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Exar Completes Merger with Integrated Memory Logic
September 16, 2014
 Exar Corporation (NYSE: EXAR), a leading supplier of high-performance integrated circuits and system solutions, has completed its merger with Integrated Memory Logic Limited (iML) a leading provider of power management and color calibration solutions for large and medium-sized flat panel displays used in televisions and tablets.  The transaction was completed through a second-step merger to acquire all of the remaining outstanding shares of iML.  As of September 15, 2014, Exar owns 100% of the outstanding stock of iML and iML stock is no longer publicly trading. "The merger with iML increases the diversity of our served markets and provides significant incremental scale," said Louis DiNardo, Exar's President and CEO. "We are very excited about iML's new product pipeline for display solutions in both large flat panel and tablet applications as well as a the highly differentiated solutions for LED lighting.  In LED lighting we can reduce cost and improving reliability.  This is a powerful alternative to current solutions and we believe we can capture meaningful market share in this high growth market," concluded Mr. DiNardo.

eBeam Initiative Survey Indicates New eBeam Expectations For Photomask Production; Continued semiconductor scaling drives new mask design requirements; use of complex mask shapes predicted to increase
September 16, 2014
 The eBeam Initiative, a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of new semiconductor manufacturing approaches based on electron beam (eBeam) technologies, today announced the completion of its third annual eBeam Initiative survey. 52 industry luminaries representing 29 member companies from across the photomask supply chain participated in the survey.  Respondents provided their opinions on a variety of topics critical to advanced photomask production, including the implementation of multibeam mask writing, anticipation of mask hotspots as a manufacturing challenge, new expectations for dose modulation, complex masks and slower resists, and predictions on the production implementation of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography and complementary eBeam lithography (CEBL).  The complete results of the survey will be presented and discussed by an expert panel today during the eBeam Initiative's annual members meeting at the SPIE Photomask Technology Conference in Monterey, Calif., and are available for download athttp://www.ebeam.org/docs/ebeam-initiative-2014-survey.pdf. 

Broadcom Enables SK Broadband's New In-home Ultra HD Service; BCM7252 HEVC Chip Powers Seamless Delivery of 4K On-Demand TV
September 16, 2014
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that SK Broadband, a leading South Korean telecommunications provider, has selected Broadcom's Ultra high-definition (HD) system-on-chip (SoC) technology to power its newB UHD tv set-top box (STB) and IPTV services. Broadcom's advanced HEVC decoder technology allows operators such as SK Broadband to substantially reduce the bandwidth required for Ultra HD content transmission over its fiber, DSL or cable networks. For more news, visit Broadcom'sNewsroom. SK Broadband's B UHD tv STB delivers striking 60 frame-per-second (fps) video with vivid 10-bit color to the newest generation of high contrast ratio 4K TVs. High quality graphics and picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities allow consumers to further optimize the Ultra HD viewing and user experience. SK Broadband plans to begin offering a wide variety of UHD video-on-demand (VOD) services later this month including movies, animated films and documentaries.

Skyworks' David Aldrich Named 2014 CEO of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council
September 16, 2014
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David J. Aldrich, was named the CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) during the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. MassTLC is the region's leading technology association and network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC announced the winners during its 17th annual awards gala attended by more than 750 executives, technologists, investors, media, analysts and other members of the Massachusetts innovation ecosystem, as well as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, himself a recipient of the 2014 Commonwealth Award. Technology Leadership Award Winners were chosen from among the best of the region's tech industry in 16 categories. "The MassTLC Leadership Awards shine a spotlight on the vibrancy of the state's position as both a pioneer and leader in technologies that are fueling Massachusetts' economy and changing the world," said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council. "Skyworks Solutions and David Aldrich are among the elite innovators from the Bay State's deep talent pool."

Veeco Ion Beam Deposition Technology Reaches Significant Milestone to Support EUV Commercialization Roadmap
September 16, 2014
Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq:VECO) announced today that its new Odyssey(TM) Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) Upgrade for the NEXUS® IBD-LDD(TM) System has repeatedly produced photomask blanks with zero deposition defects larger than 70 nanometers. This represents a significant milestone toward the manufacture of semiconductor devices with advanced extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. EUV mask blank defects are, as a practical matter, impossible to repair and can render a semiconductor device useless. Because of this, mask blank defects have been a key obstacle toward high volume manufacturing. Veeco's low-defect Odyssey IBD technology clears the way for further EUV manufacturing advancements for semiconductor devices.

Skyworks' David Aldrich Named 2014 CEO of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council
September 16, 2014
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David J. Aldrich, was named the CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) during the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards. MassTLC is the region's leading technology association and network for tech executives, entrepreneurs, investors and policy leaders. MassTLC announced the winners during its 17th annual awards gala attended by more than 750 executives, technologists, investors, media, analysts and other members of the Massachusetts innovation ecosystem, as well as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, himself a recipient of the 2014 Commonwealth Award. Technology Leadership Award Winners were chosen from among the best of the region's tech industry in 16 categories. "The MassTLC Leadership Awards shine a spotlight on the vibrancy of the state's position as both a pioneer and leader in technologies that are fueling Massachusetts' economy and changing the world," said Tom Hopcroft, president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council. "Skyworks Solutions and David Aldrich are among the elite innovators from the Bay State's deep talent pool."

