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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
CED Tech Venture 2013 profile: The mobile internet and its ceaseless demands are creating unprecedented opportunities. Sarda Technologies is taking advantage of one of those opportunities - the need to manage voltage in high demand environments within small, mobile devices.
Instagram, Twitter's Vine, AirBnB are among firms that say their sites were hit by outages on Sunday. Amazon Web Services provides companies with online storage and computing power. Its website showed several problems resolved with minor issues remaining.
Analysis: In response to the rising pressures from ARM-based mobile devices and slowing PC purchase cycles, Intel's new CEO, Brian Krzanich, announced a reorganization of Intel's business units to require direct reporting to the CEO, as well as the creation of a new Devices unit aimed at strengthening Intel's capabilities in the mobile space with low-power Atom processors. TBR expects the flatter reporting structure will enable more rapid decision making, aligning Intel's strategies to a fast-paced mobile market.