the material to make transistors and other electronic devices.Now, new findings by researchers at MIT are a major step toward making graphene with this coveted property. The work could also lead to revisions in some theoretical predictions in graphene physics. The new technique involves placing a...
  • Parents withdraw from inquiry into death of U.S. engineer Shane Todd

    05/21/2013 11:30:43 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 2 replies
    The parents of a U.S. engineer found dead in Singapore last year said on Wednesday they will not take part in the rest of a coroners inquiry into his death, which they say was linked to a project involving the transfer of sensitive technology to China. In a statement issued through their lawyers, Rick and Mary Todd said they had lost confidence in the system investigating the death of their 31-year-old son, Shane, who was found hanging in his Singapore apartment last June. The Todds did not appear in court on Wednesday, the day after a U.S. medical examiner they...
  • Citi Upgrades National Semiconductor From Sell Hours After Texas Instruments Buys It

    04/05/2011 8:16:13 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-5-2011 | Gregory White
    Citi Upgrades National Semiconductor From Sell Hours After Texas Instruments Buys It Gregory White Apr. 5, 2011, 10:55 AM This morning, Citi upgraded National Semiconductor from sell to hold hours after the company was acquired by Texas Instruments. The note, from Citi: TXN announced it will acquire NSM for $25 per share in cash after the market's close Monday; NSM ticked up 73% to $24.30 in after market trading. TXN plans to finance the $6.5B transaction with existing cash and debt. The deal is expected to close in six to nine months pending approval from regulators and NSM share holders....
  • The deindustrialization of America

    01/02/2011 7:47:31 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 63 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | JANUARY 2, 2011 | Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
    An anonymous email making the cyberspace rounds is so upsetting that its author was correct to hide his name. The Changes Are Coming email details the demise of our post office, our newspapers, check writing systems, books and music as we know them along with the end of Cable TV and network systems as now constituted. But the harshest caveat bearing down on America is our demise due to deindustrialization. The email reports that Tens of thousands of factories have left the U.S. in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost. . .the U.S....
  • For Intel CEO Otellini, It's Time To Get Paranoid

    05/18/2009 9:51:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 524+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 15, 2009 | Benjamin Pimentel
    One of Paul Otellini's predecessors as CEO of Intel Corp. (INTC), the legendary Andy Grove, famously declared that, in the high-pressure world of technology, "only the paranoid survive." Four years after taking over Intel's chief executive slot, Otellini certainly has his own reasons to be a bit paranoid. The chip giant is besieged on several fronts by allegations that it bullies and coerces customers, and doesn't play fair in competing with its smaller rival in the PC-processor space, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Earlier this week, Intel was slapped with a $1.45 billion fine by the European Commission over what regulators...
  • EPA finding could threaten IC production in U.S. (kiss more US jobs goodbye)

    04/27/2009 12:48:06 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies · 875+ views
    EETimes ^ | 4/27/2009 | Mark LaPedus
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week issued a proposed finding that greenhouse gases that contribute to air pollution could endanger public health or welfare. The finding could also endanger semiconductor production in the United States, warned Dean Freeman, an analyst at Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Conn.). The EPA's finding, which now moves to a public comment period, identified six greenhouse gases that pose a potential threat: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N20), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).
  • AMD Beats Crunch With Abu Dhabi Cash (Fab Spin Off Will Likely Need Government Approval)

    10/07/2008 6:57:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Forbes ^ | 10.07.08 | Maurna Desmond
    Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices proved there is plenty of capital available during the credit crunch, provided that you've got the growth potential and price appeal to earn it. Advanced Micro Devices surged on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday after announcing that it was hopping into bed with investors in Abu Dhabi in a joint venture dubbed The Foundry. The deal, intended to shore up the firms finances and boost efficiency, will see AMD spin off three of its factories and get a multibillion-dollar cash infusion from one of the Persian Gulf states investment vehicles, Advanced Technology Investment. Investors...
  • A new energy for chip industry (SOLAR POWER CAN TRANSFORM VALLEY, AND VICE VERSA)

