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TSMC reportedly plans chip price hikes

Taiwan-based TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, reportedly plans to raise prices between 10-20%, impacting devices from smartphones to automobiles. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, reported that TSMC expects to raise prices on its most advanced chips by...

Senate passes $250b measure to boost US chips, tech R&D

The U.S. Senate has approved a sweeping measure aimed at countering China's technological strength, outlining $250 billion in spending designed to boost U.S. technology research and development and chip production. The bill also includes $1.5 billion in spending in support of "5G innovation", including...

Qualcomm’s John Smee on 5G R&D: ‘If you build it, they will come’

Dr. John Smee, Qualcomm’s VP of engineering, says that one of the things that differentiates Qualcomm from other tech companies is its “if you build it, they will come” research mentality: Trying to envision and build technologies that will support what future applications could...

Chinese state media outlet calls NVIDIA’s Arm purchase ‘disturbing’

China appears to have jitters that the newly announced $40 billion acquisition of Arm by U.S.-based NVIDIA could put its semiconductor industry in peril, and the deal could mean that Arm's traditional neutrality on the companies it works with could be undermined by the...

Huawei to focus on survival following new US restrictions: Chairman

Huawei Technologies Rotating Chairman Guo Ping said that "survival" would be the company’s key objective for 2020 as the U.S. government recently moved to further restrict the Chinese telecom manufacturer’s access to semiconductors. “Huawei is capable of designing some products, but we are not able...

US government moves to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers

  The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans to restrict Chinese vendor Huawei’s ability to use U.S. chipmaking equipment and software to design and manufacture its semiconductors abroad. In a statement, BIS said that the move "cuts off...

Qorvo buys RF MEMs maker Cavendish Kinetics

Semiconductor company Qorvo has agreed to acquire radio frequency micro-electro-mechanical system (RF MEMS) company Cavendish Kinetics, saying that the purchase will add to its capabilities in antenna tuning and improving 4G and 5G system performance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Qorvo is a...

US semiconductor industry urges Trump to approve Huawei licenses

  The U.S. semiconductor industry urged President Donald Trump to ease the ban on sales to Chinese vendor Huawei through the approval of export licenses, according to Bloomberg. “We encourage prompt action to issue approvals for sales that do not implicate national security concerns, particularly where...

US government confirms it will issue licenses to sell parts to Huawei

  U.S Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed that the U.S. government will issue licenses to local companies seeking to sell components to Chinese vendor Huawei where there is no threat to national security, Reuters reported. Speaking at a conference in Washington D.C, Ross affirmed that the...

Service assurance challenges in virtualized, multi-cloud networks

What are the challenges for service assurance -- and visibility and observability -- as networks evolve toward virtualization, multi-cloud environments and edge computing? Network and service assurance needs are evolving rapidly, as more applications — both network functions that support telecom network operations, and enterprise...

Qualcomm set to spend an initial $10 billion on stock buy back

Buy back comes after Qualcomm walks from NXP acquisition After dropping its $44 billion bid to purchase Dutch semiconductor firm NXP, Qualcomm, as promised, has started the process of buying back some $30 billion of its stock. According to the company, the initial round of...

Marvell completes Cavium acquisition

After China approves the merger, Marvell moves forward with plans to acquire Cavium. Semiconductor company Marvell Technology announced on Friday that it has completed the acquisition of Cavium, designer of communications and storage integrated circuits (ICs). The addition of Cavium should boost Marvell’s position in...

Qualcomm to Offer 5G NR for Small Cells, Sampling in 2019

Qualcomm tells world that its FSM product line will include 5G NR for small cells, multi-gigabit throughput. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that it will offer a 5G NR version of its 3G and 4G FSM technology for small cells and remote radio heads at the...

5G silicon: 3 chips with big ideas

Fabless semiconductor startups are making interesting 5G silicon by converting big ideas into practice 5G is a complex problem: how to create 100x faster networks that can handle 1000x more traffic with low latency using fewer, and sometimes more problematic, resources. Spectrum is a finite...

Qualcomm open to Broadcom offer — if it’s higher

Qualcomm's most recent meeting with Broadcom seems to have somewhat thawed Qualcomm's frosty reception to a Broadcom takeover -- although Qualcomm still wants to see a higher offer from Broadcom and the two companies are sparring over whether the other is engaging in good...

As Broadcom bid looms, Qualcomm extends tender offer on NXP shares

NXP/Qualcomm deal is major premise of recent "best and final" offer from Broadcom The Qualcomm subsidiary working to acquire NXP extended to Feb. 23 the cash tender offer period afforded NXP shareholders looking to agree to sell their stock in the Dutch semiconductor firm for...

Semiconductor industry stuck in tech limbo, says Arm fellow

Arm fellow speaks about the limits the semiconductor industry is facing Santa Clara, Cali. – Advances in silicon processing technologies has brought the semiconductor industry into a transitional, intermediate state of limbo. That is at least the view of Arm Fellow Greg Yeric who gave a...

Austin works to recruit tech talent

Austin is one of the bright spots in the national employment picture. While US unemployment ticked up to 8.2% last month and the economy created just 69,000 jobs, Austin's unemployment rate is just 5.9% and the local area economy is expected to create 19,000...

Telecommunication jobs hold steady, demand for developers grows

Job figures in the telecommunications space remained steady in Silicon Valley last month, according to new statistics released by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Preliminary figures showed telecommunication jobs for the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area at 5.9 thousand, marginally up from last month’s 5.8....

Semiconductor sales dip in June

The Semiconductor Industry Association said worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled $24.7 billion for June, a 1.5% decrease from May and a 0.5% decrease from a year ago. Sales in the second quarter were down 2% from the previous quarter. “Despite this month’s modest contraction in...

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...

Plano firms Interphase Corp. and Diodes Inc. expand products, reach

Texas companies Interphase Corp. (INPH) and Diodes Inc. (DIOD) both made recent announcements concerning expansion. The Plano-based companies are both involved in the wireless market in networking and components, respectively. Interphase Corp., a developer of hardware networking products, announced that the...

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...

Hot rumor: Intel interested in buying Texas Instruments’ OMAP unit?

Intel is considering buying Texas Instruments’ OMAP division according to a highly placed executive at another fabless semiconductor firm.

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