The Daunting Economics of Innovation

The convergence of mobility, communication, and computing has produced multifunctional end applications that are placing huge demands on semiconductor manufacturers. These new devices require low power, high performance, and a lot of advanced manufacturing capacity at a low cost. At the 2011 Semico Summit, Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of technology and research and development…

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Defense Bill Calls for Rare Earth Plan

WASHINGTON — The United States Magnetic Materials Association (“USMMA”), a trade association dedicated to restoring a competitive, secure, end-to-end rare earth supply chain to support the domestic manufacturing of rare earth permanent magnets, welcomes the inclusion of important and timely rare earth-related language in the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1540) that…

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Nvidia Reports Q1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $962.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 ended May 1, 2011, up 8.5 percent from the prior quarter, and down 4.0 percent from $1.0 billion from the same period a year earlier. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of…

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Kemet Reports Q4 & FY Results

GREENVILLE, S.C. — KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) today reported preliminary results for the fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2011. Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 were $261.5 million, which is a 22.8% increase over the same quarter last fiscal year. On a U.S. GAAP basis, net income was $21.1 million, or…

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Allied Named Distributor of the Year by L-com

FORT WORTH, Texas — Allied Electronics was recently recognized by L-com Global Connectivity as Distributor of the Year. Allied received the award for leading L-com's distribution channel with the top sales results and fastest growth. Earle Durham, L-com's Chief Revenue Officer, comments: “We are pleased to present Allied Electronics with this award. They have made…

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Digi-Key Signs Agreement With Carclo Plastics

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced that a global distribution agreement has been signed with Carclo Technical Plastics PLC. “We believe the engineering community will be excited with the lighting solutions that…

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Where Are the ‘Other’ Tablet PCs?

Three months after hearing everyone at the Mobile World Congress rave about every possible flavor of tablet likely to blanket the global market, I've got to say the alleged multi-brand omnipresence seems to be still alleged, at least where I am. The other day, I walked around Barcelona with fellow EBN blogger Marc Herman to…

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Challenges of Embedded Passives

I began attending engineering conferences on integrated passive components around 15 years ago. At that time, there were various schools of thought ranging from integrating resistors, capacitors, and inductors on a simple ceramic chip or chip array, to embedding resistors in the printed circuit board, to bringing multiple passive circuit functions onto the silicon of…

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Rambus to Acquire Cryptography Research

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), a leading semiconductor security R&D and licensing company. Rambus plans to acquire CRI for an aggregate of $342.5 million comprised of $167.5 million in cash, approximately…

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