    04/22/2007 4:38:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 379+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/22/2007 | Mark Boslet
    As Silicon Valley increases its attention on solar technology, chip-related companies like Applied Materials are poised to capitalize on the growing market. Michael Splinter, chief executive of the 40-year-old maker of chip production equipment, believes that the solar business holds the key to new growth at his Santa Clara company. The big challenge is to drive down costs so that solar can be more competitive with oil and coal. "When you look at the energy field, it clearly has to be transformed on a worldwide basis," Splinter said in a recent interview with the Mercury News. "This is a place...
  • Private Equity Woos STATS ChipPAC (Purchaser is Investment Arm of Singapore Government)

    03/01/2007 4:35:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 109+ views
    EE Times ^ | 03/01/2007 | Jonathan Hopfner
    Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singapore government, is offering of up to $1.6 billion for local packaging house STATS ChipPACa bid that analysts said may undervalue the once-troubled firm. Temasek subsidiary Singapore Technology Semiconductors said Thursday it would pay $1.14 per share for the 64.4 percent of STATS ChipPAC that it doesn't already own, rising to $1.23 per share if its final stake exceeds 90 percent. The offer, which is conditional on Temasek obtaining at least half of the company, represents an 18.2 percent premium on its most recent share price. Though both parties are declining to comment...
  • Intel to invest in New Mexico fab

    02/27/2007 1:56:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 209+ views
    EE Times ^ | 02/26/2007 | Mark LaPedus
    Intel Corp. announced that it will invest $1-to-$1.5 billion in its Rio Rancho, N.M.-based site to retool Fab 11X for production on its 45-nm manufacturing process. Fab 11X will be the company's fourth factory scheduled to use the 45nm process, with production in New Mexico scheduled to start in the second half of next year. Initial production of Intel's 45-nm products will be done at its Oregon development fab, dubbed D1D. The company is currently building two other factories that will use the 45-nm process. The $3 billion Fab 32 in Chandler, Ariz., will commence production late this year; and...
  • Praxair Chemax to Increase Transfill Production of Silane in Toufen, Taiwan

    09/10/2006 7:54:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Press Release ^ | Sunday September 10, 8:00 pm ET
    DANBURY, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10, 2006--Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX - News) and China Petrochemical Development Corp., announced that it will double the transfill production of silane in their Toufen, Taiwan facility. The increase in capacity is the result of the growing demand for silane in the production of TFT-LCD (Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Display) technology as well as at 300mm semiconductor wafer fabs in the region. "This expansion will allow us to meet the new requirements of our key customers and provide Praxair Chemax with the capability to maintain our leading...
  • Samsung notebooks herald end of hard drive (32GB of Flash Storage)

    05/24/2006 11:39:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 78 replies · 2,056+ views
    ITWire ^ | Wednesday, 24 May 2006 | Stan Beer
    PC and flash memory manufacturer, Samsung Electronics plans to release two notebook PCs within weeks that will use flash memory instead of hard drives as storage. Each model will have 32 Gbytes of flash storage, comparable to the capacity of magnetic disk based hard drives, but with much lower power consumption. The notebooks, the Samsung Q1 and Q30, will be relatively expensive at US$2,430 and US$3,700 and, for reasons of its own, Samsung has initially decided to make them available only in its home base of Korea. However, there is no doubt that the Japanese and US markets are ripe...
  • Apple shunned superstar chip start-up for Intel

    05/22/2006 10:24:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 146+ views
    The Register ^ | Friday 19th May 2006 | Ashlee Vance
    Exclusive Did Apple make a mistake by switching to Intel? We may never know, but Apple had more options than has been previously reported, The Register can exclusively reveal. A chip start-up that created a high performance, low power processor compatible with existing Mac software had been working closely with the computer company for many months. Rackspace, The Managed Hosting Specialist - its all we do! - Click here to find out more Apple was looking for a new chip supplier largely because it was struggling to find a decent part for its key laptop line. IBM could not deliver...
  • Updated: Dell embraces processors from AMD

