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MediaTek launches R&D center in Bengaluru

08/20/2014  MediaTek today announced the establishment of a new research and development facility in Bengaluru, India.

Renesas Electronics expands portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs

08/20/2014  Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expands its portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs, with innovative 16V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to 3A continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8V.

STATS ChipPAC’s fcCuBE technology surpasses 100 million unit milestone

08/20/2014  STATS ChipPAC Ltd., a provider of advanced semiconductor packaging and test services, announced today that it has shipped over 100 million semiconductor packages with the company’s fcCuBE technology, advanced flip chip packaging with fine pitch copper (Cu) column bumps, Bond-on-Lead (BOL) interconnection and enhanced assembly processes.

Promising ferroelectric materials suffer from unexpected electric polarizations

08/19/2014  Electronic devices with unprecedented efficiency and data storage may someday run on ferroelectrics—remarkable materials that use built-in electric polarizations to read and write digital information, outperforming the magnets inside most popular data-driven technology.

MIPT and RAS scientists made an important step towards creating medical nanorobots

08/19/2014  Researchers from the Institute of General Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences and MIPT have made an important step towards creating medical nanorobots.

Himax Technologies and Lumus announce collaboration to develop next-generation smart glasses

08/19/2014  Himax Technologies, Inc., a supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, and Lumus, a producer of Augmented Reality glasses, announced today another joint initiative to continue developing the next-generation of smart glasses that will set new technological standards in image quality and performance.

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor announces promotion of Yifan Liang to CFO

08/19/2014  Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited, a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, today announced that the Board of Directors of AOS has promoted Mr. Yifan Liang, the Interim Chief Financial Officer, to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of AOS, effective immediately.

Intersil announces single-chip display power and LED driver for smartphones

08/19/2014  Intersil Corporation, a provider of power management and precision analog solutions, today announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones.

Mentor Graphics announces 25th annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards program

08/19/2014  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the call-for-entries of its 25th annual Technology Leadership Awards (TLA) competition, continuing its tradition of recognizing excellence in printed circuit board (PCB) design.

SmartPlay to offer design services for customers of Intel Custom Foundry

08/19/2014  SmartPlay Inc., a design services company with expertise in digital, analog, wireless software and system design, announced that it is ready to offer design services to customers of Intel Custom Foundry that require expertise, know-how and unique IP in critical embedded applications.

Gigaphoton unveils new function that enables 50% reduction of neon gas consumption for ArF immersion lasers

08/18/2014  Gigaphoton Inc., a lithography light source manufacturer, today unveils a new function, called “eTGM,” available for its flagship high-output GT Series of ArF immersion laser products.

ON Semiconductor completes acquisition of Aptina Imaging

08/18/2014  ON Semiconductor today announced the completion of its acquisition of Aptina Imaging.

Riding the embedded software wave

08/18/2014  Software that controls and powers embedded devices is playing a key role in making possible the highly integrated, multi-functional ‘smart’ devices we take for granted in our daily lives – from the ubiquitous smart phones/tablet to ‘smart’ home appliances and wearable electronics.

The Week in Review: August 15, 2014

08/15/2014  The growing semiconductor market in India; MEMSIC's monolithic, wafer-level packaged accelerometer; Si2 adds new director of 3DIC Programs; Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014; LightFair announces Call for Speakers

Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene

08/15/2014  An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence of oxygen.

Ushio to expand solid-state light source business with Oclaro Japan acquisition

08/15/2014  The closing of the transaction is expected to occur during the fourth calendar quarter of 2014.

LightFair International 2015 call for speakers opens

08/15/2014  The LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2015 Call for Speakers opens in a global invitation seeking responses from top lighting and design practitioners looking to participate in the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference in New York May 3-7, 2015.

MEMSIC introduces the world's first monolithic and wafer level packaged 3D-axis accelerometer

08/15/2014  MEMSIC, Inc., a MEMS sensing solution provider, announced today the availability of its MXC400xXC, the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer, and also the first 3D accelerometer to utilize WLP technology.

Si2 announces new director of 3DIC programs

08/14/2014  The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2), a global semiconductor standards consortium, announced today that Herb Reiter is joining the team of professionals in the role of Director, 3D IC Programs.

Global pressure sensors market is expected to reach $9.36B in 2020

08/14/2014  The global pressure sensors market was valued at $6.53 billion USD in 2013, growing at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2014 to 2020 to account for $9.36 billion USD in 2020.



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