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SMIC Achieves 8M Pixel CIS Production on 0.13-Micron BSI with Cista
February 27, 2015
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC") (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) the largest and most advanced pure-play foundry provider in China, and Cista System Corp. a fabless semiconductor company that specializes in CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) and System on Chip (SoC) designs, have jointly announced the achievement of mass production for two CIS-BSI products, of 1.3MP resolution with 1.75-micron pixel and 8MP resolution with 1.4-micron pixel, respectively. Both sensors are based on SMIC's independently developed 0.13-micron BSI technology platform. Back-Side Illumination (BSI) CMOS Image Sensor technology increases the amount of light captured by the sensor, and thus enables image sensors with improved low-light performance. SMIC's 0.13-micron CIS-BSI technology is independently developed and offers competitive performance. Based on a low leakage process, it only uses three aluminum metal layers for reduced cost and supports pixel sizes down to 1.4-micron for 8MP resolution CIS. SMIC also provides full in-house turn-key service which includes CIS wafer fabrication, color filter & micro-lens processing, TSV-CSP and testing to help customers shorten the supply chain with fast cycle time and low cost.

-Brite Semiconductor Improves Quality of Results and Reduces Time to Market for Four SoC Designs with Cadence Digital Implementation and Signoff Tools
February 27, 2015
SAN JOSE, Calif - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), today announced that Brite Semiconductor Corporation, used Cadence digital implementation and signoff tools to complete four 28nm system-on-chip (SoC) designs and reduced their time to market by three weeks compared to previous design methodologies.

-ON Semiconductor to Webcast Financial Analyst Day on February 26
February 27, 2015
PHOENIX, Ariz. - ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) will host its Financial Analyst Day in Scottsdale, Arizona, on February 26, 2015, starting at 8 a.m. MST. The event will feature presentations on the company's strategy, financial outlook and performance. A copy of the presentation material for the event will be posted on the Investors page of company's website at http://www.onsemi.com on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 7 a.m. MST.

SEMI's Jan. Orders and Shipping Report displays a 1.03 B/B Ratio
February 27, 2015
The Orders and Shipping Report of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) has revealed that the orders value of semiconductor equipment manufacturers in North America in January averaged at US$131 million, with a BooktoBill Ratio (B/B Ratio) of 1.03.

ASML announces a new high for EUV productivity
February 27, 2015
ASML confirmed that its customer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) has successfully exposed more than 1000 wafers on an NXE:3300B EUV system in a single day, an important step toward insertion of EUV lithography in volume production of semiconductors, according to the company.

Silicon Motion Announces Osprey Visual IoT Platform
February 26, 2015
Complete platform solution with high-performance, low-power and quick time-to-market, powering IoT and other connected devices MILPITAS, Calif., -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO) ("Silicon Motion"), a leading semiconductor company specializing in embedded storage and graphics products, today announced the availability of its Osprey Visual IoT Platform, a new platform solution targeting industrial and thin-client devices. Osprey's all-in-one package design and low power capability make it ideally suited to power-connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) components, including POS/kiosk, factory automation, digital signage and portable medical devices that require high reliability and power efficiency. "The Osprey platform will enable our customers to bring a new generation of connected industrial and commercial products online quickly to enable greater functionality and performance," said Arnold Estep, Graphics Marketing Director for Silicon Motion.

Canon develops next-generation semiconductor lithography system
February 26, 2015
HIGHLIGHT: Canon Inc. has developed a next-generation semiconductor lithography system employing nanoimprint technology.

America II Signs Distribution Agreement with ITSWELL.
February 26, 2015
  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (PRWEB) February 26, 2015         America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it has entered into a franchise distribution agreement with ITSWELL Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of LED products used in home appliance, automotive, traffic control, medical, lighting, and gaming applications. Under terms of the agreement, America II will have global distribution rights to ITSWELL's entire portfolio of LED components.     "Growth of the smart lighting market is expected to be very important to LED manufacturers," said Brian Ellison, president at America II Electronics. "It's all about the Internet of Things as tablet, mobile and automotive applications continue to gain momentum. So as America II continues to add quality franchise lines at a fierce pace, we look to manufactures who can help our customers innovate and evolve their products to capitalize on the IoT's potential. We feel that ITSWELL and their line of cost-effective LED solutions will bring great value to our worldwide customer base."           "Our partnership with America II presents an enormous opportunity," said Deog Woo Lee, senior managing director at ITSWELL Co., Ltd.

Altium announces TASKING C compiler for the next generation BOSCH GTM-IP MCS.
February 25, 2015
  San Diego, Calif (PRWEB UK) 26 February 2015           Altium Limited, a global leader in Electronic Design Automation, Native 3D PCB design systems (Altium Designer(R), CircuitStudio(R), PCBWorks(R), CircuitMaker(R)), ECAD design data management (Altium Vault(R)), and embedded software development toolkits (TASKING(R)), announces the availability of a new C compiler for the Generic Timer Module (GTM-IP MCS) from the Robert Bosch GmbH.     The GTM IP module forms a generic timer platform for complex applications in the automotive industry like power train, power steering, chassis and transmission control. To serve these different application domains, the GTM provides a wide range of timer functions like counters, multi-action capture/compare, PWM functions, duty-cycle measurement and many more. The GTM also features internal RISC-like programmable cores for data processing and complex output sequence generation. The IP is designed to run with minimal CPU interaction and to unload the CPU from handling interrupt service requests as much as possible.             Generic interfaces and the hierarchical system architecture make the GTM an ideal solution as IP core for various microcontroller architectures.   The GTM has been licensed to semiconductor manufacturers for incorporation of the core on automotive microcontrollers like the AURIX (Infineon Technologies), RH850 (Renesas) and Power Architecture (Freescale and STMicroelectronics).        

One day after Southwest Airlines grounded a hundred and twenty-eight planes a fifth of its fleet, for missing inspections the FAA has now cleared the planes to fly before they are inspected.
February 25, 2015
One day after Southwest Airlines grounded a hundred and twenty-eight planes--a fifth of its fleet, for missing inspections--the FAA has now cleared the planes to fly before they are inspected. Chip Reid`s following this.


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