Cloud-based chip design research and education
July 23, 2014
umbai, July 23 -- Engineers qualified for complex systems-on-chip (SoCs) are increasingly scarce, especially in developing countries, but that may come to an end soon as a result of a joint program announced today by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) of Research Triangle, N.C., and startup Silicon Cloud International (SCI) of Singapore. By deploying electronic design automation (EDA) hardware and software in a private cloud accessible only to researchers and doctoral candidates at universities worldwide, SRC and SCI hope to grow a whole new crop of qualified SoC design engineers in developing countries worldwide. "All of our programs have a major chip design component. For instance, SRC has funding now from Abu Dhabi to help improve their university system to meet the unique needs of companies that they want to recruit to come over to Abu Dhabi," Larry Sumney, president and CEO of SRC, told EE Times. "But companies won't come unless there are engineers there to hire, and our new program with SCI will fulfill that roll with its educational agenda."

New High Load Hexapod 6-Axis Parallel Positioning System
July 22, 2014
Auburn, MA –Precision Motion specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) introduces a new 6-axis positioning system with 1000lbs load capacity. The new H-850KMLD hexapod system provides 1µm minimum incremental motion over a 100mm travel range in XY and 0.5µm in the Z direction. The repeatability in the 3 linear axes is ±1µm, and ±5µrad / 9µrad in the rotary axes.

ON Semiconductor Introduces All-in-One Auto Focus Controller for Smartphone Camera Modules
July 22, 2014
Integrated solution delivers high performance auto focusing as well as lower power consumption. PHOENIX, Ariz. — ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficiency innovations, has introduced the LC898214XC Auto Focus Controller for camera modules in smartphones.

Cadence Announces Protium Rapid Prototyping Platform and Expands System Development Suite Low-Power Verification
July 22, 2014
Highlights - Protium rapid prototyping platform features flow compatibility with Palladium platform, shortening bring-up time by up to 70 percent versus competitive solutions - New Protium rapid prototyping platform increases capacity by 4X over the previous generation - Palladium XP II verification computing platform now features IEEE 1801 support for improved low-power verification

BOOK REVIEW: The Intel Trinity
July 22, 2014
MODERN smartphones, wrote the chief justice of the US Supreme Court in a recent ruling, "are now such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy".

-XMOS adds Bosch, Huawei and Xilinx as strategic investors to complete $ 26M investment round
July 22, 2014
ENP Newswire - 22 July 2014 Release date- 21072014 - Bristol- XMOS Ltd. the fabless semiconductor company and leader in intelligent multicore microcontrollers, has today announced the completion of a $ 26.2m Series-D investment round, adding Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany, Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider and Xilinx Inc. from the USA as strategic investors in the company, alongside existing financial investors that include: Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit, and Foundation Capital. XMOS will use the new funding to extend its market leadership in multicore technology for embedded applications by expanding customer support and accelerating new product development.

Burgeoning Demand for Solar-Grade Polysilicon Drives the Global Silicon and Ferro Silicon Market, According to an Upcoming Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc; Report
July 21, 2014
  San Jose, California (PRWEB) July 21, 2014   Follow us on LinkedIn – GIA is pleased to announce the launch of a major research program analysing the trends impacting the market for "Silicon and Ferro Silicon". Invited to participate in this comprehensive grassroots level global research initiative are senior industry executives, domain experts, technologists and market strategists. The new report to be issued shortly will offer accurate assessment of global market developments including major technologies, trends and challenges, together with descriptive, exploratory, and quantitative analysis of major product and geographic market segments. For details about participation in this primary research program to include your inputs prior to the publication, please click here.

Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network)
July 18, 2014
http://www.abnnewswire.net/rss2/menafn/abn_menafn_en.aspInvestor and industrial consumption of silver has advanced at a healthy pace in 2014, reflected in the silver price increasing 5 percent as of July 15 from the beginning of the year. Building on an impressive 2013, investors continued to boost silver holdings in the first half of 2014. Silver exchange traded funds (ETF) backed by physical silver added 7.0 million ounces (Moz) of silver bullion through June; in contrast, gold ETF holdings dipped by 1.4 Moz ounces over the same time period. Globally, silver bullion coin sales are up 4.5 percent through the 1st quarter of 2014, according to precious metals consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS.

IBM to invest $3bn in chip research to support cloud and big data
July 10, 2014
IBM is to invest $3bn over the next five years on two research and early-stage development programmes to design the chip technology required to support cloud computing and big data.

Wireless Infrastructure Drives RF Power Semiconductor Markets to Well Over $1B
July 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Spending on RF power semiconductors for the wireless infrastructure markets has taken another jump in 2013. Other markets are seeing some moderation in growth as the global economic picture and political factors come into play but some sub-markets are showing a nice upside. Also, according to a new study from ABI Research, Gallium Nitride - long seen as the likely promising new "material of choice" for RF power semiconductors - is continuing its march to capture share, especially in wireless infrastructure.


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