    05/18/2006 2:50:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 341+ views
    EE Times ^ | 05/18/2006 | Mark LaPedus
    SAN JOSE, Calif. In a major shift in strategy, Dell Computer Corp. on Thursday (May 18) said that it would roll out new servers, based on microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The disclosure, revealed in Dells first-quarter results, indicated that the PC giant would introduce new servers based on AMDs Opteron line of 64-bit processors by years end. The news represents a boost for AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.), but it is also a major blow for Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.). Since its inception, Dell has primarily used x86-based microprocessors from one vendor: Intel. Dell will continue to use...
  • Intel will carve off flash and communications units - analysts

    05/17/2006 1:02:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68+ views
    The Register ^ | Wednesday 17th May 2006 | Ashlee Vance
    Top chip analysts expect Intel to cleave off its flash memory and communications businesses in the coming months as the company tries to cut costs and compete better against AMD. Despite these moves, however, Intel will never regain the astonishing market dominance it once enjoyed. Intel CEO Paul Otellini warned last month (http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/04/28/intel_preps_restructure/) that he will create a "leaner, more agile and more efficient" company by looking for underperforming business units to restructure. A group of top chip pundits believe the units in question will be Intel's flash memory group and its teams working on chips made for wireless and...
  • PA Semi heads to 16 cores on back of $50m boost

    05/17/2006 11:34:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 170+ views
    The Register ^ | Wednesday 17th May 2006 | Ashlee Vance
    Processor Forum Chip start-up PA Semi has broadened its product roadmap to make room for a 16-core chip and more low-power products. Comprised of a host of DEC veterans, PA Semi has yet to start shipping its first product a dual-core Power processor that will run at 2GHz and consume only about 7 watts. That, however, hasn't stopped the well-funded firm from planning ahead way ahead. CEO Dan Dobberpuhl today revealed that PA Semi has architected a 16-core design and a host of other cores for "different power points." "I think there is room for a wide range...
  • Nanoscale magnets promise more-shrinkable chips

    01/12/2006 11:32:11 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 394+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12 January 2006 | Paul Marks
    Imres team have made a universal logic gate called a majority inverter. From this they can make any other type of logic gate needed for a circuit, including two critical logic gates known as NAND and NOR gates. All possible logic circuits can be made with these. And because the gates are based on magnets they can be switched from one to another easily, allowing processors built from nanomagnets to be reprogrammed to do different jobs while they are in use, says the team. Simulations show processing speeds of at least 100 megahertz should be possible using magnets 110 nanometres...
  • Chip Industry Sets a Plan for Life After Silicon

    12/29/2005 12:35:56 PM PST · by sourcery · 10 replies · 499+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 29, 2005 | JOHN MARKOFF
    Nanotechnology is officially on the road map. A handful of futuristic chip-making technologies at the atomic scale have been added to an industry planning effort that charts the future of the semiconductor manufacturing industry every two years. The transition to a post-silicon era is forecast in a report called the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, to be issued Saturday. The report, which is produced cooperatively by semiconductor industry associations from Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States, is used by the semiconductor industry as a planning tool to determine how best to spend research and development money for new...
  • Intel Eyes Future Transistor

    12/07/2005 11:11:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Red Herring ^ | December 6, 2005
    The chip giant wants to use new materials for building chips that would boost processing speed by 50 percent. December 6, 2005 Intel said Tuesday its developing a transistor technology that could increase processing speed by 50 percent while using one-tenth the power needed by transistors in an Intel chip on the market today. The chip, which would use new materials allowing electronics to travel faster through transistors, may become the foundation for chips a decade from now, the worlds largest chip maker said. The company plans to detail its research in a conference in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Researchers at...
  • China - Friend or Foe (Free Trade and The Chip Industry)

    11/28/2005 8:39:30 AM PST · by indthkr · 122 replies · 1,339+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/28/05 | Ben Stein
    A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to and MC'ing the annual dinner of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Attending were the major players in the chip world, the Texas Instruments, AMDs, National Semiconductors, and -- well, you get the picture. Very successful, super smart men and women filled the room -- real geniuses who did things like create programs that read and check immense software codes written in India, only do it in real time over the internet. These are people who started and run incredibly complex and productive businesses. You might have thought it would...
  • Philips Paper-like Display....( Ready ) Earlier Than Expected

