Oct 23- Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 13 percent in extended trading. "Given that certain Samsung designs that have come out recently are not using Synaptics touch IC products, we think that would probably be a real driver...» Read More
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Intel said Wednesday that it has redesigned the electronic switches on its chips so that computers can keep getting cheaper and more powerful.
Applied Materials is paying $4.9 billion in cash to buy Varian because when it comes to making the equipment that makes the chips, Varian does something very technical for clients that Applied Materials no longer does.
Applied Materials has not kept pace with recent strength in the semiconductor space, but yesterday's (Tuesday) activity was bullish on the chip equipment maker.
Intel chips will be in tablet computers and smartphones later this year, CEO Paul Otellini told CNBC Wednesday.
Japan is beginning to look like an emerging market in the sense that its valuations "are getting very attractive," said Templeton Emerging Markets Executive Chairman Mark Mobius.
Texas Instruments still expects a company manufacturing facility in Japan to be back into full operation by September or earlier despite the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the country, Rich Templeton, CEO of the company, told CNBC Wednesday.
Chip maker Xilinx recently gave positive guidance going forward. To learn more, Cramer spoke with its CEO.
Sentiment has been weakening in the chip sector for the last week, and yesterday (Wednesday) the bears pounced on Lam Research.
Advanced Micro Devices said Dirk Meyer has resigned as president, CEO and director and will be succeeded on an interim basis by CFO Thomas Seifert.
Not all tech is created equally, but for most of tech this one point often gets lost in the translation. Beyond the hype, it's really just another cyclical industry, just with some cycles longer than others.
History has a way of repeating itself in the semiconductor industry. And it's happening again with bloated chip inventories.
The earnings warning by graphics chip maker Nvidia spacer may be a symptom of bigger things, such as a glut of semiconductors.
Worries about future demand for memory chips pounded Micron Technology shares in Tuesday morning trading.
Competition in the computer chip market from Apple and others does not worry Intel, CFO Stacy Smith told CNBC Tuesday.
The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that its sales are expected to grow by 10 percent to $242.1 billion in 2010 and by more than 8 percent to $262.3 billion in 2011 in its annual industry forecast.
Global semiconductor sales continued to improve in the third quarter, according to an industry trade group, though revenue remains below year-ago levels.
Initially rolled out by Microsoft in 2006, the Zune was positioned as a wannabe iPod killer – and was promptly squashed by Apple’s popular system. Now the Zune HD, a redesigned, flashier version of the system, is hitting retail shelves.
Worldwide sales of semiconductors will fall 21 percent this year, the Semiconductor Industry Association projected Friday.
Chip designer Analog Devices posted sharply lower profit and sales for its fiscal second quarter Tuesday amid the economic turmoil that has dampened global chip demand.