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Monday, July 3, 2017

MaxLinear Gets Design Win With Comtrend

Carlsbad-based radio frequency chipmaker MaxLinear said Friday that it has been selected by Comtrend Corp., for a new powerline adapter. According to MaxLinear, its powerline G.hn wave-2 networking chipset is being used in Comtrend's PG-908...

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Conexant Acquired By Synaptics For $346.7M

Irvine-based Conexant Systems, which develops semiconductors for the audio and voice market, has been acquired by Synaptics, in a deal worth approximately $346.7M in cash. Synaptics and Conexant said Monday afternoon that Synaptics will pay...

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Resonant Trumpets New Patent Wins

Goleta-based Resonant, which develops technology used for radio frequency (RF) filtering, says that it has just surpassed 125 issued and pending patents covering its technology. The company aid the two latest patents, issued on March 28th, ...

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Maxwell Technologies Reaches Board Deal With Investor

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies, the technology developer which is now focused on ultracapacitor energy storage technology, said it has reached a deal with investor Viex Capital Advisors, LLC, to appoint a board member. The company sai...

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Skyworks Gets Design Win With Sierra Wireless

Irvine-based analog semiconductor maker Skyworks is in a design win with Sierra Wireless, to power that company's new line of wireless modules. Skyworks said that Sierra Wireless will use its 3G/4G technologies for its AirPrime HL Series wi...

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Qualcomm Powers New Samsung Galaxy S8

San Diego-based Qualcomm is powering the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S8, Qualcomm said on Wednesday. Samsung is using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, according to Qualcomm, which features its Qualcomm TruSignal adaptive antenn...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Microsemi Shutters Chinese Factory

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi said on Tuesday that it has closed its manufacturing facility in China. According to the company, the "lower value" discrete devices which were manufactured at the facility are "not aligne...

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Peregrine Semiconductor Buys Arctic Sand Technologies

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, which is now owned by Murata, has acquired Arctic Sand Technologies, a developer of low power semiconductors used for DC-DC power conversion. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. ...

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Friday, February 24, 2017

MaxLinear Gets Design Win With Vubiq Networks

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits maker MaxLinear has scored a design win with Irvine-based Vubiq Networks, saying this week that Vubiq is using one of its systems-on-a-chip for a new radio link product. Ma...

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Resonant Gets $7.5M Private Placement

Goleta-based RF filter developer Resonant announced this morning that it has raised $7.5M in a private placement for the publicly traded company. The funding came from Longboard Capital Advisors, LLC, which is an existing stockholder of the...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cosemi Sells Off Business Unit To Avago

Irvine-based Cosemi Technologies has sold off its photodetector chip business to Avago Technologies, and is refocusing its business on "active optical cables", the company said over the last few weeks. Financial terms of the sale were not a...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Twilight Technology, Now Electronics Buy Semiconductor Manufacturer STI

Anaheim-based Twilight Technology and New York-based partner Now Electronics announced on Tuesday that they have acquired Semiconductor Technology (STI), a developer of NPN and PNP high voltage transistors, MOSFETs, and other transistors. F...

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Qualcomm Announces 802.11ax Chipsets

San Diego-based wireless technology developer Qualcomm announced a set of new, systems-on-a-chip solutions for the 802.11ax protocol this morning, which the company says provides "end-to-end" solutions for the new protocol. Qualcomm said it...

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Qualcomm Launches $3 Billion Joint Venture With TDK

San Diego-based Qualcomm and TDK Corporation announced Friday morning that they have launched a joint venture, RF360 Holdings Singapore PTE. Ltd., to provide RF front-end (RFFE) modules and RF filters for the mobile device, automotive, and ...

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Source Photonics Sold By Francisco Partners

West Hills-based optical components maker Source Photonics, which was owned by Francisco Partners, has been sold, to a private equity group led by Redview Capital and Asia-IO, and also including TR Capital, Axiom Asia and Aberdeen Asset Man...

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Qualcomm Calls Apple Suit 'Baseless'

San Diego-based Qualcomm responded late Friday to the $1 billion lawsuit by Apple, calling Apple's claims "baseless" and saying that Apple has "intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations". Qualcomm also said that Apple h...

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Skyworks Sees Better Than Expected Quarterly Results

Irvine-based Skyworks Solutions, which develops analog semiconductors for the wireless and other markets, said late Thursday that it has seen better than expected, Q1 FY17 results. The publicly traded semiconductor maker said it saw revenue...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

FTC Charges Qualcomm With Anticompetitive Practices

The Federal Trade Commission has charged San Diego-based Qualcomm with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in baseband processors used in cell phones, the FTC announced on Tuesday, specifically citing Qualcomm's licensing...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Carbonics Launches First Product

Marina Del Rey-based Carbonics said on Wednesday that it has launched its first product, a carbon-on-silicon wafer aimed at helping advanced radio frequency (RF) semiconductor development. The company said its ZEBRA carbon-on-wafer helps wi...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Interview with Kos Galatsis, Carbonics

In the startup world, one of the most difficult journeys to market is by companies who are taking basic scientific advances and technologies originally developed at universities, and taking them all the way to use in the commercial world....

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Resonant Swaps CEO

Goleta-based Resonant Inc., which designs RF filter technology for the wireless industry, said today that its CEO, Terry Lindgren, is retiring from the company. Lindgren has been CEO of the company since it was founded in May of 2012, an is...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cohu Acquires Kita Manufacturing

Poway-based Cohu, which manufactures semiconductor test and inspection equipment, said today that it has completed its acquisition of Japanese company Kita Manufacturing Co. LTD.. The deal was worth $15M in cash, with up to $3M in earn out....

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Friday, December 2, 2016

DTS Now Part Of Tessera

Calabasas-based surround sound and audio technology developer DTS is now officially part of Tessera, after Tessera completed its acquisition of DTS on Thursday, the companies said on Thursday afternoon. Tessera paid $850M in cash for DTS, i...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Solarflare Raises $22.2M More

Irvine-based Gigabit Ethernet semiconductor developer Solarflare Communications has raised $22.2M more in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm on Tuesday. Details on that funding have not been announced by the compa...

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Qualcomm Offers Up $15,000 Bounty For Vulnerability Reports

San Diego-based Qualcomm, through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, said it is offering up a $15,000 bounty for vulnerabilities that "white hat" hackers are able to discover and report to the company involving the Qualcomm Snapdragon p...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Qualcomm Acquiring NXP For $47 Billion

San Diego-based Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced this morning that Qualcomm has agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors for $47 billion. The two said Qualcomm will pay $110.00 per share in cash for NXP, in a deal which has already be...

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Report: Qualcomm Nears Final $34.7 Billion Bid For NXP Semiconductor

San Diego-based Qualcomm is nearing a deal to buy NXP Semiconductors NV, according to Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the process. Bloomberg said the deal is rumored to be worth between $110 to $120M in cash a share, or $34.7 billio...

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Telechips Sets Up US Headquarters In Irvine

South Korean fabless semiconductor developer Telechips said late Sunday evening that it has set up a new U.S. headquarters, in Irvine, California. According to Telechips, the company will use the new headquarters to expand sales in the set-...

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Newracom Aims Wi-Fi Chip At Internet of Things

Irvine-based Newracom, a developer of systems-on-a-chip circuits which recently set up its headquarters in Irvine, says it has launched a new, ultra-low power, Wi-Fi chip aimed at the Internet-of-Things market. The company said it has intro...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Resonant Finds New CFO

Goleta-based radio frequency filter developer Resonant said on Wednesday that it has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, replacing current Interim CFO Ross Goolsby. According to Resonant, it has hired on Jeff Killian, a longtime vetera...

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Comcast Launches New Business Venture Centered On Semtech's Wireless Technology

Cable provider Comcast booted up a new trial business venture this week, aimed at the Internet-of-Things market, based on the low power wireless networking technology developed by Camarillo-based Semtech, the company said this week. Comcast...

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Report: Qualcomm Eyes NXP Semiconductor

San Diego-based Qualcomm is in talks to acquire fellow semiconductor developer NXP Semiconductor, in a deal worth more than $30 billion, according to a report on Thursday. No details on the merger were announced by Qualcomm, however, the WS...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DTS Acquired By Tessera Technologies For $850M

Calabasas-based audio technology developer DTS is being acquired by San Jose-based Tessera Technologies, in a deal worth approximately $850M in cash, the companies announced today. According to the two companies, Tessera will acquire DTS by...

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Monday, September 19, 2016

MaxLinear Launches New Optical Driver

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, which develops radio frequency and mixed signal semiconductors, said this morning that it has launched a new product aimed at the long haul optical network market. MaxLinear said it has launched the MxL9207, a qua...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Resonant Raises $11.5M In Public Offering

Goleta-based radio frequency filter designer Resonant Inc. said Wednesday that it has raised $11.5M in its public offering, selling 2,715,000 shares of its common stock at $4.25 per share. The company, led by Terr Lingren, said it will use ...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Microsemi Adds To Board

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced today thatit has named Kimberly Alexy to its board of directors. Alexy serves on the boards of FireEye, Five9, CalAmp, and VIZIO. The company said Alexy has more than 20 years of...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Skyworks Names New CFO

Skyworks Solutions, the developer of analog semiconductors, said on Monday that it has named Kris Sennesael as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, based in Irvine. Sennesael was most recently CFO of Enphase Energy. Sennes...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

QLogic Now Part Of Cavium

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking products developer QLogic is now officially part of Cavium, Cavium said on Tuesday, after the $1.36 billion acquisition of QLogic completed. The two companies had announced the deal in June. QLogic was a...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Semtech Sale Of IP To Rambus Completes

Camarillo-based Semtech has completed a deal to sell of a bundle of IP assets to Rambus, in a sale that was worth $32M, Rambus said Monday afternoon. The deal, announced in June, included's Semtech's Snowbush IP business, which primarily in...

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Inphi's Memory Interconnect Business Now Part Of Rambus

Rambus said late Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of all of the assets of Inphi's Memory Interconnect Business, in a deal worth $90M in cash. The deal--originally announced in June--included product inventory, customer contrac...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Qualcomm Powers New Samsung Galaxy Note7 Design

San Diego-based semiconductor developer Qualcomm said this morning that its Snapdragon processors are being used by Samsung, for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note7. Qualcomm said that Samsung has selected its Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processo...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Aurrion Acquired by Juniper Networks

Goleta-based Aurrion, a developer of networking semiconductor technology which was spun out of UC Santa Barbara, has been acquired by Juniper Networks, according to Juniper's blog. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Juni...

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Impinj Sees Surge In IPO

Impinj, the developer of RFID chips and products which has operations in Orange County, saw a surge in its IPO this morning, and was trading around $17.24 in morning trading--up more than 23 percent from its $14.00 per share debut. Impinj p...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Soraa Installs LED Lighting At Madame Tussauds

LED lighting developer Soraa, which developed LED lighting which is based on technology developed at UC Santa Barbara, reported today that its LED lighting is being used at Madame Tussauds San Francisco. Soraa is a developer of Gallium-Nitr...

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Friday, July 8, 2016

SpaceX Opening Office In Orange County

Hawthorne-based SpaceX is opening up a new office in Orange County, in what looks to be an attempt to tap into the area's deep depth of technical talent. According to the OC Register, SpaceX has leased just under 8,000 feet of office space ...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

MaxLinear Completes Acquisition Of Broadcom Unit

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear announced late Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Irvine-based Broadcom's wireless infrastructure backhaul business. The deal was worth $80M in cash, and had been announced earlier in the year. The comp...

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Inphi Sells Business Unit To Rambus

Inphi, the semiconductor developer which has a major part of its operation in Westlake Village, has sold off its Memory Interconnect Business unit to Rambus, the companies said this morning. According to the two, Rambus will pay $90M in cas...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Qualcomm Expands GNSS Support

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it is now broadly supporting the European Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) across its entire range of products. GNSS is the European equivalent of the GPS systems, offering up glob...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Qualcomm Announces Connected Car Platform

San Diego-based Qualcomm has announced a new, reference platform, which it says is designed to help automotive manufacturers build their own, connected cars. According to Qualcomm, its new Qualcomm Connected Car Reference Platform is aimed ...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Microsemi, Arrow Electronics Cement Distribution Deal

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi said today that it has named electronics distributor Arrow Electronics as its lead global distributor. Arrow--which has been distributing Microsemi's products for more than 40 years--will ...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Qualcomm, Greylock Back Innovium On Networking Semiconductors

Two, Southern California investors--Qualcomm Ventures and Greylock Partners--have backed San Jose-based Innovium, on its efforts to develop semiconductors for the next generation, data center market, Innovium revealed this morning. Innovium...

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Monday, May 9, 2016

MaxLinear Buys Broadcom's Wireless Backhaul Business

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits developer MaxLinear said Monday afternoon that it has acquired the Wireless Infrastrcute Backhaul Business of Irvine-based Broadcom. MaxLinear said it woud pay $80.0M in ca...

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Broadcom Sells Wireless IoT Business To Cypress For $550M

Irvine-based Broadcom has sold its Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) business and related assets to Cypress Semiconductor, the two said this morning, in a $550M deal. According to the two, Cypress will acquire Broadcom's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth an...

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Maxwell Technologies Sells Microelectronics Line to Data Device

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies has sold off its microelectronics product line, to Data Device Corporation, in a deal worth $21M in cash, the company said today. The company said that the sale included all assets and certain liabilitie...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Resonant Reports Licensing Deal

Goleta-based RF filter manufacturer Resonant said it has signed its first, licensing deal, with its existing, tier one customer. According to Resonant, the deal calls for its to provide two, RF front end duplexers for that customer, to be p...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Resonant Completes $6M Private Placement

Goleta-based Resonant, which designs radio frequency front end filters, says it has completed its $6M private placement. The funding came from both institutional and individual accredited investors. The publicly held company had announced t...

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Resonant Raises $6.0M In Private Placement

Goleta-based radio filter developer Resonant Inc. has raised $6.0M in a private placement, the company said this morning, from a number of institutional and individual accredited investors. Names of those investors were not announced. The p...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Semtech Gets Design Win In Korea

Camarillo-based Semtech reported a design win with its 12G UHD-SDI products, as part of a UHDTV Broadast Encoder with DS Broadcast. Shipping volumes and financial impact of the win was not announced. Semtech said that DS Broadcast is using ...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Maxwell Technologies Sells Microelectronics Product Line

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies has sold off its microelectronics product line, in a deal worth $21M in cash, the company said Tuesday. Maxwell said it is selling its microelectronics product line to Data Device Corporation, a subsidia...

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Interconnect Systems Acquired By Molex

Camarillo-based Interconnect Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high density, silicon packaging technology, has been acquired by Molex, Molex said Thursday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Molex said it wil...

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Semtech Picks Up Design Win In Cattle Tracking System

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech says it has scored a design win with in a "smart agriculture" application, with its LoRa wireless RF technology. According to Semtech, its technology has been selected ...

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

MaxLinear Deploys In China

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuit provider MaxLinear has scored a big deployment in China, the company said late Wednesday evening. MaxLinear said that its technology is being deployed in the Chinese cities ...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Navitas Launches Gallium Nitride ICs For Power Conversion Market

El Segundo-based Navitas Semiconductor announced the launch of its first product this morning, a new Gallium Nitride (GaN) power IC, aimed at the power electronics market. According to Navitas, its new GaN power FETs are aimed at use in suc...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Resonant Wins New Customer

Goleta-based radio filter manufacturer Resonant Inc. said it has signed on a new customer, to develop surface acoustic wave (SAW) duplexers for three different bands. Name of the customer, and financial details of the deal were not announce...

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Qualcomm Powers Samsung Galaxy S7

San Diego-based Qualcomm said its Snapdragon 820 processor is being used for Samsung's latest phone, the Samsung Galaxy S7. The win marks the return of Qualcomm to powering Samsung's Galaxy phones; Samsung had skipped the prior generation o...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Semtech Rolls Out 14Gbps Optical Networking Chipset

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech said today that it has rolled out a new set of chipsets for up to 14.5Gbps optical communications. The company said its new GN1090 and GN1190 chipsets are used for quad...

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Qualcomm Targets Wearables With New SoC

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has rolled out a new systems-on-a-chip (SoC) platform, specifically aimed at the wearable market. Qualcomm said that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, has launched the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wea...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Semitrex Opens Office In Irvine

In a bid to tap into the wealth of semiconductor talent in Irvine, Laguna Beach-based Semitrex, a developer of power electronics devices, said it has opened up a new design center in Irvine. According to Semitrex, the new office will help i...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

WiSilica Connects With $3M For Bluetooth Technology

Aliso Viejo-based WiSilica, a developer of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) hardware and software, has raised $3.35M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding was led by FirstFloor Capital, and also included Anchor Asia Managem...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Microsemi Opens New R&D Center In Ireland

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, which develops power and other semiconductors, said it has opened up a new R&D facility in Ireland, to focus on design, development, and manufacturing of products for the aviation industry. According to Microsem...

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Monday, January 18, 2016

RFaxis Rolls Out New RF Chips

Irvine-based semiconductor developer RFaxis said this weekend that it has unveiled a new family of RF, front end integrated circuits aimed at the Internet-of-Things and machine to machine (M2M) market. According to RFaxis, it has rolled out...

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Semtech Invests In MultiPhy For 100G Optical Module Technology

Camarill-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor company Semtech, and optical networking technology developer MultiPhy Ltd. said this morning that the two are partnering to deliver a chipset for 100G, single wavelength optical modules. ...

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Monday, January 4, 2016

RFaxis Expands Product Line

Irvine-based RF semiconductor developer RFaxis is expanding its product lineup this morning, saying it has added a number of RF front ends for the Internet-of-Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market. According to RFaxis, the new products...

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Morfis Semiconductor Uncloaks New RF Startup

Irvine-based Morfis Semiconductor announced the launch of the company's first products, unveiling what had been a stealth semiconductors startup until now. Morfis Semiconductor said its first products, which has been working on for two year...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PMC-Sierra Goes To Microsemi After Bidding War

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi and PMC-Sierra said this morning that the two have entered into a definitive agreement, where Microsemi will acquire PMC-Sierra, for approximately $2.5 billion. The deal comes after a bidding wart between Micro...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Microsemi Boosts PMC-Sierra Bid To $2.3 Billion

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi said today that it has boosted its bid for PMC-Sierra, to $12.05 per share in cash and stock, valuing the the hostile bid for the company to $2.3 billion. Microsemi said it is now proposin...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Broadcom Shareholders Give Nod To Avago Acquisition

Irvine-based Broadcom said late Tuesday afternoon that its shareholders have approved the acquisition of the company by Avago Technologies Limited. Broadcom said the deal still needs antitrust and other regulatory approvals in certain jur...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Microsemi: PMC-Sierra Accepts New Bid

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi reports this morning that the board of directors of PMC-Sierra has acknowledged the company's cash and stock offer for PMC is a "superior proposal", and is now looking at Skyworks Solution for a counter offer. Mi...

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Semtech Selected For IoT Network In India

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech announced today that its LoRa technology has been selected to power an Internet-of-Things (IoT) network in India. Semtech said Tata Communications is using its technolo...

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Microsemi Bumps Offer For PMC-Sierra

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi said Friday that it has increased its proposal to acquired PMC-Sierra, to approximately $11.88 per PMC share, up from an earlier offer of $11.50 per share for the company. Microsemi said it n...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Innovative Micro Links MEMS Effort With Chinese University

Santa Barbara-based MEMS technology developer Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) said this morning that it has linked up with Peking University, via a strategic partnership. According to IMT, the deal calls for the two to work together on te...

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Microsemi Makes $2.4 Billion Bid For PMC-Sierra

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi has made a $2.4 billion bid for PMC-Sierra, saying it is proposing to acquire the fellow semiconductor developer for $11.50 per share--$400 million more than a deal brokered between PMC-Si...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

UCLA Spinout Looks To Commercialize Supercapacitor Advance

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, spun out of UCLA, is in the midst of looking to commercialize a technique developed by researchers at the school to create easily printable supercapacitors--circuits which, in the future, could further shri...

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Qualcomm Targets Consumer Drone Market With New Platform

San Diego-based Qualcomm has launched a new reference platform, specifically aimed at helping designers incorporate its chips into drone aircraft, the company said Thursday. According to Qualcomm, its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, has ...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Microsemi Targets Cybersecurity Market

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced this morning that it is taking aim at the cybersecurity market, with the creation of what it calls a Security Center of Excellence. The company said its new unit will be staffed ...

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Qualcomm Buys CSR For $2.4 Billion

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it has completed a $2.4 billion acquisition of CSR plc, a developer of Internet-of-Things an automotive semiconductors. CSR plc. is the parent company for Cambridge Silicon Radio. Qualcomm sa...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Broadcom, Avago Clear Hart Scott Rodino Hurdle

Irvine-based Broadcom and fellow semiconductor developer Avago Technologies Limited said this morning that they have passed the waiting period required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The companies said the e...

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Qualcomm Buys Ikanos

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it is buying xDSL networking technology provider Ikanos, in a deal worth approximately $47.0M. Qualcomm said it would pay $2.75 per share in cash for Ikanos, which trades on the NASDAQ as...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

RFaxis Ties With Silicon Labs On Reference Designs

Irvine-based RF semiconductor developer RFaxis has rolled out a new reference design with fellow chip maker Silicon Labs, to support a new Internet-of-Things application. RfAxis said its RF front-end reference designs connect with Silicon L...

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Semtech Cuts Employees On Smartphone Weakness

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech said late Wednesday that it has cut its employee base by eight percent, as it looks to adjust to a decline in its revenues due to weak, Korean smartphone demand. Semtec...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Resonant Adds To Board

Santa Barbara-based Resonant inc., which is developing front end radio frequency filters, said it has added Dr. Thomas R. Joseph to its board of directors. Joseph was previously Senior Manager Technical Products at RFMD (Qorvo), until he re...

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Transphorm Gets $70M From KKR

Goleta-based Transphorm, which is developing power conversion technology, said this morning that it hass raised $70M in a new investment round, led by KKR. Other investors in the company also include Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Foun...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Microsemi Aims At Auto Industry With FPGAs

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi> is making a push into the automotive market, saying that it has released a number of automotive-grade field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs. Those chips are ai...

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MaxLinear Gets Design Win In Belgium

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuit provider MaxLinear reports a design win today with a company in Belgium. MaxLinear said that Unitron Group has selected a number of its ICs for a new, direct broadcast satel...

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Teledyne Buys ICM X-ray

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne said Friday that it has acquired Belgiumm-based portable X-ray generator company Industrial Control Machines SA. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Teledyne said that ICM is based in Liege, Belgium,...

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Broadcom Acquired By Avago For $37 Billion

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom and Singapore-based Avago Technologies said this morning that Broadcom has agreed to be acquired by Avago in a deal worth $37 billion. Avago will pay both cash and stock for Broadcom. The two compan...

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Broadcom Gets Win In South Korea

Irvine-based semiconductor developer Broadcom said this morning that it has scored a design win in South Korea. According to Broadcom, KT Skylife, which is a satellite broadcast provider in South Korea, is deploying an Ultra HD set-top box ...

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Monday, May 11, 2015

WiSpry Acquired By Hong Kong Company

Irvine-based RF semiconductor developer WiSpry has been acquired by a Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer, AAC Technologies, the two said this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. WiSpry is a developer of tun...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Microsemi Wins $6.1M Defense Contract

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi reported it has won a $6.1M, defense contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). No other details on the contract were released. According to Microsemi, the deal goes towards manufacturing of highly secur...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Microsemi Completes Acquisition of Vitesse

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi said this morning that it has completed its tender offer for Camarillo-based Vitesse, and now expects its acquisition to complete later today. Microsemi had been offering $5.28 per share in cash for all of the ou...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Qualcomm Targets China With Snapdragon

San Diego-based Qualcomm Technologies said that it has now signed up a total of 40 design wins in China among mobile operators, due to the popularity of LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation support in its Snapdragon chips. Qualcomm said the des...

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

3DR Ups Funding Round To $64M

3DR, the drone manufacturer and technology developer, said this morning that it has raised its Series C funding to $64M, in an expansion beyond its initial, $50M funding. According to 3DR, the expansion was led by WestSummit Capital, and al...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Semtech Sells Off Defense, Microwave Business

Camarillo-based semiconductor developer Semtech said late Tuesday that it has completed a divestiture of its defense and microwave communications infrastructure business. Semtech said it sold its business to Jariet Technologies, in exchange...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Microsemi Passes Antitrust Hurdle In Vitesse Acquisition

Aliso Viiejo-based Microsemi reported this morning that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired, for the company's acquisition of Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor. The regulatory hu...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cohu Loses Board Member

Poway-based Cohu, which provides semiconductor test and inspection equipment used in semiconductor manufacturing, said late Tuesday that Harry L. Casari has resigned from the company's board. Cohu said that Casari--who has been on the compa...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Broadcom Wins Ultra HD Android Set Top Box Design

Irvine-based Broadcom reports this morning that it has scored a design win, for what it says is the first, Ultra HD Android set-top box. Broadcom said the new box is being offered by French broadband and IPTV service provider Free. Financia...

