Semiconductors
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2/22/2018

Broadcom slashed its unsolicited bid to acquire Qualcomm by more than $4 billion to $117 billion after Qualcomm increased its offer to purchase NXP Semiconductors to $44 billion. "Qualcomm's board acted against the best interests of its stockholders," Broadcom said in a statement, while Qualcomm stated that Broadcom made "an inadequate offer even worse."

2/22/2018

Chairman of Siliconware Precision Industries Bough Lin spoke with reporters after SPIL shareholders approved the IC assembly and test contractor's merger with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering. "I have never thought about retiring and will continue to work for SPIL along with the current president and management team," he said.

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DigiTimes
2/22/2018

Qualcomm will use Samsung's 7-nanometer Low Power Plus process technology in the development of Snapdragon 5G chips. This tech will allow the producer to scale down the size of its microchips, creating an increase in area efficiency of up to 40%, Samsung said.

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Samsung, Qualcomm
2/22/2018

Arm is proposing to integrate SIM-card functionality, remote management and cybersecurity under its new "Kigen" product line. The semiconductor intellectual property would combine the "iSIM" with a microcontroller, radio-frequency capability and a secure SIM operating system on one chip that could be an inexpensive, tiny internet of things device.

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Forbes
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2/22/2018

While the semiconductor industry has recognized the value of data mining for some time, there is a need for different approaches to the technology, similar to deep learning and machine learning in real-time applications, this analysis notes. "The new emphasis is on fast mining," said Jim Hogan of Vista Ventures.

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Jim Hogan, Vista Ventures
2/21/2018

Intel will spend $5 billion by 2020 to expand production at its wafer fabrication facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel. Eli Cohen, Israel's minister of economy and industry, said, "Intel's choice to continue making major investments in Israel is an important vote of confidence in the State of Israel and the Israeli economy."

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Globes (Israel)
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Intel
2/21/2018

Hatch Entertainment is partnering with Qualcomm to build a cloud-based service for games on demand. Vital to the initiative are servers based on the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor, touted as a new standard in cloud computing.

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VentureBeat
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Qualcomm, Hatch Entertainment, Hatch
2/21/2018

Micron Technology is embracing quadruple-level cell technology in its NAND flash memory devices, joining Toshiba and Western Digital in implementing QLC. In upgrading from triple-level cell flash memory, Micron will boost data-storage density by 33% in each memory chip.

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Network World
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Micron, Western Digital, Toshiba
2/21/2018

Fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator processes are gaining in industry adoption as a manufacturing alternative to 3D finFETs, especially for automotive and internet of things chips, this analysis notes. David Fried of Coventor, a Lam Research company, says, "FD-SOI fundamentally enables some different circuit topologies, such as back-biasing and dynamic control, which have made it appetizing for some of these adjacent markets."

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David Fried
2/20/2018

Infineon Technologies has purchased Merus Audio, a developer of energy-efficient integrated audio amplifiers based in Copenhagen, Denmark, for an undisclosed sum. The chipmaker is integrating the startup, founded in 2010, into its Power Management & Multimarket Division.

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