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Infineon unleashes 4G chip

German chipmaker Infineon Technologies is sampling a new multi-standard transceiver chip sure to heat up the ongoing 4G contest between LTE and WiMAX. Thanks to a push from companies like Intel, Sprint, Clearwire, Google, and others, the WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) standard has already hit the …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jan 2009

Rambus legal crusade blunted by paper shredder

Rambus has hit a major setback in its quest to wrest millions of dollars from Micron and Samsung in IP royalties. A judge has said its patents can't be enforced because it destroyed documents, that could affect the case, in an obstructive or misleading way. Rambus, which earns revenue by licensing its computer memory …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2009

EU raids smart card chipmakers

At least four makers of microchips have confirmed they were raided by European Commission investigators seeking information of collusion in the market for chips used in smart cards. STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies, NXP, and Renesas Technology each said they received surprise visits from investigators in late October. …
Dan Goodin, 07 Jan 2009
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LCD makers to pay $585m for price-fixing conspiracy

Three Asian electronics manufactures on Wednesday agreed to pay a combined $585m after admitting they conspired to drive up the prices of liquid crystal display monitors that were bought by Dell, Apple, Motorola, and others. LG Display of South Korea, Sharp of Japan, and Chunghwa of Taiwan pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges …
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2008
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Bull juices supers with German engineering

French server maker Bull made some noise earlier this week by shaking hands with a ginormous German supercomputing lab, and now, the company has acquired German HPC expert Science + Computing AG. S+C is based in Stuttgart and has offices in Munich, Berlin, Tuebingen, and Dusseldorf. Its 200 techies and 70 other personnel help …
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NEC joins IBM's Super Friends chip alliance

IBM has recruited NEC Electronics to its semiconductor Super Friends alliance, designed to spread out the cost of developing and producing 32-nanometer fabbed chips. NEC is the eighth big name to add its name to the roll, which includes companies such as Samsung, Toshiba, STMicroelectronics, Infineon, Freescale and Chartered. …
Austin Modine, 12 Sep 2008
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Ericsson ST move helps consolidate wireless chip makers

The announcement this week that Ericsson would merge its Mobile Platforms division into the ST-NXP Wireless business sent shock waves around the industry. The first words on everyone’s lips - especially those of US financial analysts - were: "What does this mean for Texas Instruments?" which of late has suffered blow after …
Faultline, 21 Aug 2008

Apple preps patch for 'problematic 3G' iPhone?

An upcoming software patch may bring relief to iPhone 3G owners whose handsets have been struck down by inexplicable connection problems. So reports the Wall Street Journal, which quotes unnamed “people familiar with the matter” who say that Apple is set to release a fix within weeks. Since the 3G handset’s release, customers …
James Sherwood, 15 Aug 2008

3G iPhone disassembled, photographed

It didn't take long for someone to splash out on a 3G iPhone and take it to bits. Mac repair specialist iFixit got its handset in New Zealand and has uncovered the phone's interesting under-the-bonnet features. iFixit 3G iPhone strip-down Apple's iPhone 3G: opening the case Image courtesy iFixit A couple of screws on the …
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2008
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Samsung taps Infineon as second source for UMTS chipsets

Last year, Nokia sparked the biggest realignment of the handset chipset market for years when it diversified its supply chain to create more competition to its silicon alter ego, Texas Instruments. Now Samsung has made a similar move, just as the world’s second largest handset maker faces a rejuvenated challenge from Nokia in …
Wireless Watch, 29 May 2008

Infineon boss heads for door

The chief executive of Infineon, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, has resigned from the company because of an inability to agree strategy with the company's board of directors. Infineon's chairman Max Dietrich Kley thanked Ziebart for his work. Kley said: "We would like to thank Mr. Ziebart for his efforts and merits. He took over the …
John Oates, 27 May 2008

Chip makers unite to define unified home network tech

Intel, Panasonic, Texas Instruments and Infineon have launched a bid to steer the development of a unified home networking platform - technology capable of combining coaxial, powerline and phone cabling. The four firms today launched the HomeGrid Forum, which they said would seek to ensure the Internation Telcommunications …
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2008
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IBM and chums offer wafer-thin 32nm detail

A semiconductor coalition led by IBM said yesterday that OEM customers can now start designing future products around the group’s jointly developed 32 nanometer (nm) microprocessor production technology, but it remained vague on the finer technology details. IBM eagerly claimed that the alliance’s latest chip pumping technology …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2008
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Elpida hikes DRAM prices 20 per cent

