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Chip inventories held by semiconductor suppliers declined in the third quarter of 2011, putting a halt to the steady expansion of the previous seven quarters, as the industry cut production in order to reduce oversupply.As calculated by the days of inventory (DOI) measure, semiconductor stockpiles in the third quarter stood …

On completion of the deal, NXP will own 100% of the Catena shares, while Catena will continue to operate as a separate design company. This deal gives NXP access to Catena’s patents, IP and proprietary development tools, while enabling Catena to continue serving third party companies on a standalone basis. …

The company now expects third quarter revenue to be approximately $217 million to $219 million, lower than the previous expectation range of $228 million to $238 million. Third quarter order-intake was up slightly over second quarter, and the company believes that its market share remains unchanged.The company now expects the …

Bombardier Transportation has selected Maxwell ultracapacitors as the energy storage element of the Bombardier EnerGstor braking energy recuperation system.Each stationary “wayside” EnerGstor unit incorporates an ultracapacitor array that is capable of storing up to two kilowatt hours of electrical energy generated by a rail vehicle’s braking energy recuperation system. Recuperative …

Global spending by the world’s top OEMs on microchips for wireless products amounted to $58.6 billion in 2011, up 14.5 percent from $51.2 billion in 2010, according to information and analysis provider IHS. This allowed wireless to exceed computers to become the world’s largest OEM semiconductor spending segment in 2011.This …

In contrast to the overall semiconductor industry, where days of inventory declined slightly in the third quarter of 2011, DRAM stockpiles increased dramatically, according to an IHS.The IHS iSuppli DRAM Inventory Index in the third quarter of 2011 stood at 12.8 weeks. This represents a sharp 31 percent increase from …

Most notably, the LED bulb price for 40W replacement underwent the steepest drop in Japan and South Korea, while the price for 60W replacement experienced the biggest setback in Europe. At present, the LED product prices for 40W and 60W replacements have declined to USD 23.1 and USD 42.3, respectively.According …

Currency translation had the effect of increasing sales by approximately $2 million in the fourth quarter 2011 compared to the 2010 period.Sales for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $3,940 million compared to $3,554 million for 2010. Currency translation had the effect of increasing sales by approximately $60 million …

According to DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce, memory card and UFD retail sales were weak during the Chinese New Year period. As downstream clients’ inventory levels are sufficient for the time being, most clients are not eager to increase purchase volume post-Chinese New Year.Furthermore, 1Q is traditionally the weak …

Distributor Avnet Abacus has announced that it has signed a Pan-European franchise agreement with Murata covering the Japanese manufacturer’s broad range of innovative passive products.The agreement builds on a 20 year relationship between the two companies.Previously, Avnet Abacus has covered selected European territories for Murata passives and has held a …