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A bright future for new lighting method
December 20, 2014
If you have a Christmas tree in your house, the chances are that the intensely bright lights are provided by light emitting diodes (LEDs). These are the result of a quiet technological revolution in lighting which began as far back as 1907. The number of electrons and their distribution in the atomic orbits of a single isolated atom depend on the type of atom (gold or oxygen or iron etc) and on the temperature of the atom, since heating an atom causes some of the electrons to jump into higher orbits. In a solid, a huge number of atoms bond to form an atomic lattice in which the orbits of the electrons of each atom encroach and form molecular orbits. In solids which conduct electricity some of the electrons bound to the atomic nucleus in the isolated atom, become free. These electrons are responsible for the electric current when the conductor is connected in a circuit.

Magnum scores $36 mln from CapIP
December 19, 2014
Magnum Semiconductor has received $36 million in debt financing from Capital IP Investment Partners. According to the firm, the capital will be used to pay down existing debt, provide working capital and for investments. Based in Silicon Valley, Magnum is a provider of video compression and processing solutions for the video broadcast networking sector.

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.

-ON Semiconductor Unveils New Family of Ultra-Low Power Precision Operational Amplifiers
December 19, 2014
ENP Newswire - 19 December 2014 Release date- 18122014 - PHOENIX, Ariz. - ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficient innovations, has introduced a family of affordable, precision CMOS operational amplifiers that deliver zero drift operation and industry leading quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs.

ON Semiconductor's manager promoted; will leave Pocatello
December 17, 2014
POCATELLO -- The site general manager of ON Semiconductor in Pocatello will soon be moving to Phoenix, where the company is headquartered. John Spicer, who has served in his position since 2010, has been promoted to senior director of European and Malaysian operations for the company and will be leaving in early January to begin working in his new post.

Researchers generate tunable photon-pair spectrum using a room-temperature quantum optics silicon chip
December 17, 2014
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated a way to emit and control quantum light generated using a chip made from silicon-one of the most widely used materials for modern electronics. The UC San Diego researchers recently described their new device's performance online in the journal Nature Communications.

United States : Murata Acquires Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.
December 16, 2014
Murata Electronics North America, Inc., a full subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (based in Smyrna, Georgia in the U.S.), completed the acquisition of Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (based in San Diego, California in the U.S.; hereinafter Peregrine ) on December 12 (local time).

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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