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Motion Solutions Gets Private Equity Investment

Aliso Viejo--based Motion Solutions, a developer of linear motion and motion control hardware used in the semiconductor fabrication equipment, medical equipment, aerospace, and robotics industry, has received a private equity funding from N...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Semtech Buys Triune Systems For Wireless Charging

Camarillo-based Semtech said late Wednesday that it has acquired Triune Systems, a developer of wireless charging and power management systems. Semtech said it paid approximately $45M, plus earn out, for Triune. Triune was based in Texas, a...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ViaSat Buys ASIC, FPGA Design Company

Carlsbad-based ViaSat, the satellite communications technology developer, said today that it has acquire ASIC and FPGA design provider EAI Design Services. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. ViaSat said it will use the buy to ...

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

3D Robotics Lands $50M For Drone Technology

3D Robotics, the unmanned aerial vehicle maker behind the IRIS, X8, and many other drone vehicles, said Thursday that it has raised $50M in a Series C venture funding round. The funding was led by Qualcomm Ventures. The company--which has m...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Semitrex Aims At Power Efficiency

A new, Laguna Beach-based startup, Semitrex, said today that it has launched a new set of systems-on-a-chip aimed at helping to improve the power efficiency of circuits. According to the startup, it has launched a new family of chips which ...

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Broadcom Announces New Microwave Backhaul Chips

Irvine-based Broadcom has rolled out a new set of systems-on-a-chip, aimed at delivering microwave backhaul for the wired and wireless communications market. Broadcom said the new SoCs offer up 5 gigabit per second speeds, and re 4x times m...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Vitesse Targets Internet of Things

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, which develops a range of networking semiconductors, said today that it has rolled out a new reference design specifically aimed at the Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. The company said it has rolled o...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cohu Names Board Member

Poway-based Cohu, which develops semiconductor test tools and systems, said yesterday that t has named Karl H. Funke to its board of directors. Funke was most recently an senior executive at Multitest GmbH, having been that company's CEO fr...

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Transphorm's Product Go Into Mass Deployment In Japan

Goleta-based Transphorm, which develops Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology, reported today that Japanese customer Yaskawa Electric Company has gone into mass production on a product that uses its devices. Transphorm says that...

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Vitesse Takes On Secure Ethernet

Camarillo-based Vitesse has rolled out a new set of semiconductors aimed at the secure Ethernet market, the company said today. Vitesse said its newest, physical layer transceivers, the VSC8256, VSC8257 and VSC8258 are aimed at the 10/40G E...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Transphorm Begins Mass Production Of Power Devices

Goleta-based Transphorm, which is backed by Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and others--said this morning that it has begun mass production on the company's Gallium Nitride (GaN) power devices, in a deal with Fujitsu Semiconductor. Transp...

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Western Digital Backs Memory Semiconductor Developer

Irvine-based Western Digital has backed the developer of semiconductor memory technology, as part of a strategic funding round. Everspin Technologies, which develops "magnetoresistive RAM"--aimed at use in such things at solid state storage...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Semtech Rolls Out New Ethernet Silicon IP

Camarillo-based Semtech Corporation, the developer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, rolled out new silicon this morning for the Ethernet market. The company said it has demonstrated new, 25G Ethernet capability via its new Snowbus...

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Carbonics: Seeking The Future In Carbon Nanomaterials

In the quest for ever smaller sizes an faster speeds, the semiconductor industry has increasingly been looking for new materials which work better, are cheaper, and faster than traditional silicon. One of the companies working on that effor...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

International Rectifier Acquisition By Infineon Complete

El Segundo-based International Rectifier>, the developer of power semiconductors, is now officially part of Infineon, Infineon said this morning. Infineon paid approximately $3 billion ofr International Rectiffier. The deal had been announc...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MaxLinear Wins Hitron

Carlsbad-based RF and mixed signal IC provider MaxLinear has scored a design win with telecommunications networking company Hitron Technologies, saying that Hitron is using its chips for a new family of DOCSIS products. MaxLinear said Hitro...

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Monday, December 29, 2014

MaxLinear Ships Satellite TV Chips

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear said this morning that it has begun volume production shipments of a family of devices for the satellite market. MaxLinear said it has started shipping volume on its MxL86x Full-Spectrum Capture systems-on-a-chip (S...

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Peregrine Semiconductor Acquisition Completes

The $471M acquisition of San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor is now complete, with Peregrine now officially owned by Japanese company Murata, Murata said Friday. The deal was worth $12.50 per share in cash. Murata had announced the acqu...

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Qualcomm Invests $40M In China

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Thursday that it has committed to investing $40M in China, investing in four different Chinese companies and one venture capital fund. Qualcomm said it invested in 7Invensun, which is developing eye-tracking pr...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Broadcom Ups Revenue Guidance, Dividends

Irvine-based Broadcom said Tueday that it is raising its revenue guidance fro the fourth quarter of 2014, saying it now expected revenues of approximately $2.075 to $2.150 billion, and also increased its dividends and stock buyback efforts....

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Qualcomm Invests $7M In Qterics

San Diego-based Qualcomm has invested $7M in a new, Internet-of-Things startup called Qterics, as part of a strategic investment, according to Qterics' parent Silicon Image. Silicon Image said the investment provides a 7% ownership interest...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Carbonics Raises $5.5M For RF Materials

Marina Del Rey-based Carbonics, a developer of carbon nanomaterials aimed at improving the power consumption and performance of wireless semiconductors, has raised $5.5M in a funding round. The funding came from TAQNIA international. Carbon...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Qualcomm Backs Ineda Systems' Chips For Wearables

San Diego-based Qualcomm has made an investment into a company developing systems-on-a-chips and processors specifically for the wearables market, Ineda Systems. Ineda said that Qualcomm participated in a Series B funding, worth $19M, which...

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Vitesse Ramps Ethernet Support Strategy

Camarillo-based networking communications chip provider Viitesse announced today that it plans to ramp its Ethernet business, by having its field application engineers certified through an industry program. Vitesse said it intends to have i...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MaxLinear Completes Physpeed Buy

Carslbad-based a href="http://www.maxlinear.com">MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal integrated ircuits, reported late Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of Physpeed Co., Ltd., which develops high speed p...

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Monday, November 3, 2014

MaxLinear Hits Shipment Milestone

Carslbad-based MaxLinear reported this morning that it has hit a shipment milestone, and has shipped more than 10 million of its DVB-2 tuners to the market so far. The company's chip is used in the design of set-top boxes. MaxLinear is a de...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Microsemi Hits Shipping Milestone

Aliso Viejo-based chipmaker Microsemi Corporation said this morning that it has hit a major shipping milestone, and has now shipped over 1 billion voice line circuits. The company said the number comes after more than three decades in the f...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Qualcomm Launches Robotics Accelerator

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it has launched a new, San Diego startup accelerator, which is being powered by Techstars. Qualcomm said its Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator will focus on helping to accelerate the development o...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Qualcomm Buys CSR For $2.5 Billion

San Diego-based Qualcomm said late Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to acquire CSR plc, in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion. CSR is a developer of Bluetooth and audio processing technologies. According to Qualcomm, CSR will b...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Vitesse Expands Distribution

Camarillo-based networking IC developer Vitesse Semiconductor said today that it is expanding its North American sales presence, and has added a new distributor, Phoenics Electronics. The company said Phoenics will handle its full portfolio...

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Monday, October 6, 2014

MaxLinear Buys Physpeed

Carlsbad-based radio frequency semiconductor developer MaxLinear said this morning that it is acquiring Camarillo-based Physpeed, a developer of high speed, physical layer interconnect products. MaxLinear said it expects to pay approximatel...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Newport Corporation Completes V-Gen Acquisition

Irvine-based Newport Corporation said it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Israeli laser manufacturer V-Gen Ltd.. Financial terms of the buy have not been announced. Newport Corporation said it expects the acquisition to...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Transphorm Partners With ON Semiconductor

Goleta-based power conversion technology developer Transphorm--which is venture backed by such investors as Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Bright Capital, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan. Kleiner P...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Microsemi Loses Mazzo From Board

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi said late Wednesday that James V. Mazzo--the former CEO of Advanced Medical Optics--has resigned from the company's board. Microsemi did not say why Mazzo decided to leave the board, but said the resignation "did...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Microsemi Corporation Completes Centellax Buy

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi said late Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of Centellax, the developer of high speed, analog and RF semiconductors. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Microsemi ...

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Broadcom Rolls New 100GbE PHYs

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that it has rolled out a new family of multi-rate 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) gearbox physical layer transceiver (PHY) chips, specifically for cloud data centers. According to the company, the new chips redu...

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Friday, September 12, 2014

MaxLinear Wins Design With German Customer

Carslbad-based MaxLinear reported a customer yesterday in Germany, saying that satellite receiver developer Digital Devices GmbH has selected one of its chips as part of its product line. According to MaxLinear, Digital Devices GmbH is usin...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Microsemi Buys Centellax

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, the mixed signal semiconductor developer, said this morning that it has agreed to acquire Centellax, a developer of high speed, analog and RF semiconductors for the optical communications and Ethernet market. Fi...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Innovative Micro Technology Expands In China

Santa Barbara-based Innovative MIcro Technology, which develops micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), says it is in a deal to expand in China. IMT said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China R&D Center for Internet of...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vitesse Names New Board Member

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the developer of semiconductors for the networking market, said late Tuesday that it has added a new member to its board of directors. The company said it has appointed William C. Martin, Chairman and ...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Peregrine Semiconductor Acquired By Murata For $471M

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, the developer of radio frequency semiconductors, is being acquired by Japanese electronics firm Murata, in a deal worth $471M in cash. According to Murata, it is paying $12.50 per share in cash for P...

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Nervana Nabs $3.3M For Machine Learning Hardware

San Diego-based Nervana System has raised $3.3M for its hardware-based, machine learning tools, according to the company. Nervana said the Series A funding was led by DFJ, and also included Allen & Co., AME Cloud Ventures, and Fuel Capital....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

International Rectifier Acquired By Infineon In $3 Billion Deal

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, the developer of power conversion semiconductors, has been acquired by Infineon, in a deal worth $3 billion in cash. Infineon said that it will pay $40 in cash per share for publicly held IRF. Infin...

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Broadcom Gets Design Win In India

Irvine-based Broadcom reports this morning that it has signed up a set top box manufacturer in India. Acccording to Broadcom, Tata Sky will be using its systems-on-a-chip in its first general of HD set top boxes, for a mass deployment throu...

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Brain Corporation Taps Qualcomm Exec For Board

San Diego-based Brain Corporation, a company which is developing an operating system for robots, said this week that it has added former Qualcomm President and Vice Chairman Steve Altman to its board--and also revealed that it is getting th...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Microsemi Buys Mingoa

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi has acquired Cork, Ireland-based Mingoa, a developer of semiconductor IP focused on accelerated, real-time Ethernet. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Microsemi, it w...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Broadcom Gets Win In India

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom reported a win today for its cable chipsets, saying that its DOCSIS 3.0 chipset is behind a new broadband deployment in India. Broadcom said its chips are being used by Hathway Cable and Telecom, wh...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vitesse Aims New Product At Gigabit Wi-Fi

Camarillo-based semiconductor maker Vitesse has taken aim at the Gigabit Wi-Fi, 802.11ac market this week, with a new Ethernet switch product. Vitesse said its latest family of chips--the SparX-IV family, are a set of Ethernet switches spec...

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Newport Media Acquired By Atmel For $140M

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, which develops low power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipsets, has been acquired by Atmel, in a deal worth $140M in cash. According to Atmel, it will use the buy to strengthen its position in the Internet-of-Things ...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DTS Technology Baked Onto System-on-a-Chip

Calabasas-based audio technology provider DTS said today that its DTS-HD audio decoding technology is now available via a systems-on-a-chio (SoC) from Amlogic, for use on Android-based streaming and over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes. Accordi...

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Broadcom Seeks To Sell Cellular Broadband Business

Irvine-based Broadcom announced Monday that it is seeking "strategic alternatives" for its cellular baseband chip business. According to Broadcom, it has engaged investment banking firm JP Morgan on an effort, and plans to either sell or wi...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Resonant Prices IPO

Santa Barbara-based Resonant, which is developing radio frequency filters (RF) used for mobile devices, has priced its IPO, saying it is offering up 2,700,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $6.00 per share. The company is slated t...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Semtech Aims At Energy Management, Smart Meters With Certification

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor supplier Semtech is targeting the energy management and smart metering market, through the certification of one of its development kits. Semtech said it has received Wi-SUN Alliance cert...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Vitesse Gets Design Win In Taiwan

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor reported a win today, with a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. Vitesse said that Planet Technology Corporation is using its Ethernet switch technology and software, as part of a smart Ethernet switch....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

ISSC Acquired By Microchip Technology

ISSC Technologies Corporation, a Taiwanese Bluetooth technology developer which has operations in Torrance, California, has been acquired by semiconductor and microcontroller company Microchip Technology, the two announced today. Microchip ...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Broadcom Rolls Out New Bluetooth Chips

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom has rolled out a new line of Bluetooth chips this morning, targeted at use in things like remote controls, keyboards, and mice. The company said it has introduced two new, systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) specificall...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Vitesse In IP License Deal With Freescale

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, which develops high speed, integrated circuits for the networking market, reported today that it has licensed its Gigabit Ethernet IP cores to Freescale. Vitesse said that Freescale Semiconductor is us...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Transphorm Gets Strategic Funding, Japanese License Deal

Goleta-based Transphorm, which is developing Gallium Nitride-based power conversion devices, said Tuesday that it has inked a licensing deal with Japanese company Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., along with a related investment. Transphorm said...

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Vitesse Launches New 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line

Camarillo-based chip maker Vitesse Semiconductor said this morning that it has launched a new line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet chips. According to the company, it has launched a new generation of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) PHYs, a family of physic...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peregrine Semiconductor Names VP

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor said Wednesday that it has named Duncan Pilgrim as its new Vice President of Marketing. According to the company, Pilgrim will head up product marketing and marketing communication initiatives for the...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Broadcom Gets Design Win In India

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom reported a design win in India this morning, saying that its quad-core HSPA+ platform wil be used by Indian mobile device provider Lava International Limited. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. Br...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Broadcom Gets Design Win With Robotic Sprinkler

In what looks to be a more unusual design win for Irvine-based Broadcom, the company reported a design win today for its low power applications processor: as part of a "robotic sprinkler system" from company Droplet. Broadcom said its low p...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Semtech Gets Design Win With French Company

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor provider Semtech reports a design win this morning, with French company KERLINK M2M Technologies. According to Semtech, KERLINK is using its long range LoRa technology for a machine-to-m...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Correction: 3D Ram Semiconductor Developer Gets Funding

Update: Crossbar informs us that its investment announcement incorrectly identified the investor in this story as Tao Venture Capital Partners, when it should be an entirely different company -- Tao Invest, the investment fund of Nick and J...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Semtech Snags General Counsel From United Online

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech announced this morning that it has named Charles B. Ammann as its new Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Ammann was most recently EVP, ...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Semtech Ships New SoC Communications IP

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor devloper Semtech announced this morning that it has shipped a new, system-on-a-chip (SoC) core, specifically aimed at high speed, communications systems. The company said it has shipped ...

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

WiSpry Launches New Product

Irvine-based RF semiconductor developer WiSpry said Wednesday that it has launched a new product, a RF quad capacitor array, aimed at the consumer, wireless market. WiSpry's new MEMs-based, tunable, RF quad capacitor array allows designers ...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Transphorm Gets $15M More

Goleta-based Transphorm, the developer of high efficiency, power conversion devices which the company says are dramatically more efficient than current technology, has raised $15.0M in more funding, according to a regulatory filing from the...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Semtech Backs Powervation In New Funding

Camarillo-based Semtech, the develope rof analog and mixed signal ICs, has backed an Irish maker of DC-to-DC power controllers in its latest funding round. According to Cork, Ireland-based Powervation, it raised $5.5M in a Series C1 funding...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Broadcom Debuts New LTE Platform

Irvine-based semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom has launched a new, LTE smartphone platform, which it says is targeted at the sub-$300 smartphone market. Broadcom said its new placeform--based on the Broadcom dual-core M320 LTE SoC--is spe...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

TowerJazz Gets Multi-Million Dollar Win With Air Force

Newport Beach-based semiconductor foundry TowerJazz reported this morning that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract with the United States Air Force, and its Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Paterson Air Force Base (US...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Semtech Cuts Staff

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor manufacturer Semtech said late Monday that it is in the midst of a restructuring, and has cut approximately 6 percent of its workforce. Semtech did not say how many employees the move im...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Efficient Power Conversion Names VP

El Segundo-based Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, which develops Gallium Nitride-based, power management devices, said today that it has named Andrea Mirenda as its new Vice President of Sales for the Americas. Mirenda was previously...

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Resonant Files For IPO

Santa Barbara-based Resonant, Inc., the Superconductor Technologies spinout which is developing radio frequency filters for the mobile industry, has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raise up to $14.0M in an IPO on the Nasdaq C...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Broadcom Powers Haier Smart Appliances

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that its wireless Internet chips are being used as part of a new line of smart appliances from Haier. According to Broadcom, Haier is using its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded (WICED) platform fo...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Broadcom Wins Home Gateway Product Design

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom reported a design win today, in a new home gateway from Swisscom. According to Broadcom, its 5G WiFi solutions are powering a new dual-band xDSL/fiber gateway from Swisscom. Financial impact and shipping volu...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MaxLinear In Design Win With Satellite Equipment Maker

Carlsbad-based radio frequency (RF) chip maker MaxLinear is in a design win with satellite equipment operator Pro Brand International, according to the company. Financial impact of the customer win was not announced. MaxLinear said that Pro...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Microsemi Debuts New Chip

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced this morning that it has launched a brand new chip. According to the company, it has launched a diode bridge, used to power wireless LAN access points, small cells, small switche...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Transphorm Raises $18M More

Goleta-based Transphorm, which is developing Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology which is far more efficient than existing power transformer technology, has raised another $18M in funding, part of an ongoing $20M funding round...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nordson Expands In Taiwan

Carlsbad-based Nordson Corporation, the developer of equipment for the semiconductor, electronics, medical, and other related high-tech industries, said it is expanding in Taiwan, and has doubled its footprint at its facilities in that coun...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

TowerJazz Gets $70M Credit Line

Newport Beach-based semiconductor foundry TowerJazz said early this morning that it has received a $70M, credit line from Wells Fargo Capital Finance, as part of an extention of an existing agreement wih Wells Fargo. According to TowerJazz,...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

RFaxis Spins New Chip

Irvine-based RF semiconductor developer RFaxis has rolled out a new chip, aimed at boosting the efficiency of smartphones. According to the company, its new envelope tracker (RFeTTM) is a CMOS-based, envelope tracking modulator which is des...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Broadcom Adds Support For Chinese Location Satellite System

Irvine-based chip maker Broadcom announced a new chip this morning, which supports the new, Chinese BeiDou satellite location system. According to Broadcom it snew BCM47531 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip supports GPS, GLONAS...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Broadcom Targets Wireless Charging Market

Irvine-based chip maker Broadcom said today that it has launched a new, Bluetooth systems-on-a-chip (SoC) specifically to enable wireless charging. According to Broadcom, its new WICED Smart Chip is targeted at wearable devices, and support...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Broadcom Gets Chinese Android Smartphone Design Win

Irvine-based Broadcom announced a design win this morning with Chinese consumer electronics OEM G'Five, saying that the company is using its quad-core, HSPA+ smartphone platform for a new Android smartphone. Broadcom said that G'Five will u...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

MaxLinear Wins Hisense

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal chip provider MaxLinear reports this morning that it has scored a design win with the Hisense Group, the Chinese TV manufacturer. According to MaxLinear, HiSense is using its MxL661 CMOS TV tu...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Broadcom Wins Another Chinese Smartphone Design

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that it has scored another design win in China, with Chinese cellphone manufacturer K-Touch. According to Broadcom, K-Touch will use a wide range of processors and supporting chips to power its new W9...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

CALIENT Technologies Sets COO

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies said Friday that it has named Jag Setler as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Setlur will serve as COO in addition to his currently position as CFO. CALIENT Technologies develops optical circuit...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Broadcom Gets Design Win With Smartphone Company In India

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom announced a design win this morning, with smartphone manufacturer XOLO, which is based in India. According to Broadcom, XOLO is using Broadcom's smartphone platform as the basis of its new Q100 Opus smartphon...

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Friday, November 15, 2013

WiSpry Debuts New RF Tuning Chip

Irvine-based WiSpry, the developer of radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, said Thursdya that it has launched a new product. The company said it has launched a new, single chip solution which combines three tunable RF capacitors in a single...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Microsemi Names CEO To Chairman Post

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced today that it has named CEO James J. Peterson as Chairman of its board, in addition to his role as CEO. Current Chairman Dennis Leibel remains on the board as an independent dire...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Peregrine Powers Pantech Smartphone

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor is supplying its components as part of a new, Pantech smartphone device, the company announced Wednesday. According to Peregrine Semiconductor, its UltraCMOS main-antenna tuning switches are being use...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Mindspeed Acquired By M/A-COM

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said this week that it has agreed to be acquired by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings in a deal worth $272M. The two said that M/A-COM will pay $5.05 per share in cash for p...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

MaxLinear Wins Chinese TV Manufacturer

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal IC provider MaxLinear is reporting a design win with a Chinese television manufacturer this morning. MaxLinear said that Konka Group Co. Ltd., which manufactures color televisions, mobile phon...

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Soraa Gets More ARPA-E Funding

Soraa, the LED lighting technolgoy developers which was spun out of U.C. Santa Barbara, reported today that it has been awarded several million dollars in funding from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARP...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Microsemi Buys Symmetricom

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced Monday that it has acquired Symmetricom, a San Jose-based developer of timing and frequency components. According to Microsemi, it will pay $7.18 per share--or approximately $230...

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Innovative Micro Technology Names Sales VP

Santa Barbara-based Innovative Micro Technology has added a new Vice President of Worldwide Sales, according to the company. IMT, which develops micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), said it has added Paul Pickering in the position, and ...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Microsemi Licenses Chip Encryption Tools

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi announced today that it has signed an intellectual property deal with Cryptography Research, Inc., for access to encryption technology and secure semiconductor intellectual property used to cr...

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Monday, September 16, 2013

MaxLinear Wins Taiwanese Set-Top Box Maker

Carlsbad-based radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits supplier MaxLinear reported over the weekend that one if its chips have been selected by Zinwell, a TV set-top box manufacturer in Taiwan. Maxlinear said that its DVB-S/S2 ...

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Broadcom Wins D-Link For Wi-Fi Access Point Design

Irvine-based chip maker Broadcom announced a design win this morning, saying that D-Link has selected its processors and systems-on-a-chip for a new, Wi-Fi enterprise access point. Broadcom said that D-Link will use its Broadcom StrataGX an...

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Qualcomm Launches Low-Power Wi-Fi Chips For The Connected Home

San Diego-based Qualcomm is targeting the connected home and "internet of things" market today, with the launch of a new set of low-power, Wi-Fi chips. According to Qualcomm, its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, has launched a new set of low-p...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Broadcom Buys LTE Assets From Renesas Electronics

Irvine-based Broadcom is buying a collection of assets form Tokyo-based Renesas Electronics Corporation, in a deal worth approximately $164M, the firms said today. According to the two, Broadcom is acquiring assets and shares of Renesas Ele...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

MaxLinear Gets Design Win At SMC

Carlsbad-based radio frequency semiconductor and mixed signal circuit developer MaxLinear says it has scored a design with with SMC Networks, and will be powering SMC's DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems and gateways. Expected shipment volumes and fin...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Broadcom Targets Wearable Electronics Market

Need a sensor in your jewelry, or Wi-Fi in your hat? Irvine-based Broadcom is targeting the emerging "Wearable electronics" market, with a new platform, the firm said this morning. According to Broadcom, it has launched a new platform calle...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Nanolab Technologies Plans Orange County Expansion

A Silicon Valley-based provider of semiconductor failure analysis services has plans to expand in Orange County. Nanolab Technologies recently announced that it has plans to open up a Failure Analysis (FA) Center of Excellence in Orange Cou...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

CAP Wireless Acquired By TriQuint

Newbury Park, California-based CAP Wireless, a developer of RF amplifiers based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, has been acquired by TriQUint Semiconductor. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been announced. CAP Wireless devel...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor Powers LG's Optimus G Pro

San Diego-based semiconductor developer Peregine Semiconductor has cored a design win with LG Electronics, and is powering the antenna tuning design in the LG Optimus G Pro smartphone. According to Peregrine, its radio frequency integrated ...

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

RFaxis Debuts New Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Chips

Irvine-based semiconductor developer RFaxis announced this morning that it has begun volume production on a new single chip/single-die Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo RF front end IC. The company, which develops RF chips in low cost CMOS, said its ne...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CALIENT Technologies Gets $27 Million

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies said this morning that it has raised $27M in a round of venture funding, from both new and existing investors. Names of those investors were not announced. According to Calient, it will use the fundi...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

MaxLinear Begins Shipping Chips To Samsung

Carlsbad-based radio frequency semiconductor developer MaxLinear said this morning that it has begun shipping its hybrid TV tuner chips to Samsung. According to MaxLinear, Samsung is using its MxL6xx family of software-programmable, hybrid ...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Calient Technologies Raises $12.22M For Optical Switching

Goleta-based photonic switch maker Calient Technologies has raised $12.22M in a funding round, according to numbers released in last week's MoneyTree report. No details on the funding round have been announced by Calient Technologies. The f...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Entropic Links With ARM

San Diego-based Entropic, the developer of semiconductors for the in-home entertainment market, has linked up with semiconductor company ARM for its latest designs, the two said today. According to ARM, Entropic has licensed its ARM Mali-40...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

RFaxis Starts Volume Production On RF Switch Chip

Irvine-based semiconductor developer RFaxis, which develops CMOS-based, RF semiconductors, says it has gone into volume production on a new product. RFaxis said its RFX333, a single-pole triple-throw (SP3T) switch optimized for 2.4GHz Wi-Fi...

