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Intel:
**On Wednesday, President Obama is due to visit an Intel plant in Arizona. Here's why.**
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Motorola Officially Splits
Motorola began selling car radios in the 1930s and expanded into TVs in the '40s and cell phones in the '80s. The company has become increasingly diverse, and the breakup that began in 2008 is motivated by a desire to present two simple businesses to investors rather than one complicated one.
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IC maker Power Integrations invests $30m in SiC device firm SemiSouth
Power Integrations Inc of San Jose, CA, USA, which supplies high-voltage integrated circuits for compact, energy-efficient AC-DC and DC-DC power conversion in electronic products, has made a strategic investment in SemiSouth Laboratories Inc of Starkville, MS, USA.
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A Comparison of embedded Cache SRAMs of the Intel 32nm Westmere CPU and the Intel 45nm Penryn CPU
Conventional 6T SRAM is headed for roadblocks at the 22nm node or perhaps even earlier. Process variability is driving changes to the approaches used in the cell layout as well as the memory macro architectures. In this report, we use the industry leader in advanced logic processes, Intel, as a case study to determine
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China Leads World Out of Recession, Through Recovery
Perhaps the most talked about topic this year at SEMI's Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) was China, and its tremendously growing impact on the world's semiconductor industry. As industry analysts turned their eyes toward a market recovering from one its worst economic downturns, they repeatedly pointed
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Lean Q1 for Semiconductor Inventories
Days of inventory (DOI) among semiconductor suppliers are expected to decline to 68.3 at the end of the first quarter of 2010, down from 68.5 for the fourth quarter of 2009, according to market researcher iSuppli (El Segundo, Calif.). With DOI already 2.9% below the historical average in the fourth quarter, first-quarter inventories are expected to be 6.9% below the norm. While inventory in the first quarter is expected to remain at about
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GlobalFoundries Adds Qualcomm, Supports Gate-First Technology at 28 nm Generation
GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego) announced a foundry and technology-development partnership, including an intention to investigate 3-D packaging technologies.
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Testing Image Sensors: Lab to Fab
The trend to smaller, cheaper and more flexible test equipment is hitting even the image sensor market. "Customers don't want three different platforms for testing image sensors ó one for early design, one for R&D characterization and another for high-volume production," said Martin Vasey, co-founder of Jova Solutions Inc.
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Intel Ramping 32 nm Manufacturing in Oregon
In a briefing prior to next week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Bohr said Intel is "shipping large numbers of 32 nm samples to customers, who are engaged in major testing of their computer systems. The 32 nm process is certified, and we are loading up our first factory in support of planned Q4 revenue production."
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Disaster Stimulates the Industry
One should not waste a crisis' opportunity to innovate. It has been at the tail-end of some of the severest economic downturns that novel products have emerged, creating profitable markets, with the best yet to come. This was the message given by Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Corp.'s
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NEC's MRAM Uses Vertical Magnetic Spin
NEC Corp. (Tokyo) has developed a scalable MRAM cell using vertical magnetic spintronics for embedded memory applications. The approach, detailed today at the 2009 Symposium on VLSI Technology in Kyoto, Japan, differs from conventional horizontal magnetic spintronics. The structure is similar to a MOS transistor structure
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Komatsu Laser Marks on Silicon Surface
Komatsu Engineering Corp. (Kawasaki, Japan) has developed a laser marker that produces a data matrix that provides an identification number on a silicon chip. The 16◊16 dot data matrix measures 100 Ķm2, and complies with a standard that SEMI is proposing.
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Entrepix Key to Schiltronís Prototypes
Schiltron Corp. (Mountain View, Calif.) is giving credit to the role chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) technology provider Entrepix Inc. (Tempe, Ariz.) has played in developing prototypes of Schiltronís 3-D memory architecture.
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Entrepix Key to Schiltronís Prototypes
Schiltron Corp. (Mountain View, Calif.) is giving credit to the role chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) technology provider Entrepix Inc. (Tempe, Ariz.) has played in developing prototypes of Schiltronís 3-D memory architecture.
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Chartered Denies Bid From Abu Dhabiís ATIC
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (Singapore) denied a report in a Singapore business newspaper that it had received a bid from the same Abu Dhabi investment arm that is the majority investor in GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.).

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Downturn to Spur Shift to 3-D Packaging
What impact is the global economic downturn having on the advanced packaging industry? Some ramifications are obvious, while others are much more subtle.

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IBM, Bulgaria partner for nanoscience center
IBM and the Bulgarian government have partnered in the area of nanoscience in a deal that will create the first Bulgarian nanotechnology center.

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Sanyo Pushes c-Si Solar Cell to 23% Conversion Efficiency
Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) announced today that it has broken its own record for the highest energy conversion efficiency for a crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cell in a practical size (°›100 cm2). Sanyo°Įs proprietary HIT (heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer) photovoltaic cell conversion efficiency has been boosted from 22.3% to 23.0% at the research level
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GlobalFoundries and T-RAM to Tackle Advanced Nodes
T-RAM Semiconductor Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.) and GlobalFoundries (Sunnyvale,
Calif.) said they will work together to adapt T-RAMís Thyristor-RAM embedded memory technology to 32 and 22 nm processes. The joint development agreement is aimed at low-power, high-performance dense cache applications
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TI backs ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit MCUs with Luminary Micro buy
Texas Instruments Inc has expanded its MCU portfolio with the acquisition of Luminary Micro, a leading supplier of ARM Cortex-M3-based 32-bit MCUs.
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