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  • Audio-chip maker Knowles to buy Audience for $85 mln Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:38 AM ET

    April 30- Audio-chip maker Knowles Corp said will buy peer Audience Inc in a cash and stock deal worth $85 million, excluding its $44 million cash balance. Knowles said it will pay $2.50 in cash and $2.50 in stock for each Audience share held. The deal is at a 9 percent discount to the stock's close on Wednesday on the Nasdaq.

  • FRANKFURT, April 30- Franco-Italian semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics posted slightly weaker than expected quarterly results on Thursday, blaming a sharp fall in demand for computer parts and warning it anticipated little pickup in the current quarter. Analysts, on average, had been looking for a profit of 1 cent per share, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • Taiwan's UMC to expand China customer base via JV factory Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:44 AM ET

    TAIPEI, April 29- Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp, the world's No.2 contract chip maker, intends to expand its customer base in China via its joint venture factory with the Fujian Province government, company executives said Wednesday. UMC broke ground on the factory last month in a joint ceremony with government officials and major client Qualcomm Inc,...

  • Samsung's profit hit by bigger iPhones, sinks 39 percent Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 1:05 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. said its first quarter net profit plunged 39 percent as consumers switched to bigger iPhones, squeezing earnings from its mobile business to less than half what they were a year earlier. The company reported Wednesday that its January-March net profit was 4.63 trillion won, compared with 7.49 trillion won a year...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co. said its first quarter net profit plunged 39 percent as consumers switched to bigger iPhones, squeezing earnings from its mobile business to less than half from a year earlier. The company reported Wednesday that its January-March net profit was 4.63 trillion won, compared with 7.49 trillion won a year earlier.

  • Nanometrics posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 6:12 PM ET

    MILPITAS, Calif. _ Nanometrics Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $2.6 million. For the current quarter ending in June, Nanometrics expects its per-share earnings to range from 1 cent to 12 cents. Nanometrics shares have fallen 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Pericom posts 3Q profit Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 6:09 PM ET

    SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Pericom Semiconductor Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $2.5 million. The San Jose, California- based company said it had profit of 11 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in June, Pericom said it expects revenue in the range of $31 million to $33 million.

  • *Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron announce buybacks. TOKYO, April 27- U.S. firm Applied Materials Inc on Monday scrapped its $10 billion planned takeover of chip-making gear rival Tokyo Electron Ltd after the deal, a rare foreign bid for a Japanese firm, ran afoul of U.S. anti-trust regulators. Tokyo Electron said both companies gave up on the deal after more than...

  • MELBOURNE, April 24- Apple Inc managed to frustrate gadget lovers and investors desperate to find out the components of its new smartwatch on Friday, encasing its chips in tough resin and using rare screws to thwart people trying prise it apart. The iFixit team, which travelled from San Luis Obispo to Australia to get its hands on one of the first Apple Watch...

  • Freescale Semiconductor posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:57 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas _ Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $70 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. For the current quarter ending in June, Freescale Semiconductor said it expects revenue in the range of $1.16 billion to $1.21 billion. Freescale Semiconductor shares have increased 58 percent...

  • Mattson meets 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    FREMONT, Calif. _ Mattson Technology Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $6.3 million. The Fremont, California- based company said it had profit of 8 cents per share. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 8 cents per share.

  • SEOUL, April 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is set to spend at least another 10 trillion won to boost capacity at a new South Korean chip plant, a 64 percent increase over announced investment plans, domestic online news service MoneyToday reported. The plans for the new plant, which will be located in Pyeongtaek south of Seoul, has led to some worries about the...

  • SEOUL, April 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to invest at least another 10 trillion won to boost capacity at a new South Korean chip plant, news service MoneyToday reported on Thursday without citing sources. Samsung has already announced a 15.6 trillion won investment to build the plant in Pyeongtaek south of Seoul, its biggest commitment to a single...

  • April 22- Texas Instruments Inc forecast current-quarter revenue below analysts' expectations, citing weak demand for its chips from communication equipment and consumer electronics markets and a strong dollar. TI forecast a profit of 60- 70 cents per share and revenue of $3.12 billion- $3.38 billion for the second quarter. Net income attributable to TI rose...

  • Texas Instruments quarterly revenue rises 6 pct Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    April 22- Texas Instruments Inc reported a 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by increased demand for its analog and power management chips. Net income attributable to Texas Instruments rose to $656 million, or 61 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $487 million, or 44 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $3.15 billion from...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall with eyes on earnings, dollar Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    *EMC Corp dropped 2.2 percent to $25.75 as the data storage equipment maker cut its full-year forecast, citing the strong dollar. *Yahoo shares were up 1.3 percent at $45.07 after the company said it had hired advisers to determine the "most promising opportunities" for its stake in Yahoo Japan. *Broadcom rose 6.4 percent to $46.80 after the wireless chip maker...

  • April 21- Wireless chip maker Broadcom Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by strong sales of its WiFi and broadband chips to handset makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.. Broadcom forecast revenue of $2.10 billion, plus or minus $75 million, for the second quarter ending June 30. Broadcom's net income...

  • Chipmaker Broadcom's quarterly revenue rises 4 pct Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    April 21- Wireless chip maker Broadcom Inc reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong sales of its Wifi and broadband chips to smartphone makers such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Broadcom's net income rose to $209 million, or 34 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $165 million, or 28 cents per share, a year...

  • SEOUL, April 21- U.S. chip maker Qualcomm Inc plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 mobile processors manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, tech news website Re/code reported, citing unnamed sources. The report, dated April 20, did not say whether Qualcomm was looking at other manufacturers for the 820 processor besides Samsung.

  • AMSTERDAM, April 17- JPMorgan Securities, which manages assets for high-wealth individuals, has taken a 5.35 percent stake in Dutch semiconductor equipment maker ASML, the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets reported on Friday. Under Dutch market rules, investors are required to disclose their holdings in publicly listed companies when they reach a 5...