Intel has hit back after the firm's Japanese arm was warned by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) to stop allegedly offering incentives - such as discounts and kickbacks - to companies to buy its microprocessors. The commission suspects Intel Japan has given incentives to encourage clients to only buy its microprocessors. This practise is banned in Japan under the Antimonopoly Law. Although the commission has not fined Intel, it has set Intel ten days to respond or face further measures.
Sony Corporation has announced a management shake up that will see the first non-Japanese person to head the multi-national company. British born Sir Howard Stringer will take the reins of a new management team expected to be ratified by June 22nd start.
The Irish government has been forced to scrap a proposal to provide US semiconductor giant Intel with a multi-million-euro grant to build a new 6,000m2 next generation chip making plant in the country following pressure from the European Union.
The world’s largest PC maker Dell has dealt a blow to chip maker AMD’s quest to grow its share of the personal computer market by announcing that it will continue to only use Intel chips in its computers.
California-based semiconductor firm Volterra has revealed that a former employee has been arrested and charged by federal agents for allegedly passing on confidential information to a rival semiconductor company in Taiwan.
Dutch semiconductor equipment and materials maker ASM International is back in profit after reporting earnings for the 2004 full year of euro 24 million on net sales up 29.6% to euro 752 million, thanks to strong growth in front-end sales.
US foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing has released design manuals and SPICE (simulation programme with integrated circuit emphasis) models for the 65nm process platform it is jointly developing with chip makers Infineon, IBM and Samsung.