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NXP/Freescale Merger – A Union of Equals

Contributed by Ray Angers   It was announced this week that NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (Austin, Texas) plan to merge their operations.  The deal, if approved in the second half of 2015, would bump the combined company into the top 10 semiconductor manufacturers. What was the motivation to bring [...]

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Hot technologies in USPTO class of 2014

Contributed by Michael Spence 2014 was another banner year for new US IP with an 8% growth of new patent grants over 2013.  Looking down the list of top 50 companies, we see that over 70% are in high-tech – a pretty strong showing. In this blog, we’ll go deep on a few hot technologies [...]

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Intel Bolsters IoT Position

Contributed by Martin Bijman On Feb 2, Intel announced it will purchase “Internet of Things” (IoT) chip company Lantiq. According to Intel, this will enhance connection experiences in the home, by extending its home gateway business with Lantiq product lineup of access products such as cable, DSL, fiber, LTE, retail, and IoT smart routers. Internet [...]

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Nortel Patents Make News Again – Rockstar Patents Sold to RPX

Contributed by Martin Bijman On December 23, 2014, RPX purchased the remaining assets of Rockstar for $900M.[1] RPX describes in their release that of the 6,000 assets in the initial Rockstar $4.5B purchase of Nortel assets in July 2011, about 2,000 had been distributed to consortium members Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. These assets are [...]

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Making Sense of the Cypress / Spansion Merger

Contributed by Michael Spence On December 1, 2014, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and Spansion Inc. announced an agreement to merge their operations, citing a variety of synergies between the two organizations. From a business perspective, their products are remarkably complimentary. Cypress is a leader in SRAM, while Spansion dominates in embedded, non-volatile NOR flash memory. Both [...]

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SanDisk Broadens SSD IP with Fusion-io

Contributed by Ray Angers   The US$1.1B takeover bid announced last week by storage solutions heavyweight SanDisk (SNDK.O) for Utah-based Fusion-io (FIO.N) has many suggesting this signals SanDisk’s ambitions to dominate the enterprise segment of the storage market. For a company that posted revenue of just over US$6B last year, this is a big deal. [...]

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