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Thin Film PZT for Semiconductor Application Trends & Technology Update; From FeRAM to Integrated Passive Devices (IPDs): will MEMS applications be the driver for future growth of thin film PZT?
September 22, 2014
The most promising effect of thin film PZT for future aplications would certainly be its piezoelectric effect In September 2013, EPSON has announced its 2nd generation inkjet technology, PrecisionCore 2nd version (to be released in 2014), introducing for the first time MEMS inkjet heads manufactured with thin film PZT technology for office desktop printers. This announcement has been highly publicized: First, thin film PZT MEMS applications are on the market, proving the reliability and maturity of this technology! Second, more inkjet head players will soon follow. Thin film piezoelectric materials are gaining increasingly more importance within the MEMS industry. Although semiconductor manufacturing companies are historically reluctant to introduce such exotic materials into their production lines, every major MEMS foundry nowadays is working on the implementation and qualification of piezoelectric thin film in their MEMS manufacturing processes.

Sapphire Applications and Market: From LED to Consumer Electronics; Apple saved the sapphire industry in 2013 and will transform it in 2014. How will this revolution happen?
September 22, 2014
APPLE SAVED THE SAPPHIRE INDUSTRY IN 2013... The sapphire industry recently ended an 18 month period of depressed pricing and achieved US$936 million in revenue for wafer products. Recovery was helped by an increase in LED demand due to growing adoption in general lighting and a resilient LCD backlight market. But the saving grace was new consumer electronic (CE) applications: camera lens and fingerprint reader covers, mostly driven by Apple in 2013. Overall, the growth in wafer demand will be enough to justify a capacity increase toward the end of 2014. For the longer term, we analyzed opportunities of alternative LED substrates (GaN and Si) but concluded that sapphire will retain > 90% of the market through 2020. After almost 2 years of losses, core prices increased by more than 50% in 2013; tier-1 sapphire vendors are finally selling at prices close to breakeven costs. After a short pause, we expect the uptrend to resume through Q2 and Q3. But leading vendors' interests are not to increase prices above levels that would allow tier-2 competitors to generate a profit as well. We therefore expect prices to stabilize by the end of the year.

United States Photomask Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2019
September 22, 2014
Photomask market is broadly divided into two categories on the basis of the base glass material used- Soda-lime and Quartz photomasks. Quartz base glass material photomasks are gaining attraction due to low impurity levels, which offers high optical and thermal characteristics. Shipment of quartz photomasks is forecast to escalate over the next five years, supported by increasing demand from the Flat Panel Display (FPD) industry. However, the global photomask industry is facing price pressure due to stiff competition. The market is characterized by high fixed costs, where high factory utilization is an important prerequisite. Keeping a factory loaded is extremely important, which further increases pricing pressure in the merchant market.

Pulsed RF Power Semiconductor Device Markets Will Exceed $US300M by 2019 with Gallium Nitride Driving Growth, Says ABI Research
September 22, 2014
Markets for pulsed RF power devices up to 18 GHz are expected to show continued growth over the next 5 years despite the current economic turmoil and cuts in defense spending. While their association with consumer spending fuels the volatility of many global electronics markets, pulsed RF power devices are supported by quite different priorities.

Users Cite 10 Percent Smaller Design Sizes with Latest Releases of Synopsys' Design Compiler; New Innovations Also Reduce Leakage Power and Accelerate Design Schedules
September 22, 2014
Highlights: Elmos Semiconductor reports up to 10 percent reduction in gate count on mixed-signal design KYOCERA Document Solutions reports 10 percent smaller area New monotonic area optimization engine provides improvements in area and power while preserving timing results Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced that multiple customers have achieved smaller area using the latest releases of its Design Compiler® RTL synthesis solution, a key component of Synopsys' Galaxy(TM) Design  Platform.  Aggressive area optimization is critical for designers across a wide range of electronic applications to either lower system costs or implement additional functionality without increasing die size. Innovations in the latest releases include advanced optimizations operating with and without physical information, which lower power and produce smaller, more routable designs without impacting timing.

