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Intel Corp agreed to buy Altera Corp for US$16.7bil (RM71.7bil) as the world's biggest chipmaker seeks to make up for slowing demand from the PC industry by expanding its line-up of higher-margin chips used in data centres.
Chip companies are merging, signing US$66bil (RM248.4bil) worth of deals this year alone in preparation for an explosion of demand from all walks of life as the next technological revolution takes hold: the Internet of Things.
With the biggest year in chip deals since 2000 not even halfway through, mid-sized semiconductor makers appear to be prime takeover targets as the largest players look to round out their capabilities and make the "Internet of Things" a reality.
Sony Corp expects its sensor sales to grow about 20% this fiscal year amid strong demand from Apple Inc, even as it aims to diversify its client base to prevent volatility, a senior executive said.
Surging investment by Chinese companies in US research labs is yielding a fast-growing trove of patents, part of a push to mine America for ideas to help China shift from being the world's factory floor to a driver of innovation.
Japan's Toshiba Corp may need to mark down past earnings by over 100bil yen (RM3.09bil), more than double earlier estimates, after an investigation into past accounting practices found more irregularities.
World trade negotiators seeking to eliminate tariffs on information technology (IT) products agreed over the weekend to expand the list of items covered.
US technology firm Intel, best known for its semiconductor chips, is jumping into reality TV with a competition pitting makers of wearables and smart connected consumer devices.
Tom Scott, a former US executive at Toshiba Corp, remembers his former boss Atsutoshi Nishida as an aggressive leader who could motivate staff but also rattle them with tough sales targets and an occasional dressing down.