Poor PC sales have hit semiconductor suppliers hard, leaving them with "alarmingly high levels" of chips held in inventory. If things don't pick up in 2013, this will mean significant inventory write-downs throughout the year.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported that worldwide semiconductor sales in February decreased 1.3 percent from January, but were 56.2 percent higher than Feb. 2009, led by sales to emerging economies. On Friday, meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted a slight dip in computer-related jobs in March, after months of steady gains, reports eWEEK....
Some of you may remember that earlier in the year BusinessWeek released a report highlighting the poor work conditions at Samsung’s semiconductor plants. It made such a big stink, that the Korean company came out saying it would improve conditions of its plant by year’s end.
Each year, e-commerce companies predict the new technology shopping trend for the holiday shopping season. In years past, it's been the rise of the iPad/mobile shopper, or the expansion of major spending online beyond just Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
Texas Instruments (TI) announced it is licensing Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT) fieldbus technology from the EtherCAT Technology Group, and will feature it in upcoming Sitara ARM9 processors in 4Q 2011 and C6-Integra DSP + ARM Cortex-A8 processors beginning in 2012.
Semiconductor manufacturer Avago (AVGO) said it will pay $6.6 billion to buy venerable storage chip maker LSI (LSI), in the largest acquisition ever for the Singapore-based wireless and wired specialist and one of the industry’s heftiest deals this year.
Despite challenges posed by the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the semiconductor market continues to grow, according to analysts from IHS iSuppli and Gartner. Both firms warned that the uncertain economy will play a role in how the rest of the year shakes out, however....