The last time DRAM chip prices fell into a money pit, in 1999, the big four memory makers dug themselves out by working as a team over the next three years. OK, so it was price-fixing: understandable, but illegal. Samsung, Elpida, Hynix and Infineon were caught out - and in 2005 had to cough up $730m in fines. Later they dropped …
Drew Cullen, 31 Mar 2008
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Texas Instruments sounds alarm on 3G

Texas Instruments, one of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers, is sounding the alarm over the demand for 3G phones. The company said one of its major clients had sharply cut back on its orders. Though TI declined to name the customer, analysts are speculating it is Nokia, TI's largest customer for mobile chipsets. …
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LSI buys Infineon's disk biz

LSI is pushing Germany's Infineon Technologies out of its market by acquiring the company's hard drive business for an undisclosed sum. Under the agreement, Infineon will transfer its complete HDD activities to LSI, including equipment, software, customer relations and intellectual property. Today's announced purchase plays …
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2008

IBM's charming smile attracts Hitachi to 32nm research pact

When it comes to semiconductors, IBM is the friendliest vendor in town. The hardware maker has announced a deal with Hitachi to share costs and expertise around researching techniques for manufacturing very small chips. The agreement marks the first time IBM and Hitachi have teamed up on semiconductors work. IBM, however, has …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Mar 2008
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Toshiba borgs into IBM's 32nm alliance

Toshiba confirmed yesterday that it had joined a 32-nanometre chip development group led by IBM and made up of a number of key industry players minus top dog Intel. The alliance has been formed over the past few months in an attempt to push down spiralling development costs in the switch to the new geometery, which are proving …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2007

Toshiba and NEC reaffirm 32nm chip marriage

Toshiba and NEC are forging ahead with plans to jointly develop manufacturing technology for 32 nanometer chips to better compete with rivals. The two giants plan to embark on their joint efforts as early as the start of 2008, with mass production beginning in 2010. In July, rumors circulated of a pact between the Japanese …
Austin Modine, 27 Nov 2007

Qimonda samples GDDR 5

Memory maker Qimonda has begun sampling GDDR 5 video-memory chips, producing what it claimed today was the world's first 512Mb part. Like past GDDR revisions, GDDR 5 ups the maximum available data transfer rate between video memory and GPU - to 20GB/s, in this case. Error compensation, adaptive interface timing and the ability …
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2007
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ISP blows the whistle on router chip 'fault'

Exclusive: One of the UK's best-respected broadband providers has raised concerns about the reliability of the world's most popular ADSL chip. Zen Internet has uncovered a potential problem with the Texas Instruments AR7. The chip is at the heart of about a third of routers in use worldwide today - including Linksys and Netgear kit. Zen …
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Samsung, Toshiba join SanDisk in US antitrust probe

The US Justice Department is busy handing out more RSVPs to NAND flash memory makers, cordially inviting them to a new market-wide price fixing investigation. On Friday, SanDisk revealed the company and its CEO, Eli Harari, received a grand jury subpoena from federal district court in regard to possible antitrust violations. …
Austin Modine, 18 Sep 2007
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Nokia revises chipset strategy

Nokia is to outsource most of its chip development to other manufacturers in order to reduce its R&D spend and concentrate on developing core chipset technologies. The Finnish firm, which is the world's largest mobile maker, said the new licensing and multi-sourcing model would allow it to broaden its pool of chip suppliers, …
Charlie Taylor, 10 Aug 2007

Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC want 32nm friendship

Toshiba said today it is considering a partnership with Fujitsu and NEC to develop and produce 32 nanometer chips, a way of competing with rival companies who've already formed similar pacts. All three deny a report published yesterday by business newspaper Nikkei that they've already reached an agreement. They acknowledge, …
Austin Modine, 25 Jul 2007

iPhone autopsies conducted

It hasn't taken long for many of the Apple iPhones acquired over the weekend to be taken home and taken to bits as hardware fans and chip analysts alike try to find out what kind of kit the "revolutionary" handset is packing. Perhaps the most complete set of disassembly pics have been provided by Mac repair and upgrade …
Tony Smith, 02 Jul 2007

