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Samsung investing $14 billion to build massive semiconductor plant

Samsung has broke ground on a massive chip manufacturing facility dubbed by the locals as Samsung Semiconductor Valley. The company is investing $14.26 billion into the project, the most money ever spent on a single semiconductor production line, according to…

Apple acquires small footprint, low-power chip maker Passif

Apple has recently acquired wireless chip-developer Passif Semiconductor. The Silicon Valley-based company specializes in small, low power communication chips and low energy bluetooth devices, technology that could be implemented into Apple's rumored wearable tech project and future mobile devices.

IDC lowers semiconductor revenue outlook for 2012, 2013

IDC has lowered its outlook for global semiconductor revenue in 2012 and 2013. Previously, the outfit expected industry revenue to grow 4.6% to $315 billion this year, but its latest forecast has reduced those figures to less than 1% growth…

Weekend tech reading: The transistor turns 65

The transistor, the ubiquitous building block of all electronic circuits, will be 65 years old on Sunday. The device is jointly credited to William Shockley (1910-1989), John Bardeen (1908-1991) and Walter Brattain (1902-1987), and it was Bardeen and Brattain who operated the...

Qualcomm becomes world's third largest semiconductor supplier

It's been a rough year for the semiconductor industry according to iSuppli, with 59 of the 157 leading suppliers expected to see revenue declines. Overall, chip revenue is projected to fall by 2.3% (over $7 billion) in 2012 as double-digit drops plague seven of the top 20 outfits...

IBM, 3M team up to build 3D semiconductors with 'glue'

IBM and 3M have announced that they will co-develop a special adhesive material that will allow silicon to stack in a tower configuration and will be packaged on 3D semiconductors. IBM plans to stack semiconductors as high as 100 chips by 2013.