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October 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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BUSINESS
September 15, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2007 | Michelle Quinn and Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writers
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.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
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.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Duane Wadsworth finds meaning in the Elmat crystal puller. The semiconductor industry artifact was one of the first machines to make high-purity silicon in the 1960s, when computers were the size of rooms and their central processing units were just starting to be replaced by the small chips that gave birth to today's electronics industry.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2007 | From Times wire services
Nokia Corp. of Finland, the world's top mobile phone maker, said it had filed its first patent countersuit against Qualcomm Inc., seeking damages and an injunction against the U.S. company's chips. A legal dispute between the two has continued since part of a major cross-licensing agreement over technology patents expired last month.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the second-largest maker of computer microprocessors, has begun selling new graphics chips and announced plans to challenge No. 1 Intel Corp. with a redesigned desktop processor. The 10 new graphics processors for personal computers update a product line that has lost market share to Nvidia Corp. The new processor for desktop computers will go on sale in the second half of the year.
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