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  • Wall Street Journal (behind paywall): China’s Global Semiconductor Raid

    01/16/2017 9:22:51 PM PST · by RightGeek · 36 replies
    Semiconductors are essential to everything from home appliances to cars, satellites and fighter aircraft. The U.S. has led the industry since its start in the 1950s, with firms like Intel, Qualcomm and Apple today accounting for nearly 50% of global sales, worth about $165 billion a year, and employing some 359,000 Americans. Semiconductors are the fourth-most valuable U.S. export behind airplanes, petroleum products and cars. China hopes to change this through state subsidies and predatory trade practices. The White House report, drafted by industry and policy experts, warns that “Chinese policies are distorting markets in ways that undermine innovation, subtract...
  • Obama blocks proposed takeover of Germany's Aixtron

    12/02/2016 5:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 6:06 PM EST
    Citing a national security risk, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese investor’s proposed takeover of Aixtron SE, a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a rare move that drew objections from Beijing and complaints that the U.S. was injecting politics into the deal. Obama ordered Fujan Grand Chip to “fully and permanently abandon” its proposed acquisition of Aixtron SE’s California-based subsidiary, Aixtron, Inc. The decision upheld a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies. The decision threatens to jeopardize the larger deal, which is under scrutiny [by] Berlin...
  • New signal amplification process set to transform communications, imaging, computing

    01/20/2015 12:56:11 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 01/20/2015 | Provided by American Institute of Physics
    Signal amplification is ubiquitous to all electronic and optoelectronic systems for communications, imaging and computing - its characteristics directly impact device performance. A new signal amplification process discovered by a team of University of California, San Diego researchers is now poised to fuel new generations of electrical and photonic devices - transforming the fields of communications, imaging and computing. In the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, the team describes their work behind this discovery. "For many years, the semiconductor industry has relied on photodetectors for optoelectrical conversion, followed by low-noise electronic amplifiers to convert optical signals into electronic...
  • 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 coroner’s 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 firm’s 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 state’s 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 ChipPAC—a 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 Dell’s first-quarter results, indicated that the PC giant would introduce new servers based on AMD’s Opteron line of 64-bit processors by year’s 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...