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Qualcomm disappointed by Broadcom's 'inadequate' shrinking package

Qualcomm has told Broadcom to – and this is a technical term, here – go screw itself after Broadcom cynically lowered its per-share buyout offer to the Snapdragon chipset designer. Yes, that's right, after months of aggressively eying up Qualcomm as an acquisition target, Broadcom on Wednesday reduced what it was willing to …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Feb 2018
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Dori-no! PepsiCo boss says biz is planning to sell lady crisps

Poll The boss of PepsiCo – the parent company of Doritos – has suggested women need their own lady crisps, apparently so they can keep their mouths quiet and their fingers clean. Indra Nooyi told Freakonomics Radio that "young guys" will happily lick the orange dust off their fingers and guzzle down the broken bits of crisps at the …
Rebecca Hill, 5 Feb 2018

Beat Wall St estimates, share price falls 5%. Who else but... AMD?

AMD says it managed to boost revenues by 34 per cent as its Ryzen and Radeon chip lines rack up sales. The other-other CPU builder reports it managed to turn a profit for both the quarter and the 2017 fiscal year. For Q4: Revenues of $1.48bn were up 34 per cent from the year-ago quarter's $1.11bn and ahead of analyst …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2018
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Would-be startup crew charged with stealing employer's tech

Four former Applied Materials employees have been charged with stealing the company's chipmaking technology to use as the basis for their own startup. The US Department of Justice says that Liang Chen, Donald Olgado, Wei-Tung Hsu, and Robert Ewald conspired to steal designs and prototypes of Applied Materials metal organic …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2017
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Now, now, Qualcomm... Don't play hard to get, grins Broadcom

Broadcomm says it will continue its efforts to acquire rival chip designer Qualcomm despite a unanimous rejection of its $103bn buyout offer. Shortly after Qualcomm issued its statement on Monday turning down the $70-per-share bid, Broadcomm fired back almost immediately with an announcement of its own maintaining that its …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2017
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Apple bumps up price on iPad Pro as flash costs climb

Apple has raised the price on much of its iPad Pro tablet line. The Cupertino giant did not say why it was bumping up the price for the 256GB and 512GB iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models by $50. A Wi-Fi only 256GB iPad Pro now costs $649 for the 10.5-inch model and $799 for the 12.9-inch one. The 64GB models for both …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Sep 2017
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Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes

Owners of Intel's new i7-7700 processors say the chips have been randomly revving up to extremely high temperatures, and Chipzilla won't give the issue so much as a second look. Reg reader Bastard-Wizard says that he and many other i7-7700 owners are finding that the chips will occasionally kick themselves into overdrive, …
Shaun Nichols, 4 May 2017
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Intel's data center boss Diane Bryant logs off

Intel said that longtime executive Diane Bryant will be stepping down from her role as head of the data center group. Bryant, who has been with Chipzilla for more than 30 years, will be taking a leave of six to eight months to deal with unspecified family matters. She will turn permanent control of the DCG over to Navin Shenoy …
Shaun Nichols, 3 May 2017

Qualcomm takes $1bn BlackBerry bite like a champ, struts away

Qualcomm is blaming a $974m pile of cash it had to fork out to BlackBerry for huge drops in revenues in its second quarter. The payment, which stems from legal fees and patent fee charges awarded by an arbitration court, tanked what would have otherwise been a solid quarter. For the fiscal 2017 Q2 [PDF], which ended on March …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2017

Ha ha, OK, fun's over. Time to drop that FTC antitrust thing, like, now – Qualcomm begs court

Qualcomm has urged a US judge to throw out claims it massively and illegally overcharged Apple and others for its chip technology. In January, America's trade watchdog, the FTC, dragged Qualcomm into a San Jose district court in California, and accused the ruling phone modem designer of abusing its market dominance to force …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2017

ASLR-security-busting JavaScript hack demo'd by university boffins

Researchers in Europe have developed a way to exploit a common computer processor feature to bypass a crucial security defense provided by modern operating systems. By abusing the way today's CPUs manage system memory, an attacker can discover where software components, such as libraries and RAM-mapped files, are located in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2017
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Apple goes global in Qualcomm license war: Patent spat hits China

Apple has taken its legal battle against Qualcomm international with a pair of lawsuits in China. The suits, filed with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, accuse the chip designer of breaking China's anti-monopoly law and challenge the patent-licensing contract between Apple and Qualcomm in China. The filings seek …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2017
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AMD 32GB GPU

AMD announced Friday a 32GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card. The card, says AMD, has been built to help with “large-asset” workflows and will be ready later this quarter. Also, the chip firm has introduced the FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which it said supports Ultra HD workflows and photorealistic rendering …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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Complex chips and crash-proof computer pioneer Edward McCluskey dies

Edward McCluskey, professor at Stanford University and pioneer of complex chips and crash-proof computers, has passed away at the age of 86. McCluskey died on 13 February, according to last week's Stanford News. He developed the first algorithm for designing combinational circuits as a doctoral student at MIT – something he …
Kat Hall, 29 Feb 2016
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Remember Fairchild? It's still around, and worth $2.4bn in takeover cash

Fairchild Semiconductor, a company synonymous with the rise of Silicon Valley, has agreed to a $2.4bn acquisition offer. Arizona-based ON Semiconductor said it would pay $20 per share in an all-cash offer to acquire Fairchild and create a combined company targeting the mobile, automotive and industrial chip markets. "The …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Nov 2015
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What do you call a spreadsheet with lots of negative numbers? Qualcomm_FY2015.xlsx

Mobile chip blueprint scribbler Qualcomm reported big losses to close out its 2015 fiscal year, though the hits were less severe than the California company initially feared. Qualie said it hopes to turn around its fortunes in the coming fiscal year, as it banks on continuing adoption of 3G/4G networks globally and a …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Nov 2015
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Handy results put ARM on track for a muscular year

Chip designer ARM has posted another period of growth, with revenue up 17 per cent to $375.5m (£243m) for the third quarter, when compared with the previous year. Meanwhile, third-quarter pre-tax profit climbed 27 per cent to £128.4m, compared with the same period last year. ARM appears to be on track for a record year, with …
Kat Hall, 21 Oct 2015

Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

Apple's A7 processors in iPhones and iPads infringe a patent held by the University of Wisconsin, a court has ruled. A jury, sitting in a US district court in Madison, Wisconsin, found Apple guilty of patent infringement late yesterday afternoon. While the damages in the case have yet to be determined, Judge William Conley …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2015

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