Panasonic batteries recalled

Japanese electronics giant Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic products, has begun recalling some 6000 laptop batteries due to fears that they may overheat, a company spokesman has said.

AMD and Intel embroiled in government spat

The prime Minister of India has been called in to resolve a dispute which threatens the development of semiconductor investment in the country.

Quotes for 17" panels see largest rise in two years

The average quotes for 17" LCD monitor panels rose $12 in the first half of September to $125, a 10.6% increase from the second half of August and the largest increase during the past two years, according to WitsView Technology.

OLED shipments up 15% in Q2, but revenues down 14%

Worldwide OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) shipments grew 15% on-year to 16.1 million units in the second quarter of 2006, but revenues experienced an annual decrease of 14%, according to research firm Displaysearch.

Intel hits 4-year low in semiconductor market share

El Segundo (CA) - The world's largest semiconductor company saw its chip revenues dropping dramatically in the second quarter of this year. Isuppli estimates that the firm's sales pulled back by almost 13%, resulting in a market share off 11.4% - the lowest level since Isuppli began tracking semiconductor sales in 2002.

Sandisk faces MP3 licence dispute

Electronics manufacturer Sandisk is facing a legal fight over its use of popular MP3 compression technology.

Intel to "reduce" workforce by 10,500

Santa Clara (CA) - Intel today announced a widely expected major restructuring process which will involve laying off and "re-deploying" employees. The company plans to shrink its workforce by 7500 people until the end of the year and by another 3000 during H1 of 2007. "Most" job reductions this year will occur in management, marketing and information technology functions, Intel said.

MySpace puts Napster founder back into business

Shawn Fanning, founder of the Napster file-sharing service, gets another opportunity to shape the music business: Snocap, which he co-founded in 2002, today announced that it will offer artists and labels tools and storefronts to sell music to the MySpace community.

Intel seeks graphics talent while scheduling job cuts

Sources at chipset makers speculate that Intel intends to attract a number of graphics talent with high salaries and preferential welfare benefits at the same time the vendor reportedly is scheduled to soon announce a layoff of 10,000-20,000 employees.

AMD 64-bit dual-core notebooks keep pricing edge

The unit price of AMD Turion 64 X2-based notebooks is on average about $150 less than an Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom)-based notebook, according to product portfolios that notebook vendors have offered.

Philips to set up LED plant in Singapore

Royal Philips Electronics announced on September 5 that it will invest in setting up a high-power LED production facility in Singapore.

Samsung lands microSD card orders from Nokia

Samsung Electronics, which was known as a chief advocate of the MultiMediaCard (MMC) format, is said to land microSD card orders from Nokia, according to industry sources considering this as a proof of relatively poor sales of MMC cards.

Declining PC prices fuel semiconductor sales in July

Revenues from semiconductors saw an 11.5% year-over-year increase in July. Sales of $20.1 billion were also up 1.8% over the June result of $19.8 billion.

Intel rumored to be laying off 10,000

Intel may be preparing to announce the major portion of its restructuring efforts next Thursday. According to, Intel will be cutting up to 10,000 jobs and announce such a move next Tuesday after market close. If Cnet's sources are right, the number of total layoffs would exceed 10% of Intel's workforce.

Intergraph to be acquired by investor group

Intergraph said it has signed a "definitive agreement" to be acquired by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman and Texas Pacific Group in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion.

Radio Shack fires 400 employees by email

Getting fired is traumatic enough, but imagine getting fired by email. Radio Shack emailed layoff Tuesday morning to 400 of its workers at the Forth Worth Texas headquarters. The company had warned on 10 August that it would cut hundreds of jobs.

Quanta expects to ship 10 million $100-laptops

Quanta Computer president Michael Wang stated that the company has set a 12-month shipment goal of 10 million notebooks for the $100 laptop project, initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, starting from when actual shipments kick off at the end of the first quarter, 2007.

Spansion confident about NOR flash outlook

Spansion has a confident outlook for NOR flash in 2006 and anticipates the NOR flash market will be stronger than that for NAND flash, said company executive vice president and chief operating officer Jim Doran.

Intel takes 10% stake in InComm

Intel has taken up an approximate 10% stake in InComm after the controller IC design house joined the Intel-advocated Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) working group in July, according to industry sources.

TSMC looking to charge SMIC $130 million for alleged stolen IP

The failure of SMIC to comply with the terms of a cross-licensing agreement between the China-based foundry and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has led TSMC to claim damages of $130 million in the Superior Court of the State of California, according to TSMC.