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SMIC's Shenzhen Fab Goes into Operation; -- The first 8-inch wafer production line in Southern China
December 17, 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), the largest and most advanced pure-play foundry provider in China, announced today it has begun operations at its Shenzhen 200mm wafer fab. This fab is the first 8-inch production line to be put into operation in Southern China, and is also the first domestic IC production line to be launched after the 'National Outline of Promoting the Development of IC Industry' was issued this year. The current growth of mobile communication devices and new applications such as IoT has created a large market demand that existing 8-inch capacity cannot meet. SMIC's investment in the Shenzhen fab's equipment and technology addresses this capacity shortage and further ensures that advanced international 8-inch wafer manufacturing requirements are met. According to the plan, by end of this year, the fab will reach an installed capacity of 10,000 wafers per month; by end of 2015 it will reach 20,000 wafers per month, and will continue to expand its capacity to meet the growing demand. The wafer production will mainly be applied to image sensors, logic circuits, power management IC and other consumer and communication electronics.

Synopsys and Imec Expand TCAD Collaboration to 5 nm and Beyond; Enables Delivery of Accurate Sentaurus TCAD Models for Nanowire, FinFET and Tunnel-FET Transistors
December 16, 2014
 Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS), a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced the expansion of its collaboration with nanoelectronics research center imec to nanowire and other devices (FinFETs, Tunnel-FETs) targeting the 5-nanometer (nm) technology node and beyond. The agreement enables Synopsys to deliver accurate, process-calibrated models for its Sentaurus(TM) TCAD (technology computer aided design) tools to semiconductor manufacturers for use during 5-nm technology node research and development. This latest agreement between imec and Synopsys follows successfully completed collaborations on FinFET and 3D-IC technologies for the 10-nm and 7-nm technology nodes. "At imec, we focus on bringing the semiconductor industry leaders together to deliver future technologies," said An Steegen, senior vice president of process technologies at imec. "We are excited to expand our cooperation with Synopsys, the primary TCAD provider, to explore next-generation device and process technologies for 5 nanometer. This continued tight collaboration with Synopsys will enable us to tackle the physics and engineering of advanced devices and introduce a new device design infrastructure for the industry."

Amtech Reaches $21 million in Solar Orders To-Date in Q1 FY2015 on a Large Order from Asia; Total Solar & Non-Solar Orders Reach $28 million
December 16, 2014
Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, semiconductors, and sapphire and silicon wafers, today announced that since October 1, 2014, it has received approximately $28 million in orders, including $21 million in orders for its solar products.  The $21 million in solar orders includes a significant order from a leading Chinese manufacturer and the previously announced order from Mission Solar Energy.  The orders are expected to ship within the next three to nine months.  Mr. Fokko Pentinga, Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, "We are very pleased to announce these orders early in our fiscal 2015.  This progress adds to the healthy bookings we had in fiscal 2014 and demonstrates our successful participation in selective capacity expansion opportunities in the current solar market."  

ZMDI, a Global Semiconductor Company, is Proud to Be Recognized by "World's Greatest!..." Television Program as a Pioneer in the World of Mobile Sensing Semiconductors
December 16, 2014
Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this Press Release. ZMD AG (ZMDI), an award-winning global semiconductor company headquartered in Dresden, Germany, and specializing in enabling energy-efficient solutions, today announces that it has been chosen by the renowned "World's Greatest!..." television program in recognition of ZMDI's continued positive impact in the semiconductor industry both in the United States and around the world. "World's Greatest!..." is known for its dedication to bringing viewers face-to-face with companies that are "breaking the mold" in their industry and leading the way in their vertical markets.

Ametherm Doubles Manufacturing Capacity Since 2013 Acquisition of Thermistor Product Lines From Measurement Specialties
December 16, 2014
Ametherm today announced that the company has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity since acquiring the SURGE-GARD(TM) line of inrush current limiting thermistors -- in addition to a wide range of NTC chip, surface-mount, and disc thermistors -- from Measurement Specialties Inc. (formerly RTI Electronics) in 2013.

Ametherm Doubles Manufacturing Capacity Since 2013 Acquisition of Thermistor Product Lines From Measurement Specialties
December 16, 2014
Ametherm today announced that the company has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity since acquiring the SURGE-GARD(TM) line of inrush current limiting thermistors -- in addition to a wide range of NTC chip, surface-mount, and disc thermistors -- from Measurement Specialties Inc. (formerly RTI Electronics) in 2013.

Guillaume d'Eyssautier Named sureCore Ltd. Executive Chairman
December 16, 2014
 sureCore Ltd. today appointed respected industry veteran Guillaume d'Eyssautier Executive Chairman.  sureCore is a leading edge, low-power SRAM IP company focused on advanced technology nodes.

Global Slitter Industry and PIN Diode Market 2014 Research Reports
December 16, 2014
DeepResearchReports.com adds 2014 Market Research Report on Global PIN diode Industry and 2014 Market Research Report on Global Slitter Industry business intelligence studies to its online intelligence library. 2014 Market Research Report on Global PIN diode Industry is a 173 pages professional and in-depth research report on worldwide PIN diode markets. For overview analysis, the report introduces PIN diode basic information including definition, classification, application, industry chain structure, industry overview, policy analysis, and news analysis, etc. Complete report is available athttp://www.deepresearchreports.com/112493.html. For international and China PIN diode market analysis, the report analyzes PIN diode markets in China and other countries or regions (such as US, Europe, Japan, etc) by presenting research on global products of different types and applications developments and trends of market, technology, and competitive landscape, and leading suppliers and countries' capacity, production, cost, price, profit, production value, and gross margin. For leading suppliers, related information is listed as products, customers, application, capacity, market position, and company contact information, etc. 2014-2020 forecast on capacity, production, cost, price, profit, production value, and gross margin for these markets are also included.

Global Slitter Industry and PIN Diode Market 2014 Research Reports
December 16, 2014
DeepResearchReports.com adds 2014 Market Research Report on Global PIN diode Industry and 2014 Market Research Report on Global Slitter Industry business intelligence studies to its online intelligence library. 2014 Market Research Report on Global PIN diode Industry is a 173 pages professional and in-depth research report on worldwide PIN diode markets. For overview analysis, the report introduces PIN diode basic information including definition, classification, application, industry chain structure, industry overview, policy analysis, and news analysis, etc. Complete report is available athttp://www.deepresearchreports.com/112493.html. For international and China PIN diode market analysis, the report analyzes PIN diode markets in China and other countries or regions (such as US, Europe, Japan, etc) by presenting research on global products of different types and applications developments and trends of market, technology, and competitive landscape, and leading suppliers and countries' capacity, production, cost, price, profit, production value, and gross margin. For leading suppliers, related information is listed as products, customers, application, capacity, market position, and company contact information, etc. 2014-2020 forecast on capacity, production, cost, price, profit, production value, and gross margin for these markets are also included.

'Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, Volume 2' -- New From Maker Media
December 16, 2014
The hotly anticipated second volume of a planned three-volume set, Charles Platt's Encyclopedia of Electronic Components, Volume 2 (Maker Media; $29.99), is now available, just in time to surprise the special electronics aficionado in your life this holiday season. Exhaustive in scope and reference, this full-color volume focuses on those electronic components as found in signal processing, including LEDs, LCDs, audio, thyristors, digital logic, and amplification.


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