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Broadcom Gets Design Win With Brother

Irvine-based semiconductor firm Broadcom announced a design win this morning with printer manufacturer Brother. Broadcom said that Brother will be using its Near Field Communications (NFC) chips in a new line of NFC-enabled printers, along ...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

RFaxis Debuts WLAN Power Amplifier

Irvine-based semiconductor developer RFaxis said today that it has begun mass production on a new, power amplifier (PA) aimed at the wireless local area network market. RFAxis said its RX240 high power 2.4GHz PA is aimed at use in wireless ...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Broadcom Debuts New Communications Processors

Irvine-based Broadcom debuted a new set of communications processors this week, aimed at use in hardware acceleration, virtualization, and deep packet inspection. BRoadcom said its new, multi-core communications processors, the XLP900 Serie...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Broadcom Gets Design Win With Sharp

Irvine-based Broadcom reports this morning that it has scored a design win with Sharp, and is powering a new new phone for NTT DOCOMO. Broadcom said that its chips are being used in the AQUOS PHONE ZETA SH-06E, a new phone being deployed in...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

RFaxis Debuts New CMOS 802.11ac Chipsets

Irvine-based RFaxis, the upstart RF semiconductor developer, has rolled out a new set of 802.11ac Wi-Fi ICs, which it says are based on pure CMOS technology. The firm said its new RFX8050x and RFX8051x family of RFeICs will start shipping i...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Mindspeed, Sequans Tie On LTE Reference Design

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed and LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications are in a collaboration this morning, saying that the two are working together on a Category-4 LTE fixed wireless gateway reference design. The companies said that Sequan...

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor In Deal With Murata

San Diego-based radio frequency semiconductor developer Peregrine Semiconductor reported Thursday that it is in a collaborative sourcing deal with Murata. According to Peregrine, it is in a multi-sourcing arrangement for RF switches, where ...

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Cymer Acquisition By ASML Completes

San Diego-based laser light engine provider Cymer is now officially part of ASML, after the completion of ASML's acquisition of Cymer Thursday. The deal was worth $2.5 billion. ASML said it would buy Cymer back in October of 2012, and has b...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Broadcom Rolls Out Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Chips

Irvine-based Broadcom rolled out two new chips today, including both a single-chip Wi-Fi product, and a Bluetooth system-on-a-chip. Broadcom's new Wi-Fi system-on-a-chip is part of its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WI...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cymer/ASML Acquisition Gets Korean Approval

The acquisition of San Diego-based semiconductor lithography equipment developer Cymer by ASML has cleared another regulatory hurdle, the firms said over the weekend. The two said that the Korean Fair Trade Commission has approved the merge...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Broadcom Wins Chinese Cell Phone Manufacturer

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom has scored a design win with Chinese cell phone maker K-Touch, the company reported this morning. According to Broadcom, K-Touch has selected its Android smartphone platform for its new Android smartphone. Ex...

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Mindspeed Adds Board Member

Newport Beach-based semiconductor developer Mindspeed Technologies has added a new director to its board, the company said Thursday afternoon. Mindspeed said Farid Adib, the Senior Vice President of Product Development & Operations at Sprin...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

MaxLinear Gets Design Win At Hitron

Carlsbad-based radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal IC developer MaxLinear reported a design win today, with Hitron Technologies Americas. MaxLinear said that Hitron has selected one of its digital cable front-end receivers for a family of...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Teledyne Buys Axiom IC

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired Axiom IC B.V., a fabless semiconductor firm developing high performance, CMOS mixed signal integrated circuits. Financial details of the buy were not anno...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Transphorm Names New CEO

Goleta-based Transphorm, the developer of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology and devices, said today that it has named Fumihide "Humi" Esaka as its new CEO. Esaka is currently the CEO of Nihon Inter Electronics Corporation (N...

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MaxLinear Gets Design Win At Technicolor

Carlsbad-based RF semiconductor developer MaxLinear says today that it has scored a design win with Technicolor. MaxLinear, which develops integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal ICs used in the communications market, said that one...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Cymer Merger Effort Gets Another Approval

The acquisition of San Diego's Cymer by Dutch company ASML has cleared another regulatory hurdle, the two said Thursday, as the Japan Fair Trade Commission cleared the company's acquisition deal. The two have been grinding through a long li...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Qualcomm Backs Photo Technology Firm Pelican Imaging

San Diego-based Qualcomm has backed a developer of advanced photo and camera array technology, Pelican Imaging, with a strategic investment today. Pelican Imaging, which develops camera array technology for mobile phones, said it raised $20...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mindspeed Seeks Buyer, Hires Investment Banker

Another day, another Southern California high tech company on the block: Newport Beach-based semiconductor developer Mindspeed said late Tuesday afternoon that it has retained Morgan Stanley & Co., the investment bank, to help the firm with...

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Broadcom Wins India's Karbonn Mobiles

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom reported a win this morning with Indian mobile phone brand Karbonn Mobiles, which it says will use its Android 4.0 platform for a new smartphone. Broadcom said that Karbonn Mobile will use its Android 4.0 pla...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

AltaSens Debuts New CMOS Sensors

Westlake Village-based AltaSens, a developer of CMOS image sensors, debuted two new products Monday. According to AltaSens, it has rolled out two new chips, a new CMOS sensor and an accompanying Wide Dynamic Range processing unit. The new p...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Cymer, ASML Get US DOJ Acquisition Approval

San Diego-based Cymer, the developer of semiconductor lithography light sources, and Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV said late Friday that the two firms have received U.S. Department of Justice approval for their merger. ASML said it woul...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Semtech Names Two Board Members

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor supplier Semtech Corporation has added two members to its board of directors, the firm said Wednesday. Semtech said it has appointed Sylvia Summers and Dr. Carmelo Santoro to its board. ...

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mindspeed Slashes Outlook

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies announced this morning that it has revised its second quarter 2013 outlook. The publicly held firm said it now expects total net product revenue to be approximately $35.1 to $35...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

MaxLinear Wins Set-Top Box Makers

Carlsbad-based RF semiconductor maker MaxLinear said today tht at a number of OEMs are using its silicon tuners in Internet video, set-top boxes. MaxLinear did not say which OEMs were using the firm's chips, however, the company said that t...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Broadcom Names New Worldwide Sales VP

Irvine-based semiconductor developer Broadcom has appointed a new, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, the firm said Tuesday. Broadcom said it has promoted Michael Hurlston into the position, replacing Thomas Lagatta, who the firm ...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor Lobs New Patent Suit Against RFMD

San Diego-based RF semiconductor maker Peregrine Semiconductor announced Tuesday afternoon that it has filed a new, patent lawsuit against RF Micro Devices, alleging infringement on its patents. Peregrine Semiconductor said it filed the sui...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor In Satellite Design Win

San Diego-based radio frequency semiconductor developer Peregrine Semiconductor reported a design win yesterday, saying that its chips were designed into six, Globalstar mobile communications satellites which were launched in February. The ...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor In Satellite Design Win

San Diego-based radio frequency semiconductor developer Peregrine Semiconductor reported a design win yesterday, saying that its chips were designed into six, Globalstar mobile communications satellites which were launched in February. The ...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

TowerJazz Ties With Avago

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry operator, has tied with analog component maker Avago, the two said this morning. According to the two companies, they are in an expanded, straegic collaboration where Avago's next gen...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Semtech Sells Off Product Line To Canadian Firm

Camarillo-based Semtech, which is a supplier of both analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said that it has sold off one of its product lines to a Canadian firm. Semtech said Tuesday afternoon that it has sold its video optical module (op...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

STEC Shareholders Seek Takeover Of Company

Santa Ana-based solid state storage products firm STEC is facing a shareholder revolt this morning, after two of its largest shareholders, Balch Hill and Potomac Capital, said they will seek to replace the company's board and executives, an...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

MaxLinear Scores Design Win In Latin America

Carlsbad-based radio frequency chip designer MaxLinear reported a win in Latin America this morning. According to the company, its silicon tuner-demodulator device has been selected by an un-named OEM for use in a new, hybrid satellite plus...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Vitesse Takes On Network Encryption

Camarillo-based networking semiconductor developer Vitesse Semiconductor announced a new product today, aimed at encryption of network layer traffic. According to the firm, its new Intellisec product is a "lightweight" security encryption t...

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Vitesse Adds To Board

Camarillo-based networking chip maker Vitesse Semiconductor said Thursday that it has added two directors to its board. According to the firm, Matthew Frey and Kenneth H. Traub have joined its board, bringing its total members to seven. Fre...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Transphorm Releases Silicon Power Devices

Heavily backed power semiconductor developer Transphorm--which has raised north of $100M from such investors as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, and others--said this morning that it has released a new,...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vitesse Targets Broadband Networking Applications

Camarillo-based semiconductor maker Vitesse Semiconductor said this morning that it is targeting the broadband network applications market with a new product. The firm said it has launched a new signal conditioning device for us in high spe...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MaxLinear Gets Win in Europe

Carlsbad-based radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal chip supplier MaxLinear reported a customer win in Europe today, with CVT Electronics Group, a TV provider. MaxLinear said that CVT will be launching flat panel displays in Europe using o...

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Peregrine Semiconductor Licenses Technology To Murata

San Diego-based radio frequency chipmaker Peregrine Semiconductor said Monday afternoon that it is in a intellectual property deal with Murata. Peregrine said it is in the midst of a collaboration agreement with Murata, where Murata would d...

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Kotura Bolsters Board

Monterey Park-based Kotura, which develops photonics semiconductors, has named a new member to its board of directors. The firm said that Brian Wong, President and CEO of Enervate, a developer of rechargeable energy storage technology, has...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Conexant Systems Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Newport Beach-based semiconductor developer Conexant said this morning that it has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, and is in a financial restructuring, which it says will significantly reduce its debt and improve its capital structure. The...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Broadcom Ties With Norton On Home Gateway Security

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom said this week that it has tied with Norton by Symantec, the provider of security software, to integrate Norton's security technology into a series of 5G, Wi-Fi home routers. According to the two, they are ...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

AirHop In Deal With Freescale

San Diego-based AirHop, the developer of software for enabling self-organizing, small cell base stations, has inked a deal with Freescale Semiconductor, the two companies announced this morning. According to the two, they are integrating Fr...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Broadcom Debuts Geolocation Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom has announced a brand new, geolocation chip, which supports the GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS satellite systems, and also features new geofencing capabilities, the company said today. The company said its Global Navigati...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mindspeed Debuts Small Cell Chips

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies, the developer of networking and communications semiconductors, announced a new set of chips aimed at the small cell market today. Mindspeed said it has debuted the third generation of its Transced...

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Vitesse Debuts New Gigabit Ethernet Cores

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the developer of packet processing and networking chips, said this week that it has debuted a new set of Gigabit Ethernet (GE) IP cores. The firm said the cores allow customers to integrate Gigabit swi...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cymer Gets Stockholder Approval On Merger

San Diego-based Cymer, the supplier of light sources for semiconductor lithography systems, reported today that its stockholders have voted to approve the firm's merger with ASML. The deal had been announced in October, and is worth $2.5 bi...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

International Rectifier's Founder, Eric Lidow Passes Away

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, the developer of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, reports that its founder and former Chairman and CEO, Eric Lidow, has passed away. The firm said Lidow passed away on January 18th. Lidow and...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Broadcom Leads In Connectivity Chips

That brand new, Wi-fi connected tablet you got for Christmas? The new GPS-enabled smartphone you got in your stocking? All of that is good for Broadcom, the Irvine-based semiconductor maker, according to a report published Wednesday from AB...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cohu Completes Ismeca Buy

Poway-based semiconductor test equipment provider Cohu said today that it has completed its acquisition of Ismeca Semiconductor Holding SA, a Switzerland-based provider of test handling and back-end finishing equipment for ICs, LEDs and dis...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Newport Media Gets $10M In Venture Debt

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, a developer of wireless semiconductors for the broadcast media industry, has received $10M in a venture loan, according to the firms providing the financing. The loan came from Horizon Technology Finance Cor...

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mindspeed Details Multiple Small Cell Wins

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies reported multiple wins for its chips in small cell base station designs today. Mindspeed said that it has teamed with Aricent and Contela to create an integrate, Voice-over-LTE ...

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Cohu Acquires Ismeca Semiconductor

Poway-based Cohu, the developer of test handling, burn-in, and thermal subsystems for the semiconductor testing industry, said over the weekend that it is buying Ismeca Semiconductor Holdings SA. Cohu is buying Ismeca from Schweiter Technol...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Broadcom Aims Designs At 3G Smartphones

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that it has released a portfolio of turnkey designs, aimed at developing 3G smartphones. The new designs include single-, dual-, and new quad-core platforms tied to cellular baseband, RFIC, and PMUs. ...

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Broadcom Debuts New Processor Line

Irvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it has debuted a new line of processors, aimed at classification, forwarding, and security applications in networking equipment. The firm's new NLA12000 Series, a 28 nanometer device, is aim...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Peregrine Ramps RFIC Production

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, which develops radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), said today along with Korean semiconductor firm MagnaChip Semiconductor, that Magnachip is expanding production of Peregrine's UltraCMOS RF...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Qualcomm Takes On Indoor Positioning Accuracy

San Diego-based Qualcomm said it is taking on the capability of providing precise, indoor positioning with the release of a new platform. The firm said its Qualcomm IZat location platform, being developed by its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Broadcom Releases Bluetooth Software Into Open Source

Irvine-based Broadcom said it is contributing its Bluetooth software stack into an open source, Android project. According to Broadcom, the software will be included in Android 4.2. Broadcom's Android software stack helps developers create ...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Broadcom Ships New Quad 10GBASE-T PHY

Irvine-based semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom has shipped a new, Quad 10GBASE-T PHY, the company announced this morning. The firm said the transceiver is the second generation of its 10GBASE-T PHYs, and offers up 50 percent lower power i...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Mindspeed In Chinese Small Cell Rollout

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed reports that its baseband systems-on-a-chip (SoC) is being used in a TD-SCDMA small cell rollout in China. The firm said its chips are being used by China Mobile Group, Jiangsu Company, Ltd., Suzhou Branch to d...

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Friday, November 2, 2012

International Rectifier To Shut El Segundo Plant In March

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, a manufacturer of analog, digital, and mixed signal ICs, said it expects to close its El Segundo based fabrication facility by the end of March, 2013. International Rectifier had announced the move ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NantWorks' Firm Tensorcom Ships Wireless Chip

Tensorcom, one of the companies which is part of NantWorks, the technology development firm owned by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, said today that it has demonstrated a ultra low power, high speed multi-gigabit wireless chip. The chip, w...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Acacia Research Names New VP

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research, the patent licensing firm, said today that it has named David Witt as Vice President of Acacia Research Group LLC. Witt joins the firm from Texas Instruments, where the company said he was involved in ar...

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Semtech Launches New Line of ICs

Camarillo-based Semtech, which develops analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said today that it has launched a new set of integrated circuits aimed at providing capacitive touch sensing for home appliances and consumer electronics. The c...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vitesse Ships 4G/LTE Ethernet Switching Chip

Camarillo-based chip developer Vitesse Semiconductor said today that it has shipped a new chip aimed at the 4G/LTE small cell market. The firm said its new six-port Carrier Ethernet switch is aimed at use in millimeter-wave backhaul applica...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cymer Acquired By ASML For $2.5 Billion

San DIego-based Cymer, the supplier of light sources for lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, has been acquired by ASML, a Netherlands-based provider of lithography systems. ASML said it will acquire all of the outstanding sh...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WiSpry Debuts Developers Kits For Smartphones, Tablets

Irvine-based chip maker WiSpry said Tuesday that it has shipped a new development/evaluation kit, aimed at developers of smartphones and tablets. The firm said its new Antenna Tuning Developers' Kit features a miniature size so that develop...

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Mindspeed Gets Design Win With European Company

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies has scored a win with a European developer of home gateways. Mindspeed said that Genexis, which develops home gateways for the fiber-to-the-home market, has selected its Comcerto communications pro...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Three Southern California Firms Get EETimes Focus

Semiconductor and electronics industry publication EETimes has identified three of Southern California's semiconductor startups among its annual list of sixty startups to watch in the industry. The magazine, in its list of startups worth wa...

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Microsemi Names Marketing VP

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, the developer of semiconductor products, said this morning that it has named Amr El-Ashmawi as its Worldwide Vice President of Strategic Marketing. El-Ashmawi was previously at Altera. The firm said that El-Ashm...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Qualcomm Technologies Links With Oracle On Java for M2M

San Diego-based Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, said that it has linked with Oracle to bring the popular Java programming language to its machine-to-machine (M2M) chipsets. The two said they are working t...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Transphorm Gets $35M More

Goleta-based Transphorm, the developer of power conversion technology being aimed at motors, power supplies, and solar power inverters, announced today that it has raised $35M in a Series E funding round. The round was led by Innovation Ne...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Vitesse Opens New Office in Shanghai

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor is expanding in China today, saying it has opened up a new, Shanghai office. The firm said the new office will help it more closely support its customers in China. Vitsse did not say how big of an offic...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Apple's iPhone 5 Powered By Broadcom, Qualcomm, Skyworks Chips

The teardown of Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 5, by iFixit shows that three Southern California companies are shipping an awful lot of chips today as people scramble to get their hands on the device. The teardown by iFixit shows multipl...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Modesat Acquired By Xilinx

Modesat, a developer of wireless backhaul communications chips and products, which has its North American operations headquartered in San Diego, has been acquired by Xilinx, the two said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vitesse Expands In India

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, which develops chips for the high performance networking market, said today that it has expanded its sales presence in India. The firm said it has linked with WPI Group, a subsidiary of semiconductor d...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MicroProbe Acquired By FormFactor For $116M

MicroProbe, a venture-backed developer of semiconductor systems-on-a-chip wafer test equipment that has offices in Carlsbad, has been acquired by FormFactor, FormFactor said today. FormFactor said it paid $100M in cash and $16.8M in stock f...

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Friday, August 31, 2012

MaxLinear Wins European TV Manufacturer

Carlsbad-based RF integrated circuit developer MaxLinear reported a win in Europe today, with European TV manufacturer Vestel Elektronik. MaxLinear said that Vesel will use one of its chips for its latest generation of hybrid televisions, t...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sorenson Media Licenses Technology To Semiconductor Firm

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, the developer of video encoding and decoding software, said today that it has licensed its Sorenson Spark Video decoder to semiconductor firm Renesas Electronics Corporation. Financial details of the deal wer...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

MaxLinear Wins Panasonic Design

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of mixed signal and RF integrated circuits, reported a design win this morning with Panasonic Corporation. Maxlinear said that Panasonic is using its product as part of a reference design for DVB-T2 s...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Intel Ramps Hiring In New San Diego Office

Chip giant Intel is looking to bolster its mobile talent with a new office in San Diego, and has just begun posting a number of new jobs in the location. Intel--which said it was opening an office in San Diego earlier this month--now lists ...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

International Rectifier To Close El Segundo Plant

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, a developer of analog and power ICs, said Wednesday that it is shutting its El Segundo, California fabrication facility, and laying off staff. The firm did not say how many employees would be affect...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MaxLinear Cashes Out Venture Capital Investors

In an unusual move, Carlsbad-based MaxLinear said today that it has reached a private deal to repurchase a significant number of its shares from its venture capital investors. The publicly held firm said it will repurchase 1.65M shares of i...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sorenson Media In Chip Licensing Deal

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, which develops video encoding and decoding software, said this morning that it has licensed its technology to chip provider Sharp Corporation. Sorenson, which is led by Peter Csathy, said it has licensed its ...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

How Broadcom Taps Israel For Technology Growth, Innovation

How is Irvine-based Broadcom continuing to grow its business? By acquisitions, it seems. Broadcom has acquired at least 48 companies since 1999. As an unintended side effect, those acquisitions have made Broadcom a major player in Israel's ...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Peregrine Semiconductor Prices IPO, Starts Trading Today

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor priced its IPO last night, saying that it will offer up 5,500,000 shares of its common stock at $14.00 per share. The firm will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as PSMI. Peregrine price...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

MaxLinear Countersues Silicon Laboratories

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear said Tuesday morning that it has filed counterclaims against competitor Silicon Laboratories. The filing comes in response to a lawsuit filed a few weeks ago by Silicon Laboratories against the firm. MaxLinear said ...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Microsemi Sets New European Headquarters

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, the developer of semiconductor products, said this morning that it has set a new, European headquarters in Ennis, Ireland. Microsemi says it has been in the country for twenty years, and is now bolstering staff ...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Peregrine Semiconductor Expected To IPO Wednesday

San Diego-based RFIC maker Peregrine Semiconductor is looking to be the next, Southern California technology company to make it to the public markets, with an IPO on Wednesday, according to the NASDAQ's IPO calendar. Peregrine is looking to...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Vitesse Sees Network Timing Wins

Camarillo-based semiconductor maker Vitesse said this morning that it has accumulated nine design wins for its new network timing components. The firm said that the nine customers include FibroLAN and Bridgewave Communications, along with o...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

MaxLinear Gets A Dozen Design Wins

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits, reported today that it has scored more than a dozen wins in video gateway and set-top box designs for one of its products. The firm said that i...

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Impinj Raises $21M, But Drops IPO Effort

Impinj, a developer of UHF, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips which has linked to Caltech, and an office in Orange County, said today that it has raised $21M in an equity funding round, as well as dropped its plans for an IPO. Imp...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peregrine Semiconductor Estimates IPO Pricing Range

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, the developer of CMOS, RF integrated circuits, has set an estimated pricing range for its its IPO. According to a filing by the firm this morning, it is estimating a IPO price of between $14.00 and $...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

MaxLinear Gets Set-Top Box Wins

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the supplier of radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits, reported this morning that it has now has more than 40 confirmed design wins for its silicon TV tuner. The firm said the wins come for its MXL60...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

MaxLinear Sued By Competitor

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, which develops radio frequency and mixed signal semiconductors, has been sued by one if its competitors, Silicon Laboratories. Silicon Laboratories said it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against MaxLinear ...

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Broadcom, Emulex Reach Patent Deal: Emulex to Pay $58M

Costa Mesa-based Emulex, the developer of high speed networking technology for the server and storage market, and Irvine-based Broadcom said Thursday afternoon that they have reached a partial settlement and worldwide patent license agreeme...

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Conexant Names GM

Newport Beach-based Conexant said Monday that it has named Saleel Awsare as its new Vice President and General Manager for its audio, embedded modem, and fax business. The semiconductor maker said Saleel has over 25 years of experience, and...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vitesse Gets Design Win

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor is reporting a design win this morning, with Edge-Core, a developer of networking equipment. Vitesse said that Edge-Core is using its SimplyPHY 1 GE PHYs and SparX-III Gigabit Ethernet switches to power...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mindspeed Names VP, GM

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said today that it has named Preetinder S. Virk as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its communications convergence processing (CCP) business unit. Virk was previousl...

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Monday, April 16, 2012

TowerJazz To Supply Chips To Samsung, LG

TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry firm which has major operations in Newport Beach, reported today that it is in mass production of a full digital, audio amplifier for the LCD slim TV market and manufacturers Samsung and LG. TowerJazz sa...

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Broadcom Adds New 10GBASE-T PHY

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom announced this morning that it has shipped a new line of 10GBASE-T PHYs this morning. The chips--used for 10GB Ethernet switches, server adapters, and LAN on Motherboard (LOM) applications--are pin ...

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Microsemi Ships Solid State Disk Drive

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, the developer of semiconductor products, reported this morning that it has shipped a new, solid state disk drive, with ruggedized SATA connectors. The new drive is aimed at the defense and industrial market. Acc...

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Broadcom Completes BroadLight Acquisition

Irvine-based Broadcom said late Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of BroadLight, the developer of networking and fiber access passive optical network (PON) processors. Broadcom said the deal was worth approximately $195M net of...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CALIENT Names Engineering VP

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies has appointed a new Vice President of Engineering, the company said this morning. The firm said it has promoted Jitender K. Miglani to the position, from his existing position as Director of Software...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Broadcom Powering Not Only iPhone, iPad, but Android Too

Irvine-based Broadcom, the semiconductor developer, is not only powering the iPhone and iPad--having been identified as one of the major component makers in those Apple hit devices--but apparently is behind a lot of the horsepower behind th...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Genalyte Raises $11.8M

San Diego-based Genalyte, a developer of life sciences equipment which uses silicon chips for protein and nucleic acid testing. said this morning that it has raised $11.8M in a Series B financing round. The round came from Redmile Group, Cl...

