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USPTO ISSUES TRADEMARK: EESIP
August 27, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 27 -- The trademark EESIP (Reg. No. 4589034) was issued on Aug. 19 by the USPTO.

Murata to Buy Peregrine Semiconductor
August 27, 2014
Murata Electronics North America a wholly owned subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co. and Peregrine Semiconductor (Peregrine) reported that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Murata will acquire all outstanding shares of Peregrine not owned by Murata, for $12.50 per share in cash, or a total transaction value of $471 million ($465 million excluding Murata's existing holding).

-Cypress and HLMC Demonstrate Working Silicon Cells Leveraging 55-Nanometer Embedded Flash IP
August 27, 2014
ENP Newswire - 27 August 2014 Release date- 26082014 - SAN JOSE, Calif., and SHANGHAI, China - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY), a leading provider of embedded nonvolatile memory solutions, and Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation, one of the most advanced pure play wafer foundries in China, today announced the companies have developed functioning silicon cells using Cypress's SONOS embedded Flash memory intellectual property at the 55-nanometer process technology node.

KLA-Tencor Introduces Key Systems for 5D(TM) Patterning Control Solution; Accelerating The Ramp Of Advanced Patterning Techniques For Sub-20nm Design Nodes
August 26, 2014
Today,KLA-Tencor Corporation(NASDAQ: KLAC) introduced the WaferSight(TM) PWG patterned wafer geometry measurement system, the LMS IPRO6 reticle pattern placement metrology system and the K-T Analyzer® 9.0 advanced data analysis system. These three new products support KLA-Tencor's unique 5D(TM) patterning control solution, which addresses five elements of patterning process control-the three geometrical dimensions of device structures, time-to-results and overall equipment efficiency. The 5D patterning control solution is being developed to drive optimal patterning results through the characterization, optimization and monitoring of processes inside and outside the lithography module. By combining these measurements with intelligent feedback and feed forward process control loops, this solution can help chipmakers obtain faster, more cost-effective ramps of multi-patterning, spacer pitch splitting and other advanced patterning technologies using existing process equipment. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7065552-kla-tencor-wafersight-5d-patterning-control-solution/

Vitesse Adds William C. Martin to Board of Directors
August 26, 2014
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS), a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks, announced the appointment of William C. Martin to its board of directors.

Competition for Graphene
August 26, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory issued the following news release: A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials. An international collaboration of researchers led by a scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reported the first experimental observation of ultrafast charge transfer in photo-excited MX2 materials. The recorded charge transfer time clocked in at under 50 femtoseconds, comparable to the fastest times recorded for organic photovoltaics. "We've demonstrated, for the first time, efficient charge transfer in MX2 heterostructures through combined photoluminescence mapping and transient absorption measurements," says Feng Wang, a condensed matter physicist with Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division and the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Physics Department. "Having quantitatively determined charge transfer time to be less than 50 femtoseconds, our study suggests that MX2 heterostructures, with their remarkable electrical and optical properties and the rapid development of large-area synthesis, hold great promise for future photonic and optoelectronic applications."

FAIRCHILD CLOSING PENANG PLANT
August 26, 2014
Fairchild Semiconductor is closing down its Bayan Lepas manufacturing plant along with its facilities in West Jordan, Utah and Bucheon, South Korea as the group plans to consolidate is operations.

Toshiba's Discrete Semiconductor Products Strategy
August 26, 2014
Tokyo, Aug. 26 -- -Toshiba (TOKYO:6502) aims for stable business expansion by providing discrete devices in growth markets. The business environment is changing, and markets for smartphone, tablet PC, wireless base stations and data centers are expanding, automobile are becoming more intelligent, new energy sources, such as wind power, are expanding, primarily in emerging countries, and energy efficiency is emphasized more than ever in industry.

Cree CEO Chuck Swoboda to speak at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
August 26, 2014
  Chapel Hill, N.C. (PRWEB) August 26, 2014   Charles M. (Chuck) Swoboda, the president, chairman and chief executive officer of Cree, Inc., will give a free, public talk as part of the Dean's Speaker Series at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School on Sept. 15.           Swoboda has devoted his career to making the energy-wasting light bulb obsolete. He led Cree from a near start-up to today's market leader and innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power applications. Since Swoboda joined the firm in 1993, it has grown from just over $6 million in annual revenue to nearly $1.4 billion.     Cree has created nearly 1,000 jobs in North Carolina over the last 10 years and has nearly 7,000 employees worldwide. Forbes recognized the company as one "America's 25 Fastest Growing Tech Companies for 2013."         Swoboda was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas in 2010 and the Edison Report's Lighting Industry Person of the Year in 2013.       Swoboda will speak at 6 p.m. in Koury Auditorium at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Weird materials find a practical use: topological insulators could speed up memory storage devices; MATTER & ENERGY
August 23, 2014
  One of science's newest wonder materials may find its way into computers.       A study published in the July 24 Nature reveals that electrons coursing through materials called topological insulators can manipulate magnetic components like the ones in computer memory. The work is one of the first attempts to find real-world uses for topological insulators.         "This is the first proposal I have seen ... which does not appear to be prima facie absurd," says Sankar Das Sarma, a condensed matter physicist at the University of Maryland in College Park. "Purely scientifically, this proposal makes sense."         Since predicting the existence of topological insulators in 2005, physicists have salivated over the materials' unique properties (SN: 5/22/10, p. 22). For the most part, topological insulators are, in fact, insulators. But electrons scurry along unimpeded on their surfaces, and in strict formation: All electrons moving in a particular direction have the same spin.           Many scientists are digging into the fundamental physics of these materials, which include bismuth selenide and mercury telluride. But Penn State condensed matter physicist Nitin Samarth wanted to do something useful with them. He found inspiration in the work of Cornell University condensed matter physicist Dan Ralph, whose team is trying to revamp computer RAM and hard drives.         Most current hard drives store data as Is and Os in small chunks of magnetic wafers that act like compass needles--if a chunk is magnetically oriented in one direction it's a 1; in the other it's a 0. Flipping a 1 to a 0 (or vice versa) requires generating magnetic fields, a relatively inefficient process that limits devices' speed and capacity (SN: 10/19/13, p. 28).      


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