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Fitch Rates Taiwan-based ASE's Notes Final 'BBB'
July 29, 2014
Fitch Ratings has assigned Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.'s (ASE; BBB/Stable) USD300m 2.125% senior unsecured guaranteed notes due 2017 a final rating of 'BBB'. The notes are issued by its wholly owned subsidiary, Anstock II Limited, and unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by ASE. The assignment of the final rating follows the receipt of documents conforming to information already received. The final rating is in line with the expected rating assigned on 11 July 2014. The notes are rated in line with ASE's senior unsecured rating of 'BBB' as they represent direct, unconditional, unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the company.

China: SMIC and Brite Semiconductor form SMIC-ASIC network for global IC market
July 28, 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp or SMIC, China's largest chipmaker, has recently announced that it jointly launched a new network service platform, known as SMIC-ASIC global IC business platform, with Brite Semiconductor (Shanghai) Corporation, a leading IC design and turnkey service provider to build a professional network community for the semiconductor industry.

VANISHING VISCOSITY A SUPERFLUID GAS FORMED IN LAYERS OF 2D CRYSTALS COULD INDUCE SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AT HIGH TEMPERATURES
July 28, 2014
The following information was released by the University of California - San Diego: Layers of two dimensional crystals could support superconductivity. An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined.

ON Semiconductor introduces new Lithium-ion battery protection controller
July 25, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: ON Semiconductor, which designs, manufactures and markets semiconductor components, has introduced a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets.

Lattice introduces new iCE40 Ultra family
July 22, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has introduced the iCE40 Ultra family, reportedly delivering the integration of emerging infrared remote, barcode, touch, user identification, and pedometer functions with customization capabilities for makers of mobile consumer devices.

Lam Research releases new etch and deposition products for advanced patterning
July 21, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Lam Research Corp., a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to semiconductor industry, has released two new products, 2300 Kiyo F Series conductor etch system, and the VECTOR ALD Oxide system, to enable advanced patterning.

ON Semiconductor introduces LC898214XC auto focus controller
July 21, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: ON Semiconductor, which designs, manufactures and markets semiconductor components, has introduced the LC898214XC auto focus controller for camera modules in smartphones.

ON Semiconductor announces enhancements to CCD image sensor portfolio
July 18, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: ON Semiconductor, a provider of signal management, logic, discrete and custom solutions, has announced that it is enhancing the charge-coupled device, or CCD, image sensor portfolio, with new technology that reportedly improves imaging performance for industrial applications.

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.

Cohu introduces Jaguar strip handler for testing semiconductor packages
July 16, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Cohu, Inc., which designs, manufactures and sells semiconductor test handling equipment, has introduced Jaguar, a strip handler for testing semiconductor packages, LEDs, MEMS sensors and traditional ICs.


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