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$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.

A*STAR and Industry Form S$200M Semiconductor R&D Joint Labs
July 23, 2014
Public-Private Partnership to drive innovative solutions for complex micro chip manufacturing   Four joint laboratories, representing a commitment of S$200m between private and public sectors, were launched today between A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners. The Advanced Semiconductor Joint Labs will develop and advance semiconductor technologies for future electronics markets. The industry partners involved in this international collaboration are: Applied Materials, Dai Nippon Printing, DISCO, KLA-Tencor, Mentor Graphics, Nikon, Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific, PINK, Tokyo Electron Ltd. and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo. While expectations are for smart devices to sustain a compact form factor, consumers also expect powerful performance and low power consumption. The challenge for the semiconductor industry is to meet these needs by addressing system and integration scaling in the electronics market[1]. The four joint labs in lithography, wafer level packaging (WLP), metrology and assembly, will provide an integrated platform for semiconductor R&D, starting with patterning[2], further development of 3D Integrated Circuits (IC)[3], quality control, and finally, the assembly and high-volume manufacturing of chips. Full details of the labs' capabilities are available in Annex A.

ZMDI, a Global Semiconductor Company, Expands its Battery Management ICs Product Family, With the Release of the ZSSC1750 and ZSSC1751 Data Acquisition System Basis Chips...; ...for precision battery sensing and battery management in automotive, industrial and medical systems
July 23, 2014
Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this press release. ZMD AG (ZMDI), a Dresden-based semiconductor company that specializes in enabling energy-efficient solutions, today announces the ZSSC1750 and ZSSC1751, two fully automotive-qualified, high-precision data-acquisition system basis chips (SBCs). As a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive, industrial, medical, information technology and consumer applications, ZMDI introduces these new ICs to extend its battery sensing and battery management product family. Both the ZSSC1750 and ZSSC1751 include two high-precision, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for simultaneous measurement of battery voltage and current as well as internal and external temperatures. In addition, they provide several power-saving operating modes, including an autonomous periodic wake-up from sleep mode that can run entirely self-contained. Once a fault condition, such as exceeding a predefined current, voltage or temperature threshold occurs, these SBCs will automatically wake up and alert a higher-level controller. Both SBCs are controlled via an SPI interface. The ZSSC1750 provides an additional communication option using a physical LIN interface.

A*STAR IME launches four joint labs to help semiconductor industry
July 23, 2014
SINGAPORE: A Singapore research institution on Wednesday (July 23) launched four laboratories as the Government takes further steps to position the city-state as a world-class innovation hub for the semiconductor industry. The four Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) Institute of Microelectronics' (IME) Advanced Semiconductor Joint Labs will leverage IME's research capabilities in advanced lithography, metrology, assembly, and wafer level packaging, which are key semiconductor technology processes. The industry partners involved in this international collaboration are: Applied Materials, Dai Nippon Printing, DISCO, KLA-Tencor, Mentor Graphics, Nikon, Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific, PINK, Tokyo Electron and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo.

LeadJen Infographic: Best Practices for Selling to IT Professionals
July 23, 2014
When prospecting to IT professionals, marketers should spend time perfecting email and voicemail messages, since nearly a quarter of appointments are set from an inbound response to those messages, according to an infographic released by LeadJen (www.leadjen.com), a B2B lead generation company that helps corporate sales and marketing teams drive more revenue and better understand their market.

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.

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.

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.

Automotive semiconductor market size to exceed USD41 bln by 2021, report
June 12, 2014
Automotive semiconductor market size to exceed USD41 bln by 2021, report The market size of automotive semiconductors in the world is expected to exceed 41 billion US dollars by 2021, China Securities Journal quoted a report of Strategy Analytics as saying on Thursday.


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