Tokyo Electron to Research 3D Semiconductors in Singapore
July 24, 2014
Tokyo Electron Ltd. said Thursday it will set up a laboratory jointly with a Singapore government-affiliated technology institute in the Southeast Asian country in September. At the lab, the Japanese chipmaking equipment maker and the Institute of Microelectronics, or IME, will study wafer-level packaging and assembly technologies necessary to develop a system to mass produce three-dimensional semiconductors. A 3-D semiconductor with layers of interconnected chips can improve the unit-area processing speed and reduce power consumption. A number of manufacturers are now developing 3-D semiconductors as microfabrication technologies that have kept improving conventional chips' performance are reaching a limit.

The Global Sapphire Technology Market for substrates is expected to reach $ 3.01 Billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 12.31%
July 24, 2014
July 24, 2014 According to the new market research report "Sapphire Technology Market by Growth Technologies (KY, CZ, HEM, and EFG), Substrate Wafer (Si-on-Sapphire, SiC-on-Sapphire, GaN-on-Sapphire, and Others), Devices, Applications, and Geography - Analysis & Forecast to 2013 - 2020", the global sapphire market by substrate is expected to reach $ 3.01 Billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 12.31%, where as the Sapphire Technology Market for devices is expected to reach $ 6.17 Billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 12.24%.

TriQuint Semiconductor swings to profit, but misses estimate
July 24, 2014
TriQuint Semiconductor (TQNT), a leading RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, swung to a net profit for the quarter ended Jun. 28, 2014. The company made a net profit of $5.21 million or $0.03 a share in the second-quarter against a loss of $14.88 million or $0.09 a share in the last year period. Analysts on average had predicted net income of $0.07 a share.

Sony Increases Production Capacity for Stacked CMOS Image Sensors
July 24, 2014
Tokyo. OREANDA-NEWS . Sony Corporation announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center ("Nagasaki TEC") and Kumamoto Technology Center ("Kumamoto TEC") from the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 ("FY14") through the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 ("FY15"), to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors.This investment is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities.On January 29, 2014, Sony announced its plans to establish and invest in Yamagata Technology Center ("Yamagata TEC") as a facility mainly conducting the mastering process. The current investment is expected to enable Sony to complete subsequent stages of production, including the layering process, at Nagasaki TEC on semiconductor chips that have undergone the mastering process at Yamagata TEC, providing Sony with a fully integrated production system for stacked CMOS image sensors.This investment forms part of Sony's mid - to long-term plan to increase its total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 75,000 wafers per month, and is expected to increase the current capacity of approximately 60,000 wafers per month to approximately 68,000 wafers per month in August 2015.Stacked CMOS image sensors deliver superior image quality and advanced functionality, together with compact size. Demand for these image sensors is anticipated to further increase, particularly within the expanding market for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

July 24, 2014
Micron Technology, Inc. has been honored with both the 'Most Innovative Memory Device' and 'Semiconductor of the Year' awards for its 16nm NAND Flash memory technology at the TechInsights' 11th Annual Insight Awards.

Lattice introduces new iCE40 Ultra family
July 22, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has introduced the iCE40 Ultra family, reportedly delivering the integration of emerging infrared remote, barcode, touch, user identification, and pedometer functions with customization capabilities for makers of mobile consumer devices.

Lam Research releases new etch and deposition products for advanced patterning
July 21, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Lam Research Corp., a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to semiconductor industry, has released two new products, 2300 Kiyo F Series conductor etch system, and the VECTOR ALD Oxide system, to enable advanced patterning.

ON Semiconductor introduces LC898214XC auto focus controller
July 21, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: ON Semiconductor, which designs, manufactures and markets semiconductor components, has introduced the LC898214XC auto focus controller for camera modules in smartphones.

ON Semiconductor announces enhancements to CCD image sensor portfolio
July 18, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: ON Semiconductor, a provider of signal management, logic, discrete and custom solutions, has announced that it is enhancing the charge-coupled device, or CCD, image sensor portfolio, with new technology that reportedly improves imaging performance for industrial applications.

Global English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network)
July 18, 2014
http://www.abnnewswire.net/rss2/menafn/abn_menafn_en.aspInvestor and industrial consumption of silver has advanced at a healthy pace in 2014, reflected in the silver price increasing 5 percent as of July 15 from the beginning of the year. Building on an impressive 2013, investors continued to boost silver holdings in the first half of 2014. Silver exchange traded funds (ETF) backed by physical silver added 7.0 million ounces (Moz) of silver bullion through June; in contrast, gold ETF holdings dipped by 1.4 Moz ounces over the same time period. Globally, silver bullion coin sales are up 4.5 percent through the 1st quarter of 2014, according to precious metals consultancy Thomson Reuters GFMS.


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MEMS wafer inspection system from Sonoscan
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