$200m boost for R&D on tiny semiconductors
July 24, 2014
THE Government and 10 industry partners are injecting $200 million over the next three to five years for research and development into the manufacture of smaller, more efficient semiconductors. The R&D will be carried out in four joint labs set up by the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) and the 10 companies. IME executive director Kwong Dim-Lee told The Straits Times yesterday that there is huge demand building for sensors and other devices designed to be always connected to the Internet.

July 23, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (FCS), South Portland, Maine, has filed a Form 4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission noting the change in the beneficial interest held by Executive VP Mark S. Frey, South Portland.

-ON Semiconductor Introduces Integrated Lithium-ion Battery Protection Controller for Smartphones and Tablets
July 23, 2014
ENP Newswire - 23 July 2014 Release date- 22072014 - TOKYO, Japan - TECHNO-FRONTIER - ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficiency innovations, has announced a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets.

-ON Semiconductor Wins '2013 Best Partner Award' from ASUS
July 23, 2014
ENP Newswire - 23 July 2014 Release date- 22072014 - TAIPEI - ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficient innovations, has been awarded the '2013 Best Partner Award' from ASUStek Computer Inc., a top three notebook vendor and the number one motherboard manufacturer in the world.

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.

SEMI Announces New South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit
July 22, 2014
The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International issued the following news release: SEMI today announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America. The inaugural SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit will be held November 18-20, 2014, at the Hilton Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina-based Unitec Blue and the Brazil Development Bank BNDES are supporting the event.

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.

SoloPower Systems Ramps Up Manufacturing.
July 21, 2014
  Portland, OR (PRWEB) July 21, 2014           Portland, Oregon-based SoloPower Systems--which last year acquired the unique SoloPower™ CIGS technology from California tech start-up SoloPower Inc.--announced today that it is proceeding with the ramp up of manufacturing operations at its Portland facility.         Systems' President Rob Campbell stated, "We now have the team and resources in place and are pleased to announce the ramp up of our high volume production facility along with the advancement of our technology roadmap and the implementation of global sales and partnership agreements. Our proprietary SoloPower™ technology and ultra-lightweight flexible CIGS PV products serve many new and underserved markets. Along with our previously announced partnership with CTI Co. in South Korea we look forward to fulfilling our robust and diverse sales pipeline in Europe, the MENA, the Americas and Australasia."       About SoloPower Systems:         SoloPower Systems is a photovoltaic technology company specializing in the design, manufacture and deployment of CIGS flexible thin-film technology. Further information about SoloPower Systems can be found at:

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.


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