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Fighting back; European chipmakers
October 18, 2014
Specialisation and new technologies may put Europe on the map again NESTLED in the foothills of the French Alps, Grenoble feels more like a skiing base camp than the centre of one of Europe's hottest technology clusters. But the message at Semicon Europa, a recent industry shindig in the city, was clear. Europe may no longer be a force in mass chipmaking but it is poised for a comeback thanks to its strength in technologies well suited to a new world of interconnected objects and ultra-low power consumption. This is more than wishful thinking, though, so far, it is hard to spot in the numbers. Gone are the 1990s when Europe produced 15% or more of the world's chips. Firms headquartered in Europe now account for only 8-9% of global semiconductor revenues, which hit $315 billion in 2013 according to Gartner, a market-research firm (see chart). Microprocessors and memory chips are mass-produced mainly in Asia and America these days; the cost of building a "fab", as chip-fabrication factories are called, is too high for all but the largest-scale endeavours.

Education system needs an overhaul for entrepreneurship to thrive like in the US: SmartPlay Tech CEO Pradeep Vajram
October 16, 2014
SmartPlay Technologies is an established design services company with expertise in digital, analog, wireless software and system design. With design centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Noida, San Jose, San Diego and Singapore, the company has emerged as one of the fastest growing technology services companies in the world. Pradeep Vajram brings to SmartPlay over 20 years of semiconductor industry experience having executed at all levels of responsibilities in design and development of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) products. Prior to SmartPlay, Pradeep was the VP of Engineering at Qualcomm, heading the Indian semiconductor division in Bangalore. Under his leadership, Qualcomm Bangalore Design Center developed as a strong center of excellence and delivered multiple products successfully. Pradeep Vajram is a key member of Spike Acquisition team that helped setup the Bangalore Design Centre (India) for Qualcomm.

Education system needs an overhaul for entrepreneurship to thrive like in the US: SmartPlay Tech CEO Pradeep Vajram
October 16, 2014
SmartPlay Technologies is an established design services company with expertise in digital, analog, wireless software and system design. With design centers in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Noida, San Jose, San Diego and Singapore, the company has emerged as one of the fastest growing technology services companies in the world. Pradeep Vajram brings to SmartPlay over 20 years of semiconductor industry experience having executed at all levels of responsibilities in design and development of application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) products. Prior to SmartPlay, Pradeep was the VP of Engineering at Qualcomm, heading the Indian semiconductor division in Bangalore. Under his leadership, Qualcomm Bangalore Design Center developed as a strong center of excellence and delivered multiple products successfully. Pradeep Vajram is a key member of Spike Acquisition team that helped setup the Bangalore Design Centre (India) for Qualcomm.

TSMC Names Silicon Creations Emerging IP Vendor for 2014; Silicon Creations PLL IP Tapeout Design Kits Silicon Proven in TSMC 16nm FinFET Process
October 16, 2014
Silicon Creations, a leading supplier of high-performance semi-custom analog and mixed-signal Intellectual Property (IP), today announced that it received TSMC's Emerging IP Partner of the Year Award for 2014.

Presto Engineering Debuts Wafer Level RF Testing for E-band Semiconductor Products
October 16, 2014
Presto Engineering reported the launch of its new wafer-level E-band RF (radio frequency) testing service for semiconductor products. According to a release from the Company, demand for testing in the 71-86 GHz band is being driven by rapid growth in the telecom backhaul segment, which transports data from cell sites in the peripheral radio access network (RAN) to the wireless packet core.

Samsung spending surge to boost semiconductor market
October 16, 2014
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to rise by 11.4 per cent from 2013, thanks to Samsung's plans to increase its spending in the market to $14bn (£8.76bn).

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending to increase by more than 11 percent in 2014, says Gartner
October 16, 2014
umbai, Oct. 16 -- Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to total $64.5 billion in 2014, an increase of 11.4 percent from 2013 spending of $57.8 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. Capital equipment spending will increase 17.1 percent in 2014, driven by strong memory average selling prices and increased demand for consumer products (see Table 1). For 2014, Gartner's forecast for semiconductor equipment has been increased slightly from the previous forecast. Longer term, Gartner expects modest growth through the semiconductor cycle, with just a modest pause in the equipment market expected in 2016.

PRWeb Newswire
October 15, 2014
  Ann Arbor, Michigan (PRWEB) October 15, 2014           The Coherix Shark platform is a high performance embedded hardware solution that leverages tight integration with Coherix i-Cite™ software for rapid product development. i-Cite™ software has provided a very flexible and rapid 2D and 3D Machine Vision application development solution for many years.         This combination of the Shark hardware platform and i-Cite™ software reduces time and effort significantly for new 3D Sensor development. A single Shark platform can be configured for up to 8 high speed, high resolution CMOSIS CMV imagers , 2 DLP light projectors and 8 LED/Laser projectors. Internal FPGA processing and high speed x4 PCIe connection of image data into the Intel or ARM processor memory provides for low latency and flexible image processing all in a compact and low power package.             The Shark platform and i-Cite™ software are being deployed first in the Coherix Saber 3D Semiconductor inspection products and the Coherix Predator 3D Bead inspection products. Next deployment will be in the Coherix Tru3D Error Proofing product family.     Dave Kelly, Vice President Engineering and Research & Development, of Coherix states "Our model is to leverage the Shark platform for our own 3D Vision products, but to also take on custom 3D sensor development projects, that in the past were not economical due to high engineering costs.

Japan : Teijin Develops Printable Electronics Material for PV Cells Offering High Conversion Efficiency
October 11, 2014
Teijin Limited announced today that it has developed the world's first printable electronics material, named NanoGram Si paste, and related processing technologies, for the local back surface field (L-BSF) photovoltaic (PV) cell capable of high conversion efficiency.

BUSINESS NEWS
September 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Whirlpool Corp. agreed to pay 758 million euros ($1 billion) for a controlling stake in Italian appliance maker Indesit Co., its largest acquisition since buying former ri- val Maytag Corp. eight years ago. Whirlpool will pay 11 euros per share to Fineldo SpA and some members of In- desit's founding Merloni family for a com- bined 60 percent stake, the two companies said in a statement Thursday. The shares, which would be purchased at 4.5 percent above the latest closing price, represent 67 percent of the Fabriano, Italy-based com- pany's voting stock. "This will ideally position us for sustain- able growth in the highly competitive and increasingly global home appliance mar- ket in Europe," Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and chief executive officer of Whirlpool, said in a statement.


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