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  • Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors N.V. said Sunday it had agreed to buy its smaller rival Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. for $11.8 billion in a deal that will make it the biggest supplier of microchips to the automotive industry. The deal pays Freescale shareholders only a small premium over Freescale's $11.1 billion market value, based on Friday's closing...

  • AMSTERDAM, March 1- Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML said on Sunday that it was investigating an unauthorised intrusion into its IT systems, but it had found no evidence that valuable files were accessed. ASML, the world's largest maker of tools for etching out the powerful microchips at the heart of latest-generation smartphones and computer...

  • Tower Semiconductor posts 4Q profit Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 5:11 AM ET

    MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel _ Tower Semiconductor Ltd. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $624,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Migdal Haemek, Israel- based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Tower Semiconductor shares have increased nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Japan sales of solar cells rise 10 pct yr/yr in Q4 Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 2:40 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 17- Sales of solar cell modules in Japan rose 10 percent to 2.29 gigawatts in October-December from a year earlier, industry data showed on Tuesday, bolstered by a government scheme to encourage renewable energy. But the quarterly shipments fell about 6 percent from 2.39 gigawatt in the July-September quarter, according to data provided by the Japan...

  • UPDATE 1-Freescale Semiconductor explores sale -source Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    The New York Post first reported that Freescale was working with investment banks to explore a sale. Freescale shares were up 8.5 percent at $37.66 in morning trading, giving it a market value of $11.5 billion. Freescale went public in 2011 after it was taken private in 2006 for $17.6 billion in a leveraged buyout by a group of private equity firms that included...

  • Feb 13- Chip maker Freescale Semiconductor has hired investment bankers to explore a possible sale, the New York Post reported, citing a source familiar with the situation. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Samsung Electronics may consider buying Freescale, which makes chips used in automobiles, consumer products, telecommunications infrastructure and...

  • Feb 11- Applied Materials Inc said new orders in its business that makes semiconductor equipment and made-to-order chips fell in the first quarter due to weak demand from foundry customers. Applied Materials' shares fell 3 percent to $23.53 in extended trading. Revenue in the unit, which accounts for about 60 percent of Applied Materials' total revenue,...

  • Feb 11- Semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials Inc said new orders in its business that makes made-to-order chips fell in the first quarter due to weak demand for logic chips. Applied Materials' shares fell 3 percent to $23.53 in extended trading. Revenue in the unit, which accounts for about 60 percent of Applied Materials' total revenue, declined 2.6...

  • Applied Materials revenue rises 7.7 pct Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:08 PM ET

    Feb 11- Chip-equipment maker Applied Materials Inc reported a 7.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue as contract chip manufacturers spent more on technology used to make smartphone and memory chips. Applied Materials said net profit rose to $348 million, or 28 cents per share, for the first quarter ended Jan. 25, from $253 million, or 21 cents per share, a year...

  • SEOUL, Feb 10- As Samsung Electronics Co Ltd sells fewer of its own smartphones, the South Korean group's components businesses are under pressure to pick up the slack and secure external customers for chips and display panels, including putting these in rival mobile devices. Samsung Display has begun supplying organic light-emitting diode panels to Chinese...

  • SEOUL, Feb 10- As Samsung Electronics Co Ltd sells fewer of its own smartphones, the South Korean group's components businesses are under pressure to pick up the slack and secure external customers for chips and display panels, including putting these in rival mobile devices. Samsung Display has begun supplying organic light-emitting diode panels to Chinese...

  • BEIJING, Feb 9- Qualcomm Inc is likely to pay China a record fine of around $1 billion, ending a 14- month government investigation into anti-competitive practices, after the U.S. chipmaker and the regulator made significant progress during talks last week. The deal, which may also see Qualcomm lower its royalty rates by around a third on patents used in China,...

  • Cypress CEO too wary to invest  Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 3:35 PM ET

    Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers outlines issues with President Obama's budget proposal and its impact on the tech industry.

  • The SEC said former Barclays Capital analyst John Gray and his friend Christian Keller used disposable prepaid mobile phones to conduct insider trading from 2009 to 2012.. It said that in exchange for kickbacks, Keller provided tips about confidential news he learned while working as a financial analyst at the chipmaker Applied Materials Inc and in...

  • UPDATE 2-Dollar strength brightens outlook for Infineon Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:06 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- German chipmaker Infineon reported better than expected first-quarter results on Thursday and raised its forecast for the year, boosted by the dollar's strength and improved demand for its power management and security chips. Infineon, which also makes chips that activate car airbags, control air conditioners and washing machines and...

  • Here are the best earnings season trades left Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:01 AM ET
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    The year-end holiday boost makes video game and semiconductor stocks top trades for the second half of earnings season, analysis suggests.

  • THIS is tech bet of our lifetime, PE titan says Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    Glenn Hutchins also tells CNBC that technological advances will take away even more jobs, but he thinks the problem is manageable.

  • Jan 21- Memory chipmaker SanDisk Corp forecast current-quarter and full-year 2015 revenue well below Wall Street expectations, saying it would be unable to meet demand for flash memory storage chips until mid-year due to lean inventory levels. SanDisk's failure to add production capacity in the past two years has led to the weaker-than-expected forecast,...

  • Jan 21- Memory chipmaker SanDisk Corp forecast current-quarter and full-year 2015 revenue well below Wall Street expectations, saying it would be unable to meet demand for flash memory storage chips until the mid-year, due to lean inventory levels. Shares of the company, which supplies memory chips for Apple Inc's iPhones, fell about 8 percent to $74.05 in...

  • Jan 21- Programmable chip maker Xilinx Inc forecast weaker-than-expected current-quarter revenue and reported third-quarter revenue that missed the average analyst estimate, hurt by weak sales to broadcast and communications customers. Xilinx, which dominates the programmable chip market along with Altera Corp, said it expected current-quarter...