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

RFaxis Powers Chinese Wi-Fi Chipset

Irvine-based semiconductor startup RFaxis, which is headed by Mike Neshat, is powering China's first, domestic Wi-Fi chipset, the firm reported yesterday. RFaxis said its second generation, CMOS RF front-end-integrated ICs are being used to...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Broadcom Buys Broadlight

Irvine-based Broadcom is buying Israeli optical networking firm BroadLight, the company said this morning, in a deal worth $195M in cash. BroadLight develops fiber access PON (Passive Optical Network) processors. Broadcom said the acquisiti...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Semtech Completes Gennum Buy

Camarillo-based Semtech has completed its acquisition of Gennum Corporation, the Canadian developers of optical communications semiconductors, the firm said this morning. Semtech had announced the agreement to purchase Gennum on January 23r...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Broadcom Set To Acquired Broadlight, Says Report

Irvine-based Broadcom is getting set to announced a $200M acquisition of Israeli communications chip developer Broadlight, according to multiple reports this morning. Broadlight is based in Herzliya, Israel, and develops fiber optic communi...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Qualcomm, Broadcom, Skyworks Prominent In iPad 3 Teardown

Who says that Southern California companies aren't at the core of the technology business? A new teardown of the Apple iPad 3, just posted by iFixit, shows that at least three semiconductor companies with Southern California connections ar...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Broadcom Funds Entry In Google Lunar X Prize

Irvine-based Broadcom reported this morning that it is contributing $100,000 in a donation to an Israeli team looking to win Google's $30M Lunar X Prize contest. Broadcom said it is donating the money to the Israeli group SpaceIL for its ef...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Masimo Buys Spire Semiconductor

Irvine-based Masimo, the developer of pulse oximetry devices, said today that it is acquiring substantially all of the assets of Spire Semiconductor, a maker of light emitting diode (LED) and other components, which are used in biomedical a...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Vitesse Selected By FibroLAN

Camarillo-based semiconductor provider Vitesse is reporting a design win today, saying that FibroLAN is using its chips for a mobile backhaul product. Vitesse said that its Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine and quad-port, 1G PHYS are being use...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Semtech Acquires Wireless Semiconductor Maker Cycleo

Camarillo-based Semtech, the supplier of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said late Wednesday that it has acquire French firm Cycleo SAS. Cycleo develops wireless, long-range semiconductors used for smart energy meters and for the in...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Entropic Buys Trident Microsystems' Set Top Box Operations For $65M

San Diego-based Entropic Communications reported this morning that it has been selected as the successful bidder to acquire the set-top-box assets of Trident Microsystems. Entropic, which makes semiconductors for the connected home market, ...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Luxtera Adds $21.7M

Carlsbad-based Luxtera, which develops silicon CMOS photonic semiconductors, announced this morning that it has raised $21.7M in a Series C funding round. The round came from current investors NEA, August Capital, Sevin Rosen, Funds, and Lu...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Vitesse Announces New FTTH, 40G/100G Chips

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor reported today that it has launched two new chips, one aimed at the Fiber-to-the-Home market, the other for 40G/100G networks. Vitesse said its new, PON Pro chipset is aimed at triple-play services and ...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Broadcom Completes Buy of NetLogic Microsystems

Irvine-based Broadcom has completed its acquisition of NetLogic Microsystems, the developer of networking semiconductors, the company said this morning. The acquisition--which had originally been announced in September--was worth $3.7 billi...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Peregrine Semiconductor Sues RF Micro Devices, Motorola Mobility

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor has sued two of its competitors, RF Micro Devices and Motorola Mobility, claiming patent infringement, the firm said this morning. According to Peregrine, it has filed a complaint with the U.S. Intern...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Luxtera Snags Trio Of Execs From Broadcom

Carlsbad-based Luxtera, the provider of CMOS chips for the photonics market, has snagged a trio of former Broadcom executives to the firm, the company said Monday. Luxtera said it named Josphe Balardeta as Vice President of Engineering, Chr...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

IMT Swaps CEO

Santa Barbara-based Innovative Micro Technology, the provider of MEMS foundry services, said late Friday that it has named Craig Ensley as President and CEO. Ensley replaces Dr. John Foster, who the company said has resigned to become CEO o...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Qualcomm Buys Pixtronix

San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired Pixtronix, a developer of MEMS display technology, reports EETimes, in a deal worth between $175M and $200M. Pixtronix makes MEMS technology which is used for MEMS-based microdisplays, used in e-readers...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

RFaxis Gets Patents

Irvine-based RFaxis, the semiconductor startup headed by Mike Neshat, reported Thursday that the firm has just received four patents for its technology. The firm said it now has had more than 30 patents filed for its architecture of its RF,...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Semtech To Pay $494M For Data Communications Firm Gennum

Camarillo-based Semtech, the maker of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said late Monday that it will pay $494M for Gennum Corporation, a Canadian maker of communications semiconductors. Semtech said it believes the acquisition will e...

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Microsemi Buys Product Lines From Maxim

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, the supplier of semiconductor products, said today that it has acquired the timing, synchronization, and synthesis business from Maxim Integrated Products. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mindspeed Buys Picochip

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy PIcochip Limited, a UK-based supplier of systems-on-a-chip (SoC) products. Mindspeed said it will pay approximately $51.8M, plus u...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Broadcom Names New Board Member

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that it has named Robert Finocchio, Jr., to its board of directors. Finocchio currently sits on the board of Echelon Corporation, and also has served as Chairman, CEO, and President of Informix Corpor...

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Qualcomm Stadium To Become Snapdragon Stadium

San Diego-based Qualcomm is planning to rename Qualcomm Stadium to "Snapdragon Stadium", as part of a promotion of the company's mobile Snapdragon mobile processors, the company is announcing today. The firm said the move, the San Diego Cha...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Broadcom Raises Outlook

In a sign of the strength, Irvine-based Broadcom said Wednesday morning that it is raising its financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011. The firm raised its forecast to about $1.8 billion, above analyst averages. Broadcom said that...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Broadcom Eyes Acquisition Of Israeli Startup

Irvine-based Broadcom is in the process of buying Israeli network processor firm Broadlight, in a deal worth between $230M and $340M, according to Israel papers. The two apparently have signed a letter of intent for the acquisition. Broadli...

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Superconductor Technologies Shifts HQ To Texas

Santa Barbara-based Superconductor Technologies, which was founded in 1987 in Santa Barbara and develops high temperature superconducting materials, is moving its headquarters out of the state, to Texas. Superconductor Technologies--which i...

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Cohu Expands Board

Poway-based Cohu, which develops test subsystems for the semiconductor market, said yesterday that it has named William E. Bendush to its board of directors. Bendush was the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Applie...

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Ceradyne Sells Assets, Inks Licensing Deal In Japan

Costa Mesa-based Ceradyne, which manufactures and develops ceramic products for the defense, energy, auto, and other industries, said Monday that one of its subsidiaries, SemEquip, has inked a technology and patent licensing deal. Ceradyne ...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MaxLinear Wins Sharp TV Tuner Design

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits, reported today that one of its iCs has been selected by Sharp Corp. for use in a hybrid TV tuner module. MaxLinear said Sharp is using its ML60...

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Aurrion Gets $13.9M DARPA Contract

Goleta-based Aurrion, a developer of silicon photonics fabrication technology, reported today that it has been awarded $13.9M in a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. Aurrion said that the multi-year contrat, which i...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Qualcomm Powers Korean e-Reader

San Diego-based Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, said today that its products have been used in a new e-reader product from Korean bookseller Kyobo. Qualcomm said its mirasol display technology is being used for the tou...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Broadcom Powers Samsung GALAXY Note

Irvine-based Broadcom reported this morning that one of its chips is being used for global positioning features in the new Samsung GALAXY Note. Broadcom said its chip, the BCM47511, is providing GPS and GLONASS data to the GALAXY Note, to p...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

QLogic Approves $200M Stock Repurchase Program

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic, the developer of high speed storage networking equipment, said this morning that it has approved a $200M stock repurchase program. QLogic did not comment on the repurchase efforts. QLogic makes adapters, switches, ...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Platinum Equity Buys Kodak's Image Sensor Business

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has acquired the image sensor business of Kodak, Kodak said Monday. Financial details of the deal were not announced by the firms. Kodak said its Image Sensor Solutions (ISS) business wi...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Mindspeed Gets Win At Mitsubishi Electric

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies has scored a design win with Mitsubishi Electric, the firm reported today. The firm said that Mitsubishi is using its Comcerto 1000 customer premises equipment (CPE) processor, as part of a gateway...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Vitesse Adds New Distributor

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said this morning that it has added a new distributor for its products. Vitesse, which develops high speed iCs for the carrier and enterprise networking market, said WPG Americas Inc. will be handling d...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mindspeed Takes On the Connected Home

Newport Beach-based chipd eveloper Mindspeed is aiming at the connected home market with a new product, the firm said today. Mindspeed said it has extended its its Comcerto 1000 family of SoC processors with functions specifically aiming at...

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Semtech Funds $20K In Annual Scholarships

Looking to give back to the community, Camarillo-based Semtech, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said today that it is establishing a $20,000 a year scholarship fund, for college bound students in Ventura and Los An...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Microsemi Advances Acquisition of Zarlink Semiconductor

Aliso Viejo-basedMicrosemi, the semiconductor maker, said today that it has advanced its acquisition of Zarlink Semiconductor, and now owns approximately 93 percent of Zarlink's outstanding shares, and 99 percent of Zarlink's outstanding d...

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Broadcom Targets Automotive Networks With Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom is targeting the automotive electronics market today with the release of a new product specifically aimed at automotive networks. The chip marke said today that it has launched an Ethernet PHY, which enables low-cost c...

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Monday, October 10, 2011

AWR Links With Antenna Software

El Segundo-based AWR Corporation, which develops electronic design automation (EDA) software, said today that it has linked with Antenna Magus, an antenna design software tool. According to the two, AWR and Magus (Pty) Ltd. are in a joint m...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Vitesse Cuts Guidance On Soft Demand

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the maker of communications ICs, has cut its fourth quarter estimates, saying today that it is seeing "softening of global demand" for its products, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. The firm, w...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Qualcomm, Mindspeed Tie On Video Over Wi-Fi

Qualcomm Atheros, the networking products subsidiary of San Diego-based Qualcomm, along with Mindspeed Technologies, said today that the two have tied together for an embedded, video-over-Wi-Fi solution. The two said they have integrated Qu...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TowerJazz Ties With Testing Firm

Newport Beach-based semiconductor foundry TowerJazz said today that it has tied with Presto Engineering, a provider of integrated test and engineering services. The two companies said that they will provide comprehensive services for compan...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

AEi Systems Links With Linear Technology

Los Angeles-based AEi Systems, a developer of circuit analysis and SPICE modeling software for the semiconductor market, has inked a deal with analog circuit maker Linear Technology, the two said this week. According to the two, the two wil...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Broadcom Acquires NetLogic

Iirvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it is in a deal to acquire NetLogic Microsystems, a developer of semiconductors for the networking market, in a deal worth approximately $3.7 billion. Broadcom said it has entered into a de...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Qualcomm Launches Femtocell Chip

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has launched a new femtocell product, aimed at the enterprise and metro market. The firm said its new systems-on-a-chip, FEmtocell Station Modem (FSM) products are aimed at the residential market....

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Semtech Launches Touchscreen Controller

Camarillo-based Semtech Corp. said this morning that it has launched a new, touchscreen controller. The firm said its new 4D-Touch controllers provide X,Y, proximity, and pressure sensing, and is aimed at smart phones, tablets, handheld GPS...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Conexant Names New CFO

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems said this morning that it has named a new Chief Financial Officer. The maker of semiconductors said that it has named Carl Mills to the position, overseeing the firm's finance and administration activiti...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inphi Sees Delays, Slowing Orders

Inphi Corporation, the manufacturer of high speed analog semiconductors which has major operations in Westlake Village, said Tuesaday afternoon that the company has revised its business outlook, due to delays in shipments and slower-than-an...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mindspeed Loses VP

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Mindspeed Technologies reported today that its Senior Vice President and General Manager, High-Performance Analog, Kurt F. Busch, has resigned. Reason for the resignation was not given by the company. ...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

TowerJazz Gets $32M From Sale

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry, said today that it has received $32M from the sale of its interest in a Chinese IC foundry firm. TowerJazz said it sold its holdings in Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited (HHSL), the par...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ClariPhy Names CEO

Irvine-based ClariPhy Communications, a developer of mixed-signal, digital signal processing (DSP) systems-on-a-chip, said today that it has named Nariman Yousefi as its new CEO and President. Yousefi is a Broadcom veteran, having served at...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Peregrine Semi Ramps Production

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, the developer of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), is ramping the production of its RF switching products, according to the firm and its fab, MagnaChip Semiconductor. The two said that Mag...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Vitesse Names Japanese Distributor

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said today that it has selected a new distributor in Japan. According to the semiconductor maker, it has selected Internix as its exclusive distributor in that country. Internix has been around since 19...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Acacia Hires Two Execs

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research, the patent licensing firm, said this morning that it has hired on two new executives. The firm said it has hired Alfredo M. Lezama and Nathan Grossman as Vice Presidents of Business Development. Lezama w...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Vitesse Names New CFO

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the high speed networking semiconductor firm, said this morning that it has named Martin S. McDermut as its Chief Financial Officer. McDermut was previously at financial advisory firm Avant Advisory Gr...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ClariPhy Ties With Cortina Systems

Irvine-based ClariPhy, the developer of digital signal processing, mixed-signal semiconductors for the optical networking market, said today that it has linked with Cortina Systems, a fellow semiconductor maker in the optical networking spa...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mindspeed Buys IPG Communications

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies said Monday afternoon that it has acquired "substantially all" of the assets of San Diego-based IPG Communications. IPG is a developer of signal processing technology for the wideband code division...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mindspeed Wins OKI

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies, the provider of networking semiconductors, said today that it has scored a win with OKI Electric Industry. The firm said its Comcerto processors have been selected to create an ultra-low-power hom...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Calient Technologies Raises $4.38M

Goleta-based Calient Technologies, a developer of optical switching equipment based on 3D MEMS technology, has raised $4.38M in new funding. The funding came to light via the most recently, PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree survey. Deta...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

MacBook Air Includes Two Broadcom Chips

Irvine-based Broadcom is the source of two key components in Apple's updated MacBook Air. According to a teardown published today by iFixit, the MacBook air includes the Broadcom BCM20702 chip for wireless funcationality, and a Broadcom BCM...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Microsemi In Hostile Bid For Canadian Firm

Irvine-based semiconductor firm Microsemi said Wednesday that it has made an unsolicited proposal to buy a Canadian semiconductor firm, Zarlink Semiconductor, in a deal worth $548.7M. Microsemi said it has proposed to acquired Zarlink for $...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fulcrum Micro Acquired By Intel

Calabasas-babsed Fulcrum Microsystems, the developer of switching semiconductors, has been acquired by chip giant Intel. Intel announced the acquisition this morning, but did not disclose financial terms of the acquisition. Intel said that ...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Miramar Ventures Gets Exit At Azuro

Corona Del Mar-based Miramar Venture Partners has scored an exit in its portfolio, with semiconductor design firm Azuro. According to EDA software firm Cadence Tuesday, it has acquired Azuro to improve its systems-on-a-chip design software....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

MaxLinear Wins Chinese Firm

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal semiconductors, said Monday that it has scored a win with a Chinese set-top box maker. MaxLinear said that Shenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology Co.Ltd. is using its...

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

TowerJazz Sells Stake in Chinese Firm

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry, said today that it has agreed to sell its holdings in Chinese IC foundry service Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited (HHSL). The firm said the sale was worth $32M in cash. TowerJazz said ...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Microsemi Buys ASIC Advantage

Irvine-based Microsemi, the provider of analog and RF semiconductors, said Wednesday that it has acquired ASIC Advantage, a fabless semiconductor firm developing radiation hardened and high-voltage integrated circuits for the aerospace, aut...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

MaxLinear Names VP and GM

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal integrated circuits, said today that it has named Brian J. Sprague as its Vice president and General Manager, Broadband and Consumer Products. Sprague has serv...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kotura Opens China Office

Monterey Park-based Kotura has opened up a new office in Shenzhen, China, the firm said Tuesday. According to the company, the new office will provide sales and marketing, manufacturing and R&D support to its customers in China. The new off...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

WiSpry Gets $3.5M In Bridge Funding

Irvine-based WiSpry, the developer of radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, has raised $3.5M in a bridge funding round, according to reports. The funding is apparently a bridge to the company's next round. WiSpry is venture backed by Acadia ...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Transphorm Gets $25M From Soros

Santa Barbara-based Transphorm, a developer of high efficiency, power conversion technology, confirmed today that it has raised $25M in a Series D funding round. The firm said the round was led by Quantum Strategic Partners Ltd., a private ...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

ClariPhy Raises $14M More

Irvine-based ClariPhy Communications, which develops high speed, mix signal digital signal processing chips for optical networking, announced today that it has raised $14M in a new funding round. The round was led by Nokia Siemens Networks,...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

TowerJazz Wins Chinese Chip Firm

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry firm, said today that it has been selected by a Chinese chip firm, Southwest Integrated Circuit Design> (SWID), for its SiGe BiCMOS process. TowerJazz will help develop high performan...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

TowerJazz Signs Argentine Customer

Newport Beach-based semiconductor foundry TowerJazz announced this morning that it has inked a deal with a research and technology group in Argentina. The firm said it has signed an agreement with the Public and Private Consortium Tecnopoli...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

TowerJazz Ties With DARPA Program

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry, said today that its subsidiary Jazz Semiconductor has inked a cost-sharing collaboration with DARPA. According to the firm, it is working with DARPA on advancing a roadmap for high f...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Vitesse Rolls Out Gigabit Ethernet Cores

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the developer of high speed networking semiconductors, said today that it has rolled out a line of Gigabit Ethernet intellectual property (IP) cores. The firm said the cores are aimed at providing 10/1...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Entropic Names Two VPs

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, the developer of home networking semiconductors, said yesterday that it has named two new VPs. The firm said it has named Rick Morris as Vice President of Software, Systems, and Integration test, and...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Qualcomm Completes Atheros Communications Buy

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Tuesday evening that it has completed its $3.1 billion acquisition of Atheros Communications. Atheros becomes Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Qualcomm said the acquisition will allow it to expand its presence in both ex...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Solarflare Gets $20.5M More

Irvine-based Solarflare, the developer of high speed, low latency 10GbE server adapters, has raised $20.5M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. Details on the funding--part of an ongoing, $24.1M fundraising effort--have no...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Vitesse Rolls Out Energy Efficient GigE Chips

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, said this morning that it has expanded its line of energy efficient, SimpliPHY, Gigabit Ethernet physical layer devices. The firm said its line of PHY chips reduces power consumption by 75 percent or m...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Qualcomm Enhances Location Accuracy With GLONASS

San Diego-based Qualcomm is enhancing the accuracy of its location capabilities on its mobile phone chipsets, the firm said today, by using the Russian GLONASS satellite system. According to Qualcomm, its Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7x30 chipset...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Internet Machines Sues Best Buy, EMC, Fusion-IO, Others

The firm which owns the patents of defunct PCI Express switching chip firm Internet Machines, which was based in Agoura Hills, has filed suit against a long list of defendants claiming patent infringement. Texas-based Internet Machines LLC,...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Conexant Gets Investment From August Capital

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant Holdings announced late Thursday that the firm has scored an investment from venture capital firm August Capital. Amount of the new funding was not disclosed. Conexant recently went private a...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Marvell Announcement Matches Solarflare Sale

Just three days after Irvine-based Solarflare announced that it has sold its 10 Gigabit Ethernet physical layer (PHY) business, semiconductor maker Marvell, based in Santa Clara, has announced its own line of 40nm, Quad 10GBASE-T PHYs. Sola...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MaxLinear Gets Design Win

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits, has scored a design win with a developer of cable TV systems. The firm said that SiliconDust, a developer of HD cable TV systems, has selected ...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Solarflare Sells 10GBASE-T Business

Irvine-based Solarflare has sold its 10 Gigabit ethernet physical layer (PHY) business, the firm said today. According to SOlarflare, it has exited the physical layer PHY business by selling the firm's 10GBASE-T assets to an un-named mercha...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Peregrine Semiconductor Updates IPO Filing

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, the developer of CMOS RF integrated circuits, updated its S-1 filings Friday, saying that it had a net loss of $1.0M on revenues of $21.2M for the three months ended March 26, 2011. That compares wit...

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Broadcom's Samueli Re-Joins Board

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom announced this morning that it has bolstered its board, with co-founder Henry Samueli and Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe joining the company's board. Samueli has previously served on the ...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vitesse CFO To Retire

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the maker of high speed networking ICs, said Thursday that Richard C. Yonker, its Chief Financial officer, is retiring. The firm said Yonker will remain in the position until a successor is found. Yonk...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Broadcom Completes Provigent Buy

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom said Monday that it has completed its acquisition of Provigent, a developer of high performance, mixed signal semiconductors for microwave backhaul systems. The deal was worth approximately $313M in...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Impinj Files For IPO

Impinj, a developer of RFID chips which has satellite engineering office in Rancho Cordova and Newport Beach, and which was founded by a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) professor, has filed for an IPO. The firm said it is raisi...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Conexant Acquisition Completes

The acquisition of Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Conexant by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital has completed, the firm said today. The acquisition takes Conexant private, with the firm no longer trading on the NASDAQ Global M...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mindspeed Loses CFO

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies announced this morning that it Chief Financial officer, Bret W. Johnsen, has resigned. According to the firm, Kristen M. Schmidt, currently Executive Director, Finance, has been...

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Monday, April 11, 2011

AWR Expands In China

El Segundo-based AWR, the developer of high frequency, electronic design automation (EDA) software, said today that it has opened up a new office in China. The firm said the office, its third in Asia, will provide direct sales and support. ...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WiSpry Signs Asian Distributor

Irvine-based WiSpry, the developer of tunable radio frequency semiconductors, announced today that it has signed a deal with Asian electronics distributor EDOM Technology. According to the firm, EDOM will distribute its RF front end SoCs to...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Inphi Launches Secondary Offering

Inphi Corporation, the developer of high speed analog communications semiconductors, said Monday that it has launched a public offering of 3.9 million shares of its common stock. The new offering comes just shy of six months after the firm'...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Inphi Launches Secondary Offering

Inphi Corporation, the developer of high speed analog communications semiconductors, said Monday that it has launched a public offering of 3.9 million shares of its common stock. The new offering comes just shy of six months after the firm'...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Conexant Rolls Multimedia Chip

Newport Beach-based Conexant, the semiconductor developer, said this morning that it has expanded its multimedia imaging product line. The firm said it has launched a new, single-chip media processor geared towards high definition (HD) vide...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

iSuppli Gets Focus From Japan Disaster

El Segundo-based market research firm iSuppli, which is now owned by IHS, has gotten major focus in the last week and a half, as the electronics industry continues to figure out the scope of damage to supply chains from the Japanese earthqu...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

MaxLinear Adds Board Member

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits, said this morning that it has named Steven C. Craddock to its board of directors. Craddock has previously been at Comcast and a Senior Vice Pre...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Broadcom Buys Provigent For $313M

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that it has acquired Provigent, a developer of high performance mixed signal semiconductors for the microwave backhaul systems market. Provigent was based in Israel and Santa Clara. Broadcom said it will pay...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

TowerJazz Expands CMOS Image Sensors Support

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the provider of semiconductor foundry and related services, said this morning that its Aerospace and Defense Business Unit has added CMOS image sensors to its multi-project wafer services. TowerJazz said the a...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Teledyne Buys Majority Stake In Nova Sensors

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said this morning that it has acquired a majority interest in Solvang-based Nova Sensors. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nova Research designs camera electronics, infrared camera sy...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vitesse: No Major Impact Expected From Japan Earthquake

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, which develops high speed networking semiconductors, said Thursday afternoon that it "does not anticipate any major impact" due to the earthquake in Japan. Vitesse said that it believes its inventories...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Qualcomm: Minimal Disruption To Supply Chain

San Diego-based Qualcomm reported last night that it does not foresee any significant impact on its supply chain due to the disaster in Japan. According to the firm, it has "multiple, geographically diverse" sources for its supply, as well ...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

TowerJazz Selected By CMP

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm TowerJazz said Wednesday that its 0.18 micron power management and CMOS image sensor technology, plus associated process design kits, have been selected by semiconductor prototyping group CMP. Financia...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Entropic Names Chinese GM

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, the developer of home networking and entertainment semiconductors, said Monday that it has named a Vice President and General Manager of its China operations. Entropic said it has named Tom Luan to t...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

International Rectifier Completes CHiL Semiconductor Acquisition

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said Monday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of CHiL Semiconductor Corporation. The deal had been announced February 25th, and was worth $75M in cash. CHiL Semiconductor is a developer...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Inphi Backers To Sell More Shares

The venture capital backers of semiconductor maker Inphi Corp., based on Santa Clara but with major operations in Westlake Village, are looking to cash out more shares, according to a filing by the firm this morning. According to Inphi Corp...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Transphorm Unveils Products

Goleta-based Transphorm, the stealthy, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers startup in the energy conversion space, has unveiled its first product today at a conference. The firm said it has created a power diode, based on Gallium Ni...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Broadcom Eyes Provigent

Irvine-based Broadcom is in talks to acquire Israeli semiconductor firm Provigent, a maker of systems-on-a-chip for broadband wireless, according to Israeli business publication Globes. Citing un-named sources, Globes said that Broadcom is ...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

RFaxis Gets Design Win

Irvine-based RFaxis, which develops RF front end ICs, said Monday that it has scored a win with a PCI-E mini card from Gemtek Technology Co. Ltd. Financial details of the design win were not disclosed. RFaxis said its RFX2402 RF front end I...

