The State of Electronics IP in a volatile Economy

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“This has been an unbelievable week. You just had fear totally take over,” said Scott Wren, the senior equity strategist for Wells Fargo Advisors. “And the problems have not been solved. European sovereign debt issues are not going to go away. The debt and deficit situation is not going to go away."

The stock market collapse during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 is still fresh in the minds of many investors, but so too is the sharp rebound in share prices that began in the spring of 2009, when the credit crisis was at its height. Those competing memories appear to have contributed to the wild swings last week, with investors alternately fearful of a collapse and worried that they might get out at the bottom.

While the American economy has been stumbling since the last recession officially ended in June 2009, corporate profits have risen to record levels. On Thursday August 11, the Dow Jones industrials rose 423.37, or 3.95%, to 11,143.31, and the NASDAQ composite climbed 4.7% to close at 2,492.68 after a gain of 111.63.

According to Hauser and Norris of the New York Times, for much of the last decade, there was remarkably little volatility in the stock market, which was seen as providing evidence that the United States had entered what Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, called the “great moderation.” But it picked up when the second Bush financial crisis began. While there were no days with 4% moves from 2003 through 2007, there were 10 in 2008 and 11 in 2009. There had been none in 2011 until August 4, when prices fell 4.8%. Then there were the four moves just this past week.

Compared to the first four days last week, Friday August 12 was relatively benign. So is the trouble over? Very unlikely, partner!

One of the most tumultuous weeks on Wall Street ended on Friday with the markets not that far from where they started the week, but with all the worries about the United States economy undiminished. Indeed, the main American stock indexes finished the week down less than 2% after a second consecutive day of gains on Friday. Although there was a sense of relief that the economy had not fallen off a cliff, there was little to celebrate as new data showed consumer sentiment had sunk below levels seen during the financial crisis three years ago. Many experienced analysts think that the Wall Street roller coaster ride is likely to continue.

Analysts who were doing a postmortem on the turbulence last week had plenty to choose from. New data suggested the United States economy is worsening and could even slip back into a recession, forcing investors to scale back their growth expectations. The downgrade of government bonds by Standard & Poor’s further rattled confidence among consumers and businesses. On Friday, despite the rising retail sales, preliminary data for one of the leading barometers of consumer confidence fell in August to its lowest levels since May 1980.

Brian M. Youngberg, an analyst for Edward Jones, said, “It was a Jekyll and Hyde week.”

“The global economy is so uncertain right now investors are changing how they feel about the outlook,” he said. And as markets drop, “some investors view that as an opportunity to buy some stocks at a cheap price. The level of volatility was extraordinary.”

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Electronics IP G5 Closing Stock Prices JUL 29 – AUG 12

Selected General News Items about the Electronics IP G5

On August 2, 2011 ARM announced that HiSilicon, a supplier of ASICs and solutions for communication networks and digital media, had licensed a range of ARM IP for use in 3G/4G base stations, networking infrastructure, mobile computing and power management applications. The broad agreement includes licenses for the high performance, energy efficient ARM Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor, ARM CoreLink™ CCI-400 Cache Coherent Interconnect fabric IP and the ARM Cortex-M3 processor.

Access to the latest ARM IP, along with a prior license for ARM Cortex-A9, will provide HiSilicon with a multi-core technology platform. This will allow it to address global market opportunities with competitive solutions, encompassing both ASSP and ASIC products.

"For the last 20 years HiSilicon has focused on providing highly competitive, innovative ASICs to customers around the world. To achieve this required an innovative and scalable platform that differentiated HiSilicon," commented Teresa He, Vice President, HiSilicon. "Partnering with ARM over the years allowed us to develop such a platform and this has helped to position HiSilicon as a global provider of solutions for wireless and networking infrastructure, and digital media. This latest agreement will provide us with the latest ARM IP to address the needs of our customers."

As an ARM Partner, HiSilicon also benefits from membership of the ARM Connected Community®, a global network of over 850 companies with access to a wide variety of resources and aligned to provide optimized solutions to global customers based on the ARM architecture.

"Over the last 5 years ARM has consistently increased its investment in China to enable and support innovation for important partners, such as HiSilicon," said Allen Wu, President, ARM China. "We have been partnering with HiSilicon and Huawei for many years to develop a platform based on ARM technology. The relationship is now enabling broad innovation using ARM IP in many applications, such as consumer multimedia, set top boxes and networking infrastructure. The success of HiSilicon's industry-first eight core ARM Cortex-A9 network SoC is a great example of ARM Partner innovation."

HiSilicon self description

HiSilicon Technologies Co., Ltd. was established in October 2004. Formerly the ASIC Design Center of Huawei Technologies, HiSilicon was founded in 1991. With headquarters in Shenzhen of China, HiSilicon has set up design divisions in Beijing, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (USA) and Sweden. HiSilicon provides ASICs and solutions for communication network and digital media. These ASICs are widely used in over 100 countries and regions around the world. In the digital media field, HiSilicon has already released the SoC and solution for network surveillance, videophone, DVB and IPTV. After years' accumulation, HiSilicon has mastered the leading IC design and test technologies, constructed the advanced EDA design platform, as well as R&D flow and regulations. Moreover, HiSilicon possesses the IPRs of more than 100 types of self-developed chips, at the same time owns over 500 patents. HiSilicon has kept excellent strategic cooperation with partners from USA, Japan, Europe and China, thus maintain a complete and stable network covering wafer production, encapsulation and test. During 17 years' development, meeting customers' demands are driving force for HiSilicon. The company always aims to provide high quality chip solutions with good services and quick response to customers' request. HiSilicon Technologies will persist in value creation for customers continuously. For more information go to

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