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2010-03-09 Signs point to NXP going fab-lite on mixed-signals
With NXP closing down wafer fabs ICH in Germany and ICN5 in the Netherlands, and announcing plans to close ICN6 by early-to-mid 2011, the fab-lite movement is gathering pace at the chip company.
2007-01-18 NXP withdrawal threatens ST's game plan
NXP's confirmation that it is pulling out of the Crolles semiconductor R&D alliance, is a problem for STMicroelectronics NV and could mean the end of the alliance
2008-09-09 NXP roadmap drives application-specific solutions
After going private two years ago and having recently sold off its wireless group to STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors now faces formidable challenges in redefining itself
2007-11-16 NXP gains from tactical fab-lite route
NXP Semiconductors' Frans van Houten, president and CEO, talks about fab-lite and the key developments since the company moved out from under the wing of Philips.
2007-12-03 Is it a fab-lite diet for analogs, too
As digital IDMs increasingly turn to foundries for their production needs, an inevitable question arises: Will the big analog IDMs follow the same path and move toward fab-lite or even fabless strategies
2007-03-16 IDM firms go for 'fab lite
The unraveling of the Crolles2 Alliance, coupled with Texas Instruments' decision to use foundry partners for its future process technology, had observers wondering whether the entire semiconductor industry was about to go fabless.
2015-09-28 CMOS, specialty analogue design give fab-lite company a boost
ams logged nearly $190 million in revenues in 2Q15, a 60 per cent increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54 per cent region (including acquisition-related costs).
2008-09-26 Analysts skeptical of NXP survival plan
NXP BV's restructuring plan has left analysts pondering the company's future and dusting off age-old European chip company merger ideas
2012-08-31 Renesas president mum on KKR deal, discusses restructuring plan
Yasushi Akao talks at length about his key strategies in increasing profits for Renesas Electronics. His comments came hours after news spread that private equity firm KKR intends to invest $1.27 billion in the struggling Japanese chip company.
2007-06-26 MOEA: 12-inch fabs drive Taiwan's chip industry
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) reported that the development of 12-inch plants has put local companies in the lead in the semiconductor market.
2007-06-01 Micron CEO: Of memories and foundry models
Micron Technology Inc. has grabbed its share of headlines. What will Micron do next? To get a handle on the company, EE Times caught up with Steve Appleton, its president, CEO and chairman, who talked about the IC industry, foundry/fab-lite models, private-equity buyouts, its diversification strategy and universal memory
2007-10-11 Japan chip industry up for painful restructuring
Amid a sluggish cycle in semiconductors, Japan's IC industry is moving towards a new round of restructuring if not a shakeout among the weaker players there.
2012-10-08 IDMs shift to third-party foundries
Motorola's semiconductor products sector was said to be the first major IDM to use the term "asset light" when it announced plans to shift half of its wafer production to third-party manufacturers.
2015-07-21 Globalfoundries plans to start FD-SOI prod'n in Europe
Globalfoundries is investing $250 million to develop and its own variant of a fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing process and get it into production in Europe.
2015-09-21 Sensors drive bullish forecast for ams
The fab lite company recorded about $192 million of revenues during 2Q15, a 60 per cent increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54 per cent region
2014-07-03 More wafer fabs to close up shop
Chip makers will pull the plug on four wafer fabs this year, in addition to the 72 that were closed over the past five years, reflecting a trend of shifting to fab-lite or fabless business model
2015-06-03 Why is China bullish on chip industry?
Unlike in the West, China considers the semiconductor sector a big investment. It is the financial play and quick ROI that lures Chinese investment funds into the chip industry.
2010-04-19 Virage Logics sets sight on subsystems
Virage Logic no longer sees itself as just a provider of a collection of IP cores, instead, it's betting on becoming a supplier of 'subsystems' that can be quickly embedded in SoCs for its licensees.
2007-01-29 ST to import CMOS, change Crolles function
STMicroelectronics CEO Carlo Bozotti told analysts that the company would align with "industry leaders" to obtain a 32nm CMOS process for use in its wafer fabs.
2013-09-12 Semiconductor capex spending in ASEAN rises
IC Insights released its latest report that covers semiconductor industry capital spending trends and traced the sales of the top 10 semiconductor companies dating back to 1985.
2007-07-17 Rise of mixed-signal SoCs hints at changing analog market
Despite such well-reasoned doubts, market statistics show an analog IP market on the rise. The analog and mixed-signal IP market grew 34 percent in 2006, accounting for 16 percent of the overall design IP market, says Gartner.
2008-07-17 Is chip R&D facing a dead end?
The IC industry still pours billions of dollars annually into R&D. But in recent years, as costs have skyrocketed, chipmakers have been outsourcing more of their R&D requirements to consortia, silicon foundries and third-party vendors.
2010-01-12 Industry focuses on core competencies, cutting costs
The recent economic recession has focused companies on core competencies and collaborative efforts. EDA companies must focus on solutions rather than tools to help cut costs, says Cadence president Lip-Bu Tan.
2008-09-22 IC Insights slashes 2008 forecast by $6B
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has cut its semiconductor industry revenue forecast for 2008 by $6 billion, but said long-term trends would support pricing stabilization that will enable the industry to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 percent between 2007 and 2012.
2009-10-06 Grose: Cost is the biggest problem in IC industry
GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose warns that despite the technical challenges, the biggest hurdle to continued innovation in the IC industry is economics.
2007-12-05 FSA rechristened as Global Semiconductor Alliance
The Fabless Semiconductor Association has announced that it is changing its name to the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
2013-03-04 Freescale mulls foray into server computing
Freescale could use its recently announced Cortex-A50 series processor licence from ARM to extend its digital networking activity into server computing.
2014-08-29 Forget wafer fabs, fabless is the new fad
Going fabless is a trend that has quickly penetrated the IC industry, with nearly all IDMs aiming to keep capital spending at or below 10 per cent of annual sales, according to IC Insights.
2009-01-30 EC okays $600M aid for Crolles3 R&D project
The European Commission has decided not to raise any objections under state aid rules to the financial support of $600 million by France to the Nano2012 R&D program, also called Crolles3.
2008-09-01 Chip R&D treads shaky ground
Amid continued debate on whether semiconductor R&D is an endangered species or is successfully evolving to adapt to changing realities, Intermolecular Inc. and Semiconductor Research Corp. braved the debacle, with each announcing their own R&D initiatives. Intermolecular reported on a memory R&D pilot line, while SRC described emerging programs in analog, energy, medical and multicore.
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