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ELC restructures itself

The Electronics Leadership Council (ELC) has announced the second phase of its development as an industry leadership body. Eight new members have joined the Council – all chairs or CEOs of major UK electronics companies.

HP buys EDS for $13.9bn

HP is to buy computing services company EDS for $13.9billion. The deal will create an organisation with the ‘muscle’ to rival IBM.

TI buys Irish power specialist

Texas Instruments has acquired Ireland based Commergy Technologies, a power supply reference design provider specialising in energy efficient and compact architectures.

Semis sales holding up

Worldwide sales of semiconductors of $63.4bn for the first quarter of 2008 were 3.8% higher in the first quarter of 2007, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

450mm wafers in 2012, say partners

Intel, Samsung and TSMC have reached agreement on the need for industry wide collaboration to target a transition to 450mm wafers starting in 2012. The transition, says the group, will enable continued growth of the semiconductor industry and help to maintain ‘a reasonable cost structure’ for future ic manufacturing and applications.

Semis sales have good and bad news

According to WSTS, Global semiconductor sales amounted to $25.5billion in March 2008, exceeding Gartner’s expectations by about $1bn. Whilst sales in the first quarter of 2008 reached $63.4bn, a decline of 5.1% compared with the fourth quarter of 2007, they were 3.8% more than in the first quarter of 2007.

CSR writes off UbiNetics deal

CSR has written off the cost of acquiring UbiNetics in 2005. In its latest financial statement, the company has taken a $52.9million ‘hit’, which it says is the entire cost of the deal.

Qimonda, Elpida share dram technology

Qimonda and Elpida Memory are forming technology partnership to jointly develop drams. The partnership agreement will see Qimonda contributing its Buried Wordline technology, whilst Elpida will provide its advanced stack capacitor technology.

Demand in five of six sectors to slow in 2008

Five of the six major segments of the global electronic equipment business – computers, industrial equipment, automotive gear and wired and wireless communications – are expected to show lower growth in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to iSuppli.

RIM to open German R&D centre

Blackberry developer Research In Motion (RIM) is opening an R&D facility in Germany. Opening with 140 new employees, the centre is planned to employ up to 500 people.

CompactRIO to control robots

FIRST, a US based organisation aiming to inspire young people to take up careers in science and technology, has selected National Instruments’ CompactRIO embedded control platform as the controller for its next generation FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).

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