Fitch Rates Taiwan-based ASE's Notes Final 'BBB'
July 29, 2014
Fitch Ratings has assigned Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.'s (ASE; BBB/Stable) USD300m 2.125% senior unsecured guaranteed notes due 2017 a final rating of 'BBB'. The notes are issued by its wholly owned subsidiary, Anstock II Limited, and unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by ASE. The assignment of the final rating follows the receipt of documents conforming to information already received. The final rating is in line with the expected rating assigned on 11 July 2014. The notes are rated in line with ASE's senior unsecured rating of 'BBB' as they represent direct, unconditional, unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the company.

China: SMIC and Brite Semiconductor form SMIC-ASIC network for global IC market
July 28, 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp or SMIC, China's largest chipmaker, has recently announced that it jointly launched a new network service platform, known as SMIC-ASIC global IC business platform, with Brite Semiconductor (Shanghai) Corporation, a leading IC design and turnkey service provider to build a professional network community for the semiconductor industry.

America Semiconductor Offers SD51 Silicon Power Schottky Diodes for High Frequency Applications
July 28, 2014
Robust 60 Amp Devices Supplied in Standard DO-5 Package Linden, NJ ... America Semiconductor, LLC, a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-industry high-power semiconductors, announced the release of their SD51 silicon power Schottky diodes.  The DO-5 stud-mount parts feature a continuous forward current of 60 A, and repetitive peak reverse voltage of 45 V.  Optimized for very low forward voltage drop with moderate leakage, the parts notably offer high surge capability.  The diodes' technology supports reliable performance up to 150 °C junction temperature, while their construction offers increased ruggedness and long-term reliability, as well as hermetic packaging.

A*STAR and Partners Create Semiconductor R&D Joint Labs
July 28, 2014
Four joint laboratories on July 23 launched between A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners. A*STAR said in a release that the laboratories a total commitment of S$200m between both private and public sectors. A*STAR noted that the Advanced Semiconductor Joint Labs will develop and advance semiconductor technologies for future electronics markets. The industry partners involved in this international collaboration are: Applied Materials, Dai Nippon Printing, Disco, KLA-Tencor, Mentor Graphics, Nikon, Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific, Pink, Tokyo Electron and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo.

July 28, 2014
The following information was released by the University of California - San Diego: Layers of two dimensional crystals could support superconductivity. An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined.

MarketResearchReports.com: Semiconductor Industry in India to Reach $ 52.8 Billion by 2020, Reveals Report by NOVONOUS
July 28, 2014
July 28, 2014 Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of "Semiconductor Market in India 2014 - 2020" research report to their website - http://www.MarketResearchReports.com India has a very large industry base of electronics items but there is little manufacturing base for semiconductors. As of now India doesn't have any operational wafer fabrication plants and depends extensively on the imports. Semiconductor industry is 100% import based with India importing semiconductors worth $ 10 billion in 2013. Since In 2013, India spent $ 169 billion on oil imports, $ 54 billion on gold imports and $ 31.5 billion on electronic imports.

ON Semiconductor Introduces All-in-One Auto Focus Controller
July 27, 2014
ON Semiconductor has introduced the LC898214XC Auto Focus Controller for camera modules in smartphones. According to a release, the integrated solution features digital loop filter and provides fast, accurate auto focus convergence with temperature compensation, while consuming minimal power.

Sapphire Technology Market Estimated To Reach $3.01 Billion By 2020 - New Report By MarketsandMarkets
July 26, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014: According to the new report "Sapphire Technology Market by Growth Technologies, Substrate Wafer, 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%, whereas the Global Sapphire Technology Market for devices is expected to reach $6.17 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 12.24% that includes an in-depth analysis of application and geography. Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report.

Global handset semiconductor trends industry
July 25, 2014
umbai, July 25 -- The report analyzes and presents an overview of Handset Semiconductors market worldwide. "A semiconductor is a solid substance having an electrical conductivity between that of an insulator and most metals. Semiconductors are widely used as essential components for fabricating various types of solid-state electronics, including analog and digital integrated circuits, quantum dots, light-emitting diodes, solar cells, and transistors."

Cohu introduces Jaguar strip handler for testing semiconductor packages
July 16, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Cohu, Inc., which designs, manufactures and sells semiconductor test handling equipment, has introduced Jaguar, a strip handler for testing semiconductor packages, LEDs, MEMS sensors and traditional ICs.


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