    09/06/2005 9:16:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 435+ views
    Geekzone ^ | 6-SEP-2005 08:46 | unknown
    A few months ago Philips Polymer Vision, a company backed by Philips promised a rollable, paper-like display in two years - and took then only a few months to have a prototype ready. Philips Polymer Vision is showing its Concept Readius during an international exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The Philips Concept Readius is a prototype of a connected consumer device for business professionals. The device implements a pocket-sized e-reader withouth sacrificing readability, mobility, performance, or weight. The Readius is the worlds first prototype of a functional electronic-document reader that can unroll its display to a scale larger than the device...
  • Analyst predicts printable electronics boom--<i>Nerd thread</i>

    09/06/2005 12:24:45 PM PDT · by misterrob · 24 replies · 524+ views
    EE Times ^ | 9/6/05 | Peter Clarke
    LONDON The market for printable electronics is forecast to generate revenues of over $7 billion in 2010, according to NanoMarkets LC, a firm of analysts. The market is set to be driven by demand for printable displays, RFIDs, photovoltaics, computer memory and other printable products, the firm said. NanoMarkets (Glen Allen, Virginia) said that the areas with the largest growth opportunities include printable displays, which NanoMarkets projects to be a market worth over $3 billion in 2010, printable RFIDs which will be worth $2.2 billion, and computer memory and photovoltaics which will achieve more modest, yet significant, market opportunities...
  • U.S. Could Lose Race for Nanotech Leadership, SIA Panel Says

    03/16/2005 4:13:11 PM PST · by Dat Mon · 59 replies · 797+ views
    Electronic News ^ | Mar 16, 2005 | Online staff
    At a news conference in Washington, D.C., today, U.S. semiconductor industry CEOs and an economist stressed the importance of continued progress and leadership in semiconductor technology since the coming transition to nano-scale semiconductor devices means leadership in IT is up for grabs. Advertisement Organized by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), the conference included Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp.; Steve Appleton, CEO of Micron Technology and current chairman of the SIA; Dale Jorgenson, a Samuel W. Morris University professor at Harvard University; and George Scalise, president of the SIA. Following the vision of Moore's Law, the U.S. semiconductor industry has...
  • Fateful meeting lights blue touchpaper (Galloway, wife; Zureikat)

    04/23/2003 4:43:16 PM PDT · by Shermy · 22 replies · 1,414+ views
    The Herald (Scotland) ^ | April 23, 2003
    MP's wife introduced him to Saddam sympathiser, writes CAMERON SIMPSON and AARON HICKLIN GEORGE Galloway first met the shadowy figure of Fawaz Zureikat through his Palestinian wife. The fateful meeting was to propel the man who goes under the soubriquets of "Gorgeous George" and the "MP for Baghdad Central" into one of the biggest crises of his colourful career. Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad, 36, a Jerusalem-born scientist who married Mr Galloway in a secret ceremony in London in February 2000, had gone to the same university in Jordan as Mr Zureikat. Mr Zureikat's name first surfaced in a letter from Mr...
  • MP's partner linked to 80m trade in crude (MORE GALLOWAY)

    04/23/2003 4:48:46 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 32 replies · 602+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2003 | Anton La Guardia
    Fawaz Zureikat, George Galloway's Jordanian partner who claims not to be involved in oil deals, is closely associated with a company that has traded Iraqi crude valued at millions of pounds, according to United Nations documents seen by The Daily Telegraph. Mr Zureikat has dismissed as a "forgery" an Iraqi intelligence report identifying him as the front man for Mr Galloway's secret contracts to buy Iraqi crude and sell humanitarian supplies under the UN's oil-for-food programme. The Jordanian businessman has repeatedly insisted that he does not deal in oil, although he does sell food and other civilian supplies to Iraq....
  • Intel and the chip conundrum

    07/15/2004 9:17:12 AM PDT · by mikegi · 26 replies · 781+ views
    CBSMarketWatch.com ^ | July 14, 2004 | John C Dvorak
    Intel announced its earnings late Tuesday and we were once again witnesses to the traditional hand-wringing exercises that are standard operating procedure in that most peculiar business, the semiconductor industry. The fact is that this sector, in general, is addled with a collective fear of failure and self-doubt unparalleled in the history of business enterprise. Intel (INTC: news, chart, profile) epitomizes the attitude that is marked by a vicious, competitive survival instinct and the constant need to dabble in money-losing side ventures based on the deep-seated and wrongheaded fear that its main business will disappear.
  • We Be Jammer (RFID Protection...Tin Foil)