IBM builds alliance to tackle 32nm design

IBM is teaming up with four other chipmakers to develop manufacturing technologies for semiconductors that shrink the average circuit feature to 32 nanometers. The alliance, which is aimed at containing the spiraling cost of building bleeding-edge chips, also involves Chartered Semiconductor, Samsung Electronics, Infineon …
Dan Goodin, 23 May 2007
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Sun makes Hynix DRAM cartel lawsuit deadline

Sun has made good on its promise to slap DRAM manufacturer Hynix with another price fixing lawsuit, which it made in April when a federal judge dismissed a joint complaint with Unisys. Judge Phyllis Hamilton threw out that case, ordering Sun to come up with more evidence by 4 May or quit its whinging. The IT giant went back to …
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Sun, Unisys pledge to tailor dropped memory chip suit

Sun and Unisys both plan to file a new lawsuit against Hynix Semiconductor and six other DRAM manufacturers after a federal judge dropped a previous suit due to a lack of information from the server vendors. Judge Phyllis Hamilton dismissed the complaint without prejudice, giving the two companies a deadline of May 4 to re-file …
Austin Modine, 10 Apr 2007

AMD steams into world chip maker top ten

AMD stormed up the charts last year as a string of hits - and its decision to form a 'supergroup' with ATI - pushed it from number 15 in the league of most successful global semiconductor companies straight into eighth place. AMD chart position was driven by a 91.6 per cent increase in sales revenue between 2005 and 2006, new …
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2007
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Tech industry outlines women's day initiatives

Cisco has jumped on Thursday's International Women's Day bandwagon with the launch of F_email - a project to improve women's technology skills. The network and communications giant believes women, particularly in the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America "all have one thing in common: a desire to improve their …
Maxim Kelly, 09 Mar 2007
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Samsung settles DRAM price-fixing lawsuit

Samsung will pay $90m to bring to an end lawsuits brought against it by 41 US states as a result of its role in a worldwide DRAM price-fixing cartel. It will also aid the plaintiffs in ongoing legal action against its co-conspirators. Samsung, Elpida, Hynix and Infineon were all found guilty by the US Department of Justice of …
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2007
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Motorola makes Linux breakthrough with RIZR Z6

motorola rizr z6 linux smart phone Motorola's first Linux handset for the US market, the RIZR Z6, is also likely to be the first in the industry to run an "open" operating system - Linux, Symbian OS or Windows on a single- rather than dual-processor architecture. This shows that Linux is making significant improvements in …
Faultline, 19 Jan 2007

Analyst dissects Nintendo Wii... on camera

Market watcher Semiconductor Insights has taken Nintendo's Wii to bits - a little more carefully, we presume, than the sledgehammer-wielding Canadians - to expose the next-generation console's internal workings. Handily, it filmed the process. SI's investigation revealed IBM's custom PowerPC processor codenamed 'Broadway' and …
Hard Reg, 21 Nov 2006
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Feds allege Samsung, Hynix execs fixed DRAM prices

Two Samsung executives and a senior Hynix employee have been formally charged with conspiring to fix DRAM prices worldwide between 1 April 2001 and 15 June 2002, US antitrust investigators with the Department of Justice announced yesterday. The three defendants are charged with violating the US Sherman Act. If convicted, they …
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2006
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US DoJ probes SRAM pricing cartel claim?

The US Department of Justice's antitrust division is to probe the SRAM market, it has emerged. Yesterday, Cypress Semiconductor announced it was co-operating with the enquiry, and would "make available employees, documents and all other relevant information" to DoJ investigators. And today Samsung was quoted by the South …
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2006
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Fourth Samsung exec pleads guilty to price fixing

A Samsung executive at the centre of a memory chip price fixing scandal has pleaded guilty and agreed to serve eight months in jail. Thomas Quinn agreed the penalty as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors. Samsung Electronics is accused by the US Government of driving up the price of memory chips used in PCs and servers, …
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Sun, Unisys sue Hynix for price-fixing

Sun and Unisys are going after South Korean memory chip maker Hynix for damages related to its role in a price-fixing cartel. The US companies jointly filed a suit Friday in the US District Court in San Francisco claiming compensation for losses incurred in DRAM purchasing. According to AP, Hynix spokesman Park Hyun yesterday …
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FTC slams Rambus' memory 'monopoly'

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed its latest installment in the As the Rambus Turns saga. The Feds have found that Rambus illegally monopolized four key technologies found in DRAM chips. Today's FTC ruling builds on four years of legal wrangling with Rambus. The commission had accused Rambus of deceiving the …
Ashlee Vance, 02 Aug 2006
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California to sue DRAM makers over price-fixing claims

