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2008-12-08 Private IC firms quietly lay off staff
Privately held companies, unbound by regulations requiring them to report layoffs, have not gone unscathed as they too, have shed staffalbeit more quietly.
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
2012-06-27 Renesas asks $620M from private equity firm
The investment represents around the amount the struggling Japanese company needs for a $1.3 billion cash injection for its restructuring plans
2015-11-11 Oscillator company to raise $12.5B for memory wafer fab
China's Tsinghua Unigroup, a state-controlled conglomerate, will build a fab that is likely to be focused on the production of non-volatile memory such as NAND flash.
2015-11-20 China's chip acquisitions send ripples across industry
The technologies and IP targeted by China include disk drives, CMOS image sensors, servers, memory chips and advanced semiconductor packaging and test services.
2015-01-22 China outdoes Europe, Japan in fabless chip market
China's fabless chip market holds 8 per cent of the top 50 fabless IC suppliers, bigger than that of European and Japanese fabless chip companies combined, according to the latest report from IC Insights
2014-02-20 Avago-LSI merger represents 150 years of chip innovation
The union between two semiconductor royals, Avago and LSI, is expected to yield a $5 billion chip company with an extensive portfolio in data centre IP and mobile data traffic
2004-11-25 Wireless modem chip doubles channels
Wireless-chip startup Provigent Inc. is aiming to lower the cost of establishing a point-to-point broadband wireless connection with the PVG310, a single-chip modem that uses cross-polarization interface cancellation (XPIC) technology to double channel capacity
2008-09-10 Wi-Fi chip streams multiple HD videos simultaneously
Startup Celeno Communications Ltd is providing the first details of its new 5GHz Wi-Fi chip that aims to support multiple high definition video streams for carrier-class STBs and gateways
2007-05-22 STATS shareholders dodge private-equity buyout
Temasek Holdings' buyout plan of Singapore-based STATS ChipPAC did not push through as it fell short of the 90 percent share needed to make the test and assembly house private
2012-09-06 Sol Chip to integrate solar conversion, logic circuits
The company plans to manufacture chips before the end of 2012, creating circuits that can be used to recharge the batteries of mobile and off-grid devices
2007-04-18 SMIC studying private equity offers, says report
Private equity firms once again are eyeing Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. The company is reportedly reviewing offers worth $600 million for up to a 25 percent stake
2006-12-12 Slow growth to push analog, FPGA firms to go private
The semiconductor growth will be less than ten percent a year on a compound basis, according to Gartner Dataquest chief chip analyst
2006-11-28 Private equity eyes Taiwan test house
Private equity firm Carlyle Group is making a move to acquire Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc., a Taiwan test and assembly house, for $5.46 billion
2013-02-05 Panasonic, Fujitsu near agreement for unified chip units
According to a report from NHK, the two companies are wrapping up their plans to launch the joint company by March 2014 and will receive funding from a bank affiliated with the government
2007-06-29 LSI drops consumer chip biz, trims workforce
Amid a move to cut 13 percent of its workforce, LSI Corp. has sold its consumer chip business to Magnum Semiconductor
2012-09-12 Kalray, TSMC ship many-core chip
Kalray's 28nm MPPA-256 chip, manufactured by TSMC, is now available for sampling while product qualification is expected to be completed by November 2012
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.
2007-10-04 Infineon's Ziebart: European chip industry needs subsidies
Infineon CEO Wolfgang Ziebart called for more subsidies for the European chip industry, or the industry would be forced to relocate
2005-04-18 How safe is private data on cell
The recent hacking of Paris Hilton's address book-stored on the TV celebrity's Sidekick II smart phone and backed up by T-Mobile's server-has raised questions in the engineering community about whether personal data is adequately protected in the current generation of cellular products.
2006-10-06 Heard on the grapevine: private equity firms eyeing Cypress
Rumors are circulating that private equity firms are talking to Cypress about a leveraged buyout
2006-11-16 Going private may mean going fabless
Analog Devices Inc. CEO Gerald Fishman believes the trend toward taking large semiconductor companies private almost surely will push any that are still holding onto fabs to go fabless
2012-10-04 French company plans 1024 high-end DSP cores on single die
Kalray has recently sampled a Purpose Processor Array MPPA-256 processor integrates 256 processors onto a single silicon chip and is planning a 1024 processor version
2014-02-18 Chip start-ups take a nosedive
While venture capitalists recognise the need for innovative chip design, chip development costs have risen to as much as $40 million, yielding big investment losses
2015-07-20 Chip sales suffer from plunge in PCs, smartphones demand
Gartner forecasted that chips sales will rise only 2.2 per cent this year and have a nearly flat 1.3 per cent growth next year; chip growth will return to a more typical 4-5 per cent from 2017-2019
2014-09-05 China plots global chip domination
A group of Chinese investors, which include a state-owned firm, offered a buyout proposal to U.S. digital imaging chipmaker OmniVisiona move that will allow China instant access to the global market.
2016-01-13 Analysts disagree on chip forecasts in 2016
While analysts differ on their forecasts of semiconductor revenues in 2016, they agree on one critical factor: China. They say, however, that the Asian powerhouse's role remains largely unknown.
2009-02-04 Analysis: What's in store for IBM's chip unit
IBM Corp.'s recent move to implement job cuts within its semiconductor unit follows a dramatic slump in sales, product setbacks and numerous false starts in the sector.
2005-08-15 Agilent to sell chip unit to equity firms, says reports
Agilent Technologies Inc. is expected to announce today (Aug. 15) that it will exit the semiconductor business by selling its chip unit to private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Silver Lake Partners for about $2.65 billion, according to several news reports
2008-03-18 Trident buys private Chinese software firm
In an effort to boost its software and connected TV strategies, Trident Microsystems Inc. has acquired Beijing Tiside Electronics Design Co Ltd, which provides cross-platform software that allows multimedia applications to run on devices in the digital living room such as STB or digital TV sets.
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