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Vitesse To Return To NASDAQ

In what has been a six year saga, Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the maker of networking and communications ICs, is returning to the NASDAQ Global Market. The firm announced the move this morning, saying that it has been approved fo...

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Friday, February 25, 2011

International Rectifier Buys CHiL Semiconductor

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said Friday that it has acquired CHiL Semiconductor Corporation, a supplier of digital power management products, in a deal worth $75M in cash. IR said the buy will expand its technology position in ...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Peregrine Semiconductor Selects Nasdaq

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, one of the Southern California technology firms currently in IPO registration, has selected the Nasdaq for its IPO, according an updated S-1 filing from the company. Peregrine said it has applied to ...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Peregrine Semiconductor Selects Nasdaq

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, one of the Southern California technology firms currently in IPO registration, has selected the Nasdaq for its IPO, according an updated S-1 filing from the company. Peregrine said it has applied to ...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Broadcom, ARM In Licensing Deal

Irvine-based Broadcom and ARM said today that the two are in a licensing agreement, which will give Broadcom access to ARM's entire line of processors. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed. The two said Broadcom will have...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

AML Communications Acquired by Anaren

Camarillo-based AML Communications, a developer of microwave amplifiers and integrated assemblies for defense electronics applications, has been acquired by Anaren, Anaren said Monday. The deal was worth approximately $29.3M, with an enterp...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

SolarFlare Ties With HPC VAR

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters and semiconductors, said today that it has inked a reseller agreement with Advanced HPC, a provider of high performance computing and Linux clusters. The fi...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Conexant Gets Competing Acquisition Offer

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant said Monday afternoon that it has received a competing acquisition offer from private equity firm Golden Gate Private Equity. According to Conexant, Golden Gate has offered to acquire the fir...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Irvine Sensors Chops Staff

Costa Mesa-based Irvine Sensors, a developer of electro-optical cameras, image processors, and other semiconductor products, said Wednesday that it has cut approximately 19 percent of its workforce. The firm said the move is expected to sav...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

RFaxis Gets Design Win With Ralink

Irvine-based RFaxis, the developer of RF semiconductor headed by Mike Neshat, said Monday that ithas scored a design win with Ralink Technology, a developer of Wi-Fi hardware. According to RFaxis, its RFX2402 RF Front-end ICs are being desi...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

UCLA Startup AutoESL Acquired By Xilinx

AutoESL Design Technologies, a developer of software tools used for high level synthesis of electronic circuit designs, and a spinout of UCLA, was acquired this morning by Xilinx. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. AutoE...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Vitesse Adds New Switching IC

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said today that it has expanded its line of Carrier Ethernet semiconductors. According to the firm, its new Tiger (VSC7480) switch engine adds Layer 3 routing and MPLS switching support. The new chip is...

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Friday, January 21, 2011

SRS Labs Names Exec

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, a developer of surround sound, audio, and voice technology, said this week that it has named John Kellogg as the firm's Executive Director of Corporate Strategy. Kellogg was most recently General Manager of Content...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

MaxLinear Gets Connected TV Win

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of analog and RF semiconductors, reported today that it has been selected by Spanish consumer electronics firm Bluesens, for a new connected TV device. MaxLinear said that Bluesens is using its DVB-T ...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ondax Closes Round At $2.2M

Monrovia-based Ondax, a manufacturer of volume holographic grating filters and lasers, said Tuesday that it has officially closed its $2.2M, Series E funding round. The round was led by Prospector Equity Capital and Arcturus Capital, and al...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Luxtera Sells Business Unit

Carlsbad-based Luxtera, the venture backed provider of CMOS photonics products, has sold its Active Optical Cable (AOC) business to Molex. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Molex, a major supplier of cables and interconnects, ...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

WiSpry Opens Research Office In Denmark

Irvine-based WiSpry, which develops tunable, radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, announced today that it has opened up a new research and development office in Aalborg, Denmark. The new office is the firm's first internationally. WiSpry sa...

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Conexant Acquired By SMSC

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Conexant Systems is in a deal to be acquired by New York-based SMSC. The deal is worth approximately $284M in both stock and cash. According to SMSC, the deal will help it create a stronger analog/mixe...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Qualcomm Acquires Atheros For $3.1 Billion

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it is in a definitive agreement to buy Atheros Communications, in a deal worth $3.1 billion. Qualcomm said it would pay $45 per share in cash for Atheros, in an effort to accelerate the expans...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Broadcom Selected By LG

Irvine-based Broadcom reported this morning that LG Electronics has selected the firm's chipsets, for use in wireless connected digital TVs and Blu-ray Disc players. According to Broadcom, LG is using its chips in its HDTV and Blu-ray playe...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Qualcomm To Buy Atheros, Says Report

San Diego-based Qualcomm is in the midst of a $3.5 billion offer to buy semiconductor maker Atheros Communications, according to the New York Times. The report, citing two people with "direct knowledge of the talks" said the deal is expecte...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

MaxLinear Names New CFO

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, the developer of radio frequency and mixed signal integrated circuits, said Tuesday that it has named Adam C. Spice as the firm's new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Spice was most recently at Symwave C...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cohu Appoints Semiconductor Head

Poway-based Cohu, which supplies testing equipment to the semiconductor industry, announced this morning that it has named Luis A. Miller as President of its new Semiconductor Equipment Group. Muller has served at Delta Design, Rasco GmbH, ...

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Broadcom Completes Gigle Networks Buy

Irvine-based Broadcom announced Tuesday that it has completed its $75M acquisition of Gigle Networks, a developer of systems-on-a-chip products for home networking over power lines. The deal had originally been announced in November. Broadc...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Teledyne Buys Canadian Firm

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it is acquiring Waterloo, Ontario-based DALSA Corporation, a developer of digital imaging and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Teledyne said it would pay approximat...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inphi Trumpets Shipments

Inphi Corporation, the maker of high speed, analog semiconductors with major operations in Westlake Village, said Wednesday that it has shipped more than 100 milllion of its products to customers. The firm--which recently completed an IPO o...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Conexant Gets $20M In Credit Facility

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems announced today that it has received a $20M credit facility from Silicon Valley Bank. Conexant said the credit line replaces an expiring, one-year $15M accounts receivable credit facility. Conexant said ...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Broadcom Targets Android Market

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom said today, among a number of product announcements, that it has rolled out a new platform targeted at the Android smart phone market. Broadcom said it has announced a new, baseband platform providi...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Conexant Sells Newport Beach Property

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant Systems reports today that the firm has sold property adjacent to its Newport Beach headquarters, for $23.5M. According to the company, it sold the property to Uptown Newport LP, a joint vent...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Vitesse Execs Charged With Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that it has filed civil fraud charges against four former senior executives of Camarillo-based Vitesse, over their role in backdating stock options and inflating revenues from shipments of ...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Vitesse Finalizes Settlement With SEC

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said of Friday that it has finalized a settlement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), over the SEC's investigations into the firm's historical stock options practices and ac...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Semtech Taps IBM For New Chip Technology

Camarillo-based Semtech Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said Wednesday that it has tapped IBM for a new, high performance ADC/DSP product. The firm said it is using IBM's 3d through-via (TSV) technology for ...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Semtech Settles Securities Lawsuit

Camarillo-based Semtech said Wednesday evening that it has entered an agreement to settle a class action securities lawsuit against the firm. According to Semtech, it has agreed in principle to pay $20M in the lawsuit, over the firm's stock...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Peregrine Semiconductor Boosts Board Ahead Of IPO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor--which recently filed for an IPO--is bolstering its board of directors, saying Monday that it has added two new members of its board. The firm said it has added Carl Schlachte and Anthony (Tony) Thorn...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Broadcom In New Patent Fight With Rambus

Irvine-based Broadcom is one of a slew of firms which have just been sued by Rambus over patents related to DRAM controllers. According to Rambus late Wednesday, it has filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Solarflare Raises $5.0M In Debt

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters and silicon, has raised $5.0M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the source of the debt funding were discl...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Broadcom Buys Gigle Networks

Irvine-based Broadcom, the developer of networking and communications semiconductors, announced this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Gigle Networks, a provider of systems-on-a-chip for home networking over power lin...

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Peregrine Semiconductor Files For IPO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, a developer of RF integrated circuits for the wireless and other markets, filed for an IPO late Friday, saying it is looking to raise up to $100M on either the Nasdaq Global Market or New York Stock ...

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Conexant Names Chittipeddi COO

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant announced Thursday afternoon that it has named Sailesh Chittipeddi as President and Chief Operating Officer. Chittipeddi was most recently co-president of the firm, and has been at the compan...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fulcrum Ties With Aquantia On Reference Design

Calabasas-based Fulcrum Microsystems, a provider of high speed Ethernet switching chips, and Aquantia, which develops 10GBASE-T PHY semiconductors, said this morning that the two have tied together in releasing a new, 48-port 10GBASE-T Ethe...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Broadcom Completes Percello Acquisition

Irvine-based Broadcom reported MOnday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of Percello Ltd., a developer of systems-on-a-chip for femtocells. The deal was worth $86M in cash. Broadcom had announced the acquisition of Percello on ...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Inphi Raises $81.6M In IPO

Inphi, the maker of high speed analog semiconductors, has raised $81.6M in its IPO, after pricing 6.8 million shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share today. The pricing was at the high end of its estimated initial public offering ran...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quartics Expands License With DDD

Irvine-based Quartics, the semiconductor firm developing video processing chips, said Monday along with DDD Group Plc, that they have extended a license between the companies. The firms said the license allows Quartics to provide its custom...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Inphi Set To Debut In IPO This Week

Inphi Corp., the manufacturer of high speed semiconductors which has a majority of its operations in Westlake Village, but is based in Santa Clara, is expected to debut this week in the latest Southern California IPO. The firm is set to sel...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Inphi Sets IPO Pricing Range

Inphi Corp., the developer of high speed analog semiconductors, which has major operations in Westlake Village, said late Friday that it has set its anticipated pricing range in its IPO. The firm said it anticipates its initial public offer...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Broadcom Buys Percello

Irvine-based Broadcom has acquired Percello Ltd., a developer of systems a developer of systems-on-a-chip for femtocells, the firm said Tuesday afternoon. Broadcom said it would pay $86M net of cash to acquire Percello, in a combination of ...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Inphi Reports Q3 Results

Inphi Corp., the maker of high-speed analog semiconductors, has updated its S-1, to reflect the firm's Q3 financials, saying that it had had net income of $3.58M on total revenues of $21.8M for its quarter ended September 30, 2010. That com...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Entropic Expands Partnership With TowerJazz

San Diego-based Entropic Communications and Newport Beach-based TowerJazz said late Monday that the two have expanded their supplier capacity agreement. Entropic Communications, which makes semiconductors used by the broadband and cable ind...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Conexant Rolls Out New Audio Codec

Newport Beach-based chip maker Conexant Systems announced this morning that it has rolled out a new chip, an audio codec targeted at the consumer electronics market. The firm said its new CX20745 codec provides audio decoding for compact mo...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Mindspeed Links On LTE Basestations

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said today that it has linked with ArrayComm LLC and Continuous Computing Corporation, to help enable LTE (Long Term Evolution) picocells. According to Mindspeed, the three are...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WaveStream Acquired By Gilat

San Dimas-based Wavestream, a venture backed provider of high power solid state amplifiers, has been acquired for approximately $130M by Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., an Israeli firm in the satellite broadband communications product market...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Broadcom Acquires Beceem Communications

Irvine-based Broadcom announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Beceem Communications, a developer of 4G wireless semiconductors. Broadcom said it will pay approximately $316M in cash for Beceem. Beceem is a devel...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Optical Research Associates Acquired By Synopsys

Pasadena-based Optical Research Associates, a developer of optical design software and optical engineering services, has been acquired by semiconductor design software firm Synopsys, Synopsys said late yesterday. Financial terms of the acqu...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Microsemi Buys Actel

Irvine-based Microsemi, a developer of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, said this morning that it is buying Actel Corp. in a deal worth $430M. According to Microsemi, it will pay $20.88 per share in cash for Actel. Actel is a su...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Broadcom Ships New Energy Efficient Ethernet Chips

Irvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it has shipped a new set of products that conform to the Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard, a new IEEE standard for Ethernet chips which saves up to 70 percent energy compared with cu...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Qualcomm Expands Efforts in Africa

San Diego-based Qualcomm said yesterday that it has opened up a new office in Lagos, Nigeria, which will serve as a hub for the firm's West Africa business operations. According to Qualcomm, the office will serve mobile operators and device...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vitesse Ramps Product Intros

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, the developer of networking semiconductors, said today that it has added 30 new product solutions to its portfolio so far this year. The firm develops chips used in Carrier Ethernet and enterprise netw...

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Entropic Looks To Raise More Via Stock Offering

San Diego-based Entropic, the publicly held developer of multimedia-over-coax semiconductors, revealed Monday afternoon that it is looking to offer up to 10 million shares of its common stock. Based on the firm's closing price Monday, the o...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

WiSpry Ups Funding To $6.48M

Irvine-based WiSpry, a maker of radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, has brought its Series C-1 funding round up to $6.48M, out of a $7.0M target, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. No details on the funding have yet be...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Astute Networks Gains New Funding

San Diego-based Astute networks, a developer of blade storage products, said Thursday that it has raised a new, "significant" capital investment from Tallwood Venture Capital. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. According to Astute, th...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Microsemi Corporation Buys Arxan Defense Systems

In what is the firm's second buy in as many days, Irvine-based Microsemi said Wednesday that it has acquired Arxan Defense Systems, a provider of anti-tampering, anti-piracy, and other software products. Financial terms of the buy were not ...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Microsemi Buys VT Silicon

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, said today that it has acquired all of the assets of VT Silicon. VT Silicon, based in Atlanta, is a developer of radio frequency integrated circuits (CTI...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BridgeCo Wins Pioneer

El Segundo-based BridgeCo, a developer of media processors used for the home music market, reported today that it has been chosen by Pioneer, the maker of consumer electronics, for a new line of home audio products. BridgeCo said that Pione...

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Entropic Boosts Guidance

San Diego-based semiconductor maker Entropic Communications, which makes chips for the home networking and entertainment market, said Monday that it is boosting its guidance for revenue in Q3 of 2010. According to the firm, it is upping its...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sentinel IC Technologies Expands Into Europe

Laguna Beach-based Sentinel IC Technologies, a firm which provides semiconductor design services for the analog, mixed-signal, RF, and power semiconductor markets, said this morning that it has opened up a new office Delemont, Switzerland. ...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

WiSpry In Deal With NTT DOCOMO

Irvine-based WiSpry, a developer of RF semiconductors, reported today thta it has inked a development deal with NTT DOCOMO. WiSpry said that it has agreed to jointly develop tunable filters for mobile phone applications with NTT DOCOMO, bas...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Emulex Completes ServerEngines Buy

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said Wednesday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of ServerEngines, a developer of 10Gb/s Ethernet products. The deal was worth $78M in cash, plus eight million shares of Emulex stock--or roughly, $149.6...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Broadcom Gets Design Win With TiVo

Irvine-based semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom reported today that its Bluetooth technology is being used by digital video recorder firm TiVo, in its new keyboard remote control. BRoadcom said that TiVo is using its Broadcom Bluetooth tec...

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Broadcom's Newest: Faster Channel Surfing For Couch Potatoes

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom's latest product: a technology which the company says speeds up channel surfing by up to five times. According to Broadcom this week, it has rolled out its new FastRTV Channel Change technology on a...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mindspeed Names Board Member

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has added Robert J. Conrad to the firm's board of directors. Conrad is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fairchild Semiconductor's Mobile...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mindspeed Gets Design Win At PacketFront

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said today that the firm's Comcerto 1000 packet processor has been designed into a new product from PacketFront Systems AB. Mindspeed said the processor will be used in PacketFr...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Solarflare Claims OEM, End Customer Wins

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet semiconductors, is claiming today that it has "multiple" OEM customers who are designing products based on its 40nm, SFT9104 transceiver. The firm also said it is sh...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

WiSpry Gets $6M More

Irvine-based WiSpry, a maker of radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, has raised $6.0M as part of an ongoing $7.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the f...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Broadcom Adds Swainson To Board

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom announced this morning that it has added John A. Swainson, the former CEO of CA, to its board of directors. Swainson was CEO of CA from 2004 to 2009, and is now a senior advisor to private equity fi...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Inphi Snags HR VP From LRN

Semiconductor manufacturer Inphi Corporation, which has operations in both Sunnyvale and Westlake Village, said today that it has hired Diane Nott-Kilfoil to the position of Vice President of Human Resources. Nott-Kilfoil was most recently ...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Imagine Communications Finds New CEO

San Diego-based Imagine Communications, a developer of semiconductors for the digital video market which is backed by Carmel Ventures, Columbia Capital and Court Square Ventures, said today that it has named a new CEO, Richard Stanfield. St...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

WiSpry Finds New Worldwide Sales Head

Irvine-based WiSpry announced this morning that it has hired a new Vice President of Worldwide Sales. The firm said it has named Brian Hurst, most recently VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Peregrine Semiconductor, to the position. Hu...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Vitesse Adds To Board

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of semiconductors for the carrier and enterprise markets, has added G. William LaRosa to its board of directors. According to the firm, LaRosa is the CEO of G.W. LaRosa & Associates LLC, a ...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vitesse Names Marketing VP

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor announced Wednesday that it has named Steve M. Perna as the firm's new VP of Product Marketing. Perna joins the firm from Wiquest Communications, and has also served at PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Interview with Paul Gloger, Rockoco

Last week, Pasadena-based Rockoco announced that it had raised $1.5M in funding from the Pasadena Angels, for its technology which applies semiconductor processing to diamonds to create more brilliant and super-polished stones. It turns out...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Mindspeed Rolls Out VoIP Processors

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies, a developer of semiconductor products, announced today that it has rolled out a version of its Comcerto processors specifically geared towards voice-over-IP processing. According to the firm, the ...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Helixis' Founders Other Startup: Rockoco

On the heels of the successful exit of Carlsbad-based Helixis this week, it turns out the founders of the firm--Caltech professor Axel Scherer and Caltech Ph.D. George Maltezos, are also behind Rockoco, which said this week it had raised $1...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Entropic Communications Sees Jump In Revenues In Q2

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, a publicly held developer of semiconductors used in home entertainment and consumer electronics products, reported today that it had an increase of 56 percent in its second quarter net revenues, comp...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Broadcom Sees Record Second Quarter On Broadband, Mobile, Wireless

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom reported its second quarter 2010 results Tuesday, saying that it had record second quarter revenues and earnings, driven by strong product demand from its Broadband and Mobile & Wireless segments. B...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Rockoco Gets $1.5M For Super-Polishing Diamonds

Pasadena-based Rockoco, a spinout of Caltech, has raised $1.5M in a funding round, according to lead investor the Pasadena Angels. Rockoco is developing technology which increases the polish of natural diamonds, beyond previously achievable...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Teledyne Completes Intelek Buy

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Intelek plc, a manufacturer of electronics systems for the satellite and microwave communications market. The deal was wo...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Conexant Gets Design Win

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems announced today that it has scored a design win with VXi Corporation. According to Conexant, VXi is using its CX20562 speakers-on-a-chip audio product. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. Co...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CALIENT Technologies Lands $10M

Santa Barbara-based CALIENT Technologies, a developer of photonic switching products, said today that it has raised $10M in an expansion financing round. The firm said the funding was led by Arjun Gupta, who is a managing partner at Telesof...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

RFaxis Bolsters Advisory Board

Irvine-based RFaxis, a semiconductor firm headed by Mike Neshat, and focused on the RF semiconductor market, said this week that it has added Professor Hongliang Hu to its board of advisors. RFaxis said Professor Hu is the "founder" of Chin...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Microsemi Gets $22M Order

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, reported Wednesday that it has received $22M in a production order. The firm said the order came for customized GPS modules which will be used for milita...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Broadcom Bolsters Bluetooth Support

Irvine-based semiconductor firm Broadcom announced today that the firm has upgraded its support of the Bluetooth wireless chip to the latest version of Bluetooth, version 4.0, across its entire portfolio. According to Broadcom, the new supp...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

WiSpry Wins Smart Antenna Project

Irvine-based WiSpry, a developer of RF semiconductors, said today that it is a part of a team that has won an $8M contract being funded by Denmark's High Technology Foundation. The firm said the Smart Antenna Front End (SAFE) project was wo...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vitesse Completes Reverse Stock Split

Camarillo-based high speed networking semiconductor firm Vitesse reported Wednesday afternoon that it has completed a 1-for-20 reverse stock split. The firm said it would start trading tomorrow on the split-adjusted basis. The firm had said...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Inphi Names Engineering VP

High speed semiconductor firm Inphi Corp. is continuing to bolster its executive ranks ahead of an IPO, saying today that it has hired Lawrence Tse as its Vice President of Engineering for New Business Initiatives. According to Inphi, Tse j...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Broadcom, Skyworks Among Beneficiaries Of iPhone Sales

Two Southern California firms are two of the biggest beneficiaries of the huge rush to purchase Apple's new iPhone 4. According to a number of recent "tear-downs" of the new iPhone 4, Irvine-based Broadcom, and Skyworks Solutions, the spino...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Wispry Links With IBM

Irvine-based WiSpry, a developer of tunable radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, said today that it is working with IBM in a joint development effort. According to WiSpry, it is working with IBM to develop MEMS process technology and to man...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Mindspeed Names HR VP

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Mindspeed Technologies announced this morning that it has named Allison K. Garcia as the firm's Senior Vice President, Human Resources. According to the firm, Garcia joins the company from Lantronix. G...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Inphi Adds To Board

Inphi Corp, the developer of high speed analog semiconductors which has major operations in Westlake Village, said today that it has added Peter J. Simone to its board of directors. Simone also sits on the boards of Cymer, Monotype Imaging ...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Inphi Files For IPO

In the latest Southern California firm to target the public markets, Inphi Corp., a developer of high speed, analog semiconductors, has filed for an IPO, saying late Wednesday evening in a filing with the SEC it is looking to raise up to $1...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pervasive Finds $6.0M

San Diego-based Pervasive, a stealth-mode firm which says it is working on systems-on-a-chip, power line communications (PLC) products for the smart grid industry, has raised $6.0M, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. No de...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Teledyne Technologies Buys Intelek plc

Thousand Oaks-bsaed Teledyne Technologies said late Tuesady evening that it is acquiring Swindon, United Kingdom-based INtelek plc, a firm which designs and manufactures electronics systems for satellite and microwave communications. The de...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Qualcomm Ties With SEMATECH

San Diego-based Qualcomm and semiconductor consortium SEMATECH said today that the two are in a collaboration, focused on CMOS scaling and technology. According to the two, Qualcomm will participate in helping SEMATECH's efforts to assess t...

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Microsemi Appoints Marketing, Sales VP

Irvine-based Microsemi announced Thursday that it has appointed Russell Garcia as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Garcia was most recently CEO of Wispry, and also has served at u-Nav Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, and...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

MRV Communications' Lotan Steps Down, Singh To Take Reins

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, the maker of optical components headed by Noam Lotan, said Thursday afternoon that Lotan is stepping down from the firm. The company said that Dilip Singh will become interim CEO of the company, effectiv...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

WaveConnex Gets $2.0M

Westlake Village-based WaveConnex, an early stage startup developing wireless technology based on millimeter-wave, 60Ghz signals, has raised $2.0M in a funding round from a single investor, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Soraa Names Former Intel CMO As President, CEO

Goleta-based Soraa, the Khosla-backed startup started by LED pioneer Shuji Nakamura and other professors at UCSB, announced today that it has named Eric Kim as the firm's President and CEO. Kim was most recently intel's Chief Marketing Offi...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

MaxLinear Hits 100M Tuner IC Shipments

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, a developer of radio frequency, analog, and mixed-signal semiconductors, said today that it has now shipped more than 100 million of its TV tuner ICs. The firm said the shipment numbers come as a result of its pene...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Semtech Names CIO

Camarillo-based Semtech, a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, said Thursday that it has named Jonathan Hahn as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology. Hahn joins the firm from Telmar Netw...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

RFaxis Adds Former RFMD Exec As Advisor

Irvine-based RFaxis, the developer of fabless semiconductors headed by Mike Neshat, said Tuesday that it has added Dr. David L. Lyon, former Vice President and Business General Manager of RF Micro Devices, as an advisor to the firm. Lyon is...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mindspeed Wins Wistron

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies reported today that one of its products has been selected by Wistron Corporation, a provider of enterprise storage products. According to Mindspeed, Wistron is using its Mindspeed M21453 12-port se...

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ClariPhy Nabs $24M

Irvine-based ClariPhy Communications, a developer of mixed signal, digital signal processing semiconductors for the optical market, announced this morning that it has raised $24M in a Series C funding round. The round included new strategic...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

RealD Licenses 3D Technology To Zoran

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D movie technology, and consumer electronics semiconductor firm Zoran said today that Zoran has license RealD's stereoscopic format. Financial terms of the win were not disclosed. The two firms said ...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Kaai Ships Blue Laser Diode

Goleta-based Kaai, the laser diode development firm whose founders include Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue LED, said today that it has begun shipping its new blue laser diode products. The firm's blue laser diodes are aimed at use in s...

