|OmniVision to go private with Chinese investment|
Chinese state-owned investment firms bought several U.S.-listed chipmakers in the last two years, including Montage Technology Group, Spreadtrum Communications Inc and RDA Microelectronics Inc.
|Senate introduced PATENT act to counter patent trolls|
The bill would increase notice and transparency standards for defendants in patent cases, as well as alter the potentially expensive legal discovery process. It would also limit lawsuits based on product purchases, create standards for demand letters from plaintiffs and enable defendants to recover legal fees.
|Macronix lifted by NAND shipment|
NAND flash products accounted for 6% of net sales, an increase of 286% year-over-year and a sequential increase of 10%. The unit shipments of Flash increased 342% year-over-year and decreased 3% sequentially.
|ASUS switching from Intel mobile chips to Qualcomm|
ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, he revealed that the company could be thinking of turning to Qualcomm’s chipsets in the future. Now for Intel fans you can rest assured that ASUS will not be abandoning Intel’s chipsets entirely. Instead it has been suggested that maybe Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipsets might be used for the company’s mid-range devices.
|UMC to build JV fab in Xiamen|
The factory, which will begin production in late 2016, will produce mobile and communication device chips for the Chinese market.
|Chrysler CEO - skyrocket development cost will led to consolidations|
The main problem, Marchionne says, is that the auto industry spends enormous amounts developing proprietary parts, such as engines and transmissions, that make no difference to the consumer. He estimated FCA could save $2.7 billion to $5 billion each year by sharing product development costs with another automaker.
|Apple achieved record revenue|
The company reported a 27 per cent increase in sales compared to the same quarter last year. Profits climbed at $13.6 billion.
|Smallest smart tire pressure monitor gets smarter|
"We are entering the era of the smart tire, one that can tell you when and how it needs to be rotated, when it needs to be replaced and other prognostic diagnostics, instead of just telling you how much pressure it holds and when it needs to be aired up,"
|Samsung - Still the memory chip company|
Of the numbers disclosed by Samsung Electronics, its memory business within the semiconductor division was the only item to post an increase in revenue, up 2 percent.
|Samsung to create Exynos M1 custom core |
By creating the custom core, Samsung could improve power efficiency or add instructions that are optimized for its software on a mobile device. KitGuru notes the Exynos M1 could support the use of GPU processors for a wider range of tasks since Samsung is a founding member of the HSA Foundation.
|Silicon Motion moving forward with SSD and eMMC|
Silicon Motion posted net sales of US$80.6 million in the first quarter, up slightly from US$80.5 million in the fourth quarter, bucking seasonal trends. Gross margin for the quarter stayed high at 52%, while net profits came to US$16.6 million.
|Amazon creates new B2B services|
Amazon Business has been designed to provide easy access to hundreds of millions of products – everything from IT and lab equipment to education and food service supplies – as well as business-only selection and pricing.