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TAIPEI — The 10 biggest semiconductor R&D spenders raised the ante last year by 6 percent, led by Intel, according to market research firm IC Insights. The top 10 increased their overall expenditures to $35.9 billion in 2017, compared with $34 billion in 2016. Intel’s $13.1 billion in 2017 accounted for 36 percent of the total expenditures for the group, IC Insights said in a February report emailed to EE Times. The dollar figure amounted to about a fifth of Intel’s 2017 sales, according to the report. Underscoring the growing cost of developing new IC technologies, Intel’s R&D-to-sales ratio has...

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