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Posts tagged “Semiconductors ”

Updated July 15

IBM joins $635M semiconductor effort in New York

IBM              IBM is joining a public-private sector consortium targeting semiconductor research and production in the state of New York. It's the second largest commitment to chips IBM has made in the past two weeks even as rumors continue to swirl that Big Blue is trying to sell its big chip complex in East Fishkill, N.Y.

Updated May 21

Premium Lock 'WBG' could be future of semiconductors- and Raleigh startup is at forefront

GridBridge is an emerging company in the semiconductor space, and the NCSU spinout looks to be a major player in so-called "wide band gap" technology. According to the Department of Energy, "WBG" promises improved, more efficient energy which in turn could mean "vastly superior" electronics and optics. In part two of an interview, GridgBridge CEO Chad Eckhardt talks about his company and WBG.

Comparing WBG to standard silicon materials Comparing WBG to standard silicon materials

Updated May 7

Premium Lock Going for Chrome: Lenovo lands good reviews for new Google laptops

The early reviews are in, and Lenovo gets good marks for its latest notebooks. Lenovo is offering first two consumer notebooks running Chrome. Meanwhile, a widening selection of Chromebooks signifies the building momentum for Google's attempt to create a compelling alternative to Windows-powered machines and Apple Inc.'s Mac computers.

The new Lenovo N20p convertible Chromebook The new Lenovo N20p convertible Chromebook

Updated February 24

Premium Lock Semiconductor firm RF Micro to buy rival for $1.59B

Greensboro-based RF Micro Devices is buying TriQuint Semiconductor in a $1.59 billion deal. Bob Bruggeworth, CEO at RFMD, will run the merged companies. RF Micro is a partner in the recently announced Department of Energy project at NCSU.

RFMD, TriQuint tout the deal in an infographic RFMD, TriQuint tout the deal in an infographic

Updated February 10

Premium Lock IBM can't find chip buyer, reportedly seeks joint venture

IBM              IBM is focused on finding a joint-venture partner for its chip- manufacturing business after failing to attract a buyer for the division, two people with knowledge of the matter tell Bloomberg news.

Updated February 7

Premium Lock Reports: IBM looking to sell semiconductor manufacturing

IBM              Both The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times are reporting that IBM is looking to sell its semiconductor manufacturing business. If so, it would be the latest move by IBM to quit manufacturing.

January 18

Premium Lock Intel to cut more than 5,000 jobs as PC chip demand falls

Job cuts The purge represents about 5 percent of the roughly 108,000 jobs that Intel had on its payroll at the end of December. The company intends to jettison the jobs without laying off workers, said Intel spokesman Bill Calder. The reductions instead will be achieved through attrition, buyouts and early retirement offers.

January 17

Premium Lock Inside Intel's earnings: Revenues increase as PC markets stabilize; 2014 looks brighter

Intel Analysis: Intel is banking on new chip development with a focus on mobile devices and a continuing expansion of its data center portfolio to drive growth in 2014.

Updated January 16

Premium Lock Obama brings national attention to Triangle's semiconductor, cleantech sectors

North Carolina State University will lead a group of six universities and 18 private-sector companies - including Durham-based Cree, ABB, RFMD and Vacon - in a new manufacturing innovation institute that President Barack Obama announced during his Wednesday visit to the Triangle.

ABB workers position semiconductors ABB workers position semiconductors

Updated January 16

Premium Lock New chip initiative charges up Triangle's Cleantech Cluster

President Obama's announcement to invest $70 million in federal dollars in research through a consortium of universities and private sector firms led by NCSU delivered a jolt of good news to the Triangle's fast-growing cleantech industry. RTP has become a hub for greener energy research, and the head of the Research Triangle Cleanteach Cluster says the "Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute" could bring more jobs as well as investment to the region.

President Obama with Marc Hoffman, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Vacon President Obama with Marc Hoffman, Senior Mechanical Engineer at Vacon

Updated January 16

Premium Lock RTP-based SRC launches $9M effort for secure semiconductors

SRC The Semiconductor Research Corporation is teaming up with industry and academic partners to develop "Trustworty and Secure Semiconductors and Systems." Intel and AMD are among the partners.

Updated January 7

Premium Lock NVIDIA's powerful new mobile chip features Epic Games' latest engine

Epic Games receives plenty of exposure for its Unreal 4 engine from NVIDIA at the Consumer Electronics Show. The chip manufacturer's CEO chose to utilize Unreal as he showcased the new Tegra K1, which is designed to boost the graphical and processing power of mobile devices. WRALTechWire Insider John Gaudiosi has the details in an exclusive report.

NVIDIA CEO showcases new mobile chip NVIDIA CEO showcases new mobile chip

Updated December 13, 2013

Premium Lock Durham startup Phononic aims to be the 'Intel of refrigerators,' is hiring

The conventional refrigerator compressor - technology that's noisy, uses lots of electricity and is nearly 100 years old - is being pushed aside by startup Phononic's new heat pump, which harnesses cooling capabilities from semiconductors for use in a modern-day appliance. WRALTechWire has the inside story about this Silicon Valley-backed company launched in North Carolina and is planning to hire more workers.

Phononic heat pump Phononic heat pump

Updated December 9, 2013

Premium Lock Semiconductor firm Ziptronix sells its development lab in Morrisville

Ziptronix strikes a deal to sell its development lab in Morrisville with two firms that it has licensed semiconductor technology to in the past. Eleven people work at the lab, and its new owners are looking to expand, a Ziptronix executive says.

Ziptronix bonding technology in process. Ziptronix bonding technology in process.

December 5, 2013

Premium Lock Conference 'encounter' leads to next-generation chip partnership for RTI

A two-year business relationship that began at a business conference led to Wednesday's news that RTI is partnering with an Indiana-based semiconductor firm to develop new packaging technology that enables smaller, faster semiconductor chips. Using a proprietary "Quilt" concept, RTI could soon enable 'More Than Moore' devices. The deal is the latest in RTI's efforts to advance semiconductor development and performance.

An example of QP chip packaging. An example of QP chip packaging.

Updated November 25, 2013

Premium Lock Apple to pay $350M for Kinect motion-chip maker PrimeSense

Apple  The deal fits Apple's pattern of buying less well-known companies whose capabilities are folded into future products. PrimeSense's technology gives digital devices the ability to detect movements and objects, and then translates that into depth and color.

November 19, 2013

Premium Lock Apple reportedly in talks to buy motion-tracking chip maker

Apple  Apple is in talks to buy PrimeSense Inc., the maker of motion-tracking chip technology that was used in Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect video-game console, Bloomberg news reports.

October 25, 2013

Premium Lock IBM licenses chips from ARM in bid to boost ailing hardware business

IBM ARM's chip technology is used in mobile phones and is increasingly being deployed in more demanding devices such as servers and networking equipment. IBM says the ARM technology will be used in new microprocessors designed for "custom-chip clients, leading companies that build network routers, switches and the cellular base stations that enable pervasive wired and wireless communications across the globe."

October 16, 2013

Premium Lock Delay in new mobile chip production takes luster off Intel earnings

Intel Intel says manufacturing snags will delay a new line of processors, denting confidence in its ability to roll out advanced technology that can win orders in the fast-growing market for tablets and smartphones.

Updated September 17, 2013

Premium Lock With $1M bonus, Nvidia lures Cisco exec to be CFO; Cisco sells 8 Valley buildings

NVIDIA Nvidia, a maker of computer-graphics processors, has named Cisco Systems executive Colette Kress as chief financial officer, filling a vacant post. In other news, Cisco has sold eight office buildings in California.

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