• Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Why Apple Bought Anobit

    Apple finally confirmed earlier reports that it bought Israeli semiconductor startup Anobit Technologies. Apple did not confirm the price, which is believed to be between $400 million and $500 million. Apple bought Anobit for two reasons: its flash memory controllers are a key component of all Apple’s leading products (from iPads and iPhones to MacBook Airs), and in one fell swoop it… Read More

  • Sony To Pay $600 Million For Toshiba Plant, To Double CMOS Sensor Production

    Japan’s biggest business daily, The Nikkei, is reporting that Sony plans to double its production volume for image sensors used in smartphones and digital cameras. Big S is currently thinking about buying back a semiconductor plant it sold to Toshiba in 2008. Read More

  • Semiconductor industry hit by economic downturn

    Semiconductor sales dropped in October, but the decline worsened in November. According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), sales for November fell to $20.8 billion, a 9.8% decrease from the $23.1 billion recorded in November 2007. Read More

  • The future of Moore's law: IBM's chief technologist weighs in

    Trouble ahead, captain! Before ten years is out, our pattern of reducing the size of semiconductors (for example, the move to 45nm from 65nm with Penryn) every two years or so is going to hit a brick wall. In a few more shrinks, we’ll be approaching 10nm, at which point quantum mechanics begin to take over and reality gets all wobbly. So what’s next? IBM’s chief technologist… Read More