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Could Samsung Suit Leave U.S. Without iPads and iPhones?

The intellectual property battle between Samsung and Apple has grown a bit more serious: Samsung has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the importation of iPads, iPhones, and iPods into the United States for patent violations. It's not a hollow threat.

Six Stocks to Buy for Real Revenue Growth in 2011

The path to profits for most of Corporate America lately has been cutting costs rather than raising revenue. But a careful look reveals a few companies that are poised to deliver real revenue growth. We've found six with a plus: Their stocks look like bargains.

In a First, Intel Agrees to a Chip Deal With Achronix

Intel has struck a deal with Achronix Semiconductor to manufacture chips for the boutique player using its latest high-tech manufacturing production line, the companies announced Monday. This is the first time Intel has agreed to such an arrangement.

Samsung Shares Fall on Gloomy Forecast

Samsung Electronics shares fell 2.5% to 773,000 won each, fueling declines in other Asian technology stocks, after the company forecast its third-quarter profit will fall from the second quarter's record high.

Oracle Sues Micron, Other Chip-Makers for Price-Fixing

Oracle has slapped Micron Technology, Samsung, Hynix, Infineon and other chip-makers with a price-fixing lawsuit, a follow-up to the $173 million antitrust settlement that those companies and others reached with state attorneys generals regarding similar allegations several months back.

Oracle Wants to Buy Semiconductor, Software Companies

Oracle Corp. (ORCL) wants to buy semiconductor companies and the makers of industry-specific software, CEO Larry Ellison said. Oracle has bought more than 65 companies in the last five years. Adding chipmakers would help the company develop its presence in the market for computer hardware.

Hewlett-Packard to Purchase 3Par for $2.35 Billion

Technology company Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) will purchase utility storage company 3Par Inc (PAR) for $2.35 billion or $33 a share. The agreement between the two companies ends 3Par%u2019s merger agreement with chip-maker Dell Inc. (DELL), with 3Par agreeing to pay Dell $72 million as a termination fee.

Weakness Facing Intel May Be Contagious

Intel cut its guidance for third-quarter revenues, citing weak consumer PC demand. The news signals underlying trends in technology that could be a drag on companies beyond Intel. Keep an eye on companies like Microsoft, HP, Dell and AMD.

Intel Prepares Offer to Buy Infineon Wireless

Intel is nearing a bid to buy Infineon Technologies' wireless unit, a move that would give it an instant presence in the smartphone market. The world's top chipmaker will reportedly offer $1.91 billion for the unit, which supplies chips for both Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S.

Intel Secures $7.68 Billion Deal for McAfee

Chipmaker Intel surprised Wall Street Thursday with a deal to purchase security software maker McAfee. Intel said that the acquisition highlights the fact "that security is now a fundamental component of online computing."

U.S. ITC Rules That Nvidia Infringed Rambus Patents

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that graphics-chip maker Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) infringed on patents held by Rambus Inc (RMBS), and that certain Nvidia imports into the United States will be barred. After the ruling, Nvidia said it will pay to license Rambus technology, Dow Jones Newswires reported. Nvidia said that there would be "no impact on our customers or our business."

Legal Briefing: Dell Settles with the SEC for $100 Million

According to the SEC lawsuit that Dell just settled for $100 million, Dell cooked its books from 2002 to 2006 by using "exclusivity" payments from Intel totaling $4.3 billion to inflate its revenue numbers and otherwise fraudulently meet Wall Street analysts' expectations.

AMD's Earnings Follow Intel, With a Solid 45% Jump

Not to be shown up by rival Intel's (INTC) blockbuster earnings this week, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Thursday reported a second-quarter 45% net income increase. The chipmaker's strong earnings signals a return to the product demand for PCs and services, and overall technology spending.

Do Intel's Record Earnings Signal a New Tech Boom?

Intel's record earnings suggest that companies are starting to loosen up a bit on tech spending: They are finally replacing their 4- and 5-year-old PCs. This replacement cycle should bid up the stocks of other PC makers -- but how long will this wave of IT buying last?

Intel Is Poised to Set the Pace for Tech Earnings

Investors are looking for a strong showing from the bellwether chipmker, which would offer further evidence that U.S. companies -- and tech firms in particular -- are continuing to emerge from the recession. Analysts expect Intel to come through.

Legal Briefing: Intel Offers Deal to FTC

Intel has been sued a few times for monopolistic behavior in the chip market, but the current Federal Trade Commission case is different from the others. The FTC isn't seeking monetary damages or penalties: It wants Intel to change how it does business.

Semiconductor Sales Surpass Pre-Recession Highs

Semiconductor sales rose 2.2% in April from the month before, bringing in $23.6 billion in sales and surpassing the November 2007 record, according to the closely watched Semiconductor Industry Association monthly report released Tuesday.

Chip Sales Show a Healthy Jump in March

Semiconductor sales hit $23.1 billion in March, further solidifying the industry's growth after a brutal downturn a year ago, according to the closely watched Semiconductor Industry Association report. It was the second-best period on record after November 2007.

Can Chipmaker NXP's $1.15 Billion IPO Warm Up a Chilly Market?

Several IPO hopefuls didn't fare well earlier in the year, but private equity investors KKR and Bain Capital feel confident enough about chipmaker NXP, which they own most of. With the semiconductor business picking up, will investors warm up to NXP?

Chip Sales Dip but Could Still Exceed 2010 Forecasts

Despite a 1.3% sequential decline in worldwide chip sales to $22 billion in February, the Semiconductor Industry Association reaffirmed the possibility for better performance overall this year compared with its forecast in November.

AMD Posts a Profit, Boosted by Intel Payment

Advanced Micro Devices posted its first quarterly profit in three years. But the world's No. 2 maker of microprocessors said it would have lost money were it not for the payment it received from Intel to squash a long-running antitrust battle.

Intel's Strong Quarter Fuels Optimism for Tech

Intel's fourth quarter profits handily beat Wall Street's expectations, suggesting the tech industry is on the leading edge of the U.S. economic recovery. The world's No. 1 chip-maker also forecast a strong first quarter of 2010.