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Tanner EDA Expands In Singapore

Monrovia-based Tanner EDA, a developer of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit design software, said this week that it has expanded its efforts in Asia, and has signed up Advinno Technologies Pte. Ltd to represent the firm in Southeas...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Solarflare Samples New Chip

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet semiconductors, said today that it is now sampling its 40nm, quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chip. The firm said the PHY is its fourth generation of product, and is targeted...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Solarflare Raises $20.14M

Irvine-based Solarflare, a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet semiconductors, has just raised $20.14M more in venture funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. According to the filing, the new funding came from a total of...

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Peregrine Semiconductor Taps IBM For Foundry

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor is reporting this morning that it has tapped IBM as the foundry for its next generation RF CMOS semiconductors. The firm said it will use IBM's 180-nanometer process at IBM's 200mm semiconductor manuf...

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Monday, May 10, 2010

TowerJazz Advances SiGe Technology

Newport Beach-based semiconductor foundry TowerJazz said today that it has announced a next-generation, SiGe technology which it says is aimed at high volume, consumer RF chips. The firm said its next-generation, 130nm SiGe BiCMOS technolog...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Siimpel Acquired By Tessera

Arcadia-based Siimpel, a developer of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) based cameras, has been acquired by Tessera Technologies, Tessera announced Tuesday afternoon. The deal was worth $15M in cash. Siimpel was founded in 2000, and h...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

AutoESL Design Technologies Gets $2.0M

AutoESL Design Technologies, a electronic design automation (EDA) firm based on research out of UCLA, has received $2.0M in an ongoing funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. According to the filing, the firm is in the ...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Interview with Jerry Fitch, Teridian Semiconductor

Last week, Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor (www.teridiansemiconductor.com), a developer of semiconductors for the electric metering and electricity measurement market, was acquired by Maxim Semiconductor. We had a chance to speak with J...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vitesse Rolls Out Green Ethernet Chips

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor announced today that it is rolling out a new line of Ethernet chips, which it says specifically include power saving features. The firm said its new line of EcoEthernet chips allow OEMS to implement pow...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

RealD In 3D License Deal With Chip Firm

Los Angeles-based RealD, which develops 3D projection technology for the movie business, has inked a licensing deal with systems-on-a-chip firm Sigma Designs, the two firms said Monday. According to the companies, they will jointly deliver ...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Teridian Acquired By Maxim For $315M

Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor, a maker of systems-on-a-chip components for the energy measurement market, has been acquired by Maxim Integrated Products, the firms said this week. According to Maxim, it will pay approximately $315M in...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Inphi Expands In The UK

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, a developer of high speed semiconductors, announced today that it has opened up operations in the United Kingdom, with a new design center. According to Inphi, the new design center will help its ac...

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

IO Semiconductor Finds $1.0M

San Diego-based IO Semiconductor, a semiconductor firm which is one of the firms in the CommNexus EvoNexus incubator program, has raised $1.0M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. According to the fili...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WiSpry Signs Japanese Distributor

Irvine-based WiSpry, a manufacturer of RF CMOS semiconductors for the wireless market, announced today that it has tapped Takachiho Koheki Co. Ltd as its technical distributor for Japan. The firm said that Takachiho Koheki is one of Japan's...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Fulcrum Micro Raises $15M

Calabasas-based Fulcrum Microsystems, which develops high speed switching semiconductors, has raised $15.02M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm earlier this month. No details on the funding have been released b...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

AltaSens Rolls Out 1080p CMOS Sensor

Westlake Village-based AltaSens, a developer of HD CMOS image sensors, announced Tuesday that the firm has rolled out a new, 1/3-inch, 1080p60 HD sensor. AltaSens said the sensor provides very wide dynamic range, 100db, to support very low-...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MaxLinear Prices IPO

Carlsbad-based RF semiconductor maker MaxLinear priced its IPO Tuesday evening, saying that it will offer 6,444,100 shares of its Class A common stock at $14.00 per share. The pricing was above the initial pricing range given by the firm ea...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Inphi Rolls 40Gbps Component

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corp, a developer of high speed analog semiconductors, said today that it has rolled out a new, 40 Gbps component for the optical market. The firm said its 4336TA Transimpedence Amplifier (TIA) is aimed at custo...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Rapid Bridge Buys QuantumThink Group

San Diego-based Rapid Bridge, a provider of ASIC design and development technology, said today that it has acquired the assets of QuantumThink Group, a San Diego IC design services company. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Acc...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

D2 Technologies, GCT Partner On Mobile VoIP over WiMAX

Santa Barbara-based D2 Technologies, a developer of embedded communications software, said today that it has partnered with GCT Semiconductor, a developer of mobile WiMAX products, on a VoIP over WiMAX product. D2--which develops software u...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Netlist Looks To Raise $15M In Stock Sale

Irvine-based Netlist, a publicly held manufacturer of memory subsystems, is looking to raised approximately $14.38M in a public offering of 3,995,000 shares of its common shares, at approximately $3.85 per share. The firm said it will recei...

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quartics Opens Office In Shanghai

Irvine-based Quartics, the video IC firm founded by Safi Qureshey, best known for founding AST, said Thursday evening that the firm has opened up a new center in Shanghai, China. The firm said the center will focus on video algorithm develo...

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Broadcom Ships Single Chip, Ethernet Switch

Irvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that the firm has shipped a new series of Ethernet switching chips. Broadcom claims the new BCM56840 series are the "world's fastest" single-chip Ethernet switching devices. The company said that...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

RFaxis Taps Cisco For Advisor

Irvine-based RFaxis, a developer of semiconductors for the mobile phone and wireless markets, said earlier this week that it added Malachy Moynihan, Vice President of Video Product Strategy at Cisco, to its board of advisors. Moynihan has b...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Innovative Micro Technology Selected By Capella

Santa Barbara-based Innovative Micro Technology, a provider of MEMs foundry services, has been selected by optical switching firm Capella Intelligent Subsystems, the firms said Tuesday. According to Capella and IMT, they are in a strategic ...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cohu Swizzles Chair

Poway-based Cohu, a supplier of test handling and thermal testing hardware used in the semiconductor industry, said Monday that chairman Charles A. Schwan has resigned, and has been replaced by James A. Donahue. Donahue is the firm's Presid...

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MaxLinear Gets CableLabs Certification

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, a developer of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal circuits for the communications market, said today that it has certified the performance of its MxL241SF MPEG tuner with industry group CableLabs. The...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Broadcom Invests In Tilera

Irvine-based Broadcom has invested in Tilera, a developer of high performance, multicore processors. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. According to Tilera, Broadcom Senior Vice president of Infrastructure Technologies, N...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Conexant In Refinancing Plan

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant Systems reported this morning that it is in a "comprehensive" refinancing plan, which it says will improve its balance sheet and address liquidity needs. The firm said the effort includes $17...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Newport Media Raises $15M More

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, which develops semiconductors for the mobile TV market, announced today that it has raised $15M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by Pinnacle Ventures and also included prior investors Benchmark...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Inphi Snags Advisors

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a developer of high speed analog semiconductors, announced today that it has added Fred Weber and Randy Wilhelm to its technical advisory panel. Weber currently sits on the boards of SeaMicro and Glasspoint Sol...

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Solarflare Names New Sales VP

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications announced this morning that it has hired Sean Keohane as its new Vice President of Sales. Keohane joins from Aquantia, where he was VP of Worldwide Sales; he has also served at National Semiconductor, ...

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Netlist Names Research VP

Irvine-based Netlist said earlier this week that it has appointed a new Vice President of Research and Development. The firm, which designs and manufacturer memory subsystems for the high performance computing and communications market, sai...

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Netlist Ramps Up Patent Suit Against Inphi

Irvine-based Netlist, a developer of memory subsystems for server market, said this morning that it has added another patent to its lawsuit against Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation. The two firms are battling in court over a number ...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Vitesse Boosts Hiring, Sees Growth

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of high speed networking chips, is trumpeting hiring growth and its outlook, saying that it is planning a long list of new products as its customers serving the carrier and data center mark...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Broadcom Ships Smartphone Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it has shipped a new, single-chip HSPA (high-speed packet access) baseband processor and radio frequency transceiver, targeted at the 3G smart phone market. According to the firm, the new ch...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Entropic Links With BroadLight

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, a developer of home entertainment networking semiconductors, said Wednesday that it has linked with BroadLight, a manufacturer of GPON semiconductors and software. According to the firms, they will u...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Broadcom Buys Teknovus

Irvine-based Broadcom announced Wednesday that it has acquire Teknovus, a maker of EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) chipsets and software. Broadcom said it will pay approximately $123M to acquire all of the shares of Teknovus, which ...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Broadcom Adds Bluetooth 3.0 Support

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom said this morning that it has added support for the new, Bluetooth v3.0 + HS (High Speed) specification across its line of Bluetooth and InConcert chips and modules. The additional support provides ...

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Friday, January 29, 2010

International Rectifier Cleared By SEC

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, a developer of analog, digital, and mixed signal power management ICs, said Thursday afternoon that the firm has been notified by the U.S Securites and Exchange Commission that the agency has conclu...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Quartics Gets $6.5M

Irvine-based Quartics, which is developing video processing chips, has raised $6.5M in a new round of funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the company. Quartics i...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tanner EDA Adds Korean Distributor

Monrovia-based Tanner EDA said late last week that it has signed on a new distributor of its products in Korea. According to Tanner EDA, it added DauouXilicon Inc. in the market, to distribute the firm's analog, mixed-signal (A/MS) and MEMS...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Conexant Sees Profitable Q1

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant released its results Thursday afternoon, reporting that it had a profit of $8.3M on revenues of $61.8M, exceeding guidance it had provided at the beginning of the quarter. According to the fi...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

SolarFlare Goes Beyond Silicon, Launches Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Irvine-based SolarFlare, a developer of Gigabit Ethernet silicon, has expanded its offerings beyond silicon into the Gigabit Ethernet adapter market, the firm announced today. The firm--which previously only sold its Gigabit Ethernet semico...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Conexant Raises Cash Through Property Sale

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems, a developer of a wide range of semiconductors, announced today that it has sold 25 acres of property adjacent to its headquarters, netting the firm $26.1M. The firm said it sold the property to City Ven...

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Ondax Names New CEO

Monrovia-based Ondax, a manufacturer of holographic filters and semiconductor lasers for the industrial, defense, scientific and medical markets, announced this week that it has named Randy Heyler as its President and CEO. According to the ...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Vitesse Looks To Regain Listing On NASDAQ, Eyes Reverse Split

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said late Thursday that it has launched an effort to regain listing on the NASDAQ, starting with a reverse stock split. Vitesse, which has been on the Pink Sheets since dropping off the NASDAQ in June 2...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

DTS Wins NeoFidelity

Calabasas-based DTS, a provider of audio processing technology, said yesterday at CES that its DTS Envelo Speaker and DTS Envelo Headphone technology has been incorporated into ICs from NeoFidelity. NeoFidelity is developing ICs used for iP...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

TowerJazz Wins Defense Contract

Newport Beach-based semiconductor foundry TowerJazz reported this morning that the firm has been awarded a contract from General Dynamics and the U.S. Air Force. According to TowerJazz, its USA Aerospace and Defense Division will support a ...

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Friday, December 18, 2009

WD, NEC Link Efforts On Superspeed USB

Lake Forest-based WD, a manufacturer of disk drives, said Thursday that it is in an effort with NEC Electronics to promote the new, SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 standard. According to the firms, they are in a partnership to dev...

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Symwave Wins LaCie

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave, a developer of semiconductors for the USB 3.0 market, has scored a win with storage products firm LaCie, the two said today. According to the firms, they are rolling out a dual hard disk RAID storage solution ba...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

RFaxis Reports Multi-Million Dollar Order

Irvine-based semiconductor startup RFaxis, which is developing RF front-end integrated circuits for the wireless market, reports this morning that it has received what it says is its first, multi-million dollar purchase order. The firm said...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Broadcom Completes Dune Networks Buy

Irvine-based Broadcom has completed its acquisition of Dune Networks, a developer of switching fabric chips for the data center networking market, the firm said Monday afternoon. The deal, which was originally announced on November 30th, wa...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Vitesse Reports Steep Loss, Decline In Revenues For Year

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of communications ICs for the networking industry, reported its yearly results today, saying that it had a net loss of $194.0M in fiscal year 2009, and revenues of $168.2M for the year. The...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

TowerJazz Wins VT Silicon

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, a provider of specialty semiconductor foundry services, has been selected by VT Silicon as a manufacturing partner, VT Silicon said today. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. VT Silicon said it is...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Semtech Completes Sierra Monolithics Buy

Camarillo-based Semtech reported Wednesday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of Sierra Monolithics, a maker of analog ICs for the communications and defense market. The deal was worth $180M. The acquisition was originally anno...

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Qualcomm Invests In Networking Semiconductor Firm

San Diego-based Qualcomm is the lead investor in a Silicon Valley firm, Arteris, which develops networking semiconductors. Arteris said Monday that it has received $9.7M in a strategic investment round from Qualcomm and ARM, along with its ...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Netlist: Inphi's Lawsuit Without Merit

Irvine-based Netlist, a developer of memory subsystems, responded Tuesday to a patent countersuit by Westlake Village-based Inphi Corp., saying that the lawsuit was "without merit" and will "fail in court." Inphi sued Netlist over two paten...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cohu Adds Board Member

Poway-based Cohu, a provider of IC test equipments for the semiconductor industry, said Monday evening that it has added Steven J. Bilodeau to its board of directors. Bilodeau is Chairman of Standard Microsystems Corporation, and also serve...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MaxLinear Names Board Member

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, a developer of radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal semiconductors, said Tuesday that it has added Donald Schrock to its board. Schrock has previously served at Qualcomm, Motorola, GM-Hughes Aircraft, Burr-Brown, ...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Semtech Buys Sierra Monolithics For $180M

Camarillo-based Semtech, a manufacturer of mixed signal and analog semiconductors, announced late Wednesday that it is acquiring Irvine-based Sierra Monolithics, in a deal worth $180M in cash. Sierra Monolithics has around 110 employees, an...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

InteliCloud Adds Former Apple CEO To Board

Newport Beach-based InteliCloud, a manufacturer of blade server equipment, announced Wednesday that it has added Gil Amelio, the former CEO of Apple and National Semiconductor, to its board of advisors. Amelio was CEO of Apple between 1994 ...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Vitesse Announces Fibre Channel Chip

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of high speed networking chips, announced this morning that its newest chip is targeted at the Fibre Channel storage hardware market. The firm said its VSC8238-02 clock and data recovery de...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TowerJazz Wins Phasor Solutions

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry which was Jazz Semiconductor, said today that it has been selected by Phasor Solutions, a developer of phased array antennas for the satellite communications and radar market. TowerJa...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Broadcom Open Sources Codecs

Irvine-based Broadcom is releasing a family of its voice codecs into open source this morning, the firm said, in an effort to eliminate royalties and licensing fees required by its competitors. According to Broadcom, it is releasing its Bro...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

MaxLinear Files For IPO

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, a developer of RF analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing today that it is looking to raise up to $100M in an IPO on either the Nasdaq Global Market or the New York Stock Ex...

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Kingston, Paramount Tie On Movies Via Flash Memory

Fountain Valley-based memory maker Kingston Technology, and Paramount Digital Entertainment said Monday afternoon that the two are in a deal to deliver full-length, motion pictures on Kingston's flash memory products. According to Kingston ...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Vitesse Names New Board Members

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said Friday that it has appointed two new board members, as part of a debt restructuring deal. According to Vitesse, James Hugar and Grant Lyon replace Guy W. Adams, Robert A. Lundy, and Willow B. Shire...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Microsemi To Shut Plant

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of mixed signal integrated circuits, reported Wednesday that the firm will shut a manufacturing facility it runs in Scottsdale, Arizona. The firm said the move will save it from $20M to $25M annually. ...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

RFaxis Switches To IBM

Irvine-based RFaxis, a developer of wireless semiconductors, announced Tuesday that it has switched to IBM Microelectronics for its fully integrated, single-chip, single-die RF front end integrated circuits. The firm said it is using IBM's ...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Mindspeed Wins Hitachi

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed, a developer of high speed networking chips, is reporting another design win for its Comcerto processor. Mindspeed said today that Hitachi has selected its product as part of an ultra-low-power, home gateway be...

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Mindspeed Wins Ooma

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed reported this week that it has scored a win with Ooma, a provider of Voice-over-IP hardware and services. Mindspeed said its Comcerto 100 customer premise equipment processor is the core enabling technology beh...

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Monday, October 19, 2009

AWR Wins SBIR Grants

El Segundo-based AWR, a developer of EDA software for high frequency semiconductors, reported this morning that it has received three, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. Total value of the SBIR grants was not announced by the...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Mindspeed Gets Win With Beceem

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies, a supplier of semiconductors for the networking industry, said Thursday that the firm has been selected by Beceem Communictions. The firm said that Beceem will use its Comcerto 100 broadband gatew...

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Jazz Semiconductor, ADSANTEC Get Win At NASA

Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor and Rancho Palos Verdes-based ADSANTEC, a fabless semiconductor design firm, said today that the companies have been selected by NASA for designing a SERDES ASIC. The firms said that the high speed chi...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Vitesse Links With Dune Networks

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor and Dune Networks said this morning that the two firms have completed interoperability and co-simulation efforts between the companies. According to the two, their two products have gone through "extens...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

RFaxis Gets Design Win With Taiwanese Firm

Irvine-based RFaxis, a developer of wireless RF semiconductors, said today that it has signed Jorjin Technologies, a electronics firm based in Taipei, as a customer. RFaxis said that Jorjin Technologies is using the firm's RF, front-end int...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cymer Names Board Member

San Diego-based Cymer, a publicly held supplier of light sources for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, said it has named Eric Ruttenberg to its board today. Ruttenberg is Co-Managing Member of the General Partner of investors Tinicu...

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Inphi Responds To Patent Lawsuit

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a developer of high speed analog semiconductors for the networking industry, has responded to a patent lawsuit filed against the firm last week by Netlist. According to the firm, it will "vigorously defend" its...

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Broadcom In License Deal With ARM

Irvine-based Broadcom is in a licensing deal with processor firm ARM, the two companies said this morning. According to the two, Broadcom has licensed ARM's Cortex-A9 multicore processors, for use in next-generation mobile, wireless, and ot...

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Netlist Sues Inphi

Irvine-based Netlist, a developer of memory subsystems for cthe computing and communication market, said Wednesday afternoon that it has sued Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, claiming that Inphi has infringed on one of the firm's p...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

SEMICOA Ramps Hiring After Revival

Costa Mesa-based Semicoa is looking to staff up, after the firm's revival last month, the firm said today. The firm--which was spun out of Microsemi on August 24th after gaining an investment from private equity firm Vance Street Capital--a...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

International Rectifier Avoids Legal Investigation

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, a developer of analog and mixed signal ICs, announced today that it has been notified by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, that it has concluded its investigation and won't b...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Peregrine Semi Ships 500M Chips

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, a supplier of RF CMOS and mixed signal ICs, announced Tuesday that the firm has shipped the 500 millionth of its UltraCMOS RFIC chips. The chips are used in RF and wireless systems. Peregrine develop...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Entropic, NXP Collaborate On Set Top Box Design

San Diego-based Entropic Communications reported yesterday that the firm has inked a deal with NXP Semiconductors, on a joint set-top box reference design. The firms said they have created a set-top box reference design for the satellite, c...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

DivX Signs Panasonic

San Diego-based DivX said today that it has signed a license agreement with Panasonic Corporation, covering the firm's HD codec technology. DivX said that Panasonic plans to include its DivX Plus HD technology into a line of semiconductor c...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

BridgeCo Sells Off Swiss Operations

Huntington Beach-based BridgeCo, a developer of semiconductors for entertainment electronics, said today that it is selling off its Switzerland-based operations and company, which handles the firms ProAudio and BeBoB business. Financial ter...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

DivX Signs Realtek

San Diego-based DivX has signed on semiconductor firm Realtek as a licensee of its DivX Plus technology, the firm said Thursday. Financial details of the license were not disclosed. DivX Plus is the firm's high-definition video encoding for...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Inphi Hires Operations VP

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a developer of high speed, analog semiconductors, announced today that it has hired on a new VP of Operations, Atul Shingal. Shingal joins the firm from SiRF Technology, where he was also VP operations; Shingal...

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Broadcom Claims 10 Gigabit Ethernet Dominance

Irvine-based Broadcom is claiming today that it now has nearly 70 percent of the market share for 10 Gigabit Ethernet controllers. According to Broadcom, it reached 69.3 percent market share in shipments of 10 Gigabit Ethernet controllers i...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Asymtek Names Reseller In Mexico

Carlsbad-based Asymtek, a developer of dispensing and coasting systems for the semiconductor and other industries, said today that it has signed on a manufacturer's representative company in Mexico. The firm said that the Rich Sales Company...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Semicoa Returns To Life, Gains Private Equity Backing

Costa Mesa-based Semicoa Corporation, a supplier of military and high reliability components, announced Monday that it has relaunched the firm with backing from private equity firm Vance Street Capital, which is based in Los Angeles. The fi...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Sorenson Adds South Korean Licensee

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, a developer of video encoding and decoding software, announced this morning that it has signed on Seoul-based Chips & Media as a licensee. The firm said that Chips & Media will use its software development ki...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Solarflare Launches LAN-on-motherboard Product

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet chipsets, announced this morning that it has launched a new family of 10Gbe controllers, including a LAN-on-motherboard product. The LAN-on-motherboard product is th...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Microsemi Settles DOJ Suit Over Semicoa

Irvine-based Microsemi is reporting this afternoon that it has settled a civil lawsuit against the firm by the U.S. Department of Justice, after the firm sold the assets of semiconductor firm Semicoa to an unnamed, third party. The DOJ had ...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sequoia Communications Shuts Down

San Diego-based Sequoia Communications, which was developing transceivers for the wireless RF market, has apparently shut down, and now has its assets up for auction. Messages and emails sent to the firm for confirmation were not returned. ...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

RFaxis Gets Design Win

Irvine-based RFaxis, a semiconductor firm developing wireless RF products, said Wednesday that the firm's products have been selected by Taiwanese firm CeraMicro Technology Corp. The firm said that it will use RFaxis' front-end ICs as part ...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rapid Bridge Adds Sales VP

San Diego-based Rapid Bridge, a developer of ASIC and other semiconductor designs for the systems-on-a-chip market, announced today that it has hired on Vikas Chaudhary as the firm's Vice President of Sales. Chaudhary was most recently dire...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Conexant Names New Distributor

Newport Beach-based Conexant, a developer of a wide range of semiconductors, said this morning that it has tapped Nu Horizons as the firm's exclusive distributor in North America and Mexico. Conexant said Nu Horizons will distribute its ent...

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Symwave Gets $4M Investment

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave, a developer of USB semiconductors, has received a $4M investment from a strategic partner, SMSC. According to SMSC, it is in a strategic relationship with Symwave to accelerate its delivery of USB 3.0 products, ...

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Entropic Links With Sigma Designs

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, a developer of multimedia-over-coax semiconductors, reported yetserday that it has linked up with systems-on-a-chip provider Sigma Designs. The two said they will develop high definition, MoCA compli...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Symwave Finds $1.3M

Laguna Nigel-based Symwave, a developer of 1394b and USB semiconductors, has recently raised $1.3M in venture funding. The funding came to light last week in the PricewaterhouseCooper/NVCA Q2 MoneyTree report, based on data from Thomson Reu...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Rayspan Gets $12.5M From Khosla, Sequoia

San Diego-based Rayspan Corporation, a developer of advanced materials being used for wireless antennas and RF front-ends, disclosed this morning that it has raised $12.5M in a round from Khosla Ventures and Sequoia Capital. The Series B ro...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Broadcom In Design Win With LG

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that the firm has scored a deign win with LE Electronics, where LG will ship a new line of digital televisions using its Bluetooth semiconductors. Financial impact of the design win was not disclosed....

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Qualcomm Fined $208M In Antitrust Case

South Korea has fined San Diego's Qualcomm $208M in an antitrust case, the Korea Fair Trade Commission said today. The fine came out of a complaint that the firm used unfair business practices to dominant the local cell phone chip market. I...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jazz Semi, Entropic Hit Volume Production

Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor and San Diego-based Entropic Communications announced this morning that the two firms have entered into volume production of Entropic's new multi-mode, hybrid silicon tuner chip. The two firms said tha...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Conexant Names Co-Presidents

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems, a developer of semiconductors for the video, networking, and other markets, has named two new co-Presidents for the firm today. The firm said that Christian Scherp and Sailesh Chittipeddi will serve as ...

