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Mar 26, 2014

Intel and Altera widen chip manufacturing agreement

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Chipmaker Altera Corp (ALTR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is working with Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to combine separate components like processors, memory and programmable chips into customized devices in a technique aimed at reducing manufacturing costs and improving performance.

The new venture, to produce what are known in the technology world as ‘multi-die’ devices, builds on an agreement announced over a year ago for Intel to open its cutting-edge factories to produce Altera’s programmable chips, Brad Howe, Altera’s senior vice president of research and development, told Reuters late on Tuesday.

Mar 25, 2014

Nvidia shows off high-end game cards, cloud graphics offerings

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang debuted new and upcoming graphics technology on Tuesday including a $3,000 high-end component for PC game enthusiasts and a cloud-computing partnership with VMWare.

With the personal computer industry losing steam and the chipmaker’s move into mobile facing relentless competition, Nvidia is heavily promoting its graphics technology for a wider range of applications, including cars and data centers.

Mar 18, 2014

Oracle’s quarterly results disappoint Wall Street; shares fall

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oracle Corp on Tuesday reported increased revenue and profit for its fiscal third quarter, but the results disappointed investors, who were looking for signs of a sustained turnaround, and its shares fell sharply.

The company said new software sales and Internet-based software subscriptions in its fiscal third quarter ended February 28 rose 4 percent from a year earlier.

Mar 13, 2014

Texas Instruments wants to hand more cash back to shareholders

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 (Reuters) – Texas Instruments
said on Thursday it plans to return more cash to
shareholders, expanding a capital management policy that has
helped boost the chipmaker’s stock to its highest level in more
than a decade.

Improved manufacturing efficiencies mean Texas Instruments
will now be able to turn between 20 percent and 30 percent of
its revenue into free cash flow, Chief Financial Officer Kevin
March said on a conference call with analysts.

Mar 10, 2014

Freescale loss in Malaysia tragedy leads to travel policy questions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The loss of 20 key Freescale Semiconductor (FSL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) employees in the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner on Saturday raises questions about whether the company should have allowed so many of them to board the same plane, but security experts said that at big corporations it’s hard to avoid.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ (MASM.KL: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Flight MH370 about an hour into its journey to Beijing remained a mystery on Monday as a search orchestrated by 10 countries failed to find traces of the plane or the 239 people on board.

Mar 9, 2014

Loss of employees on Malaysia flight a blow, U.S. chipmaker says

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Employees of Freescale Semiconductor who were on a Malaysia Airlines flight presumed to have crashed were doing sophisticated work at the U.S. chipmaker, a company spokesman said on Sunday.

The 20 Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company’s chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.

Mar 6, 2014

Growth in global tablet shipments to slow in 2014 – research firm

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tablet shipments will increase this year but at a much slower pace than in 2013 as consumers remain content with the devices they already own, market research firm IDC said on Thursday.

Global tablet shipments are set to expand 19.4 percent this year, compared to 51.6 percent in 2013, it said.

Mar 5, 2014

Winklevoss twins use bitcoins to book space trip

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5 (Reuters) – You can’t spend bitcoins
at or to pay your mortgage but, as the
Winklevoss twins showed on Wednesday, you can use the digital
currency to book a trip into suborbital space.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously accused Facebook
Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, said
they used bitcoins to buy tickets for a high-altitude voyage on
billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial
spaceflight venture.

Mar 4, 2014

Qualcomm’s new CEO says smartphone innovation still strong

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4 (Reuters) – Steve Mollenkopf, the new
chief executive of Qualcomm, said on Tuesday that the
mobile chipmaker is developing technologies that will drive
continued demand for smartphones even as others worry that the
smartphone market’s best days are behind it.

Mollenkopf, 45, who was previously chief operating officer,
officially took over as chief executive officer at the company’s
annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday. He was named in December
to replace Paul James, the son of a Qualcomm co-founder.

Feb 28, 2014

Bitcoin owners find safe place for digital currency: on paper

SAN FRANCISCO/VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Some savvy bitcoin investors have a solution to cyber-thieves and instability shaking online exchanges: they print out their virtual savings and hide them in the real world.

The shuttering this week of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox and fears that hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency have been lost or stolen are pushing investors to tighten their security.

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      "Based in Thomson Reuters' San Francisco news bureau, Noel Randewich covers the semiconductor industry and the growing use of microchips in everything from smartphones to home energy management. Prior to his San Francisco posting, Mr Randewich spent a decade covering emerging markets news in Mexico City."
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