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Cloud-based chip design research and education
July 23, 2014
umbai, July 23 -- Engineers qualified for complex systems-on-chip (SoCs) are increasingly scarce, especially in developing countries, but that may come to an end soon as a result of a joint program announced today by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) of Research Triangle, N.C., and startup Silicon Cloud International (SCI) of Singapore. By deploying electronic design automation (EDA) hardware and software in a private cloud accessible only to researchers and doctoral candidates at universities worldwide, SRC and SCI hope to grow a whole new crop of qualified SoC design engineers in developing countries worldwide. "All of our programs have a major chip design component. For instance, SRC has funding now from Abu Dhabi to help improve their university system to meet the unique needs of companies that they want to recruit to come over to Abu Dhabi," Larry Sumney, president and CEO of SRC, told EE Times. "But companies won't come unless there are engineers there to hire, and our new program with SCI will fulfill that roll with its educational agenda."

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.

Analog Devices Completes Tender Offer; Acquisition of Hittite Microwave Expected to Be Completed Later Today
July 22, 2014
Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today announced it has completed its tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Hittite Microwave Corporation (NASDAQ:HITT) for $78.00 per share in cash, and ADI has accepted for payment and will promptly pay the depositary for all validly tendered shares. ADI expects to complete the acquisition of Hittite Microwave later today and will issue a press release to notify stakeholders.

HID Global Debuts Latest RFID Transponder Using 8KB FRAM Technology for Memory Intensive Applications; News Highlights:
July 22, 2014
HID Global ®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced that its Identification Technologies division is shipping the IN Tag(TM) 300 8KB RFID transponder, which is ideal for memory intensive applications. IN Tag(TM) 300 8KB incorporates ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) technology from Fujitsu Semiconductor. This accelerates data access close to the maximum high frequency (HF) speed; endures billions of read and write cycles; and withstands gamma radiation up to 50 KGray to survive e.g. medical sterilization processes. "The new IN Tag 300 8KB delivers the optimum in speed and memory size for the ISO/IEC 15693 protocol," said Richard Aufreiter, director of product management, Identification Technologies with HID Global. "This and the radiation resistance make the tag ideal for demanding automation, medical or nuclear applications."

XO Communications Deploys Infinera Intelligent Transport Network for 100G Nationwide
July 22, 2014
Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and XO Communications (XO) announced the deployment of the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform capable of delivering high bandwidth network services up to 100G across the XO nationwide network. The multi-terabit Infinera DTN-X platform also enables XO to support high-performance cloud, data and video applications nationally. With the Infinera DTN-X platform, XO benefits from the industry's only commercially available single-card 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) FlexCoherent super-channel solution. These 500 Gb/s super-channels enable XO to rapidly deliver more than nine terabits per second (Tb/s) of transmission capacity on a single fiber. To put that in perspective, nine Tb/s is more capacity than the entire Internet in 2005, and is enough bandwidth to simultaneously stream over one million high definition videos bi-directionally.

Dialog Semiconductor terminates tie-up talks with AMS
July 22, 2014
MANAVIGATOR-July 22, 2014-Dialog Semiconductor terminates tie-up talks with AMS 22 July 2014 - UK integrated circuits maker Dialog Semiconductor Plc (ETR:DLG) said today it had terminated merger talks with Austrian analogue semiconductors manufacturer AMS AG (SWX:AMS) as it was unable to agree suitable terms for a deal.

-XMOS adds Bosch, Huawei and Xilinx as strategic investors to complete $ 26M investment round
July 22, 2014
ENP Newswire - 22 July 2014 Release date- 21072014 - Bristol- XMOS Ltd. the fabless semiconductor company and leader in intelligent multicore microcontrollers, has today announced the completion of a $ 26.2m Series-D investment round, adding Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH of Germany, Huawei Technologies, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider and Xilinx Inc. from the USA as strategic investors in the company, alongside existing financial investors that include: Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit, and Foundation Capital. XMOS will use the new funding to extend its market leadership in multicore technology for embedded applications by expanding customer support and accelerating new product development.

-ON Semiconductor Wins '2013 Best Partner Award' from ASUS
July 22, 2014
ENP Newswire - 22 July 2014 Release date- 21072014 - TAIPEI - ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficient innovations, has been awarded the '2013 Best Partner Award' from ASUStek Computer Inc. (ASUS), a top three notebook vendor and the number one motherboard manufacturer in the world.

Cloud-Based Chip Design Research & Education
July 22, 2014
Engineers qualified for complex systems-on-chip (SoCs) are increasingly scarce, especially in developing countries, but that may come to an end soon as a result of a joint program announced today by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) of Research Triangle, N.C., and startup Silicon Cloud International (SCI) of Singapore. By deploying electronic design automation (EDA) hardware and software in a private cloud accessible only to researchers and doctoral candidates at universities worldwide, SRC and SCI hope to grow a whole new crop of qualified SoC design engineers in developing countries worldwide.

Wireless Infrastructure Drives RF Power Semiconductor Markets to Well Over $1B
July 01, 2014
FULL TEXT Spending on RF power semiconductors for the wireless infrastructure markets has taken another jump in 2013. Other markets are seeing some moderation in growth as the global economic picture and political factors come into play but some sub-markets are showing a nice upside. Also, according to a new study from ABI Research, Gallium Nitride - long seen as the likely promising new "material of choice" for RF power semiconductors - is continuing its march to capture share, especially in wireless infrastructure.


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