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Broadcom Drops Emulex Acquisition Efforts

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that it will drop all of its efforts to acquire Emulex, after today's rejection by Emulex to enter into "friendly discussions" on an acquisition. Broadcom gave an ultimatum, saying that its $11-per-share off...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Vitesse Board Member Resigns

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said late Wednesday that one of the firm's board members, Vincent Chan, has resigned. Reason for the resignation as not given. Chan has been a director on the board of Vitesse since April of 2000. Vites...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Inphi Names Former NEC Exec To Advisory Board

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a provider of high performance analog components, said today that it has tapped the former CEO and President of NEC Electronics America, Hirakazu Hashimoto, to its advisory board. Hashimoto has also served at E...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Entropic Communications Shuffles CTO

San Diego-basd Entropic Communications, a manufacturer of semiconductors for the home entertainment networking market, announced Wednesday that it has hired on a new Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Tom Lookabaugh. Lookabaugh has served as CEO...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Interview with Mike Neshat, RFaxis

A few weeks ago, we were surprised to run into a new launch of a semiconductor startup. Semiconductor startups seem to be quite rare in today's environment, with few companies being funded or launched, due both to the difficulty of bringing...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Entropic Names New Board Member

San Diego-based Entropic Communications reported Thursday that the firm has named Keith Bechard to the firm's board of directors. Bechard is from the cable industry, and owns Pear Lake Consulting, which the company said has advised Canoe Ve...

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Teledyne Gains $18.8M From DARPA

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies has garnered an $18.8M, contract from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the firm reported last week. According to Teledyne, the contract went to its Teledyne Scientific & Imaging ...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Microsemi Buys Semiconductor Design Firm

Irvine-based Microsemi has made another acquisition, saying Monday that it has acquired Nexsem, another Orange County-based semiconductor manufacturing firm. Microsemi did not disclose terms of the deal. Nexsem makes high voltace, DC-to-DC ...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Mindspeed Ups Guidance

In a sign that the economic pressure on the semiconductor market may be easing, Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies said Monday that the firm is increasing its third quarter revenue outlook, to $32.0M to $33.0M, up from the $30.0M to...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Security First Acquires Coprocessor Firm

Rancho Santa Margarita-based Security First Corp., a provider of information assurance and data security products, disclosed this morning that the firm has acquired Silicon Valley-based DRC Computer Corporation (DRC), a developer of acceler...

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Emulex: New Broadcom Info "Littered" With Misleading Statements

Costa Mesa-based Emulex is continuing its campaign against Broadcom's hostile takeover bid of the firm, releasing a note Thursday saying that presentation materials issued this week by Broadcom are "littered with misleading statements and m...

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Broadcom Extends Offer To Emulex Shareholders

Irvine-based Broadcom said Thursday that it will extend its tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of common stock of Emulex by two weeks, after the firm failed to get enough interest. According to Broadcom, it will ex...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Newport Swaps Businesses With Oclaro

Irvine-based Newport Corporation, a supplier of semiconductors and optical technology, said Wednesday that it is swapping assets and cash with Silicon Valley firm Oclaro. According to Newport, it will acquire Oclaro's New Focus business, wh...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Axiom Microdevices Acquired By Skyworks

Irvine-based Axiom Microdevices, a venture backed developer of CMOS power amplifiers for mobile phones, has been acquired by Masachusetts-based Skyworks Solutions. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Skyworks...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Inphi Announces Memory Advance

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corp reported Monday that the firm has begun shipping new technology which it claims will allow OEMs to quadruple memory capacity in servers and workstations. According to the firm, its new technology--which it ...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

WiSpry Pulls In $10M More

Irvine-based WiSpry a developer of programmable RF semiconductors, disclosed late Monday that the firm has raised another $10M in its Series C funding round. According to WiSpry, the additional investment came from Chart Venture Partners an...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Vitesse Nears Settlement With SEC Over Stock Options

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconducutor says that it's long running saga with the SEC over stock options practices is nearing an end, and said that the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission is recommending a proposed settlement wit...

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Friday, May 29, 2009

RFaxis Announces RF Chips

Irvine-based RFaxis, a new semiconductor firm focused on RF chips, said yesterday that it has launched its first two products, a set of single-chip products for the Bluetooth, WLAN, MIMO, and Zigbee markets. According to RFaxis, the firm's...

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Broadcom Names New Board Member

Irvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it has added Joan L. Amble as a board member. Amble is EVp and Corporate Comptroller of the American Express Company. According to Broadcom, Amble has also served at GE Capital Services, the...

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quartics Raises $13.3M

Irvine-based Quartics, the digital media processing chip firm headed by former AST founder Safi Qureshey, has raised $13.3M as part of an ongoing, $21.7M fundraising, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. Details on the new fundin...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tanner EDA Names President

Monrovia, California-based Tanner EDA, a developer of analog and mixed signal design tools, announced this week that it has named Greg Lebsack as President of the firm. Greg joins the company from ASP Global Services, where he was CEO. John...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NextWave Switches Up Execs, Focuses On PacketVideo

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless, a developer of wireless semiconductor technology and owner of a number of wireless spectrum licenses, said late Tuesday that the company is shifting its focus almost entirely to its PacketVideo subsidiary....

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Microsemi Buys RF Product Provider

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, announced today that it has acquired the Defense & Security Business of Endwave Corporation, a developer of high frequency RF circuits. According to the firm,...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Broadcom Creates $50M Math and Science Foundation

Irvine-based Broadcom is creating a new, $50M foundation to support math and science programs, along with other community services, the firm said Monday. According to Broadcom, the new Broadcom Foundation is looking to give more than $2M an...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Entropic In Win With Cox

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, a developer of semiconductors for the home entertainment market, disclosed Tuesday that Cox Communications will use the firm's technology as part of a set-top box deployment. Financial impact of the ...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Broadcom Looks To Acquire Emulex In Hostile Bid

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that it is offering to acquire another large, Orange County electronics manufacturer, Emulex Corporation, for approximately $764M in cash. Broadcom, which is a manufacturer of high speed networking an...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Peregrine Semiconductor Hires CFO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor announced this morning that it has hired a new CFO, Jay Biskupski. Biskupski joins the firm from Xantrex Technology, and has also served at PMC-Sierra, Schlumberger Ltd., Nortel Networks, and Touch Ro...

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Inlustra Starts Production

Santa Barbara-based Inlustra, a firm developing Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor materials, announced this morning that the firm has begun delivering its products to customers. According to the firm--a spinout of the University of Califo...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ethertronics Gets $4M

San Diego-based Ethertronics, a developer of embedded antennas used for cellular, WiFi/WiMax, GPS, Bluetooth and other wireless devices, has raised $4.0M in a equity funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. Detail...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jazz Semiconductor Gets Korean Win

Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor reports today that the firm has scored a win with Korean fabless semiconductor firm Cesign. According to the firm, Cesign has selected its 0.25 micron, Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS process and technology for deve...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

WiSpry Gets $10M

Irvine-based WiSpry, which develops radio frequency (RF) semiconductors for the wireless industry, said this morning that it has raised $10M in a first close of a Series C financing. According to the firm, the round was led by Paladin Capit...

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Teridian Hires VP, GM

Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor Corp. reported Thursday that it has hired Jay Cormier as vice president and general manager of its Networking & Secure Access business unit. The integrated circuit manufacturer said Cormier will oversee n...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Vitesse Cuts 12 Percent Of Employees

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a manufacturer of high speed networking and other semiconductors, said Tuesday afternoon that it has cut approximately 12 percent of its worldwide workforce. According to the firm, the moves were made ...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Entropic Cuts Workers, Closes Locations

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, a manufacturer of semiconductors for the home entertainment market, said in a filing with the SEC Tuesday that the firm is cutting approximately 55 of its employees, or 18 percent of its workforce. A...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

BridgeCo Expands In Bangalore

Huntington Beach-based BridgeCo, a developer of semiconductors for the home entertainment equipment market, fresh off a $6M financing round, said it will use some of that funding to open up a new, research and development center in Bangalor...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Poly Plant Project Invests In Memory Firm

Burbank-based Poly Plant Project, a developer of semiconductor process technology for building polysilicon for producing solar cells and modules, has invested in a Silicon Valley firm, 4DS. 4Ds said that Poly Plant Project made the investme...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vitesse Targets Fiber-to-the-Home

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of chips for the networking market, announced Tuesday that it has rolled out a new chipset targeted at the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) market. Vitesse said the new product is a physical media ...

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Conexant Ships Speaker Chips

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems has launched a pair of news chip targeted for the audio market, the firm said today. Conexant said its new line of speakers-on-a-chip systems are targeted at speaker-enabled products such as intercom sys...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

BridgeCo Gains $6M More

Huntington Beach-based BridgeCo, a developer of semiconductors for the home media market, announced this morning that it has raised another $6M in financing. The new funding came from the firm's existing investors. BridgeCo is a maker of se...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vitesse Reduces Salaries, 401K Contributions

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semicondutor, a developer of networking semiconductors, said Tuesday afternoon that the firm is reducing the salary of its executives and other employees, forgoing annual merit increases, and suspending its 401(K) em...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nokia Selects Qualcomm, Broadcom

Finnish cell phone maker Nokia has selected both Qualcomm and Broadcom as suppliers for its next generation cell phones, the firm said today in two separate announcements. Nokia said that it will use Irvine-based Broadcom's next generation ...

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Syntricity Names CEO

Syntricity Inc., a publisher of yield management software for the semiconductor industry, reported Wednesday that it has promoted Steven Griffith to president and chief executive officer. Griffith, the San Diego-based company noted, had pre...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cohu Cuts Back Headcount, Cuts Pay

Poway-based Cohu, a supplier of equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced Thursday that it is reducing headcount, cutting pay, suspending its matching 401(k) contributions, reducing work hours, and forcing mandatory time off, as t...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Power-One Lops 1000

Camarillo-based Power-One, a manufacturer of power supplies and related components, said Thursday that it will reduce its global headcount by approximately 1,000, or 22 percent of its workforce, as the firm looks to respond to ongoing deman...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

International Rectifier Cuts 850 Employees

El Segundo-based International Rectifier is planning on cutting 850 jobs, or approximately 18 percent of its workforce, the maker of mixed signal semiconductors said Thursday as part of its earnings release. International Rectifier said the...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Conexant Gets Design Win

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems is reporting a design win this morning, with a maker of PC-based video surveillance products. Conexant said that Chinese firm Wave-particle Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd., is using the firm's video dec...

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Nextivity Selected In Ireland

San Diego-based Nextivity, a developer of wireless products for extending indoor cellular service, revealed this morning that the firm has been selected in a deal which is part of Ireland's National Broadband Scheme. Nextivity said it will ...

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Luxtera Snags $26.75M

Carlsbad-based Luxtera appears to have raised $26.75M in another venture round, according to this week's PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. The firm, which develops optical interconnects, is a Caltech spinoff. No details on the f...

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Siimpel's November Haul: $8.78M

Arcadia-based Siimpel, a developer of micro-electro-mechanical optical technology, hauled in $8.78M in its November funding, according to figures released in this week's PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. The firm--which disclose...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

WiSpry Names Marketing, Sales VP

Irvine-based WiSpry announced today that it has hired on Lewis Boore as the firm's Vice President of Marketing and Sales. WiSpry, which develops RF semiconductors used for mobile phones, laptops, and other wirelss products, said that Boore ...

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jazz Semiconductor Expands In Korea

Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor, which is now a subsidiary of Israeli firm Tower Semiconductor, announced Thursday that the firm is expanding its business presence and activity in Korea. According to the firm, it has appointed a new ...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Qualcomm Buys AMD's Handheld Business

San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired the remains of AMD's handheld business, including what the firm said were certain graphics and multimedia technology assets, intellectual property, and resources. Qualcomm said the deal is worth $65M in...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Mindspeed Loses Board Member To Obama

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed, a manufacturer of networking semiconductors, said Friday afternoon that Donald H. Gips has resigned from the company's board of directors. Gips leaves following his appointment by President-elect Obama to the ...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

AWR Gets Win With Anritsu

El Segundo-based AWR, a developer of electronic design automation (EDA) software for high-frequency circuit designs, said late Thursday that it has scored a win with Anritsu Company, a developer of test and measurement products. According t...

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Cymer Lays Off 100, Makes Across The Board Pay Cuts

San Diego-based Cymer, a developer of light sources used for semiconductor manufacturing, said late Thursday that the firm has laid off 100 people, or 10 percent of its personnel. The firm said that the move was because business conditions ...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Symwave Names Manian As Advisor

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave, a venture backed firm focused on analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said Tuesday that it has added Vahid Manian as a member of the firm's Technical Advisory Board. Manian was most recently Senior Vice Presi...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Conexant: 300 Million DSL Ports

Newport Beach-based Conexant, a manufacturer of communications semiconductors, revealed this morning that the firm has surpassed 300 million DSL port shipments. The firm said that the shipment totals are cumulative, starting from its first ...

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Qualcomm Shows Android On Snapdragon Chipset

San Diego-based Qualcomm is showing Google's Android operating system running on the firm's Snapdragon mobile computing chipsets, the firm said today, at CES in Las Vegas. Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset is a 1Ghz, DSP-enabled processor speci...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Staccato Wireless Gets Design Win

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, which develops ultra-wideband (UWB) and wireless USB technology, has scored a design win with Imation. Staccato said that Imation will use the firm's USB solution as part of a wireless projector syst...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Inphi Gets Intel Validation

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, which develops high speed analog semiconductors, said Monday that the firm has scored validation from Intel. The firm said the validation for its DDR3 register silicon covers use with Intel's Core i...

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Solarflare Pulls In $44M More

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, a manufacturer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet semiconductors, announced today that it has raised $44M in a combination of debt and equity funding. Solarflare said it has raised $32M in equity financing along ...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kingston Rolls Out Free Mobile Games

Fountain Valley-based memory manufacturer Kingston Technology is aiming at the mobile phone market, saying this week that it has launched a free daily game download offering on its Mobile Phone Village microsite. According to Kingston, it w...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cymer Loses CFO

San Diego-based Cymer, a manufacturer of laser light sources used for the semiconductor industry, disclosed Wednesday that the firm's CFO, Nancy J. Baker, has resigned. Cymer said that Baker left the firm to pursue other opportunities. The ...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Symwave Snags Advisors From Dell, Intel, Best Buy

Laguna Niguel-based semiconductor supplier Symwave has snagged three notable advisors for the firm's Technical Advisory Board, saying Wednesday that it has brought on Dr. Kevin Kettler, Brian Chubboy, and Gil Frostig to the new group. Kettl...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Solarflare Gains Patent

Irvine-based Solarflare has scored a new patent, the firm said Monday, covering the firm's 10 gigabit Ethernet semiconductors. According to Solarflare, it was granted patent 7,460,662 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, one of...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Staccato Gets Wireless USB Certification

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, a developer of ultra-wideband wireless semiconductors, announced Monday that the firm's RipCord2 UWB chips have received wireless USB certification from the USB Implementers Forum. According to the c...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Broadcom Eyes Acquisition Bargains

Irvine-based Broadcom is eyeing technology companies it can buy at a bargain, the firm's CFO said on an analyst call this week. According to Eric Brandt, Senior Vice President and CFO of the firm on a call Monday, it is looking for acquisit...

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Broadcom Integrates AMD Digital TV Operations

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that the firm has integrated AMD's Digital Television business into its operations, the result of the firm's October acquisition. According to Broadcom, it will be demonstrating a number of combined technolo...

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Cohu Buys Semiconductor Firm

Poway-based Cohu, Inc. said today that the firm's Delta Design subsidiary has agreed to acquire Rasco GmbH, a developer of semiconductor test equipment based in Munich, Germany. According to Cohu, it will pay $80M to Dover Corporation for R...

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Inphi Taps Makimoto To Advisory Board

Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, a manufacturer of high speed analog semiconductors, said this morning that it has appointed Dr. Tsugio Makimoto as an advisor for the company. Makimoto is based in Japan, and was most recently an ex...

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Siimpel Gets ISO 9001 Cert

Arcadia-based Siimpel, a developer of optical micro electrical mechanical systems (MEMs), said today that the firm has achieved ISO 9001 quality certifications. Siimpel's MEMs semiconductors are being targeted at use in cellular phones for ...

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Symwave Hires Three, Moves To OC

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave, a provider of mixed signal and analog semiconductors, said Monday that it has hired on three new vice presidents, and moved itself to Orange County. According to Symwave, it has hired Gideon Intrater as VP of So...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Power-One In Patent License With Linear Technology

Camarillo-based power supply manufacturer Power-One has inked a patent license deal with analog circuit maker Linear Technology, the firm disclosed today. According to the firms, Linear Technology has entered into a non-exclusive license to...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

AWR Inks Japanese Deal

El Segundo-based AWR, a developer of software for high frequency electronics design, announced this morning that it has inked a deal with the Japanese arm of test and measurement manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz. According to the firm, the comp...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Staccato Merges With Artimi, Gets $20M

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, a developer of ultra-wideband wireless semiconductors, announced today that it has merged with fellow UWB developer Artimi, Inc., and raised $20M in new funding. According to Staccato, the funding ca...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fulcrum Gets Win At Storage Manufacturer

Calabasas-based Fulcrum Microsystems, a developer of switch interconnect chips, has scored a win with storage hardware manufacturer Panasas, the firm said Wednesday. Fulcrum said that Panasas is using its FocalPoint 10GbE switch chips in it...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Broadcom: Qualcomm In Contempt, Again

Irvine-based Broadcom is continuing its patent skirmish with San Diego-based Qualcomm, saying Tuesday that Qualcomm has been held in contempt of an injunction entered into last December, covering the use, sale, and import of certain EV-DO c...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ethertronics Names New Board Member

San Diego-based Ethertronics announced Monday that it has appointed John E. Major to its board of directors. Major is currently president of strategic consulting firm MTSG, and has also served as Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless. Major ...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Siimpel Gets New Investment

Arcadia-based Siimpel Corporation, a developer of micro-electrical-mechanical optical technology, announced today that it has scored another round of funding. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. Siimpel said the new round of funding wa...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Jazz Semi Licenses Technology To Fujitsu

Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor said today that it has licensed its high-precision RF models and design kits for RF to Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jazz, which is now a unit of Tow...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Victor Tsao Invests In Israeli Semi Firm

Victor Tsao, who founded and sold Orange County-based Linksys to Cisco for approximately $500M in 2003, has made an investment in a Israeli semiconductor firm developing chips for multimedia WiFi home networking. According to Celeno Communi...

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Quartics Snags AMD Exec As CEO

Irvine-based Quartics, which is developing semiconductors for media processing, said Monday that it has named former AMD Executive Vice President Mario Rivas as the firm's new CEO. Quartics, which was started by former AST Founder Safi Qure...

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Staccato Gets Wireless Certification

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, a developer of ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless chips, has scored a certification for its products. According to the firm, its Ripcord2 single-chip UWB products have received the official WiMedia PHY c...

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Conexant, Xceive Connect On PCTV

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant and Xceive,a developer of RF-to-baseband silicon transceivers, have created a new set of reference design for the PCTV market. According to the firms, they have created four reference designs...

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Broadcom Names General Counsel

Irvine-based Broadcom announced Friday morning that it has named Arthur Chong as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the firm. The semiconductor maker said that Chong replaces Alvin G. Segal, who was serving as Acting G...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Luxtera Gets Major Win With Sun Microsystems, DARPA

Carlsbad-based Luxtera, a venture-backed developer of CMOS photonic components, said Tuesday that the firm has scored a multi-million dollar contract with Sun Microsystems. The firm said the win, part of the Defense Advanced Research Proje...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

WiSpry Ships Chips

Irvine-based WiSpry, a developer of programmable radio frequency semiconductors, said Monday that the firm has sampled its first products to what the firm described as one of the largest cellular handset manufacturers in the world. Accordin...

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Symwave Gets $10.2M

Laguna Niguel-based Symwave has raised $10.184M in an investment round, for the firm's analog and mixed signal IC. Details of the funding have not been disclosed. Symwave has previously raised funding from Kodiak Venture Partners, CMEA Vent...

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Microsemi Buys Power Supply Firm

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog, mixed signal integrated circuits, said Thursday that it has acquired La Mirada-based Babcock, Inc., a manufacturer of power supplies. According to Microsemi, it paid approximately $20M in ca...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sigma Systems Acquired By inTEST

El Cajon-based Sigma Systems, a manufacturer of environmental testing chambers, has been acquired by New Jersey-based inTEST Corporation, inTEST said Tuesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. inTEST said that Sigma Sys...

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Friday, October 3, 2008

BridgeCo Gets Design Win With Pioneer

Los Angeles-based BridgeCo, a developer of home entertainment related semiconductors, has scored a win with Pioneer, the firm said earlier this week. BridgeCo said that Pioneer is using the firm's technology in two A/V receivers from the fi...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Conexant Boosts Outlook

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant Systems said Tuesday afternoon that it has boosted its earnings guidance on better gross margins. According to the firm, its core operating income and core net income for Q4 of fiscal 2008 wi...

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Qualcomm Inks Satellite Communications Deal

San Diego-based Qualcomm has inked a deal with a number of firms to integrate satellite communications into its chipsets, the firm said Monday, allowing its mobile baseband chips to connect to satellite networks. According to an announcemen...

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Kotura Expands Board

Monterey Park-based Kotura, a developer of photonic components, has added a new board member, the firm said today. Kotura said that Dr. Geral J. Fine, President and CEO of SCHOTT North America, has joined its board. Fine has also served at ...

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Vitesse Gets Chip Win

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said Monday that its products have been selected by ECI Telecom, a manufacturer of networking infrastructure and optical communications systems. According to Vitesse, ECI Telecom will use the firm's Car...

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Jazz Technologies Merger Completes

Newport Beach-based Jazz Technologies and Tower Semiconductor said Friday that the two companies have completed their merger. According to the firms, Jazz Semiconductor has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Tower Semiconductor, named Jazz...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

International Rectifier Rejects Takeover Bid

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said this morning that it has rejected a revised takeover bid from Vishay, saying that Vishay's $23.00 per share offer for the firm "significantly undervalues the future prospects of the Company." IR...

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Broadcom Rolls Digital TV Chips

Irvine-based Broadcom announced a new line of digital television chips, which the firm said will focus on the U.S. market. According to Broadcom, its new digital television, system-on-a-chip (SoC) products are targeted at TV manufacturers i...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Newport Media Unveils SoC For Mobile TV

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, a semiconductor firm serving the mobile broadcast media market, has added a new System-on-a-Chip for ISDB-T, a version of Japan's Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial standard. According to N...

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Newport Media Gets Design Win

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, which develops semiconductors for broadcasting audio and video, has scored a design win with Longcheer Holdings LTD, a manufacturer of 2G and 3G cellular handsets. Longcheer Holdings said that it will use Ne...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Staccato Ships Second Gen UWB Chips

San Diego-based semiconductor developer Staccato Communications has begun shipping the firm's second-generation chip line, its Ripcord2 ultra-wideband ICs, the firm announced today. Staccato said that its new, second generation chipset offe...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jazz Technologies Merger On Track, Says Firm

Newport Beach-based Jazz Technologies and Israeli firm Tower Semiconductor Ltd. said today that the two firms' merger is expected to close in September. The firms said in May that they would merge in a deal worth $169M, with Tower Semicondu...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Siimpel Scores Design Win

Arcadia-based Siimpel Corporation, a provider of MEMs-based, optical microsystems, has scored a design win in a Motorola handset. According to Siimpel, Motorola is uses its MEMs-based, continuous autofocus camera within a cellular handset, ...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

RF Nano Gets $8M

Newport Beach-based RF Nano is announcing today that it has raised $8M in a Series B funding. The firm, which develops carbon nanotubes for the analog electronics market, said the funding was led by Oxantium Ventures. Prior investor Okapi v...

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ceradyne Completes SemEquip Buy

Costa Mesa-based Ceradyne announced this morning that it has completed its acquisition of SemEquip, inc. The deal was worth $25M in cash, plus up to $100M in earn out dependent on SemEquip revenues. SemEquip is a developer of cluster ion im...

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Conexant Completes Broadband Media Sale

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems announced today that it has completed the sale of the firm's Broadband Media Processing product lines to NXP Semiconductors. Conexant said it will get $110M in cash and up to $35M in earn-out from the sa...

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Monday, August 11, 2008

DivX, Broadcom Certify HDTV Chip

San Diego-based DivX and Irvine-based Broadcom have certified a Broadcom HDTV chip for DivX support, DivX said today. According to DivX, Broadcom's BCM7405 system-on-a-chip has been certified for HD DivX support. The Broadcom chip is used b...

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Semtech Hit By Fire At Mexico Factory

Camarillo-based Semtech, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, reported Tuesday evening that the firm has been impacted by a fire at the firm's Reynosa, Mexico fabrication facility. According to Semtech, there were not i...

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Friday, August 1, 2008

IR Names VP For Power Business

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, a developer of analog and mixed signal ICs, said Thursday that it has named Tim Phillips as the firm's new Vice President of its Enterprise Power Business Unit. Phillips has been at IR since 2001, a...

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Entropic Gets Design Win At DIRECTV

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, a semiconductor provider focused on home entertainment electronics, said today that DIRECTV has incorporated its products into a new set-top box. According to Entropic, DIRECTV is using its Channel S...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Semtech Expands In China

Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor firm Semtech Corp. announced Thursday that it has opened up a new design and application center in China. According to the firm, the new Shenzhen, China center will provide design and ap...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Microsemi Acquires SEMICOA

Irvine-based Microsemi Corporation, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, said Tuesday that it has acquired SEMICOA, a provider of semiconductors and smart munitions optoelectronics for the military and commercial m...

