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Microelectronics firm's jobs ambition
July 30, 2014
A MICROELECTRONICS firm aims to double its workforce in a major expansion, The Northern Echo can reveal. Compound Photonics, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, wants 100 highly-skilled staff to support growth into new markets.

ON Semiconductor Introduces Integrated Lithium-ion Battery Protection Controller for Smartphones and Tablets
July 30, 2014
ON Semiconductor has unveiled a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets. According to a company release, the LC05111CMT utilizes analog circuit technology, MOSFET technology, and advanced packaging expertise to incorporate controller and driver functions in a single circuit.

ON Semiconductor Unveils Integrated Lithium-ion Battery Protection Controller for Smartphones and Tablets
July 30, 2014
ON Semiconductor has reported a new Lithium-ion battery protection controller for smartphones and tablets. The integrated LC05111CMT utilizes analog circuit technology, MOSFET technology, and packaging expertise to incorporate controller and driver functions in a single circuit, the Company noted in its release.

Celestica Recognizes PMC as 2013 TCOO Supplier Awards Program Honoree
July 29, 2014
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (PMC®) (Nasdaq:PMCS), the semiconductor and software solutions innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store big data, has been recognized as an honouree in the 2013 Total Cost of Ownership (TCOOTM) Supplier Award program from Celestica, a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions. Celestica's awards program recognizes suppliers that support Celestica's TCOO strategy and demonstrate excellence in quality, delivery, technology, service, pricing and flexibility.

DecaWave Broadens Reach with Digi-Key; Responds to Increasing Demand for M2M Connectivity Technology
July 29, 2014
Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with DecaWave Limited , a semiconductor industry innovator responsible for integrating its IR-UWB technology into its ScenSor line which offers industry-first measurement, indoor location and communications functionality. Irish fabless semiconductor manufacturer DecaWave has developed its ScenSor family of IR-UWB ICs to provide developers with the ability to locate tagged indoor objects to a precision of 10 cm at a distance of up to 300 m in line-of-sight mode and 40 m in non-line-of-sight mode.

Alcatel-Lucent Ranks #1 in Small Cell Equipment Market Share while Broadcom Leads SoC Rankings, Says ABI Research
July 29, 2014
In the overall small cell equipment market, ABI Research estimates that in 2013 Alcatel-Lucent ranked first in market share followed by Airvana, Cisco, and ip.access. Among the semiconductor baseband SoC suppliers Broadcom finished in first followed by Intel, Texas Instruments, and Freescale.

IXYS Releases High Precision, Low Power Consumption Voltage Detectors in Ultra-Small Packages for Power Management Applications
July 29, 2014
IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS), a manufacturer of power semiconductors and integrated circuits for energy efficiency, power management, and motor control applications, today announced the availability of high precision, low power voltage detectors in ultra-small packages. It is an expansion of IXYS' product portfolio in the area of power management ICs. With accuracy as high as 0.8 percent and current consumption as low as 0.4 microA, they are well suited for a variety of power efficient mobile and battery powered consumer electronics and medical applications.

IXYS Releases High Precision, Low Power Consumption Voltage Detectors in Ultra-Small Packages for Power Management Applications
July 29, 2014
IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS), a manufacturer of power semiconductors and integrated circuits for energy efficiency, power management, and motor control applications, today announced the availability of high precision, low power voltage detectors in ultra-small packages. It is an expansion of IXYS' product portfolio in the area of power management ICs. With accuracy as high as 0.8 percent and current consumption as low as 0.4 microA, they are well suited for a variety of power efficient mobile and battery powered consumer electronics and medical applications.

TriQuint Becomes First Manufacturer to Achieve MRL 9 for GaN; Reaches Manufacturing Readiness Level 9 for GaN Technology
July 29, 2014
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT), a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, announced that it is the first gallium nitride (GaN) RF chip manufacturer to achieve Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 9. This achievement means TriQuint's GaN manufacturing processes have met full performance, cost and capacity goals, and that the company has the capability in place to support full rate production. To benchmark MRL 9, TriQuint applied the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's rigorous manufacturing readiness assessment tool and criteria to its high frequency, high power GaN production line. TriQuint's ongoing development of GaN-based devices is leading to smaller, more efficient power amplifiers, typically used for military radar and electronic warfare programs as well as commercial wireless communications and infrastructure.

TekStart and Pico Computing Partner to Deliver Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) Intellectual Property (IP) Solutions for Networking, Computing, and Processing Markets; HMC IP provides customers with broad benefits addressing bandwidth issues for networking and memory-bound applications
July 29, 2014
Pico Computing Inc., a technology leader in high-performance computing, and TekStart TM LLC, a semiconductor adventure capital company, today announced the availability of Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) Controller Intellectual Property (IP). HMC technology brings greatly expanded bandwidth (up to 240GB/s) to image processing, packet processing, video processing, and other high-performance computing applications. The new HMC Controller offering is essential to unlocking the breakthrough capabilities of HMC technology, which in turn overcomes traditional memory constraints. "Pico Computing's innovative HMC controller IP, originally designed specifically for Micron, provides tremendous benefits to memory-bound applications, and particularly those that require high bandwidth and fast random access," said Jaime Cummins , CEO, Pico Computing. "The combination of our IP with TekStart's deep IP integration and solutions expertise will provide a solid platform for advances in the HMC space."


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