Posts tagged “Semiconductors ”
Intel aims to reinvigorate the PC business with its new line of Skylake processors. No. 1 PC manufacturer Lenovo already is planning to include Skylake processors in a number of models as WTW reported last week But weak demand and longer life cycles will limit opportunities for its own revenue growth, writes Jack Narcotta of Technology Business Research.
"Wolfspeed," which is in part a tribute to research dating back to the N.C. State days of Durham-based Cree, is the name for the semiconductor and radio frequency business the company plans to spin off as a separate venture in coming months. One of Cree's founders is part of the new group which will be led by Triangle veteran tech executive Frank Plastina. And its tech will be used in the new Air Force F-35 fighter.
New Intel chips a PC boost?; Uber drivers' suit broadens; Amazon video downlaods; Valeant stock falls; Comcast targets millennials
In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Intel unveils new chips hoping to give PC industry a boost; Uber drivers win class-action suit in pay fight; Amazon to allow video downloads; Valeant, which is buying Raleigh-based Sprout Pharmaceuticals, sees its stock drop; and Comcast targets millennials with new service.
Ziptronix, a semiconductor firm spun off from RTI International which raised more than $30 million over the years in venture capital, has been sold to a Silicon Valley firm for $39 million. The RTP company has been a pioneer in development of 3-D chip technology.
Semiconductor chip firm Qualcomm, which has a design lab focused on mobile devices in Raleigh, is cutting 15 percent of its work force. The company also shakes up its board and mulls splitting into two firms.
Tech giant Intel shook up its management ranks in a big way Thursday, setting off pre-July 4 fireworks of speculation and reporting. Intel's CEO shared his thoughts with workers in a lengthy letter. The shakeup includes the firm's president - a 28-year Intel veteran - plus the head of Intel's venture unit and two high-profile execs leading efforts in mobile technology.
BDSI borrows $21M; Intel's $17B buy; BlackBerry, Typo settle; Avago acquires Broadcom; Google's free storage
In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Raleigh-based BioDeliverySciences raises $21 million in new debt; Intel to acquire chip designer Altera; BlackBerry settles with Ryan Seacrist's Typo; Avago pays $37B for Broadcom; and Google offers free storage for photos, videos.
Windows 10 in July; tossing $200K Mac; Intel's $17B bid; no nukes in Godzilla game; Silk Road founder gets life
In today's Bulldog wrapup of the latest news: Windows 10 is coming in July; a $200,000 Apple antique is tossed; Intel makes $17 billion bid for Altera; new Godzilla game avoids nukes; and Silk Road founder gets a life sentence.
Cree plans to split into two companies, disclosing plans Monday to spin off its profitable power and radio frequency chip business. It already has hired an executive to serve as CEO - Triangle tech veteran Frank Plastina. The move will help current Cree management to focus on its LED business while at the same time generating capital for the power and RF subsidiary, the company says. Wall Street immediately sent Cree shares up 4 percent.
Cree could very well cash in on the proposed spin-off of its Power and RF (radio frequency) businesses. While the group makes up only 6 percent of Cree's annual revenues, its products have a high gross profit margin. And Cree's top exec recently predicted continued growth while LEDs face challenges.
Analysis: Intel's data center business drives corporate profitability amid the firm's ongoing realignment and as PC industry woes drag down chip sales, reports Stephen Belanger of Technology Business Research.
Ikea 'smart' furniture; Aerie's loss; EU modified crop crackdown; $11.8B chip deal; new jet tracking tech
In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: Ikea launches "smart" furniture; Aerie Pharmaceuticals reports a loss; EU gives members power to crack down on genetically modified crops; Freescale Semiconductor is sold for $11.8 billion; and new technology will track jetliners.
Cree a 'Top 50' innovative firm; Clinverse's new software; Yelp goes takeout; Qualcomm's $975M fine; Uber's panic button
In today's Bulldog blog wrapup of technology and life science news: Fast Company names Cree a top innovative company; Clinverse adds to its software lineup; Yelp buys Eat24; China fines Qualcomm; and Uber adds a panic button in India.
Phononic, which aims to be the Intel of refrigerators, has wrapped up a cool financing round of $44.5 million. The firm has been raising money since last year. Who are the investors? A local hospital, for one.
IBM will make payments to privately held chipmaker Globalfoundries over three years totalling $1.5 billion, but it will take a $4.7 billion charge in the third quarter. Big Blue also released its earnings report, which fell short of Wall Street expectations. Shares quickly fell 8 percent.
IBM is shedding workers faster than trees drop leaves. More than 7,000 in the x86 server sale to Lenovo. Thousands more in giving away - yes, literally giving away with a $1.5 billion cash bonus - by dumping its chip business. And coming next? A $600 million resource action. In other words, more layoffs. One thing is clear: As IBM reported a drop in revenue for the 10th consecutive quarter its management is doubling down on more, rapid changes.
Analysis: The sales of lower-value and less-profitable product lines such as its semiconductors and X86 servers are a key step in IBM's transformation to a provider of higher-value hardware, software and services. Furthermore, IBM has identified the strategic growth areas of cloud, big data and analytics, security, social and mobility to better serve customers' evolving IT needs. These technologies are the focus of IBM's investment strategy and continue to be the strongest performing pieces of the company's solutions portfolio, writes Stephen Belanger of Technology Business Research.
NC award for Bob Ingram; CED's parties; Amazon hiring 80,000; AMD layoffs; FBI warns on phone encryption
In today's Bulldog wrapup on technology and life science news: Former GSK exec Bob Ingram to receive NC honor; the CED plans 30th anniversary parties; Amazon is hiring big time; AMD is cutting jobs; and the FBI director warns against cellphone encryption.
Analysis: PC and Data Center chip demand help Intel deliver highest quarterly revenue in company history. But Intel also is strategically positioning itself to be on the leading edge of computing and connected devices which comprise the Internet of Things.