Netflix Moves Into the Cloud With Amazon Web Services

Netflix (s NFLX) is expanding its use of cloud infrastructure, moving some of its customer-facing and back-end operations onto Amazon (s AMZN) Web Services (AWS). After using AWS for more than a year, a number of the most visible portions of its website — including member movie lists, Netflix search and the site’s recommendation engine — now leverage Amazon’s cloud infrastructure to make them work.

Perhaps more importantly, Netflix is using Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3) for the transcoding and storage of its growing library of streaming video content. Netflix now has more than 17,000 titles on its Watch Instantly online video service, and has been rapidly increasing both the amount of content that is available, as well as the number of consumer electronics devices on which those videos can be watched. Read More about Netflix Moves Into the Cloud With Amazon Web Services

Chip Industry to See Slow Recovery in 2010

[qi:gigaom_icon_chip] The Semiconductor Association has lowered its chip forecast for the year, saying it now expects the sale of semiconductors to fall by 21 percent from 2008 to 2009. The revised numbers shave $53 billion off the previous 2009 forecast, issued by the SIA in November, when it predicted sales would fall by 5.6 percent. The estimated 2009 sales of $195.6 billion for the year are in line with other data provided by the industry. Earlier this week, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization said it expected sales of $194.8 billion, resulting in a 21.6 percent decline from last year. Read More about Chip Industry to See Slow Recovery in 2010

Stat Shot: Have Chips Sales Hit Bottom?

The Semiconductor Industry Association said today that global chip sales reversed course during the month of March, rising to $14.7 billion from $14.2 billion the month before. But while there are encouraging signs that we may have reached the bottom in some industries — that chip buyers have used up the inventory they had on hand and are now ready to buy — there’s no evidence that chip sales will continue growing in the near term. Read More about Stat Shot: Have Chips Sales Hit Bottom?

Chipmakers Want a Bailout Too

The Semiconductor Industry Association said today that chips sales were up 5.5 percent in August compared with the year before, but cautioned that since more than half of chips go into consumer devices, the U.S. Congress needs to act to stabilize the economic situation.