BitFury Forms Strategic Advisory Board With Technology and Venture Industry Leaders; Advisory board to guide the company through its rapid expansion
September 22, 2014
BitFury Group, the leading Bitcoin infrastructure provider and Bitcoin transaction processing company, formed its strategic advisory board with two key appointments: Silicon Valley investor Jonathan Teo and former UMC Chairman and CEO Dr. Jackson Hu. BitFury also brought on Bob Dykes, founder and president of Tanjarine and former CFO of VeriFone, to its board of directors. The advisory board will work closely with the BitFury leadership team on the technology side to build on the company's silicon leadership position as it pursues more advanced semiconductor technologies and implementation. The advisory board will also bring its substantial venture experience to assist management on the corporate development of the company.

Lattice Announces Production of MachXO3L Devices in WLCSP and caBGA Packages; The most capable non-volatile solution optimized for a wide range of power, size and cost-efficient applications
September 22, 2014
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: LSCC), the leader in low power, small form factor, customizable solutions, today announced volume production of its industry-leading MachXO3LTM family in four tiny packages as small as 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm. Lattice also launched two new low-cost breakout boards that enable designers to evaluate the MachXO3L device's hard IP, versatile I/O and other capabilities. These releases solidify the MachXO3L family's lead in enabling engineers to quickly solve complex design problems in applications as diverse as industrial infrastructure and smart connected devices. The MachXO3L family's unique advantages include:

Lattice Announces Production of MachXO3L Devices in WLCSP and caBGA Packages; The most capable non-volatile solution optimized for a wide range of power, size and cost-efficient applications
September 22, 2014
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: LSCC), the leader in low power, small form factor, customizable solutions, today announced volume production of its industry-leading MachXO3LTM family in four tiny packages as small as 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm. Lattice also launched two new low-cost breakout boards that enable designers to evaluate the MachXO3L device's hard IP, versatile I/O and other capabilities. These releases solidify the MachXO3L family's lead in enabling engineers to quickly solve complex design problems in applications as diverse as industrial infrastructure and smart connected devices. The MachXO3L family's unique advantages include:

NeoPhotonics Announces General Availability of Dual Rate 100G CFP2 LR4 Transceiver; Low power, Dual Rate and Compact 100G CFP2 Pluggable Optical Transceiver Module Designed to Enable High Bandwidth and High Density Client Interface
September 22, 2014
NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE:NPTN), a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuits, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed communications networks, announced the general availibility of Low Power, Dual Rate 100G CFP2 LR4 for Telecom and Datacom applications. The 100G CFP2 LR4 requires less than half of the power as well as half of the size compared to 100G CFP form factor transceivers. This makes the CFP2 LR4 an attractive next generation 100G module solution for today's bandwidth hungry datacenter applications where both port density and lower power are highly desired. The 100G CFP2 LR4 transceiver is designed to fully comply with the IEEE 802.3 100GBASE-LR4 and CAUI-4 Electrical Interface, and OTN OTU4 standards for link distances up to 10km. It also complies with CFP2 MSA and MDIO functionality. The 4-channel PIC-based integrated transmitter is based on NeoPhotonics proven performance and high volume manufacturing platform of 28G EML lasers and drivers, which enable best-in-class module performance, inter-operabability and ease of deployment.

ClariPhy Accelerates 400G Networks by Shipping its 200G Coherent Optical SoC to Customers; Key Highlights:
September 22, 2014
ECOC Exhibition - ClariPhy, a leading provider of the world's fastest and most complex semiconductor solutions for scaling Internet bandwidth, today announced production shipments of its LightSpeed-II(TM) CL20010. The industry's first 28nm coherent system-on-a-chip (SoC), the CL20010 accelerates Internet bandwidth for data centers, transport infrastructure and cloud-based networks. It is the only solution that delivers a multi-rate and multi-modulation architecture enabling true Software Defined Networking (SDN) at the physical layer. The CL20010's configurable bandwidth supports data rates from 40G to 200G per wavelength, enabling the performance and scalability demanded by the rapidly changing network infrastructure marketplace. "Widespread adoption of coherent technology in the metro and for datacenter applications is held back due to the cost of the solutions," said Andrew Schmitt , Principal Analyst, Carrier Transport Networking at Infonetics Research. "Flexible modulations to increase the capacity of coherent links over short interfaces is a crucial competitive advantage and I believe ClariPhy is the first component supplier to ship this."


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