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Category: Chips and semiconductors
October 15, 2008 at 5:59 AM

Third-quarter PC shipments grow 15 percent, tech earnings season arrives

Analyst firm Gartner reported third-quarter PC shipments grew 15 percent year-over-year to 80.6 million units, lead by strength in the newer mini-notebook segment. But analysts continue their skeptical view of the tech sector — which begins reporting September quarter earnings this week — in anticipation of tighter IT budgets.


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September 10, 2007 at 6:23 PM

RFID chips and cancer — ask Amal

Embedding microchips in humans scares some people on privacy grounds alone. Now the chips are raising alarms for a different reason — a potential link to cancer. Studies done in the 1990s found that chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in lab mice and rats, according to this AP story. The Food and Drug Administration approved…


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June 20, 2007 at 3:01 PM

MWR initiating coverage of Cray with buy, $10 target

Northwest brokerage and investment firm McAdams Wright Ragen is restarting coverage of supercomputer maker Cray. MWR analyst Sid Parakh has been keeping an unofficial eye on the company for a while now and formally initiated coverage today with a “buy” rating and a $10 price target. The company’s shares were down slightly today to $7.50. Cray…


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March 19, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Micron lab at UW to research new chip materials

The University of Washington cut the ribbon today on a new research lab that will seek the best materials to surround ever-smaller silicon semiconductors in the computer chips of the future. The Micron Laboratory for Combinatorial Materials Exploration is funded in part by $900,000 in materials and equipment from Micron Technology, the Boise, Idaho, maker…


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August 7, 2006 at 5:42 PM

Apple’s day of announcements

Apple’s announcements today were a little bit of a disappointment, considering the hype that had been building. No, there were no new iPods announced. No iTunes movie deals. Instead, there was a lot of talk about Leopard, the operating system scheduled to ship next spring. The comparisons to Microsoft’s upcoming Vista were inevitable, and Apple fueled…


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May 19, 2006 at 9:48 AM

Retired General joins Impinj board

Albert Yu Ronald Fogleman Seattle chip developer Impinj is shifting its market strategy into high gear. At a time when government agencies such as the Department of Defense are taking a keen interest in its RFID solutions, Impinj has snagged a retired general and former Presidential adviser for its board of directors. General Ronald Fogleman, who served as…


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