    04/11/2004 11:55:45 PM PDT · by endthematrix · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sun, Apr 11, 2004 | Michael Fitzgerald - ExtremeTech
    RSA Security, best-known for its encryption algorithms and an eponymous security conference, thinks it has a way to block RFID tags from being read by prying eyes. At issue here is how to turn off the tags once they leave a store. One could use brute force, cutting or ripping them off. Or there's old-fashioned hacking: Metal (think aluminum foil) disrupts RFID signals for the kind of tags that would probably be used on consumer goods in a store. What RSA has devised is a blocker tag that basically sends a mini-denial of service attack to RFID readers. The readers...
  • Refining Semiconductors, One Atom at a Time

    04/10/2004 12:28:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 379+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 8, 2004 | ANNE EISENBERG
    At the heart of semiconductor fabrication are crucial additives called dopants. These impurities change the electronic properties of silicon or other material to make the transistors and other components of a chip. Currently these dopants are added in bulk, their exact location usually no more a problem than the exact location of grains of baking soda or raisins stirred into cake batter. But as electronic devices shrink - and the hope is to get them down to the size of a molecule - serious problems with doping are expected. At that small a scale, the location of a needed doping...
  • China puzzled but working to resolve first ever WTO trade spat with US

    03/25/2004 10:45:54 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 4 replies · 189+ views
    AFP ^ | Fri Mar 19,11:54 AM ET
    SHANGHAI (AFP) - China said it was "extremely puzzled" by Washington's complaint to the World Trade Organization over its tax system for domestic chip makers but said it is willing to work with the United States to resolve the dispute. The Ministry of Commerce has yet to receive any official documentation but said it was in touch with its US trade counterparts in hopes of finding a solution. "China has had several rounds of negotiations with the US on this issue and we have already made progress," commerce ministry spokesman Chong Quan said in a statement. He added, however, that...
  • Microchips May Soon Need Enormous Power - Intel CTO

    02/19/2004 10:40:58 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 191+ views
    Reuters | February 19, 2004
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The old geek's joke about the microchip so warm it can iron your pants or fry an egg could soon be an understatement, according to Intel, the world's largest chip maker. If unchecked, the increasing power requirements of computer chips could boost heat generation to absurdly high levels, said Patrick Gelsinger, Intel Corp. chief technology officer and the chip maker's research visionary. By mid-decade, that Pentium PC may need the power of a nuclear reactor. By the end of the decade, you might as well be feeling a rocket nozzle than touching a chip. And...
  • US `ready to act' against China

    02/07/2004 9:40:55 AM PST · by maui_hawaii · 8 replies · 160+ views
    TRADE DISPUTE: The deputy assistant US trade representative said that the Bush administration was ''actively preparing'' a case to bring to the WTO for arbitration REUTERS , WASHINGTON Saturday, Feb 07, 2004,Page 12 The US is prepared to take legal action against China if it does not change tax policies that are blocking sales of US semiconductors in the Chinese market, a US official said on Thursday. Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative Charles Freeman said the Bush administration was "actively preparing a case" to take to the WTO if the US cannot work out a solution with China in the...
  • How the USA is losing the hi-tech war

    10/10/2003 6:37:03 PM PDT · by Nick Danger · 18 replies · 176+ views
    the Inquirer ^ | October 10, 2003 | Staff
    THERE'S TWO STORIES from electronics titles over the last few days that the Chicago Savant has drawn to the INQ's attention. The first, in EE Times, relates to a talk iSuppli's Len Jelinek gave yesterday, saying that the Communist Party you've heard of Tianamen Square, right? has taken over the semiconductor industry in a series of five year plans aimed squarely at knocking the US and other democracies off track.Here. China's entry into the World Trade Org has killed tariffs on semiconductors but also has allowed the Communists to build giant factories just ready to soak up capacity....
  • Sick and Suspicious

