IBM, Samsung, and Sony were awarded more than 14,000 patents in the U.S. during 2012.
IBM on Thursday announced it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 in the U.S., which is nearly 1,400 more than the next busiest inventor, Samsung. The achievement also extends IBM's volume patent streak to 20 years. For two decades, IBM has topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients, extending its streak by way of more than 8,000 inventions in the past 12 months.
Global semiconductor revenues will grow 4.9 percent to $315 billion in 2013, according to IDC.
International Data Corporation (IDC) revised its global semiconductor revenues outlook for 2012 and 2013, cutting its forecast by billions of dollars based on a number of factors. The market research firm now expects global semiconductor sales to grow less than 1 percent to $304 billion in 2012, compared to a previous forecast of 4.6 percent growth to $315 billion. In 2013, IDC said it expects revenues to grow 4.9 percent to $315, down from a previous forecast of $335 billion on 6.2 percent growth.
The most popular and talked-about MaxPC articles from the past year.
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IBM lays out five predictions that will change computing in the next five years.
Within the next five years, PCs and cell phones will know if you're coming down with a cold or other illness, IBM says. Tiny embedded sensors will analyze orders, biomarkers, and thousands of molecules in your breath, giving doctors help in diagnosing and monitoring certain diseases and ailments, even diabetes. That's just one of five predictions IBM made as part of its seventh annual "IBM 5 in 5," which is a list of five innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.
AMD will spend two-thirds less on wafers from Globalfoundries under terms of a renegotiated deal.
Everyone seems to be tightening their belts these days, including Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Strapped for cash and in the midst of an ambitious restructuring effort, the Sunnyvale chip designer amended its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with Globalfoundries. Under terms of the revised deal, AMD is only on the hook to purchase a third of the wafers it previously agreed to, though it comes at the cost of a hefty fine.
Texas Instruments today unveiled what it claims is the industry's first high-temperature, nonvolatile Flash memory device for harsh environments. The SM28VLT32-HT has an operational capacity of 4MB and has been qualified to work in extreme situations ranging in temperature from -55C to +210C. At either end of the spectrum, TI says its 4MB part is good for at least 1,000 hours of operating life.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, has entered into a $50 million licensing agreement with Creative Technology Ltd. and ZiiLabs, its wholly-owned U.K. subsidiary. Under terms of the deal, Intel will pay $20 million for the licensing of certain technologies related to ZiiLabs' high performance GPU technology, while the other $30 million is for the transfer of certain engineering resources and assets in the U.K. subsidiary, Creative announced.
Shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have fallen below $2, dropping more than 3 percent to $1.86 by the end of the trading day on Thursday. That's not only a 52-week low for the Sunnyvale chip designer, but it's the first time the company's stock has dipped below $2 since 2008. A recent report indicating AMD had hired J.P. Morgan Chase to "explore options," including an outright sale of the company, sparked the downward spiral, and though AMD has denied claims it's shopping itself around, investors are understandably skittish.
Shares of chip designer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surged by more than 18 percent following a report that it's hired J.P. Morgan Chase to "explore options," including an outright sale of the company. Before anyone panics, no sale is imminent, and it appears AMD would much rather offload some of its patents to generate some much needed cash, but at the same time, all options are on the table.