Output 'picking up' for first time since '95: METI

Business / Economy Dec 28, 2017

Output 'picking up' for first time since '95: METI

Industrial output rose 0.6 percent in November from the previous month on robust exports of chip-making devices, prompting the government on Thursday to declare for the first time in more than 20 years that production is recovering. The seasonally adjusted index of output at factories ...

Chipmaker Qualcomm spurns $130 billion Broadcom merger bid

Business Nov 14, 2017

Chipmaker Qualcomm spurns $130 billion Broadcom merger bid

Semiconductor giant Qualcomm has rejected a $130 billion bid from fellow chipmaker Broadcom that could represent the biggest-ever takeover in the tech sector. Singapore-based Broadcom made the offer last week in a deal that would consolidate two major players in the booming sector fueled by ...

Business / Corporate Oct 7, 2015

Sony spins out semiconductors as Hirai pushes accountability

Sony Corp. will spin out its semiconductor business into a new company as President Kazuo Hirai revamps the devices business to focus on hit products such as image sensors and considers selling underperforming assets. Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp. will begin operating in April and be ...

Business / Corporate Apr 28, 2015

Tokyo Electron pulls out of merger with Applied Materials

Semiconductor-production equipment maker Tokyo Electron Ltd. is canceling its planned merger with U.S.-based Applied Materials Inc., the industry leader, because of a dispute with the U.S. Justice Department. The two companies now see no sign of resolving the dispute regarding the U.S. antitrust act, Tokyo ...

Renesas eyes selling panel maker to Apple

Business / Corporate Apr 2, 2014

Renesas eyes selling panel maker to Apple

Struggling chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. is currently pondering the sale of its subsidiary business, developing liquid crystal display panels, to Apple Inc., sources said Wednesday. Apple aims to develop smartphones with higher definition screens and lower power consumption via the acquisition of Renesas SP Drivers ...