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FORM 8-K: TRIQUINT SEMICONDUCTOR FILES CURRENT REPORT
July 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- TriQuint Semiconductor Inc., Hillsboro, Ore., files Form 8-K (current report) with Securities and Exchange Commission on July 23.

Sony Increases Production Capacity for Stacked CMOS Image Sensors
July 24, 2014
Tokyo. OREANDA-NEWS . Sony Corporation announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center ("Nagasaki TEC") and Kumamoto Technology Center ("Kumamoto TEC") from the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 ("FY14") through the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 ("FY15"), to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors.This investment is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities.On January 29, 2014, Sony announced its plans to establish and invest in Yamagata Technology Center ("Yamagata TEC") as a facility mainly conducting the mastering process. The current investment is expected to enable Sony to complete subsequent stages of production, including the layering process, at Nagasaki TEC on semiconductor chips that have undergone the mastering process at Yamagata TEC, providing Sony with a fully integrated production system for stacked CMOS image sensors.This investment forms part of Sony's mid - to long-term plan to increase its total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 75,000 wafers per month, and is expected to increase the current capacity of approximately 60,000 wafers per month to approximately 68,000 wafers per month in August 2015.Stacked CMOS image sensors deliver superior image quality and advanced functionality, together with compact size. Demand for these image sensors is anticipated to further increase, particularly within the expanding market for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Power Integrations' New LinkSwitch-3 ICs Meet 2016 DoE 6 EPS Efficiency Regulations for Smartphone and Tablet Chargers; Highly integrated devices enable charger designs up to 10 W with only 28 components
July 23, 2014
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI ), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today announced the launch of its LinkSwitch(TM)-3 family of highly integrated monolithic switching ICs. The new devices deliver accurate primary-side regulation for chargers and adapters up to 10 W, making them suitable for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, particularly those subject to 30 mW no-load limitations, such as upcoming mandatory US DoE EPS efficiency regulations and EU CoC Tier 2 guidelines.

The polariton laser: With 250x lower power consumption, could this be the answer to on-chip optical interconnects?
July 23, 2014
Engineers at the University of Michigan and Intel have succeeded in creating the first practical, room-temperature polariton laser. The polariton laser is of extreme interest because it requires just 0.4% of the current required by normal lasers, making it a prime candidate for use with on-chip optical interconnects. It is also believed that the polariton laser is the first new practical method of producing coherent laser light since the laser diode debuted more than 50 years ago in 1962. In a normal laser (which is actually an acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"), a large amount of electrical current is applied to a lasing material. In a standard laser diode, the material is usually consists of a sandwich of semiconductor pairs (gallium arsenide and aluminium gallium arsenide are a common pairing). Electricity is pumped into this sandwich until they cross a certain threshold, at which point it emits photons (that's the stimulated emission part). The problem is, a large amount of current is required to cross that threshold, and up until that point there's no lasing at all.

The polariton laser: With 250x lower power consumption, could this be the answer to on-chip optical interconnects?
July 23, 2014
Engineers at the University of Michigan and Intel have succeeded in creating the first practical, room-temperature polariton laser. The polariton laser is of extreme interest because it requires just 0.4% of the current required by normal lasers, making it a prime candidate for use with on-chip optical interconnects. It is also believed that the polariton laser is the first new practical method of producing coherent laser light since the laser diode debuted more than 50 years ago in 1962. In a normal laser (which is actually an acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"), a large amount of electrical current is applied to a lasing material. In a standard laser diode, the material is usually consists of a sandwich of semiconductor pairs (gallium arsenide and aluminium gallium arsenide are a common pairing). Electricity is pumped into this sandwich until they cross a certain threshold, at which point it emits photons (that's the stimulated emission part). The problem is, a large amount of current is required to cross that threshold, and up until that point there's no lasing at all.

After Years of Leading the Charge, Schumer Announces Long-Awaited Army Corps of Engineers Permit Will be Signed, Sealed and Delivered This Week for the Marcy Nano Multi-Billion Dollar Computer Chip Manufacturing Plant
July 23, 2014
The office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after working for years to secure federal wetlands permits for Mohawk Valley EDGE, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will approve the project and issue the wetland permit to EDGE this Friday. This will now allow Mohawk Valley EDGE and the permit end-user, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), to begin developing and constructing a state-of-the-art computer chip manufacturing facility that could generate over a thousand jobs. This manufacturing facility will complement the nano-science research and development conducted at SUNY IT, which is located adjacent to the site. Schumer led the push for the USACE to approve Mohawk Valley EDGE's long sought wetlands permit. Schumer explained that, now, CNSE, SUNY IT and EDGE can begin working together to make this chip fabrication manufacturing plant a reality and bring thousands of new, skilled, well-paying manufacturing jobs to the Syracuse region.

Semiconductor IP Market Estimated to Reach $5.63 Billion by 2020 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets.
July 23, 2014
  (PRWEB) July 23, 2014             According to a new market research report of "Semiconductor (Silicon) IP Market by Form Factor (Integrated Circuit IP, SOC IP), Design Architecture (Hard IP, Soft IP), Processor Type (Microprocessor, DSP), Application, Geography and Verification IP - Forecast & Analysis to 2013 - 2020", the semiconductor (silicon) ip market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.6% from 2014 to 2020 and reach $5.63 Billion in 2020.           Browse more than 76 market data tables with 60 figures spread through 337 pages and in-depth TOC on "Semiconductor (Silicon) IP Market".           http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/semiconductor-silicon-intellectual-property-ip-market-651.html   Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report.       http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/requestCustomization.asp?id=651   Integrated Circuit (IC) design teams are constantly struggling with the increasing pressure to make end user products smaller in size, more reliable, affordable, with more advanced features, and superior performance, all in the face of decreasing product life cycles and time to market.

Semiconductor Industry in India to Reach $52.8 Billion by 2020, Reveals New Market Research Report by NOVONOUS.
July 23, 2014
  Lewes, DE (PRWEB) July 23, 2014   India has a very large industry base of electronics items but there is little manufacturing base for semiconductors. As of now India doesn't have any operational wafer fabrication plants and depends extensively on the imports. Semiconductor industry is 100% import based with India importing semiconductors worth $10 billion in 2013. Since In 2013, India spent $169 billion on oil imports, $54 billion on gold imports and $31.5 billion on electronic imports.           Semiconductors are used extensively in various applications, which offer immense potential for the growth of this industry in India. Semiconductors are used majorly in Mobile Devices, Telecommunications, Information Technology & Office Automation (IT & OA), Industrial, Automotive and other industries (Aerospace, Defense and Medical industries).           The latest research report by NOVONOUS finds that the semiconductor industry is estimated to grow from $10.02 billion in 2013 to $52.58 billion in 2020 at CAGR of 26.72%.             For more information and to purchase this report please visit: Semiconductor Market in India.         According to this research report, mobile devices are expected to grow at CAGR of 33.4% from 2013 to 2020. The contribution to semiconductor revenue is expected to grow from 35.4% in 2013 to 50.7% in 2020.           Telecommunication segment is expected to grow at CAGR of 26.8% from 2013 to 2020 and its contribution to total revenue will remain the same at 19.7% in 2020.

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.

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.


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