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ON Semiconductor Unveils Auto Focus Controller for Smartphone Camera Modules
July 27, 2014
ON Semiconductor has introduced the LC898214XC Auto Focus Controller for camera modules in smartphones. According to a company release, this integrated solution features digital loop filter and provides fast, accurate auto focus convergence with temperature compensation, while consuming minimal power. The integrated constant current driver provides lower electro interference noise than competing solutions.

FORM 8-K: LATTICE SEMICONDUCTOR FILES CURRENT REPORT
July 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Lattice Semiconductor Corp., Hillsboro, Ore., files Form 8-K (current report) with Securities and Exchange Commission on July 24.

FUJIFILM Electronic Materials U.S.A., Inc. Names Brian O'Donnelly as New President & CEO
July 25, 2014
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials, U.S.A. Inc. (FEUS) has announced that Dr. Brian O'Donnelly has just been appointed President and CEO of the state-of-the-art manufacturing company. In this position, he is responsible for the U.S. semiconductor-based Electronic Materials businesses comprising advanced photolithography products, polyimides, formulated products, Thin Film Precursors, and CMP slurries through the FEUS subsidiary, Fujifilm Planar Solutions. FEUS has its manufacturing operations and product development in North Kingstown RI and Mesa, AZ as well as a broad U.S. distribution network. Brian O'Donnelly named new President and CEO of FUJIFILM Electronic Materials U.S.A., Inc. (Photo: Business Wire)

North American semicon equipment industry posts June 2014 book-to-bill ratio of 1.09
July 25, 2014
SAN JOSE, USA: North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.47 billion in orders worldwide in June 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.09, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI.

STMicroelectronics Opens MEMS Microphone Lab in Taiwan to Enhance Excellence in Audio Performance; The advanced testing facility will answer engineers' need for new MEMS microphone application development, enabling bit-perfect recording quality for ultimate audio experience
July 25, 2014
TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, today announced it has opened a new MEMS Microphone Lab (Anechoic Chamber) in Taiwan to test and analyze high-performance audio applications built with ST's MEMS microphones. ST's new advanced MEMS Microphone lab will focus on all-level audio performance testing from components (microphone or acoustic components) to modules and systems, including smart phones, tablets, notebooks, TVs, and remote controls, ensuring superior recording and sound quality, shorter debugging period, and faster time to market for end applications

Census Bureau Releases Industry Series Report on Semiconductors and Related Device Manufacturing
July 25, 2014
The U.S. Census Bureau issued the following news release: The U.S. Census Bureau today released additional figures from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports for the manufacturing sector of the economy. This release includes new statistics for semiconductor and related device manufacturing (NAICS 334413).

Saankhya Labs Featured in EE Times' Silicon 60: Hot Startups to Watch
July 24, 2014
Bangalore, July 24 -- Saankhya Labs (www.saankhyalabs.com), a fabless semiconductor company based in Bangalore, India today announced that it is featured in the 2014 Global edition of Silicon 60: Hot Startups to watch list published by EE Times. The Silicon 60 includes startups involved in semiconductor technologies for processor, memory technology, EDA, sensors and haptics, wireless communications, power semiconductors, audio, optoelectronics and Internet of Things. The chosen companies have made an impression on EE Times editors based on a mix of criteria, including technology, intended market, maturity, financial position, investment profile and executive leadership.

The polariton laser: With 250x lower power consumption, could this be the answer to on-chip optical interconnects?
July 23, 2014
Engineers at the University of Michigan and Intel have succeeded in creating the first practical, room-temperature polariton laser. The polariton laser is of extreme interest because it requires just 0.4% of the current required by normal lasers, making it a prime candidate for use with on-chip optical interconnects. It is also believed that the polariton laser is the first new practical method of producing coherent laser light since the laser diode debuted more than 50 years ago in 1962. In a normal laser (which is actually an acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"), a large amount of electrical current is applied to a lasing material. In a standard laser diode, the material is usually consists of a sandwich of semiconductor pairs (gallium arsenide and aluminium gallium arsenide are a common pairing). Electricity is pumped into this sandwich until they cross a certain threshold, at which point it emits photons (that's the stimulated emission part). The problem is, a large amount of current is required to cross that threshold, and up until that point there's no lasing at all.

The polariton laser: With 250x lower power consumption, could this be the answer to on-chip optical interconnects?
July 23, 2014
Engineers at the University of Michigan and Intel have succeeded in creating the first practical, room-temperature polariton laser. The polariton laser is of extreme interest because it requires just 0.4% of the current required by normal lasers, making it a prime candidate for use with on-chip optical interconnects. It is also believed that the polariton laser is the first new practical method of producing coherent laser light since the laser diode debuted more than 50 years ago in 1962. In a normal laser (which is actually an acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"), a large amount of electrical current is applied to a lasing material. In a standard laser diode, the material is usually consists of a sandwich of semiconductor pairs (gallium arsenide and aluminium gallium arsenide are a common pairing). Electricity is pumped into this sandwich until they cross a certain threshold, at which point it emits photons (that's the stimulated emission part). The problem is, a large amount of current is required to cross that threshold, and up until that point there's no lasing at all.

Prodelcon Eyes Bigger Foreign Mart Share
July 19, 2014
Here is the text of news released by official news agency Bernama on its website: Prodelcon Sdn Bhd, a semiconductor-based products and services provider, is eyeing bigger market share, particularly in the US, says its assistant sales and costing manager, Shiu Eng Hoe.


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