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March 9, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
National Semiconductor Corp., a maker of chips that manage power in electronic devices, said fiscal third-quarter profit dropped 45% after demand fell from chip distributors and makers of phones and liquid crystal displays. Net income declined to $71.5 million, or 22 cents a share, from $130.1 million, or 37 cents, a year earlier, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. Sales fell 21% to $431 million.
March 6, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Intel Corp. and semiconductor developer AmberWave Systems Corp. settled lawsuits over patents for ways to make chips. Under the accord, Intel will license AmberWave's technology for 10 years. The companies also agreed to continue talks and evaluate Salem, N.H.-based AmberWave's research and development efforts. All other terms are confidential, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said.
February 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Intel Corp. plans to spend $1 billion to $1.5 billion to overhaul its semiconductor production facility in New Mexico to manufacture computer chips with next-generation technology. The Rio Rancho factory is expected to begin producing 45-nanometer chips -- meaning they will have features as tiny as 45-billionths of a meter -- in the second half of 2008, Intel said Monday. The transistors on such chips are so small that more than 30 million can fit onto the head of a pin.
February 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Wall Street turned in a mixed performance Thursday as Iran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment rattled investors and tempered a tech rally spurred by a strong outlook from chip maker Analog Devices. Investors were uneasy after a United Nations official said Iran did not agree to Security Council demands to suspend its nuclear program. Also hurting stocks was a U.S.
February 21, 2007 | From Reuters
The U.S. semiconductor industry appears to have worked through an inventory glut that had hurt fourth-quarter earnings and sent shares tumbling. Analysts said they expected shares of companies that make microchips to rise in the coming months as orders increased from customers that were using up inventory in the fourth quarter.
February 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
IBM Corp. has devised a way to triple the amount of memory stored on microchips and double the performance of processors by replacing a problematic type of memory with one that uses less space on a slice of silicon. The company said Wednesday that its new memory technology would help unclog crippling bottlenecks that built up as increasingly powerful microprocessors attempted to retrieve data from a separate memory chip faster than it could be delivered.
February 14, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Applied Materials Inc., the world's biggest maker of semiconductor-production equipment, said first-quarter profit more than doubled after it delivered more machines to memory-chip companies. Net income rose to $403.5 million, or 29 cents a share, from $142.8 million, or 9 cents, a year earlier, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said. Sales increased 23% to $2.28 billion in the three months ended Jan. 28.
February 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Wall Street eked out a modest advance Tuesday after investors found little motivation in remarks by Federal Reserve officials and also shrugged off a warning from chip maker National Semiconductor. Major indexes squeaked by with gains after spending most of the session extending Monday's losses. Investors have been left looking for direction after the Fed held interest rates steady last week and as corporate earnings season winds down. Fed Chairman Ben S.
January 28, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Hafnium Valley doesn't have the same ring to it, but it turns out Silicon Valley's biggest hope for maintaining the dizzying pace of computing advancement isn't silicon. Two chip-making giants will use another substance, a metal called hafnium, to replace silicon in one key part of the semiconductor, each company said Saturday. The competing breakthroughs from Intel Corp. and IBM Corp.
January 27, 2007 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
UCLA and Caltech researchers have created the densest computer memory chip ever, a device that can comfortably hold the Declaration of Independence yet is only the size of a white blood cell. The experimental device is nowhere near commercialization, but it demonstrates the potential of molecular manufacturing techniques, which promise to overcome the size limitations of silicon circuitry.
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