Freescale Updates Sendai Plans

AUSTIN, Texas — After completing the assessment of its Sendai, Japan wafer fabrication facility following the recent earthquake, Freescale Semiconductor today announced that it will not reopen the seriously damaged facility. The March 11th 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan near Sendai caused extensive equipment and infrastructure damage to Freescale’s facility. The ongoing…

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China Targets Metals Market With Equinox Bid

By Western standards, Minmetals Resources Ltd.'s $6.5 billion all-cash offer for Equinox Minerals Ltd. merits a short footnote in the history of corporate mergers and acquisitions. While transactions like this are above average in dollar amount, they aren't big enough to effect structural market changes and are usually quickly forgotten after a short while. For…

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Chip Market Copes Well, Post-Quake: Part 1

The chip industry took March's one-two-three knocks with remarkable calm. First, it was hit by the spike in oil prices following the political unrest and near civil wars in North Africa, then the dreadful March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and finally the multi-state coalition military intervention in Libya to implement the United Nations…

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TI-National: Power in the Channel

As semiconductor companies split themselves into smaller entities — the former Motorola Semiconductor is a prime example — they also give up some of the clout they have in the distribution channel. As a single entity, Motorola Semiconductor could dictate policies to its distributors and its customers — and it did. Motorola, at various times,…

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SemiLEDs Reports Q2

HSINCHU, Taiwan — SemiLEDs Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS), a developer and manufacturer of LED chips and LED components, today announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, ended February 28, 2011. Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 was $10.0 million, a 30% increase compared to $7.7 million in the second…

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TI’s $6.5B Offer Rescues National From Humdrum Growth

The way Don Macleod tells it, {complink 3614|National Semiconductor Corp.} “was not looking to be acquired” when rival analog vendor {complink 5703|Texas Instruments Inc.} approached it with an acquisition offer. The deal, though, “provides a very compelling value for our shareholders,” according to Macleod, National's CEO. That's an understatement. The hefty, almost 80 percent premium…

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