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Jul 22, 2013, 12:45 ET from ProfNet

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EE Times Community Debates Why Renesas Ditched the Modem Business
Junko Yoshida
Chief International Correspondent
UBM Tech
"In the article '5 Reasons Renesas Ditched Modem Business,' I shared with community members that ailing Japanese chip vendor Renesas Electronics Corp. officially terminated its wireless modem business, which appeared inevitable to the rest of the world. In 2010, the Renesas acquisition of Nokia's modem business was met with skepticism from the industry while revealing Renesas's ambition to transform from a chip supplier to the world's mobile technology leader. After a three-year struggle, Renesas has abandoned its ambition to transform from a chip supplier to the world's mobile technology leader. In the highly trafficked article, I put forth five reasons I believe the chip vendor has failed -- but also asked the EE Times community if it was Renesas's management that blew it, or was it because the global smartphone market shifted so drastically? The EE Times community, including individuals who worked on the project at Renesas, shared analysis on what they perceived happened. To read the complete story or to join in the conversation on, see: 5 Reasons Renesas Ditched Modem Business."
Media Contacts: Patrick Mannion,, or Junko Yoshida,

New Anti-Spam Legislation
Lani Barnes
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, N.C.
"Canada has enacted new Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL") that is anticipated to take effect in the fall of 2014. Currently, U.S. businesses can send electronic marketing messages to anyone, including Canadian residents, without permission unless and until the recipient opts out by expressly notifying the sender that they do not want to receive such messages. Once CASL goes into effect, companies will not be allowed to send any commercial electronic message ("CEM") to any person or business in Canada without the prior express or implied consent of the recipient, unless the CEM falls within one of the limited exceptions to the new law. As a result, companies and individuals who use electronic marketing to reach customers or potential customers in Canada should start preparing for the new legislation now by developing and implementing compliance programs in order to ensure that they have the appropriate consent from each recipient. Penalties for violating CASL can be severe; the maximum penalty per violation is $1 million for an individual and $10 million for a corporation, and directors and officers may be held personally liable for their company's violation."
Barnes is engaged in the practice of intellectual property and technology law.
Media Contact: Alex Zsoldos,



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