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Cypress and Spansion Announce Filing of Form S-4 Registration Statement Related to Proposed Merger
December 19, 2014
 Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Spansion, Inc. (NYSE: CODE) today announced that Cypress has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a joint preliminary proxy statement/prospectus in connection with the proposed merger between the two companies. While this registration statement has not yet become effective and the information contained therein is subject to change, it provides important information about Cypress, Spansion and the proposed merger. The registration statement containing the joint preliminary proxy statement/prospectus is available through the SEC's website athttp://www.sec.govand via Cypress's IR website athttp://investors.cypress.com/sec.cfmand Spansion's IR website athttp://investor.spansion.com/sec.  

GigOptix Amends and Restates Stockholder Rights Plan
December 19, 2014
GigOptix, Inc. (NYSE MKT:GIG), a supplier of advanced high speed semiconductor components for use in long-haul, metro, cloud connectivity, data centers, consumer electronics links and interactive applications, through optical and wireless communications networks, today announced that on December 16, 2014 it has entered into an Amended and Restated Rights Agreement to extend the expiration date of its stockholder rights plan which provides that the Company issue rights to purchase shares of Series A Junior Preferred Stock. The stockholder rights plan would otherwise have expired on December16, 2014. The Amended and Restated Rights Agreement amends the Rights Agreement previously adopted by (i)extending the expiration date by three years to December 16, 2017, (ii)decreasing the exercise price per right issued to stockholders pursuant to the stockholder rights plan from $8.50 to $5.25, and (iii)making certain other technical and conforming changes. The Amended and Restated Rights Agreement was not adopted in response to any acquisition proposal.

GigOptix Amends and Restates Stockholder Rights Plan
December 19, 2014
GigOptix, Inc. (NYSE MKT:GIG), a supplier of advanced high speed semiconductor components for use in long-haul, metro, cloud connectivity, data centers, consumer electronics links and interactive applications, through optical and wireless communications networks, today announced that on December 16, 2014 it has entered into an Amended and Restated Rights Agreement to extend the expiration date of its stockholder rights plan which provides that the Company issue rights to purchase shares of Series A Junior Preferred Stock. The stockholder rights plan would otherwise have expired on December16, 2014. The Amended and Restated Rights Agreement amends the Rights Agreement previously adopted by (i)extending the expiration date by three years to December 16, 2017, (ii)decreasing the exercise price per right issued to stockholders pursuant to the stockholder rights plan from $8.50 to $5.25, and (iii)making certain other technical and conforming changes. The Amended and Restated Rights Agreement was not adopted in response to any acquisition proposal.

IXYS Introduces an Opto-Isolated Fast Gate Driver for Power MOSFETs and IGBTs
December 19, 2014
The IX3180 is a 2.5A Fast Driver IC  with a Wide Voltage Range of 10V to 20V Beverly, Massachusetts, USA — IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (ICD), (NASDAQ: IXYS), announces the immediate availability of the IX3180 2.5A Gate Drive Optocoupler.  The IX3180 combines IXYS ICD’s optocoupler expertise from its OptoMOS product line with its popular 600-Series of high current gate drivers.  The optocoupler input is a  light emitting diode which is then optically coupled to an integrated circuit containing a photo diode and high-speed, high current, push-pull power output.

School districts OK tax breaks for tech firm
December 19, 2014
Two school districts have agreed on property tax breaks for Akhan Semiconductor Inc. as part of a larger proposed incentive package to bring the technology company to Gurnee. Board members who gathered in separate meetings Tuesday at Woodland Elementary District 50 and Warren Township High School District 121, both based in Gurnee, approved Akhan's financial incentives at varying levels.

School districts OK tax breaks for tech firm Breaks: High-paying jobs, younger residents a draw
December 19, 2014
Two school districts have agreed on property tax breaks for Akhan Semiconductor Inc. as part of a larger proposed incentive package to bring the technology company to Gurnee. Board members who gathered in separate meetings Tuesday at Woodland Elementary District 50 and Warren Township High School District 121, both based in Gurnee, approved Akhan's financial incentives at varying levels. Akhan intends to bring all 54 employees from Hoffman Estates and California to Gurnee if a deal is struck, with a pledge to create up to 80 jobs within two years because of explosive growth projected from manufacturing semiconductors with new diamond film technology.

United States : MACOM acquires BINOPTICS in $230m deal
December 19, 2014
On 18 November, M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc (MACOM) of Lowell, MA, USA which deals in production of semiconductors, components and subassemblies for analog, RF, microwave and millimeter-wave applications, announced completion of its acquisition of BinOptics Corp of Ithaca, NY, USA, which is an ISO-certified merchant provider of indium phosphide lasers for data centers, mobile backhaul, silicon photonics and access networks.

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon
December 17, 2014
The entire semiconductor industry, not to mention Silicon Valley, is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and become free. These mobile electrons are routed and switched though transistors, carrying the digital information that characterizes our age. An international team of physicists and chemists based at the University of California, Berkeley, has for the first time taken snapshots of this ephemeral event using attosecond pulses of soft x-ray light lasting only a few billionths of a billionth of a second.

Stacking Two-Dimensional Materials May Lower Cost of Semiconductor Devices
December 17, 2014
A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is mismatched - lowering the manufacturing cost for a wide variety of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, lasers and LEDs.

STANFORD TEAM COMBINES LOGIC, MEMORY TO BUILD A AND#039;HIGH-RISEAND#039; CHIP
December 15, 2014
The following information was released by Stanford Engineering: By Tom Abate | Stanford Engineering For decades, the mantra of electronics has been smaller, faster, cheaper. Today, Stanford engineers add a fourth word - taller. At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford team will reveal how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and memory chips on todayand#39;s circuit cards. Those circuit cards are like busy cities in which logic chips compute and memory chips store data. But when the computer gets busy, the wires connecting logic and memory can get jammed. The Stanford approach would end these jams by building layers of logic atop layers of memory to create a tightly interconnected high-rise chip. Many thousands of nanoscale electronic "elevators" would move data between the layers much faster, using less electricity, than the bottleneck-prone wires connecting single-story logic and memory chips today.


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