    09/03/2003 8:27:07 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 19 replies · 224+ views
    The NY Times ^ | September 4, 2003 | BOB HERBERT
    While I.B.M. officials deny it, evidence is being offered by stricken employees that unusually large numbers of men and women who worked for the giant computer corporation over the past few decades have been dying prematurely. I.B.M. employees, and relatives of employees who have died, are claiming in a series of very bitter lawsuits that I.B.M. workers have contracted cancer and other serious illnesses from chemicals they were exposed to in semiconductor and disk-drive manufacturing, laboratory work and other very basic industrial operations. Dr. Richard Clapp, a respected epidemiologist from Boston University who was hired by a group of 40...
  • Pentagon Is Told To Focus On Health Of Semiconductor Industry Or Risk Buying Chips From China

    08/15/2003 7:40:59 AM PDT · by cp124 · 9 replies · 264+ views
    Pentagon Is Told To Focus On Health Of Semiconductor Industry Or Risk Buying Chips From China The Department of Defense and the federal intelligence community must take action within the next few months to address the potential loss of the U.S. semiconductor industrial base, says Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), ranking member of the Airland subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The migration of production capacity to China along with research, design and engineering capabilities have "grave national security implications," says Lieberman in a new white paper on the subject. "We are being confronted by one of the greatest transfers...
  • Diamonds 'R US

    08/14/2003 3:48:35 AM PDT · by carbon14 · 12 replies · 451+ views
    Wired Online ^ | August/September 2003 | Joshua Davis
    "Welcome to Apollo Diamond," Linares says, waving me inside and quickly shutting the door. He hands me a bunny suit, including booties, goggles, and a hair cap, and leads me into a third room. Three men dressed in similar contaminant-control outfits stand around a cylindrical contraption that looks like a heavy-duty coffee urn outfitted with a bolt-on porthole. A preternatural purple-green glow emanates from the window. I peer through the glass. Four diamonds are growing beneath a shimmering green cloud. "It took me a long time to get to this point," says one of the men standing beside the machine....
  • Pat Buchanan Answers "Who Killed California?"

    07/30/2003 1:37:05 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 24 replies · 1,060+ views
    WND.com ^ | 07-30-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Who killed California? Posted: July 30, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. With Gov. Gray Davis facing recall, a budget $38 billion in deficit, and a bond rating dropped three notches by Standard & Poor's to near junk-bond status, the lowest of all 50 states, the Golden State is no more. Who killed the goose that laid the golden eggs? Certainly, Davis, who misled voters about the gravity of his budget crisis in 2002, and won re-election by demonizing his GOP rivals, deserves his 20 percent approval rating. But Gray Davis did not kill California. The United...
  • Global chip sales growth slows in April

    05/30/2003 3:14:23 AM PDT · by Starwind · 14 replies · 151+ views
    Biz.Yahoo/Reuters ^ | May 30, 2003 | Lucas van Grinsven
    UPDATE - Global chip sales growth slows in April -report Friday May 30, 5:37 am ET By Lucas van Grinsven, European Technology Correspondent (Adds analyst comment, detail, shares)AMSTERDAM, May 30 (Reuters) - Global semiconductor sales growth slowed more sharply than expected in April, highlighting the impact of weak consumer demand for PCs and cell phones, figures from an industry group showed on Friday. Monthly sales of $12.14 billion were flat compared with March and up just 9.7 percent on the same month a year ago, down from growth rates of more than 20 percent earlier this year, the World Semiconductor...
  • Gordon Moore Sees Another Decade for Moore's Law

    02/10/2003 3:22:48 PM PST · by GeneD · 5 replies · 162+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 02/10/2003 | Elinor Mills Abreu
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Gordon Moore, the computer pioneer who four decades ago predicted the explosion in transistor power driving the electronics revolution, said on Monday he sees at least another decade of progress ahead. Moore, 74, the creator of "Moore's Law," told a meeting of many of the world's preeminent chip designers that engineers must concentrate on overcoming power leakage and reducing heat levels as more and more circuits are crammed closer together. "No physical quantity can continue to change exponentially forever," he cautioned. "Your job is delaying forever." The co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corp., the world's...