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GlobalWafers to acquire SunEdison Semiconductor
08/18/2016GlobalWafers Co., Ltd. and SunEdison Semiconductor Limited (NASDAQ:SEMI) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the acqui...
Intel to produce 10nm ARM chip designs
08/19/2016ARM and Intel Custom Foundry this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco an agreement to accelerate the development and implementation of ARM SoCs on ...
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Samsung introduces high-performance LED linear modules for indoor lighting applications

08/26/2016  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced “H-series Gen 3,” a new line-up of LED linear modules that features high efficacy and enables easy replacement of fluorescent lights with LED lamps.

ON Semiconductor receives regulatory approval for Fairchild Semiconductor acquisition

08/26/2016  ON Semiconductor announced today that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has accepted a proposed consent order for public comment on ON Semiconductor’s proposed acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc.

Littelfuse to acquire select product portfolio from ON Semiconductor

08/26/2016  Littelfuse, Inc. today announced it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire the product portfolio of transient voltage suppression diodes, switching thyristors and insulated gate bipolar transistors for automotive ignition applications from ON Semiconductor Corporation for a combined purchase price of $104 million.

Edwards Vacuum receives Lam Research 2016 Supplier Excellence Award

08/26/2016  Edwards Vacuum has been recognized as one of ten companies receiving a 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from Lam Research Corp.

Global MEMS market to grow at a CAGR of close to 12% until 2020

08/26/2016  According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) market is expected to reach USD 20.26 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of nearly 12%.

Following the UV curing boom, disinfection and purification applications are finally ready to take off

08/25/2016  In a short term, UV curing will drive the UV LED market, announces Yole Développement (Yole) in its new LED report entitled UV LEDs: Technology, Manufacturing and Applications Trends.

New electrical energy storage material shows its power

08/25/2016  A powerful new material developed by Northwestern University chemist William Dichtel and his research team could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their driving range.

Graphene under pressure

08/25/2016  Small balloons made from one-atom-thick material graphene can withstand enormous pressures, much higher than those at the bottom of the deepest ocean, scientists at the University of Manchester report.

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films

08/25/2016  Researchers discovered a procedure to restore defective graphene oxide structures that cause the material to display low carrier mobility.

Silego names John Teegen as next CEO

08/25/2016  Silego Technology Inc. today announced that John Teegen has been named its Chief Executive Officer and President, and a member of its Board of Directors.

S. Korean University employs Advanced Vacuum plasma systems in nanotechnology research

08/24/2016  A leading South Korean research university has successfully integrated two Advanced Vacuum plasma processing systems from Plasma-Therm into its nanotechnology fabrication lab, which supports multiple users engaged in wide-ranging nanotechnology research.

Full program for SEMI European MEMS Summit announced

08/24/2016  Leading companies will present the latest and most impactful trends at the upcoming SEMI European MEMS Summit in Stuttgart on 15-16 September, 2016.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts July 2016 book-to-bill ratio of 1.05

08/24/2016  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.79 billion in orders worldwide in July 2016 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.05.

Longtime SRC researcher Pradeep Lall wins NSF Award

08/23/2016  Pradeep Lall, John and Anne MacFarlane professor of mechanical engineering, has received a top award from the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers program.

Will fan-out packaging be sustainable long-term?

08/23/2016  2016 is a turning point for the Fan-Out market since both leaders, Apple and TSMC, changed the game and may create a trend of acceptance of Fan-Out packages

Microsemi announces engineering scholarship program with University of Limerick

08/23/2016  Microsemi Corporation today announced it is renewing its current 50,000 euros scholarship program for University of Limerick engineering students living in County Clare, where the company has its European headquarters in Ennis, Ireland.

Peregrine Semiconductor and Aemulus collaborate to advance high frequency testing

08/23/2016  Aemulus, a developer of automated test equipment (ATE) solutions, and Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator), announce their strategic partnership in the development of a new microwave frequency tester.

Hua Hong Semiconductor taps potential of international MCU markets

08/22/2016  Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited, a global pure-play 200mm foundry, today announced that its shipment of microcontroller (MCU) chips in the first half of 2016 grew to 1.2 billion, a year-on-year increase of 50%, breaking the historical record.

China's semiconductor industry worth $157.66B by 2020

08/22/2016  The China semiconductor industry is expected to reach $157.66 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 12.8% between 2016 and 2020.

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Lam Research enables next-generation memory with industry's first ALD process for low-fluorine tungsten fill

08/09/2016  Lam Research Corp. (NASDAQ: LRCX), an advanced manufacturer of semiconductor equipment, today introduced an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process for depositing low-fluorine-content tungsten films, the latest addition to its ALTUS family of products.



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