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Conexant Rolls Out PCTV Chips

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems has rolled out a new line of chips focused on the PCTV market, the firm announced today. Conexant said its new family of broadcast audio/video (A/V) decoders are targeted at allowing consumers to watch t...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Solarflare Raises $26M

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications said today that it has raised an additional $26M in venture funding. The new round was led by Oak Investment Partners, and also included Foundation Capital, Accel Partners, and Amadeus Capital Partners...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Broadcom Ships Bluetooth Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom announced today that it has shipped a new Bluetooth chip, targeted at the mobile handset market. The developer of communications semiconductors said the systems-on-a-chip is focused on mobile handset applications, and ...

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Vitesse Gets Chip Win With Napera Networks

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor has scored a design win for its Ethernet switching chips, the firm said Monday. According to Vitesse, the firm's Ethernet Switch and Gigabit Copper PHY chips have been selected by Napera Networks for it...

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Peregrine Semiconductor Adds VP

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor said today that it has appointed Ian Warbrick as Vice President of Supply Chain and Customer Service. The provider of RF-CMOS and other mixed signal communications chips said that Warbrick joins the f...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jazz Technologies Acquired By Tower Semiconductor

Newport Beach-based Jazz Technologies has been acquired by an Israeli semiconductor foundry, Tower Semiconductor, the firms said late Monday. Tower Semiconductor and Jazz Technologies said that Tower will acquire all of the outstanding shar...

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Conexant Rolls Out New Audio Chip

Newport Beach-based semiconductor manufacturer Conexant Systems has rolled out new chips which target the high definition audio market, the firm said today. Conexant said its new "speakers-on-a-chip" products provides digital audio/voice pr...

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Staccato Expands Sales Team

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, a provider of ultra wideband (UWB) and Certified Wireless USB semiconductors, said Monday that it has expanded its sales team. According to the firm, it has appointed Jeff Gray as the firm's Vice Pre...

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Fulcrum Micro Raises $29.9M

Calabasas-based Fulcrum Microsystems, a developer of high speed switching semiconductors, has raised $29.9M in a Series E round of funding. The round brings the company's total to $102.0M raised by the company. According to a spokesperson f...

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tamar Technology Gets NSF Grant

Newbury Park-based Tamar Technology, which is developing technology for measuring silicon wafers, said Wednesday that it has received a Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation. The firm said the funding will be focused on develo...

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Solarflare Partners With Communications Equipment Manufacturer

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications said today that it has partnered with Delta Networks, a manufacturer of network communications equipment. Solarflare said that Delta Networks is manufacturing products based on Solarflare's 10 Gigabit ...

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Broadcom Ships PHY Chips

Irvine-based semiconductor firm Broadcom announced today that it has shipped a new chip for the 10 Gigabit Per Second Ethernet market. The new chip, which is used for physical level connectivity in networks, supports the 10GBASE-KR standard...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

International Rectifier Founder Lidow Retires, Replaced

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said Monday that its founder, Eric Lidow, is retiring from the firm effective May 1st. Lidow, who was Chairman and a member of the firm's board of directors, will leave his position May 1st. Lidow fo...

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Touchdown Technologies Raises $22M

Baldwin Park-based Touchdown Technologies, a firm which manufactures MEMs probes for the semiconductor test industry, has raised $22M in venture funding, according to numbers released in the PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report this...

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Entropic Buys Vativ Technologies

San Diego-based Entropic Communications said Friday that it has acquired Vativ Technologies, a fabless semiconductor firm focused on the digital signal processing market. According to Entropic, it paid $5.9M in cash for Vativ, and also assu...

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Friday, April 4, 2008

Diodes Buys Zetex In $176M Deal

Dallas-based Diodes, Inc., which maintains its sales, marketing, engineering, and logistics offices in Westlake Village, said Friday that it has entered into a deal to acquire Zetex plc, a manufacturer of discrete and analog semiconductor p...

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Friday, April 4, 2008

International Rectifier Names EVP, COO

El Segundo-based International Rectifier, which develops power management ICs, said Thursday afternoon that it has appointed a new Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Michael Barrow. Barrow joins the firm from Amkor, wher...

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Friday, March 28, 2008

TelASIC Hires Manufacturing VP

El Segundo-based TelASIC Communications said today that it has hired on Kent Osborne as the firm's new Vice President of Manufacturing Operations. Osborne has served at DSC Communicaitons, Alcatel-Lucent, World Access, and other firms. TelA...

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sierra Monolithics Open Irvine Office

Sierra Monolithics, a Redondo Beach firm developing high performance, analog and RF semiconductors, said Monday that it has opened a new Irvine design center. The company said that the new center--in what it describes as the heart of the hi...

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Entropic Inks Chinese Deals

San Diego-based Entropic Communications said yesterday that it has signed two deals to deploy its technology in China, including deals with firms BROWAN Communications and Actioncable. Entropic said BROWAN Communications will deploy its tec...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Symwave Nabs Broadcom Exec For CEO Position

San Diego-based Symwave, a supplier of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said Tuesday that it has hired on Yossi Cohen as the firm's President and CEO. Cohen was most recently Senior Vice President and Group General Manager of Broadco...

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Staccato Ships USB Development Kit

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, which develops a single-chip, CMOS wireless USB semiconductors, announced a new development kit for the firm's products Monday. The firm said its new Ripcord1 Development Kit provides a software libr...

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Broadcom Buys Blu-Ray Chip Provider Sunext Design

Irvine-based Broadcom said this morning that it has acquired Sunext Design, a Sunnyvale-based firm which develops semiconductors for the high-definition, Blu-ray Disc market. Broadcom said the deal is worth $48M in cash for all of the outst...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Jazz Technologies Hires Investment Bank

Newport Beach-based Jazz Technologies, the parent company of Jazz Semiconductor, said today that the firm has hired investment bank UBS Securities as its financial adviser. The company said the move was part of "a review of strategic altern...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Broadcom Ships Mobile TV Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom said Tuesday that the firm has shipped a digital TV, single chip receiver that is targeted at the mobile TV market. The firm said its new systems-on-a-chips support the DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial) and D...

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Peregrine Semi Adds To Board

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor said today that the firm has appointed Jeffrey Belk to the firm's board of directors. Belk previously served at Qualcomm, where he was Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, among a number of other ...

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Conexant Faces Delisting

Newport Beach-based semiconductor manufacturer Conexant Systems reported Friday that it has received a letter from the Nasdaq Stock Market, notifying that the firm's stock price fell below the minumum $1.00 per share required by the exchang...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Broadcom Gets Design Win At Toshiba

Irvine-based Broadcom said Tuesday that it has been selected by Toshiba as part of Toshiba's new Satellite notebooks. Broadcom said that its media PC technology is being used to enable high quality HD DVD playback for three new notebooks, i...

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Quorum Systems Acquisition Completes

Shanghai, China-based Spreadtrum Communications said earlier this week that it has completed its acquisition of San Diego-based Quorum Systems. Spreadtrum said in November that it would pay $55M in cash and $15M in stock for Quorum, which d...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Microsemi Buys TSI Microelectronics

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog, mixed-signal semiconductors, said today that it has acquired TSI Microelectronics Corporation, in a deal worth $2.0M in cash. TSI Microelectronics is a provider of "custom hybrid" semiconduc...

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Monday, January 7, 2008

BridgeCo Launches New Audio Silicon

Los Angeles-based BridgeCo, a provider of home audio networking chips, said at CES today that the firm has rolled out its third generation silicon and software. BridgeCo said its JukeBlox Networked Audio technology allows manufacturers to c...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Inphi Names Sales Head

Westlake Village-based Inphi, a firm that develops analog semiconductors, said Wednesday that it has named Ron Torten as the firm's VP of Sales. Torten joins the firm from NemeriX, where he was CEO. Torten has also served at Agilent, Agere ...

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Friday, December 21, 2007

GloNav Acquired By NXP Semiconductors For $110M

Newport Beach-based GPS semiconductor firm GloNav is being acquired by NXP Semiconductors, a Netherlands-based semiconductor firm. NXP Semiconductors said it will pay $85M in cash plus up to $25M in milestone payments for GloNav, which deve...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Entropic Ships Chipset

San Diego-based Entropic said yesterday that it has shipped a new version of the firm's digital media chipsets, which are being used by electronics manufacturers for broadband access hardware. The new chipset can be used by telecom, cable, ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Vitesse Loses Board Member

Embattled, Camarillo-based chip firm Vitesse Semiconductor said late Wednesday afternoon that Alex Daly has resigned from the firm's board of directors. The company, which has been under pressure from investors to remove Daly, said that it ...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Aristos Ships RAID Chip

Foothill Ranch-based Aristos Logic said today that it has begun shipping a new, single-chip RAID product for the storage industry. Aristos said its new product, the AL3450 UltraSlice-MPX, is the third generation of the firm's RAID storage p...

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Friday, October 5, 2007

AmberWave Licenses UC Santa Barbara Technology

AmberWave Systems, a New Hampshire-based firm developing advanced technologies for semiconductor manufacturing, said Thursday that it has licensed technology from The University of California, Santa Barbara,. The licensing agreement covers ...

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Conexant Appoints CFO

Newport Beach-based Conexant said yesterday that Karen Roscher will be joining the firm as the company's new Senior Vice President and CFO. Roscher replaces current CFO J. Scott Blouin, who is leaving the firm. Roscher joins Conexant from M...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

BridgeCo Raises $17M

Los Angeles-based BridgeCo said this morning that it has raised an additional $17M for its digital home networking components. The new round came from ETV Capital, along with prior investors Advent Venture Partners, Balderton Capital, Cipio...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Vitesse Appoints Director

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said Monday that it has elected Steve P. Hanson, former CEO of ON Semiconductor, to its board. Hanson is currently a senior partner in private equity firm Southwest Value Acquisitions, and also has serv...

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Friday, August 17, 2007

NextWave Releases WiMax Chipset

San Diego-based NextWave Broadband said Thursday morning that it has begun shipping samples of a new WiMax chipset, which it is targeting at consumer electronics and mobile device manufacturers. The firm's new chipset includes a baseband Sy...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Jazz Semiconductor Gets Win At Nexsem

Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor, a RF and analog chip foundry, has signed on Irvine's Nexsem as a customer of its foundry services. Jazz said yesterday that Nexsem is using the firm's 0.5-micron Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS for its power manage...

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Newport Media Ships Japanese Media Chip

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, a semiconductor firm developing products for the mobile broadcast media market, announced today that it has unveiled a new single chip solution targeted at the Japanese market. The firm said its new chip sup...

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Symwave Raises $12M

San Diego-based Symwave, a company which is designing high-performance, analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, said Wednesday evening that it has raised $12M in a Series C financing round. The round was led by Kodiak Venture Partners,...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Semiconductor Group Appoints Decker As Chairman

Newport Beach-based Conexant's Dwight Decker has been appointed as Chairman of the FSA, an industry group focused on fabless semiconductor firms. The FSA said that Dr. Decker will further the FSA's strategic direction and execute on the Ass...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Vitesse Shuffles Board

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor, a developer of high speed semiconductors for the communications, storage, and other industries, announced Tuesday afternoon that it has elected Willow B. Shire as a new board member. Shire is a consult...

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Vitesse Announces Ethernet Chip Line

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor has announced a new line of products focused on Ethernet connectivity today, saying that it has announced new fourth-generation, 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC products. The firm, which develops high speed n...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Vitesse Ships Server Management Chip

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor has shipped a new chip focused on server management. The company said today that it has unveiled a new integrated server basedboard management controller, targeted at computer server manufacturers. The ...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

WiSpry Names New CEO

Irvine-based WiSpry, which is developing semiconductors for the wireless industry, said today that it has named Russell Garcia as President and CEO. Garcia replaces Jeffrey Hilbert, who will remain on the firm's board and will also serve as...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sequoia Communications Names VP Finance, Operations

San Diego-based Sequoia Communications is announcing today that it has appointed Dee Morgan as VP of Finance and Operations. Morgan was most recently at Texas Instruments, where Morgan was director of finance and operations for the firm's D...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Acquicor Technology Completes Merger With Jazz Semi

Newport Beach-based Acquicor Technology, the merger and acquisition firm headed by former Apple execs Gil Amelio, Ellen M. Hancock and Steve Wozniak, said today that it has completed its merger with Jazz Semiconductor. The new firm wil lbe ...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Newport Media Opens Egypt Design Center

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, a semiconductor firm designing products for the mobile broadcast media market, announced today that it has opened up a design center in Cairo. The new design center will add additional systems design and sof...

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Monday, February 12, 2007

Fulcrum Micro Gets Design Win At Continuous Computing

Calabasas-based Fulcrum Microsystems announced today that its 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch chips have been chosen by Continuous Computing for a new product. Fulcrum said that Continuous Computing chose the firm's FocalPoint 10-Gigabit Etherne...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

GloNav Ships GPS Chip

Newport Beach-based GloNav, a semiconductor firm developing global positioning system chips, announced a new assisted GPS chip today. GloNav said that its new chip is targeted at the cellular handset and mobile consumer electronic device ma...

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Monday, January 29, 2007

MaxLinear Finds $20M

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, a fabless semiconductor firm developing communications ICs, has raised $20M in an unannounced round last quarter. The funding was disclosed in quarterly venture capital numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the N...

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Broadcom Expands Wireless IC Portfolio

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that it has rolled out new silicon for the Bluetooth market. Broadcom announced two new single-chip products targeted at the wireless handset market. The new chips are targeted at high-end basic Bluetooth ha...

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Vitesse Shows Crosspoint Switch

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor said today that it is making a new crosspoint switch available. The new chip is used by hardware manufacturers to design multi-gigabit data transmission systems and backplanes. The VSC3304 provides 8.5 ...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

GloNav Ships RFIC GPS Chip

Newport Beach-based GloNav, which designs GPS chips for the semiconductor industry, said today that its low power, GPS RFIC is now in production availability. The firm's chip is targeted for integration into handsets, portable consumer elec...

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Microsemi Forms New Mixed Signal Group, Appoints EVP

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, said this week that it has formed a new High Performance Analog Mixed Signal Group. The group will incorporate Microsemi's existing high performance anal...

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

WiLinx Gets $15M

Los Angeles-based WiLinx, a semiconductor firm developing all-CMOS UWB technology for the WiMedia market, said today that it has raised $15M in funding in a Series C investment. The funding came from Third Wave Ventures. Third Wave is an ex...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

BridgeCo Shows Reference Platforms

Los Angeles-based semiconductor firm BridgeCo announced yesterday at CES three new audio reference platforms based on the firm's audio processor and software. The firm is targeting electronic OEMs and ODMs looking to create audio products a...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Entropic Gets Win With Westell

San Diego-based Entropic Communications has scored a design win with its home networking chipset, saying today that Westell has integrated its c.Link-270 chipset into Westell's new broadband router. Westell is using the Entropic silicon to ...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Staccato Unveils UWB Hardware

San Diego-based Staccato Communications said Monday that it has unveiles a Wafer Chip Scale Package (WCSP) based on its Ripcord single chip wireless USB solution. The new form factor chip allows hardware designers to incorporate Staccato's ...

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Newport Media Targets Mobile TV

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, a firm developing semiconductors targeted at the mobile broadcast media market, said Monday that it has partnered with CyberLink for a fast TV switching solution. Newport Media and Cyberlink have combined th...

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Monday, January 8, 2007

Microsoft, Broadcom Partner On HD DVD

Microsoft and Irvine-based Broadcom this morning announced that the two companies are in a joint effort to support a new HD DVD reference design. The two compaines said that they have created a new platform that uses Microsoft windows CE an...

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Broadcom Rolls Out Set Top Box Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom said this week that it has rolled out a new digital cable set-top box chip, that incorporates HD AVC encoding, DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem support, and other features. The system-on-a-chip is targeted at digital cable set-t...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Vativ Technologies Adds $10M

San Diego-based Vativ has raised an additional $10M in funding, the firm reported today, in a round led by Intel Capital. Vativ, which is developing semiconductors for the digital television market, said that all existing investors also par...

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Broadcom Ships 1080p Digital TV Chip

Irvine-based Broadcom has shipped a new, single-chip 1080p digital TV solution, which the firm says is the industry's first. Broadcom's new digital television chip provides a television in a chip, targeted at manufacturers developing high d...

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Newport Media Gets $30M

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, a developer of semiconductors for the mobile broadcast media market, said today that it has closed a $30M venture capital round from DAG Ventures. Existing investors Benchmark Capital, Global Catalyst Partne...

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Inlustra Technologies Adds Angels

Santa Barbara-based Inlustra Technologies, a company developing Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor substrates, has raised a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels, socalTECH has learned. Inlustra's founders are Ph.D. students fr...

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

iSuppli Merges With Data Garage

El Segundo-based iSuppli, a firm that provides analysis and market intelligence of the electronics industry, and Japanese firm Data Garage said yesterday that the firms have merged. Financial terms were not disclosed. iSuppli provides infor...

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Monday, November 6, 2006

Broadcom Unveils Portable Power Solutions

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom has rolled out new power management products for the mobile handset and portable device market. The firm announced today that its new system-on-a-chip power management units are targeted at managing...

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Friday, November 3, 2006

Diodes Completes APD Acquisition

Westlake Village-based Diodes Incorporated said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Redwood City-based APD Semiconductor. APD Semiconductor is a manufacturer of discrete semiconductors, including rectifiers used in digital...

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

International Rectifier Sells Power Control Systems For $290M

El Segundo-based Interntaional Rectifier said today it has agreed to sell its Power Control Systems business to Vishay Intertechnology, for approximately $290M in cash. IR said that the power business accounted for approximately $300M of th...

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Qualcomm Taps IBM, Samsung, Chartered For Foundry Services

San Diego-based Qualcomm, a developer of CDMA phone technology, said today that it is tapping three manufacturing products for 90nm chip production of its chips. Qualcomm said that semiconductor fabrication houses IBM, Samsung, and Chartere...

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Quartics Launches Digital Media Chip

Irvine-based Quartics, the semiconductor firm headed by Safi Quereshey, said today that it has launched its digital content chips. The firm's PC2TV chips provide wireless connectivity for sending video and audio via wireless networks. Quart...

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Diodes Buys APD Semiconductor

Westlake Village-based Diodes Incorporated said Tuesday that it has acquired APD Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company. The asset deal is worth approximately $8M. Diodes said that APD has forecasted revenues of approximately $2.0M ...

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Monday, October 23, 2006

MOSIS Adds Tanner EDA Software Kit

Marina Del Rey-based MOSIS, a provider of prototyping and small volume VLSI circuit production, said today that it has reached an agreement with Monrovia-based Tanner EDA to provide foundry design kits free of charge to its customers. The k...

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Judge Denies Qualcomm Motion

Irvine-based Broadcom said yesterday that a federal judge has denied San Diego-based Qualcomm's motion to enjoin the firm's 3G cellular chip business. Broadcom also said it has ramped up its legal fight against Qualcomm with a new motion fo...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Conexant Pockets $100M In Jazz Semi Merger

Newport Beach-based Conexant is reporting that it will receive approximately $100M in cash from its 42 percent ownership of Jazz Semiconductor, due to the company's merger with Acquicor. Acquicor and Jazz Semicondutor said yesterday that th...

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Acquicor Buys Jazz Semiconductor For $260M

Newport Beach-based Acquicor Technology and Jazz Semiconductor said today that the two will merge. The transaction, which is worth $260M in cash, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2007. Jazz Semiconductor will merge with a wholly...

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

MOSAID, Caltech In Patent Licensing Deal

Canada-based MOSAID Technologies and Pasadena-based California Institute of Technology (Caltech) said Tuesday that the firms are in a patent licensing agreement. MOSAID will license certain Caltech patents relating to technologies used in w...

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Monday, September 18, 2006

UCSB, Intel Develop First Hybrid Silicon Laser

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Intel Corp. announced today that they have created the world's first silicon chip that can produce lasers, using standard silicon manufacturing processes. The researchers said ...

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Qualcomm, Newport Media In Patent Deal

San Diego-based Qualcomm and Lake Forest-based Newport Media have signed a royalty-free patent agreement enabling Newport Media to use QUALCOMM's technology in its products. The two companies said Friday that Newport Media will use Qualcomm...

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Interview with Bill McLean, CEO of GloNav

The semiconductor business doesn't get the headlines the Internet business does, and seems to have somewhat fallen out of favor with many venture capitalists. However, there are a growing number of startups who are bucking the trend, and ta...

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Power-One, Silicon Labs Resolve Lawsuit

Camarillo-based Power-One, a developer of power semiconductors, has resolved a lawsuit filed by the firm against Silicon Labs, an Austin-based competitor. Power-One said that the companies have agreed to settle and resolve the patent infrin...

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Monday, July 31, 2006

Interview with Brett Butler, CEO of Axiom Microdevices

Axiom Microdevices (www.axiom-micro.com) is an Irvine-based semiconductor firm that is developing power amplifier technology for the cell phone industry, based on inexpensive CMOS process technology. The company's technology promises to e...

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Qualcomm Taps SMIC For Semiconductor Test

San Diego-based Qualcomm is tapping a Chinese firm for fabrication and test of its ICs, the firm said yesterday. Qualcomm said that it is in a strategic agreement with Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (SMIC), to use SMIC's BiCMOS int...

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

GPS Firm GloNav Launches, Acquires RF Domus, Gets $16.2M

Newport Beach-based GloNav, a new company focused on the development of GPS semiconductors, said today that it has launched the company and received $16.2M in capital from Atlantic Bridge Ventures. The firm is a spinout from Ceva, Inc., and...

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Friday, July 21, 2006

BridgeCo Gets Design Win

Los Angeles-based BridgeCo, a developer of semiconductors for the entertainment and media industry, said this week that its digital media processor has been selected by TerraTec for a Wi-Fi enabled media player. TerraTec's NOXON iRadio, whi...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Broadcom Claims One Million Draft-802.11n Shipments

Irvine-based Broadcom is claiming shipments of over one million Draft-802.11n chips, saying this week that its pre-standard, 802.11n technology is seeing rapid adoption. The semiconductor maker said that it shipped the million chips in less...

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Friday, July 14, 2006

UC Santa Barbara To Lead Semiconductor Research Center

UC Santa Barbara is set to lead a new research center for advanced semiconductors, as a consortium of Universities was awarded over $7M in funding to look into improved CMOS speed and power technology. Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC), a ...

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Mindspeed Adds Software For Comcerto Chips

Newport Beach-based MindSpeed has added a new set of wireless software for its Voice-over-Internet processors, saying this week that its new wireless software implements GSM/CDMA and support for IP multimedia systems on its chips. The softw...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Kalon Gets $10.9M

San Diego-based Kalon Semiconductor has receivd $10.9M in a Series A venture round, the firm said this morning. The venture funding round was led by Enterprise Partners, and also included participation by Avalon Ventures, Cisco Systems, and...

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Peregrine Semi Adds COO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor has hired a new President and COO. Peregrine said that it has added Craig H. Ensley to the executive team. Ensley was most recently at Cirrus Logic. Ensley has also served at Crystal Semiconductor and...

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Monday, June 12, 2006

StratEdge Promotes VP

San Diego-based StratEdge, a provider of semiconductor packages for the microwave, millimeter wave, and high speed digital devices, said that it has promoted Casey Krawiec to VP of North American Sales. Krawiec has also served at Kyocera Am...

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Semtech, Digi-Key In Distribution Agreement

Camarillo-based Semtech has inked a new distribution agreement with Digi-Key, a major electronics distributor, saying last week that Digi-Key will carry its line of analog and mixed signal semiconductors. Digi-Key's power management, protec...

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Atheros, Broadcom Demonstrate 802.11n

Irvine-based Broadcom and Santa Clara-based Atheros announced the demonstration of interoperability of their 802.11n products yesterday, saying that the companies have completed joint interoperability testing between Broadcom and Atheros ch...

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Conexant Integrates DSL, Wi-Fi

Newport Beach-based semiconductor provider Conexant Systems has launched a new family of network processors that integrate DSL capability with Wi-Fi. Conexant said today that its new CX9461x is the first integrated network processor that in...

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Vitesse Expands China Operations

Camarillo-based Vitesse Semiconductor has appointed a new, country manager to manage its Chinese operations. The developer of high speed semiconductors said that it has appointed Jay Zhang as its China Country Manager. Zhang will manage the...

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

RF Magic Names VP

San Diego-based RF Magic, a provider of integrated RF chips for the broadband market, said that it has named a new VP of Sales. RF Magic said that it has named Gordon Schenk as VP of Worldwide Sales. Schenk has served at Infineon, Mobilian,...

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Jazz Semiconductor Files For IPO

Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor has filed for an IPO, saying Monday that it is looking to raise up to $105M on the NASDAQ. The offering is being underwritten by Cowen & Company, Needham & Company, and Wachovia Securities. In its fili...

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Conexant Gets Set Top Win

Newport Beach-based Conexant, a provider of semiconductors for the communications and other markets, has scored a win at Humax. The firm said today that it Humax, an international manufacturer of digital satellite set-top boxes, has based i...

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Thursday, April 13, 2006

International Rectifier Looks For Sale

El Segundo-based International Rectifier is looking to put up parts of the company for sale, according to the firm. IR said that it is looking to sell its non-focus product businesses, as it looks to improve its gross margin and revenue gro...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Semtech Names CEO

Camarillo-based Semtech has named a new CEO, saying yesterday that it has hired Mohan Maheswaran as President and CEO. Maheswaran replaces interim CEO John D. Poe, who has been acting as CEO since September. Poe remains on the company's boa...

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