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9/30/2016

Qualcomm is in talks to acquire rival chipmaker NXP Semiconductors in a deal that could be valued at more than $30 billion, a person briefed on the matter said. NXP shares closed up 16.9% Thursday, while Qualcomm's stock was up 6.3%.

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9/27/2016

Samsung Electronics earnings could rebound in the fourth quarter following the recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note7 devices, some analysts say. Operating profits are on pace to slide 5.3% from expectations before the third-quarter recall, but they could be boosted by strong semiconductor sales next quarter.

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Samsung Electronics
9/22/2016

Wave Computing is showing off a machine learning chip with "preliminary performance numbers [that] are 10x better than traditional GPUs in the same power as a high-end Nvidia GPU," Linley Group chip analyst Linley Gwennap said. The startup is entering a fast-paced market looking to rival such companies as Nvidia in artificial intelligence.

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EE Times
9/22/2016

The semiconductor industry continues to struggle due to world economic conditions, production capacity, unit demand and average selling prices, said Malcolm Penn of Future Horizons, and it's not likely to improve during 2017.

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TechEye.net
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9/22/2016

The definitive memory successor technology to DRAMs and flash memories has yet to emerge, according to industry experts, causing concern to operators of data centers. "Now, the bottleneck is the underlying memory," said Jon Carter of Micron Technology.

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Micron Technology
9/21/2016

SanDisk has lifted the lid on a prototype of a 1TB SDXC card, which offers more storage space than most standard computers. Prices are not yet available, but SanDisk's 512GB card retails for $800.

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TechCrunch
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SanDisk, SD card
9/21/2016

Laser annealing of indium gallium arsenide and other III-V materials could offer practical alternatives to silicon-based semiconductor devices, said Mardochee Reveil of Cornell University. "Imagine a device 10 times faster and still dissipating the same or less heat and still of the same size," he said.

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9/20/2016

Venkata Renduchintala, recruited last year from Qualcomm, now heads Intel's internet of things and PC businesses, along with the Systems Architecture Group. "When you come into a company you have a degree of objectivity that isn't tainted by your attachments to the genesis of certain projects," he says in this interview, referring to organizational and product changes he's made.

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Computerworld
9/20/2016

ON Semiconductor on Monday closed its $2.4 billion purchase of Fairchild Semiconductor International, following the deal's approval by China's Ministry of Commerce and 10 months after the chip companies agreed on the acquisition. "The acquisition of Fairchild is a transformative step in our quest to become the premier supplier of power management and analog semiconductor solutions for a wide range of applications and end-markets," ON CEO Keith Jackson said.

9/16/2016

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are driving demand for NAND flash memory devices, pushing prices for those chips to their highest level in nearly two years. IHS Technology estimates third-quarter shipments of NAND flash rose nearly 20% from a year earlier.

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flash memory, iPhone, IHS Technology