Analysis: Intel fails to fix PC malaise

Intel's Gordon Moore and Robert NoyceIntel reported its financial first quarter results yesterday evening and as expected its PC business continued to decline.

But Intel consolidated its results making it hard to see how much money it’s losing on its really quite disastrous foray into the mobile and tablet markets.… Read the rest

Semiconductor foundry market gets boost

Picture courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsFigures released by Gartner showed that in 2014 the semiconductor foundry market grew by 16.1 percent.

Semiconductor foundries take designs supplied by so-called fabless chip vendors and make the devices as part of a service.

The biggest player in the field is TSMC, which in 2014 had a 53.7 percent share of the market, up 25.2 percent from the year before.… Read the rest

Intel fails to vault Chinese walls

Intel's Gordon Moore and Robert NoyceGiant semiconductor company Intel (NYSE: INTC) has been refused a licence to help the Chinese government make a supercomputer just so.

The USA is deeply suspicious of China – Intel is well known for repeatedly cuddling up to China – and today the Department of Commerce said that it can’t export gazillions of chips to update the Chinese Tianhe-2 supercomputer.… Read the rest

Chip sales up eight percent

Intel's Gordon Moore and Robert NoyceFigures released by Gartner showed that worldwide sales of semiconductors in 2014 rose by 7.9 percent in 2014, compared to the year before.

Revenues amounted to $340.3 billion in the year, compared to revenues of $315.4 billion in 2013.

All devices showed positive growth but the memory market exceeded the rest of the pack, growing by 16 percent during the year.… Read the rest

Galaxy look reveals Qualcomm’s loss

Galaxy 6A quick look under the bonnet of the new Galaxy s6 has shown how far Samsung has moved away from its old chum Qualcomm

Samsung used more of its own chips to power the new Galaxy S6 smartphone than it did for the predecessor S5

Samsung is not only using its own Exynos mobile processor, as had been widely reported, but also decided to rely on its in-house semiconductor business to source other parts, including the modem and power management integrated circuit chips.… Read the rest