October 19, 2007 |
Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the second-largest chip maker, reported a $396-million loss Thursday, its fourth consecutive quarterly loss as it struggles to control costs and compete with archrival Intel Corp. AMD, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said the loss amounted to 71 cents a share. For last year's third quarter, the company earned $136 million, or 27 cents. Third-quarter sales rose 23% to $1.6 billion from $1.3 billion last year.
October 16, 2007 |
Broadcom Corp. said it had developed an integrated third-generation high-speed wireless cellphone chip ahead of bigger rivals Texas Instruments Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. The Irvine-based company said it developed a single chip with a baseband -- the cellphone's main processor -- and a radio receiver as well as FM radio and Bluetooth, a short-range technology used for wirelessly linking handsets to headsets.
October 9, 2007 |
Shares of Irvine-based Broadcom Corp., a maker of chips for wireless devices, climbed after analysts said a new contract with Samsung Electronics Co. could increase the company's share of the cellphone-chip market. Broadcom said Monday that it had expanded its relationship with Samsung and would provide processors for the South Korean company's third-generation, or 3G, phones. Samsung is the world's second-largest cellphone maker.
September 15, 2007 |
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation of makers of the flash memory chips that go into cameras and music players, broadening its crackdown on possible price fixing in the semiconductor business. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest chip maker, and Toshiba Corp., Japan's biggest maker of semiconductors, said Friday that they were cooperating with the probe. The companies are the world's two biggest makers of flash memory chips.
September 10, 2007 |
Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the underdog chip maker, today plans to introduce powerful microchips that feature four cores, or processing brains, on one piece of silicon. Known as "quad-core," the technology boosts the speed of computer servers and workstations and uses energy more efficiently than previous chips. AMD plans to incorporate the processor, which it has called Barcelona internally, into its Opteron line of chips for data centers.
September 5, 2007 |
A U.S. appeals court Tuesday revived most of a Broadcom Corp. antitrust lawsuit accusing Qualcomm Inc. of stifling competition for chips that run mobile telephones. Broadcom claimed that Qualcomm, the world's second-biggest maker of chips for mobile phones, refused to license its patents on fair terms to would-be competitors. A federal judge had dismissed the lawsuit, but the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision.
July 28, 2007 |
Intel Corp. may have to change the way it conducts business globally if European regulators prove allegations that the company abused its position as the world's biggest chip maker. The European Commission on Friday formally accused the Santa Clara, Calif., company of practices that violated antitrust laws, such as offering computer makers improper discounts and rebates to discourage them from buying microprocessors from Intel's smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
July 3, 2007 |
International Rectifier Corp., whose chips help machines use less power, fired Chief Financial Officer Michael McGee and said Robert Grant, executive vice president for global sales, resigned. Linda Pahl was named acting CFO, and Chief Executive Alexander Lidow replaced Grant on an interim basis, the El Segundo-based company said in a regulatory filing.
June 15, 2007 |
Broadcom Corp. plans to use leverage from winning a ban on mobile phones with some Qualcomm Inc. chips to force its rival to end its royalty-based business model. "The real core issue is that somebody is trying to hold on to an antiquated business model and doesn't want to let go," Broadcom Chief Executive Scott McGregor said. McGregor compared the royalties to a "toll booth" and said they violated standard practices in the chip industry. The U.S.
June 13, 2007 |
Intel Corp., the world's largest chip maker, plans to slash the price of some processors over the next three months to regain market share from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The company will cut prices of its Core 2 Quad processor 50% on July 22, according to an Intel document given to clients. The chips, introduced in November to run servers and the most expensive personal computers, sell for $530 each, according to Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel's website.