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Cloud-based chip design research and education
July 23, 2014
umbai, July 23 -- Engineers qualified for complex systems-on-chip (SoCs) are increasingly scarce, especially in developing countries, but that may come to an end soon as a result of a joint program announced today by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) of Research Triangle, N.C., and startup Silicon Cloud International (SCI) of Singapore. By deploying electronic design automation (EDA) hardware and software in a private cloud accessible only to researchers and doctoral candidates at universities worldwide, SRC and SCI hope to grow a whole new crop of qualified SoC design engineers in developing countries worldwide. "All of our programs have a major chip design component. For instance, SRC has funding now from Abu Dhabi to help improve their university system to meet the unique needs of companies that they want to recruit to come over to Abu Dhabi," Larry Sumney, president and CEO of SRC, told EE Times. "But companies won't come unless there are engineers there to hire, and our new program with SCI will fulfill that roll with its educational agenda."

Global Semiconductor Wafer Cleaning Systems Market 2014-2018
July 22, 2014
Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Semiconductor Wafer Cleaning Systems Market 2014-2018 http://www.reportlinker.com/p01698919/Global-Semiconductor-Wafer-Cleaning-Systems-Market-2014-2018.html About Semiconductor Wafer Cleaning Systems The prevention of contamination is vital in the semiconductor production process. The ability of semiconductor wafer manufacturers to keep semiconductor wafers contaminant-free determines the success of the semiconductor production process. Therefore, semiconductor wafer cleaning equipment is used before and after every phase of the semiconductor production process to circumvent contamination. Recently, the miniaturization of semiconductor wafers has caused a shift from batch cleaning to single-wafer cleaning. TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Semiconductor Wafer Cleaning Systems market will grow at a CAGR of 16 percent over the period 2013-2018.

ON Semiconductor Introduces Integrated Lithium-ion Battery Protection Controller for Smartphones and Tablets; LC05111CMT helps reduce charging time of portable electronics with high-precision control of charge/discharge current
July 22, 2014
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN ), driving energy efficiency innovations, has announced a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets. The highly integrated LC05111CMT utilizes analog circuit technology, MOSFET technology, and advanced packaging expertise to incorporate controller and driver functions in a single circuit.

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.

Analog Devices Completes Tender Offer; Acquisition of Hittite Microwave Expected to Be Completed Later Today
July 22, 2014
Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today announced it has completed its tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Hittite Microwave Corporation (NASDAQ:HITT) for $78.00 per share in cash, and ADI has accepted for payment and will promptly pay the depositary for all validly tendered shares. ADI expects to complete the acquisition of Hittite Microwave later today and will issue a press release to notify stakeholders.

HID Global Debuts Latest RFID Transponder Using 8KB FRAM Technology for Memory Intensive Applications; News Highlights:
July 22, 2014
HID Global ®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced that its Identification Technologies division is shipping the IN Tag(TM) 300 8KB RFID transponder, which is ideal for memory intensive applications. IN Tag(TM) 300 8KB incorporates ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) technology from Fujitsu Semiconductor. This accelerates data access close to the maximum high frequency (HF) speed; endures billions of read and write cycles; and withstands gamma radiation up to 50 KGray to survive e.g. medical sterilization processes. "The new IN Tag 300 8KB delivers the optimum in speed and memory size for the ISO/IEC 15693 protocol," said Richard Aufreiter, director of product management, Identification Technologies with HID Global. "This and the radiation resistance make the tag ideal for demanding automation, medical or nuclear applications."

Dialog Semiconductor Plc.: Termination of Merger Discussions
July 22, 2014
Further to the announcement made on 26 June 2014, Dialog announces that, despite extensive discussions, it has been unable to agree suitable terms for a transaction and has terminated discussions with AMS AG ("AMS") regarding a possible merger of equals of the two companies. Dialog will continue to execute on its strategy to become a leading provider of analog mixed signal semiconductors for fast growing market segments including smartphone, tablet, solid state lighting and the emerging wearable and smart home segments. Dialog remains committed to exploring opportunities to enhance its product portfolio and expand its addressable market through strategic transactions.

XO Communications Deploys Infinera Intelligent Transport Network for 100G Nationwide
July 22, 2014
Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and XO Communications (XO) announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform capable of delivering high bandwidth network services up to 100G across the XO nationwide network. The multi-terabit Infinera DTN-X platform also enables XO to support high-performance cloud, data and video applications nationally. With the Infinera DTN-X platform, XO benefits from the industry's only commercially available single-card 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) FlexCoherent super-channel solution. These 500 Gb/s super-channels enable XO to rapidly deliver more than nine terabits per second (Tb/s) of transmission capacity on a single fiber. To put that in perspective, nine Tb/s is more capacity than the entire Internet in 2005, and is enough bandwidth to simultaneously stream over one million high definition videos bi-directionally.

Cloud-Based Chip Design Research & Education
July 22, 2014
Engineers qualified for complex systems-on-chip (SoCs) are increasingly scarce, especially in developing countries, but that may come to an end soon as a result of a joint program announced today by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) of Research Triangle, N.C., and startup Silicon Cloud International (SCI) of Singapore. By deploying electronic design automation (EDA) hardware and software in a private cloud accessible only to researchers and doctoral candidates at universities worldwide, SRC and SCI hope to grow a whole new crop of qualified SoC design engineers in developing countries worldwide.

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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