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SMIC's 200 mm wafer factory starts production in Shenzhen
December 18, 2014
SMIC's 200 mm wafer factory starts production in Shenzhen SHANGHAI, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- China's leading semiconductor manufacturer Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC, SMI.NYSE; 00981.HK) announced on Wednesday that its 200-mm wafer factory had been put into production in Shenzhen. It is the first integrated circuit production line in the country after the release of the guidelines for the development of China's integrated circuit industry this year. Shenzhen, a top electronic information industry base in China, boasts hundreds of integrated circuit design companies and equipment providers. Their sales volume accounted for 30 percent of the total in the country. (Edited by Ma Xin, maxin11@xinhua.org)  

ON Semiconductor Unveils New Family of Ultra-Low Power Precision Operational Amplifiers; New zero drift, low voltage devices highly suited to precision applications in industrial, consumer, wireless, IoT and automotive where strong stability across wide operating temperature ranges is mandated
December 17, 2014
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN ), driving energy efficiency innovations, has introduced a family of affordable, precision CMOS operational amplifiers (op amps) that deliver zero drift operation and industry leading quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. Targeted at industrial, white goods, telecom, wearables, Internet-of-Things (IoT), test equipment and instrumentation applications, the NCS325 and NCS333 op amp devices enhance the accuracy of motor control feedback and power supply control loops, thereby contributing to higher overall system efficiency. These devices are complemented by the new NCV333 automotive-qualified (AEC-Q100 grade 1) op amp offering similar functional performance for power train, braking, electronic power steering, valve controls, fuel pump and fuel injection system applications. Featuring high DC precision parameters, such as the 10 micro Volts (µV) maximum input offset voltage at ambient temperature and the 30 nV/°C of offset temperature drift, make these amplifier devices extremely well optimized for low side current sensing and voltage differential measurement on front-end sensor functions. Minimal voltage variations over temperature along with close to zero offset ensure the efficiency of systems exposed to wide operating temperature ranges without the need for complex software calibration algorithms, resulting in a more manageable design and longer product lifespan.

PWM Controllers from Diodes Incorporated Improve Efficiency
December 17, 2014
Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today introduced a family of PWM controllers designed to improve operating efficiency and eliminate no-load losses. The AP3125 current-mode devices have been optimized for use in offline AC-DC converters in portable products, consumer electronics and domestic appliances.

PWM Controllers from Diodes Incorporated Improve Efficiency
December 17, 2014
Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, today introduced a family of PWM controllers designed to improve operating efficiency and eliminate no-load losses. The AP3125 current-mode devices have been optimized for use in offline AC-DC converters in portable products, consumer electronics and domestic appliances.

RapidResponse Solution Chosen to Support ON Semiconductor Global Supply Chain Management; Leading Semiconductor Supplier to Manage Multiple Supply Chain Processes with Cloud Service
December 17, 2014
KINAXIS ("KXS-T") - RapidResponse Solution Chosen to Support ON Semiconductor - Global Supply Chain Management; Leading Semiconductor Supplier - to Manage Multiple Supply Chain Processes with Cloud Service Kinaxis, provider of RapidResponse, delivering cloud-based SCM and S&OP applications, announced that ON Semiconductor,a leading semiconductor supplier offering a comprehensive portfolioof energy efficient solutions has selected Kinaxis RapidResponse to effectively manage supply chain processes for the company's operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RapidResponse enables a broad base of users to:

Introduces Industry's Smallest Usb 3.0 Hub Controller
December 17, 2014
CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORP ("CY-Q") - Introduces Industry's Smallest Usb 3.0 Hub Controller Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced a small package option for its EZ-USB(r) HX3(TM) USB 3.0 hub controller. The 6 mm x 6 mm ball grid array (BGA) package saves board space for Ultrabook(TM) devices, tablets, portable port replicators, and other mobile and consumer devices, adding to the HX3 controller's best-in-class feature set that includes robust interoperability, extensive charging support and full configurability.

Renesas Electronics Announces Development of SRAM Using Leading-Edge 16 nm FinFET for Automotive Information Systems; Achieves Both 0.7 V Low-Voltage Operation and 641 ps High-Speed Operation.
December 17, 2014
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the development of a new circuit technology for automotive information SoCs (system on chips) at 16 nanometer (nm) and beyond. Using this new circuit technology, Renesas tested the prototype of an SRAM, at the 16 nm node as the cache memory for CPU and real-time image processing blocks in an SoC, and successfully confirmed that this SRAM operates at the high speed of 641 ps (picosecond: 1/1,000,000,000,000 of a second) under the low-voltage condition of 0.7 V. Recently, automotive information systems, such as car navigation systems and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are designed with the automatic driving systems of the future in mind, and have seen significant evolution. As a result, there are now strong demands for increased performance in aspects such as lower voltage operation and higher operating speeds in the CPU and real-time image processing, and the planar MOSFET devices used up to now are said to have reached their limits.

PMC Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation and Brings Expertise on Strategic I/O Projects; PMC Collaborates with Industry Leaders on OpenPOWER Advanced Server, Networking, Storage and Acceleration Technology
December 17, 2014
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, today announced the company has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation , an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. PMC will work with IBM and other OpenPOWER Foundation members to develop server and storage solutions for next-generation data centers that integrate IBM POWER CPUs and PMC Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and NVM Express(TM) (NVMe) products. PMC joins a growing roster of technology organizations working collaboratively to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology, as well as industry-leading open source software aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation hyperscale and cloud data centers. The group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform.

Cypress Introduces Industry's Smallest USB 3.0 Hub Controller; Highly-Interoperable, Configurable EZ-USB HX3 With Advanced Charging Capabilities Available in Space-Saving 6 mm x 6 mm BGA Package Ideal for Mobile and Consumer Applications
December 17, 2014
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced a small package option for its EZ-USB(R) HX3(TM) USB 3.0 hub controller. The 6 mm x 6 mm ball grid array (BGA) package saves board space for Ultrabook(TM) devices, tablets, portable port replicators, and other mobile and consumer devices, adding to the HX3 controller's best-in-class feature set that includes robust interoperability, extensive charging support and full configurability.

Toshiba Launches 6TB Enterprise Capacity HDD Models; The MG04 series delivers impressive capacity and offers Toshiba persistent write cache technology
December 17, 2014
Toshiba Corporation 's (TOKYO:6502) Semiconductor & Storage Products Company today announced the addition of 6TB[1] SATA and SAS models to its MG04 series of 3.5-inch form factor enterprise capacity class of hard disk drives (HDD). New SAS interface models provide the benefits of 12Gbit/s[2] transfer rate for 6TB, 5TB, 4TB and 2TB HDDs. Sample shipment will begin in CQ1 of 2015. Toshiba: 6TB Enterprise Capacity HDD (Photo: Business Wire)


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