semiconductors

Chip Giant Intel Set to Make Huge Announcement

When it comes to transistors on computer chips, smaller size means more processing power. So when Intel holds its big press conference Wednesday, expect an announcement that will lead to a serious power boost for its chips -- perhaps from its long-awaited revolutionary tri-gate transistors.

Intel Signs Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am to Boost Creativity

The world's largest chipmaker is looking to promote its technology products through a new association with the seven-time Grammy Award winner. Says will.i.am: "When I see an Intel chip, I think of all the creative minds involved that help to amplify my own creativity."

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.

Semiconductor Sales Growth Slower Than Expected

Global semiconductor revenue growth this year will be slower than previously expected, as weaker-than-expected demand for personal computers and other consumer-electronic devices will cause inventory to pile up, iSuppli said in a statement today.

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.

Applied Materials Earnings Top View on Strong Demand

Applied Materials, the world's top semiconductor manufacturing equipment company, reported third quarter results Wednesday, posting earnings and sales that beat analyst estimates. AMAT's outlook also exceeded analyst expectations, so why hasn't the stock reacted much?

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."

Face-Off on Stocks: HP, Cisco and Intel

Tech stocks are on sale these days, giving buyers a chance to pick up shares at impressive discounts. The sale isn't due entirely to market jitters. A good sex scandal helped to create opportunity as did less than rosy earnings forecasts.

All Eyes on Intel's Earnings After Closing Bell

Chip maker Intel is the next big Dow component scheduled to report earnings after the bell today. For the first quarter, investors are optimistic that a recovering economy could boost computer sales, which would help fatten Intel's bottom line.

Applied Materials Expects Improving Earnings

Applied Materials expects a brighter earnings picture in 2010 as chip-makers retool and demand for solar panels grows. The company is big on solar, where it says "the opportunities over the next 20 years are really phenomenal."