Posts tagged “Semiconductors ”
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.
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.
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.
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.