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  • UPDATE 1-Avago nears deal for Broadcom-sources Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 3:06 PM ET

    May 27- Avago Technologies Ltd is close to an agreement to acquire fellow chipmaker Broadcom Corp, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. A deal between Avago and Broadcom could come as early as this week, the people said, cautioning that the negotiations had not yet been finalized. Shares of Broadcom, which had a market value of about $29 billion as...

  • May 14- Applied Materials Inc, the No. 1 maker of machinery used to make semiconductor chips, posted quarterly profit and revenue above market estimates, largely driven by demand from makers of memory chips. D.A. Davidson& Co analyst Thomas Diffely said Applied Materials performed better than many investors had feared after the company's $10 billion takeover...

  • *Car companies use Nvidia's "supercomputer on a chip". DETROIT, May 14- It took Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia Corp the better part of a decade to gain acceptance as a global automotive supplier, a lesson for other technology firms hoping to make a similar transition from consumer electronics to car components. Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying...

  • UPDATE 1-Applied Materials revenue beats estimates Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    May 14- Applied Materials Inc's quarterly revenue and profit beat market estimates due to increased demand for its chip equipment spares, consulting services and gear used to make display screens. Revenue in its applied global services business jumped 21 percent to $646 million in the second quarter ended April 26, Applied Materials said.

  • Applied Materials revenue rises 3.8 pct Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 4:07 PM ET

    May 14- Applied Materials Inc reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly revenue as chipmakers spent more on technology used to make smartphones and memory chips. Net income rose to $364 million, or 29 cents per share, in the second quarter ended April 26, from $262 million, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue at the rose to $2.44 billion from $2.35 billion.

  • May 14- Avago Technologies Ltd, looking to acquire a fellow chipmaker, has reached out to potential targets including Xilinx Inc, Renesas Electronics Corp and Maxim Integrated Products Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. Neither Silver Lake nor KKR still own stakes in Avago, but the former provided financing for Avago's $6.6 billion acquisition...

  • *Adjusted Q1 EPS $0.78 vs $0.49 forecast. TEL AVIV, May 13- Israeli chipmaker TowerJazz beat estimates for first-quarter net profit thanks to revenue from its joint venture in Japan with Panasonic Corp as well as growing market share among its largest customers. It earned 78 cents per share excluding one-time items, compared with 40 cents a year earlier as...

  • May 12- TPG Capital LP partner John Marren has a reputation for savvy technology investments and for leading the private equity firm's technology buyouts team. Several companies in TPG's portfolio, including telecommunications equipment company Avaya Inc, chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor Ltd and financial software group SunGard Data Systems Inc, on...

  • Nvidia quarterly revenue rises 4.4 pct Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    May 7- Nvidia Corp posted a 4.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, as the graphics-chip maker moves beyond supplying chips for personal computers to focus on processors for cars and cloud computing. Nvidia's net income fell to $134 million, or 24 cents per share, for the first quarter ended April 26, from $137 million, or 24 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • PYEONGTAEK, South Korea, May 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its new $14 billion South Korean chip plant, which is expected to help drive growth as smartphone earnings slow, will start production sometime in the first half of 2017.. The world's No.2 chip maker by revenue did not specify what products will be made at the new production line, which will...

  • MEMLO PARK, Calif., April 30- In the 1980 s when Sony and Toshiba were setting the agenda in the global TV and memory chip markets Japan was bristling with confidence as a hub of technological innovation. Three decades later, with Japan's electronics industry in decline, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come to Silicon Valley- the first sitting Japanese leader to do so-...

  • *Cash-and-stock deal valued at $85 million. April 30- Audio-chip maker Audience Inc, which has struggled since losing Apple Inc as its No. 1 customer in 2012, agreed to a distress sale to hearing-aid component maker Knowles Corp in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $85 million. Knowles, which supplies microphones to Apple, will pay $2.50 in cash and $2.50 in stock for...

  • April 30- Audio-chip maker Audience Inc, which has struggled since losing Apple Inc as its No. 1 customer in 2012, agreed to a distress sale to hearing-aid component maker Knowles Corp in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $85 million. Itasca, Illinois- based Knowles will pay $2.50 in cash and $2.50 in stock for each Audience share- a discount of 9 percent to Audience's...

  • 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,...

  • *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...

  • 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...