November 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 -- MaxLinear Inc. (MXL), Carlsbad, Calif., has filed a Form 4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission noting the change in the beneficial interest held by VP and Corporate Controller Justin Scarpulla, Carlsbad.

ON Semiconductor Adds Member to Board
November 25, 2014
ON Semiconductor said that Paul A. Mascarenas has joined its Board of Directors. According to a release, the Board also appointed Mascarenas to its Science and Technology Committee.

Market Chatter: ASML Holding Expects Sales To Double To $12B By 2018-2020, Shares Fall
November 24, 2014
ASML Holding (ASML) reportedly told an investor conference it could nearly double sales to $12 billion by 2018, but the goal could slip to 2020 if its customers delayed their buying decisions. Shares fell.

RF Micro Devices And TriQuint Semiconductor Announce Closing Date For Merger
November 24, 2014
 RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT) today announced the two companies have received all necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals to move forward with their previously announced merger of equals and have set Wednesday, December 31, 2014, as the anticipated closing date for the transaction. Trading in the common stock of the new combined company, Qorvo, Inc., is expected to commence on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on January 2, 2015, under the stock ticker symbol "QRVO."  TriQuint shareholders will receive 1.675 shares of Qorvo and RFMD shareholders will receive 1 share of Qorvo for each TriQuint or RFMD share held. At the closing of the transaction, the Company will execute a one-for-four reverse stock split.

TowerJazz to Present at the LD Micro Conference in Los Angeles
November 24, 2014
TowerJazz (NASDAQ: TSEM), the global specialty foundry leader, today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Russell Ellwanger, will present at the LD Micro Conference on December 2, 2014.

SPTS Technologies' Versalis fxP Multi-Technology System Selected by Mapper Lithography for New Russian Fab; SPTS' Etch and PECVD Process Solutions Key to Production of E-Beam Lenses for Maskless Lithography
November 24, 2014
SPTS Technologies, an Orbotech company and a supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor industry and related markets, today announced that Mapper Lithography has selected SPTS' etch and low temperature chemical vapor deposition (CVD) systems on a Versalis fxP multi-technology platform for their new fab in Moscow. Mapper will use SPTS' deep reactive ion etch (DRIE) module to create through silicon via holes with high dimensional accuracy, a critical and essential requirement in the production of electron beam (e-beam) lenses for their groundbreaking maskless lithography technology. Mapper also selected SPTS' plasma enhanced CVD system (PECVD) because it allows for a lower deposition temperature than competing systems, enabling a novel integration scheme.

EE Times-China survey indicates rapid advancement in mainland China's fabless industry; With use of 28nm or below process technologies for digital ICs quadrupling YOY
November 24, 2014
EE Times-China, a leading electronic engineering title ofGlobal Sources' (NASDAQ: GSOL) joint venture subsidiary, eMedia Asia Limited, has revealed the results of its 13th annual China IC Design Survey and seventh IC Design Awards. Survey findings show marked improvement in the fabless industry's design capability: 29 percent of respondent companies utilize cutting-edge 28nm or below process technologies for digital IC designs, more than quadrupling from 7 percent in 2013. For analog and mixed-signal ICs, the use of sophisticated 0.18μm or below technologies has also increased substantially to 51 and 60 percent, respectively (2013: 44 and 43 percent, respectively). Brandon Smith, Publisher of EE Times-China, said: "The semiconductor industry is a strategic sector supported by the Chinese government, and we have seen continual growth in the scale of local fabless companies. In this year's Survey, 34 percent reported annual sales of more than US$50 million, a welcomed increase from 22 percent last year. The average workforce has also substantially expanded from 194 to 263, and the number of IC designers from 109 to 160. While the typical fabless still lags behind the world's top players in scale, the leading mainland China IC design companies already see annual sales of more than US$1 billion."

GIGAPHOTON Starts Providing New Function "eTGM" That Enables 50% Reduction of Neon Gas Consumption for ArF Immersion Laser Users; Gigaphoton Takes an Immediate Measure Against Supply Uncertainty of Neon Gas with New "eTGM" Function, Released This August to Support The Industry;
November 24, 2014
Gigaphoton Inc. , a major lithography light source manufacturer, today announces the provision of a new function, called "eTGM (eco-Total Gas Management)," for the existing users of its flagship high-output GT Series of ArF immersion laser products free of charge for a fixed period of time (*1). Today, ArF immersion lasers used for leading-edge semiconductor fabrication utilize a mixture of neon, fluorine, and argon gases as a laser gas, with neon gas accounting for more than 96% of the laser gas mixture. Therefore, a fairly large amount of neon gas is consumed to run ArF immersion lasers. However, on top of a recent reduction in supply of neon gas, political uncertainty in Ukraine, one of major Ne production countries, and flooding in Odessa Oblast this Septemberhave currently limited the supply of this rare gas, leading to a rise in its price. (*2) This may cause a critical challenge to its major user, the world semiconductor industry.

New Brochure from Metago Highlights ASTRO File Manager with Cloud.
November 23, 2014
  (PRWEB) November 23, 2014         A new publication from the makers of the ASTRO File Manager with Cloud application describes its time-saving features now that it is optimized for Intel(R) Atom™ processor-based Android* tablets.

Nekki Publishes New Brochure Featuring Vector App.
November 23, 2014
  (PRWEB) November 23, 2014         The team at Nekki has released a two-page brochure detailing the optimization of its arcade-style gaming app, Vector, for Android* devices. The exciting game of escape can now be accessed and enjoyed by a larger base of mobile device users.           The piece highlights the productive collaboration between Nekki and Intel(R) that has allowed Vector to be available on Intel(R) Atom™ Processor-based tablets for Android*, the perfect platform for this game of escape. Players run, vault, slide, and climb using extraordinary techniques based on the urban ninja sport of Parkour, all while being chased by "Big Brother." With over 40 challenging levels, the game is quick to learn but challenging to master. The brochure elaborates on all features and benefits Android* users can expect on the powerful device.         Vector's astoundingly lifelike moves are fast-paced and crisp on Android*, and players can enjoy this action-packed game anytime they need an escape. As an Intel(R) Software Partner, Nekki experiences the benefits of the portfolio of technical and support services within the Intel(R) Developer Zone.         About Nekki           Nekki is a Japanese term that literally translates into "the energy of passion," and it is this passion for the thing we love that unites us.


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