Chips

Unigroup still wants Micron

Tsinghua-Micron-BuyoutUnigroup chairman Zhao Weiguo has packed his bags and headed to the US to try and save a deal where his company ends up buying Micron.

Micron dismissed an informal $23 billion offer by state-backed investment firm Unigroup in July because it thought that the US regulatory committee that reviews foreign acquisitions of sensitive US companies would block the deal on national security concerns.… Read the rest

Intel’s internet of things notion is bonkers

Intel's Gordon Moore and Robert NoyceApparently Intel used the second day of its developer forum to attempt to convince the world and its dog that it knows all about the internet of things (IoT).

Well, it just doesn’t have an earthly or a clue.  INTC is showing every sign of being a has been rather than a here and now company.… Read the rest

Wafer industry faces slowdown

Silicon wafer - Wikimedia Commons -Silicon wafers, used by manufacturers to create microprocessors and other semiconductor devices, are facing a slowdown.

That’s emerged as GlobalWafers Co, the sixth biggest wafer supplier in the world, said that the whole semiconductor industry is being affected by a combination of forces including the devaluation of the Chinese yuan and slower general overall growth.… Read the rest

Small companies are the key to chip success

Picture courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsOf the 165,000 companies worldwide that buy semiconductor chips, the top 10 account for nearly 40 percent of total revenues, those between 11 and to 100 spend about 30 percent, while the rest also spend 30 percent.

But, according to data provided by Gartner, the top 10 have cut orders over the last five years and that’s led to challenging times for the semiconductor vendors, which are worried about the risks involved.… Read the rest

Intel: fangs ain’t what they used to be

Intel bus - Wikimedia CommonsFormer chip behemoth Intel (tick: INTC) opens its developer forum for business today in the dreadful Moscone Centre (sic), but despite what the CEO will say, things or thongs ain’t what they used to be.

When it started the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) way back in the 1990s,  it used to actually attract developers, also known as programmers.… Read the rest