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20 Jun 2018
A federal jury in Texas ordered Samsung Electronics to pay $400 million to a South Korean university for infringing one of fundamental patents related to double gate FinFET transistors. The same jury found that Globalfoundries and Qualcomm had infringed the same patent, but the two companies were not ordered to pay damages.
Samsung reportedly sniffed around AMD and Nvidia as potential GPU suppliers, but nothing came of it. Now it may follow in the footsteps of Apple and have design the second major component of a chipset in-house.
19 Jun 2018
Intel could avoid the most severe effects of a new list of Chinese tariffs proposed by US President Donald Trump by shifting its production among its facilities, analysts said Monday.
Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology have all confirmed that Chinese government officials visited their offices, without providing details of the probe. Chinese regulators haven't disclosed precisely what they are looking for or what evidence they have uncovered.
15 Jun 2018
Qualcomm has denied rumors that the company is considering exiting the data center processor business.
Broadcom said it had laid off about 1,100 employees across its businesses to cut costs after its merger with Brocade
The ruling clears an antitrust roadblock caused by trade tensions between the US and Beijing
South China Morning Post
"China's government has been trying to break the country's addiction to ever-rising debt."
New York Times
Once again European lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that promises to change the internet as we know it.
A bunch of new Microsoft hardware codenames and information are circulating. Here's what could be in the works and when new devices may arrive.
"Toshiba unveiled a higher-than-expected $6.3 billion stock buyback..."
14 Jun 2018
The Q Fund will seek to work exclusively with startups developing software and services that tackle AI's biggest challenges.
Intel has started production of modem chips that will go into Apple's upcoming iPhones later this year, while the US semiconductor company continues to eye markets beyond personal computers and pledges to take the lead in fifth generation, or 5G, wireless communication after 2019.
Nikkei Asian Review
In a move that comes across as a strengthening of domestic surveillance policies, China will require all new vehicles to have vehicle-identity RFID chips starting next year.
Intel wants to compete with AMD's Radeon and Nvidia's GeForce products
13 Jun 2018
"We are not looking at strategic options. We are not selling. We are still focused on it."
"Thermoelectric semiconductors can reduce the noise of refrigerators and water purifiers, and help shrink the size of the home appliances by up to 40 percent."
Telecommunications equipment maker ZTE fell around 40% early in Hong Kong Wednesday trading hours after its shares resumed trade there and in Shenzhen. ZTE said it will pay a US$1 billion lump sum payment to the US government as part of a settlement agreement, as well as an additional US$400 million in escrow.
A US district court judge has cleared the merger of telecoms giant AT&T and media firm Time Warner, in a major defeat for government regulators. The US had sued to block the deal, arguing that it would reduce competition in pay TV and lead to higher prices for consumers.
12 Jun 2018
Tesla said it plans to cut 9% of its workforce as part of a restructuring intended to reduce costs and boost profitability. The layoffs at Elon Musk's electric car company come as it tries to increase production of its Model 3 sedan and turn a quarterly profit this year.
The German designer and maker of semiconductors used in cars, industry and IoT applications said it expects growth of at least 10% next year, followed by 9% growth in the following years. It previously targeted 8% growth.
The Financial Times
Samsung has asked a court to either dismiss the judgment in its phone patent fight with Apple or retry the case in which the damages were decided. In a 34-page post-trial motion filed with the US District Court in San Jose, California, Samsung says the jury's US$539 million verdict is "excessive" and not supported by the evidence.
The Republican-led Senate is working to reverse President Donald Trump's decision to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE to buy component parts from the US.
AP (via The Seattle Times)
The long-running patent dispute between Apple and wireless chip supplier Qualcomm didn't look likely to end anytime soon, with more than 50 separate proceedings filed across 16 jurisdictions in six different countries. Apple accuses Qualcomm of unfair terms for the use of its chips and patent licenses, while Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing those patents. Bloomberg reports that the outcome of hearings in three countries - the US, Germany and China - could prove decisive.
Apple has revised its App Store rules to place restrictions on cryptocurrency mining, storage and payment across apps it distributes. The rules change coincides with the company's introduction of beta versions of its forthcoming iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS releases at its annual developer conference.