Seven of the world's biggest memory makers today face an antitrust lawsuit from 34 US Attorneys General who claim the companies conspired "to fix DRAM chip prices, artificially restrain supply, allocate among themselves the production of DRAM chips and markets for the chips, and rig bids for DRAM chip contracts" between January …
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2006
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Panasonic camcorder supports SDHC media

The new SDR-S150 is an update of the SDR-S100 camcorder which records to SD card, rather than DV tape, hard disk, or DVD. The SDR-S100 uses conventional SD media which has a maximum capacity of 2GB, while the SDR-S150 supports both SD and the brand new SDHC (SD High-Capacity) card. SDHC is the same physical size as SD but …
Leo Waldock, 12 Jun 2006
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DRAM makers to pay $160m to settle civil suits

Samsung, Hynix and Infineon have agreed to cough up $160m to a collection of small companies who sued the memory giants after the US Department of Justice launched a probe into DRAM price-fixing claims. The three DRAMurai later admitted they had taken part in a cartel to control DRAM prices in the States between April 1999 …
Tony Smith, 11 May 2006
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Infineon DRAM biz to spin off as Qimonda

Infineon's memory division will become a separate entity - named Qimonda - on 1 May, the company said today. Based in Munich, Qimonda will remain an Infineon subsidiary until it's IPO'd - though the parent company gave no indication when that may happen. Infineon CEO Wolfgang Ziebert described the move as a "strategic …
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2006
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The man behind OSSTMM

Pete Herzog, founder of ISECOM and creator of the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) talks with Federico Biancuzzi about the upcoming revision 3.0 of the OSSTMM. Could you introduce yourself? I'm Pete Herzog, managing director of ISECOM. I live in a small town in Catalonia just outside of Barcelona. It's …
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Three Samsung DRAMers prepare for life behind bars

The memory cartel saga continued today with three Samsung Electronics executives agreeing to go to the slammer and make amends for fixing DRAM prices. Senior manager of DRAM sales Sun Woo Lee will serve eight months, while two lower level DRAM staffers Yeongho Kang and Young Woo Lee will serve seven months. All three have plead …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Mar 2006
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Hynix staffers to plead guilty to DRAM price-fix charges

Four Hynix staffers will do time in a US jail and together pay $1m in fines after agreeing to plead guilty to US Department of Justice charges that they conspired to fix memory prices, the DoJ said yesterday. D S Kim, Hynix's General Manager, Worldwide Sales and Marketing; C K Chung, Hynix's Director, Global Strategic Account …
Tony Smith, 02 Mar 2006
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Lawsuit claims Micron fixed memory prices

US memory maker Micron has been hit with a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company and some senior executives conspired with other DRAMurai to fix prices between 24 February 2001 and 13 February 2003. That conspiracy, the complaint claims, resulted in Micron posting false and misleading financial results during the cited …
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2006
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Fourth DRAM cartel member fined $84m

Elpida, a Japanese joint venture set up between Hitachi and NEC, has become the fourth memory maker to pay a penalty for fixing memory prices. The company admitted to taking part in a conspiracy to set the price it charged to customers, including Apple, Hewlett Packard, Dell and Sun, between April 1999 and June 2002. The case …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2006
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Rambus Q4 income drops 35 per cent

Rambus posted mixed Q4 FY2005 results yesterday, with a large year-on-year income gain accompanying a big sequential slide. Net income for the three months to 31 December 2005 came to $9.4m, down 35 per cent on the previous quarter but up 45 per cent year on year. Fully diluted earnings for the fourth quarter were nine cents, …
Tony Smith, 20 Jan 2006
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Samsung admits it rigged DRAM prices

Samsung yesterday pleaded guilty to conspiring with other memory makers to fix prices. The plea was merely a formality - the South Korean giant coughed to the charge back in October. Then, it agreed to pay $300m to settle the case brought against it by the US Department of Justice. In November 2001, Samsung described …
Tony Smith, 01 Dec 2005
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Infineon CEO plays down memory biz IPO plan

Infineon may be backing away from a plan to IPO its soon-to-be-spun-off memory products division during the second half of 2006. In an interview with German newspaper Suddeutschen Zeitung, Infineon's CEO, Wolfgang Ziebart, said that while an IPO remains the preferred outcome for the memory business' future, Infineon is not …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2005