ISA WINWire July 30 – August 6 2010

 

Semiconductor industry hits largest growth since 2000

Source: Dylan McGrath, EE Times, August 2 2010    www.eetasia.com

The global semiconductor market is on track to hit $310 billion in revenue in 2010, up $72 billion from 2009, in what would be the largest year-to-year increase in the industry's history, according to IC Insights. The 30 percent jump would be the sixth largest in the past 32 years and the highest since a 37 percent increase in 2000, according to the latest version of market research firm IC Insights Inc.'s McClean Report.

 
 

Qualcomm forms Indian joint venture

Source: K.C. Krishnadas, EETimes, August 2 2010    www.electronics-eetimes.com

San Diego-based Qualcomm won licenses for broadband wireless spectrum in four Indian regions during recent spectrum auctions. The partners said the new venture will help speed LTE deployment in India, complementing 3G HSPA and EV-DO networks. If approved by government regulators here, Qualcomm will hold a 74 percent stake in the venture; Global Holding and Tulip Telecom will each control 13 percent. Indian foreign direct investment regulations prohibit foreign companies from independently offering telecom services.

 
 

Intel, GE form healthcare joint venture

Source: Dylan McGrath, EETimes, August 2 2010    www.eetimes.com

Intel and General Electric plan to form a healthcare joint venture focused on so-called "telehealth" and independent living. SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. and General Electric Co. (GE) will form a healthcare company focused on so-called "telehealth" and independent living, the companies said Monday (Aug. 2). The company will be formed by combining assets of GE Healthcare's Home Health division and Intel's Digital Health Group, and will be owned equally by GE and Intel, the companies said. Pending regulatory and other customary closing conditions, the joint venture is expected to become operational by the end of the year, the said. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

 
 

Infineon CFO quits over company strategy

Source: Colin Holland, EETimes, August 4 2010    www.eetimes.com

Marco Schröter, Infineon Technologies AG's chief financial officer and labor director, has left the company's management board due to differences in opinion over future company policy. Earlier this week, the company confirmed it was in discussions with other companies about the future of its wireless solutions business. CEO Peter Bauer was appointed board chairman, and will assume CFO responsibilities until a successor is appointed, the company said. Infineon also said Reinhard Ploss, a member of the management board, will assume the vacated post of labor director, with responsibility for human resources.

 
 

Will Intel buy Infineon wireless?

Source: Rick Merritt, EE Times, August 6 2010    www.eetasia.com

Intel is the most likely buyer for Infineon's wireless business now up for sale, though Broadcom is a better fit and Samsung is clearly interested, according to market watcher Will Strauss, principal of Forward Concepts. Infineon said earlier this week it is making progress in discussions to sell its wireless group which generated about $1.2 billion in sales last year. That represents about a third of total revenues at Infineon which is seeking to focus on its larger and more profitable automotive chip business.

 

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