Freescale's Highly Integrated Battery Cell Controller Helps Enable Functional Safety, Robustness and Affordability; New product balances measurement accuracy, scalability and high speed isolated communications for automotive and industrial battery management
September 16, 2014
(Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo) - Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) today announced a highly integrated 14-cell lithium-ion battery cell controller for industrial and automotive applications, designed to cost effectively meet the stringent requirements for ASIL-C functional safety. Freescale's new MC33771 battery cell controller (Photo: Business Wire) With fourteen cell balancing transistors, a current sensor with ±0.5% accuracy from milliamps to kiloamps, and 2 Mbps communication transceiver interface integrated into a single 64-pin QFP package, Freescale's MC33771 battery cell controller and companion MC33664 isolated communications interface deliver robust, reliable performance for 48 V battery systems, enabling economical scalability beyond 1000 volts. The solution's built-in diagnostics help protect automotive and industrial battery packs against critical fault conditions, and its transformer coupled isolated high speed transceiver eliminates the need for expensive isolated CAN busses to meet ASIL-C requirements. Together, these features make the solution ideal for a broad range of automotive and industrial applications including 48 V battery packs, hybrid and electric cars, E-bikes and energy storage systems.

Nova Selected for 10nm and 7nm Technology Nodes by Leading Logic Manufacturer; Competitive Selection Process and Subsequent Win Driven by Nova's Superior FinFET Metrology Solution
September 16, 2014
Nova Measuring Instruments (Nasdaq: NVMI), a leading innovator and a key provider of optical metrology solutions for advanced process control used in semiconductor manufacturing, announced today that a leading logic manufacturer selected Nova's Optical CD metrology solution to support the development and future manufacturing of its 10nm and 7nm technology nodes, covering both FEOL and BEOL applications in Litho, Etch, Deposition, CMP and Epi process steps. The selection includes Nova's advanced stand-alone metrology toolset, the NovaMARS modeling platform and Nova's new High-Power-Computing (HPC) server for 3D applications solutions. Nova's solution was selected following a competitive evaluation between the leading Optical CD suppliers for front-end and back-end of line applications. Through the evaluation process vendors were required to demonstrate advanced solutions capable of handling the future challenges of critical dimension (CD) measurements of 3D FinFET gates. Nova's solution was selected due to superior metrology performance in benchmark applications, providing excellent fleet matching precision. Nova's holistic metrology approach, combining NovaMARS modeling software, fast time to solution and unique channels of measurement, such as Darkfield Spectral Reflectometry (DSR), has demonstrated the performance and extendibility required to meet the challenges of 10nm and 7nm technology development.

UMC Selected as a DJSI Global Component for Seventh Consecutive Year; Foundry earns perfect scores in three different categories
September 16, 2014
United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) ("UMC" or "The Company"), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced that Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) selected UMC as a global component for the seventh consecutive year. UMC was listed for both the DJSI-World and DJSI-Emerging Markets indexes. DJSI-World 2014 evaluated about 2,500 global enterprises, with only 319 qualifying as global components. Only five semiconductor companies were selected worldwide, with only two listed for DJSI-Emerging Markets. DJSI awarded UMC with perfect scores in Antitrust Policy, Product Quality and Recall Management and Environmental Policy/Management System and with high scores in several other categories. UMC's overall scores have continued to increase in recent years, illustrating the company's continued excellence in sustainable operations. This accomplishment sets a standard for leading global companies and is recognized by international investors.

Phononic Unleashes the Power of Solid State Cooling and Heating for Laboratories, Research Centers and Medical Facilities; Rex Healthcare Agrees to Be First Hospital Testing Ground for Innovative Cooling Technology
September 16, 2014
Phononic, a consumer products company reinventing cooling and heating, today unveiled its innovative new family of refrigerators for laboratories, research centers and medical facilities. The company also announced that Rex Healthcare, a private, not-for-profit community hospital in the UNC Health Care system, will serve as the first testing ground for Phononic laboratory, research and medical refrigerators. Rex will test Phononic's refrigerators in its laboratory and blood services units. The partnership was facilitated by Rex Strategic Innovations, an initiative aimed at finding advances that improve health and the delivery of health care. "Protecting samples and reagents across the cold chain has long been a major challenge in medical facilities and laboratories, as well as a significant cost concern," said Steve Finch, Rex director of diagnostic services. "Conventional refrigeration technology can fail to cool uniformly or, worse, experience devastating power failures. We are excited about the potential of Phononic's refrigerators to mitigate these issues, providing uniform cooling with back-up capability. This gives us the assurance of knowing our samples will be protected under any circumstance, making these refrigerators an ideal choice."


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