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Qualcomm eyes semiconductor battle

Qualcomm is looking to accelerate the semiconductor battle. Ranked third in Gartner’s list of top semiconductor vendors (by revenue), Qualcomm is aiming even higher. “We grew while Intel and Samsung fell,” said Rafael Steinhauser, senior vice president and Latin American president for Qualcomm during...

Reality Check: High-tech industry needs to capitalize on ‘superstack’ trend now

The mobility, enterprise and consumer electronics industries are being funda¬mentally changed by a new type of business model called the “superstack.” Accenture defines a superstack

Who is hiring and investing in the mobile economy? Broadcom

Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor spoke with RCR Wireless News during the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas about Broadcom's Wi-Fi initiatives. While this was clearly one of the event’s top stories, McGregor’s comments about hiring and investing caught our attention as well. "Last year...

Are 3G/4G connected tablets a waste of time?

Chip makers seem to be weighing in on the Wi-Fi vs 3G enabled discussion when it comes to tablets, with some starting to question whether consumers actually want another cellular-connected device to add to their monthly bills.Freescale Semiconductor’s tablet marketing lead Robert Thompson led...

Telecom, computer jobs and wages inched up in July : Verizon Communications workers on strike

July employment numbers in the telecommunications and computer and electronic products sectors ticked up by 2,700 and 2,500 positions respectively, from the previous month, according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, year-over-year figures still lag in the telecom industry....

VC investment in mobile at an all-time high

Venture-capital investments in the mobile sector are soaring, led by media and applications, commerce and payments and healthcare, according to a new report from Rutberg & Co.VC investment in mobile is at the largest level ($3 billion in the first half of the year)...

Fairchild Semiconductor launches mobile speaker amplifiers

Fairchild Semiconductor today announced the availability of its long vaunted mobile speaker amplifier, the FAB1200 stereo as well as the FAB2200 audio subsystem with stereo Class-G headphone amplifier and 1.2W Class-D mono speaker amplifier. The little device features a charge pump which generates a...

Austin releases job stats for May

The Austin metropolitan area added 14,100 jobs in the past year ending in May, giving the region the fourth best performing among the 50 largest U.S. metros at 1.8% change in growth, according to information from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Bureau...

Wireless sector down 2,000 jobs from year ago

Telecommunications jobs continued to trend downward in June, with 869,900 telecom positions nationwide, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. The wireless sector reported 2,000 fewer positions from a year ago. That data, which lags a month behind overall statistics, showed...

HTC ThunderBolt expensive to make, IHS reports

A teardown of HTC Corp.'s (HTCFX) ThunderBolt highlights the expense behind LTE phones, according to the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service. IHS said the ThunderBolt carries the highest bill of materials of any phone it has ever torn apart.With a bill of materials...

Capital Markets: i-Free Ventures Capital Fund; Brightstart acquires Flipswap; and more

Logicalis Group, the international IT and Communications solutions integrator, has acquired Netarx, Michigan-based solution provider. Netarx provides IT professional services including managed services, data center, collaboration, and infrastructure design solutions to customers throughout the Great Lakes and Arizona. Read full press release here....

Apple, Microsoft and RIM group buys Nortel patents for $4.5B

Nortel Networks Corp. (NRTLQ) announced that its subsidiaries including Nortel Networks Limited (NNL), Nortel Networks Inc. and Nortel Networks U.K. Limited have completed a successful and final auction of all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications. After an auction that spanned days, a...

Top stories from CommunicAsia tradeshow

Huawei releases Honeycomb tabletChinese vendor Huawei took the wraps off its mysterious HD MediaPad this week, giving CommunicAsia goers a hands on look at the 7-inch Android Honeycomb device, running on Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor. Stay tuned to catch a more in...

Capital Markets: AdaptiveMobile acquires Sentry Wireless; Glympse receives funding; and more

CML Microsystems Plc , a mixed-signal semiconductor company headquartered close to London, England, has acquired the exclusive rights to the RALCWI low bit-rate vocoder products from Spirit Corp, a Moscow based software company. CML originally licensed RALCWI from Spirit a few years ago to...

Freescale releases new AMP series to combat data traffic

Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) recently announced a new generation multi-core platform called the Advanced Multiprocessing (AMP) series and is billing it as the chip-maker’s biggest draw in several years.The new product platform aims to increase positioning in the networking field and is based on a...

GlobalFoundries culls top tier management, ex-Motorola man placed in charge

GlobalFoundries has fired its top tier management this morning, effective immediately, replacing the CEO, COO and chairman of the board with appointees of the Abu Dhabi government investment arm ATIC.“The board of directors of GlobalFoundries – along with its majority shareholder, the Advanced Technology...

Capital Markets: Google bets on Admeld; Qualcomm acquires Rapid Bridge; and more

Qualcomm announced it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Rapid Bridge LLC, a San Diego-based inventor of advanced techniques for the design and development of semiconductor products. Rapid Bridge's San Diego design team and San Diego/Bangalore engineering services operations will...

Microelectronics sees spectacular growth thanks to smartphones and data consumption

Microelectronics is still seeing impressive growth according to the latest figures from Strategy Analytics.“The strong revenue reports which Strategy Analytics saw in April show continued compound semiconductor market expansion,” said Eric Higham, director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service.“Growth in...

Apple overtakes HP to become largest semiconductor buyer

Apple has overtaken Hewlett-Packard Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to become the world’s largest semiconductor buyer according to iSuppli. The research outfit indicates that original equipment maker (OEM) Apple bought $17.5 billion worth of semiconductors in 2010, up 79.6% from the comparably paltry $9.7...

Altera to open chip design center in Austin, creating several hundred jobs

The Statesman | May 6, 2011 | Kirk Ladendorf Altera Corp. said Thursday that it is setting up a semiconductor design center in Austin that it expects will employ "several hundred engineers" within the next few years. ..... Read full article here via The Statesman

Telecom, computer jobs inch up in May

The telecommunications sector saw a 3,400 bump in jobs from April to May, but was still down 33,400 positions from a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the wireless industry subsector, which lags a month behind in statistics, 400 more...

Austin releases job stats for April

The Austin metropolitan area added 14,100 jobs, or 1.8% in the past year, giving the region the fifth best performing among the 50 largest U.S. metros, according to information from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The metropolitan region...

Freescale Semiconductor launches IPO, misses $1B target

Austin, Texas-based chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor Inc. went public on Wednesday but fell short of company expectations, pricing stock 22% less than projected at $18 a share.According to an initial public offering filing (IPO), Freescale wanted to raise more than $1 billion, which is around...

Telecom-related jobs continue to decline in Los Angeles area

The greater Los Angeles metro area continues to lose jobs in the telecommunications sector, according to new data from the Department of Labor. The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area is the only area in greater Los Angeles that has been adding jobs in the telecommunications...

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