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SMIC and Maxscend Collaborate on 55nm RF IP Platform
October 23, 2014
 Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI, SEHK: 981) and Maxscend Technologies Inc., a RF IP company based inChina, announced that Maxscend Bluetooth RF IP has been silicon proven on SMIC's 55nm Low Leakage (LL) logic process. This IP has now been integrated into one of SMIC customers' product tape-out. The silicon proven Bluetooth RF IP is the result of a collaborative effort between SMIC and Maxscend and marks a significant milestone in SMIC RF IP platform setup. It has achieved a leading edge position in the industry and will provide mutual customers an excellent IP solution for the booming IoT market, as well as the prosperous mobile and tablet markets.

SMIC and Maxscend Collaborate on 55nm RF IP Platform
October 23, 2014
 Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI, SEHK: 981) and Maxscend Technologies Inc., a RF IP company based inChina, announced that Maxscend Bluetooth RF IP has been silicon proven on SMIC's 55nm Low Leakage (LL) logic process. This IP has now been integrated into one of SMIC customers' product tape-out. The silicon proven Bluetooth RF IP is the result of a collaborative effort between SMIC and Maxscend and marks a significant milestone in SMIC RF IP platform setup. It has achieved a leading edge position in the industry and will provide mutual customers an excellent IP solution for the booming IoT market, as well as the prosperous mobile and tablet markets.

-Flurry of Mergers and Acquisitions Reshape the Automotive Semiconductor Supplier Landscape
October 23, 2014
ENP Newswire - 23 October 2014 Release date- 22102014 - EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Capped by last week's announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).

Solar panel manufacturer says outlook is improving
October 23, 2014
Green Energy Technology president Swean Lin said a potential tariff rate decrease by the US could signal that the worst is over for Taiwanese solar firms. Green Energy Technology Inc, the nation's top solar wafer producer, yesterday said the business outlook for the solar energy industry is better this quarter than last quarter because of gradually increasing demand in China.

InSilixa raises $13 mln
October 22, 2014
PointGuard Ventures is leading a $13 million financing round for InSilixa. Sunnyvale, California-based InSilixa is molecular diagnostic platform developer. PRESS RELEASE MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PointGuard Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Morningside, a privately-held investment group, announced today that they are leading a $13M financing round for InSilixa, Inc., a new Sunnyvale, California-based molecular diagnostic (MDx) platform developer. InSilixa also announced the appointment of Pete Thomas, Managing Director, PointGuard Ventures; and Dr. Gerald Chan, co-founder of Morningside, to InSilixa’s board.

Skyworks Ramps Revolutionary Diversity Receive Modules for LTE Smartphones; Proprietary Solutions Enhance LTE Data Throughput and Deliver Unprecedented Downlink Data Speeds; Leverage New Filter Capability and Systems Expertise;
October 22, 2014
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, today announced that a family of groundbreaking diversity receive modules (DRx) for LTE smartphones is currently ramping with several tier-one manufacturers. This new product category leverages Skyworks' systems level expertise and techniques developed for cellular base stations to create a highly innovative solution integrating multiple low loss RF switches,receive SAW filters and LNAs to dramatically enhance downlink data rates in LTE advanced MIMO systems. By amplifying the receive signal without increasing noise, receiver sensitivity is improved depending upon the band. As a result, carriers benefit from improved network efficiency while consumers enjoy considerably faster download speeds. (Photo: Business Wire)

Avnet Electronics Marketing Adds "Embedded Brains" to Machine Vision with New Smart Vision Development Kit
October 22, 2014
Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc . (NYSE: AVT ), is helping to eliminate time and cost barriers to develop industry-leading embedded machine vision applications with today's release of the Smart Vision Development Kit featuring the Xilinx® Zynq®-7015 PicoZed System-on-Module (SOM). The low-cost, all-in-one kit enables engineers in markets such as banking, medical scanning, traffic management, point of sales terminals and gaming to begin designing real-time embedded vision applications within five minutes of opening the box. The low-cost development kit will be demonstrated at the Vision Stuttgart event November 4-6 in Germany. Click to Tweet: New Smart Vision Development Kit from @AvnetDesignWire gets embedded vision designs started in just five minutes http://www.picozed.org

NIST Offers Electronics Industry Two Ways to Snoop on Self-Organizing Molecules
October 22, 2014
The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news: A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed ... well, cool, sure, but also a little fantastic. Now the day isn't far off when your cell phone may depend on it. Two recent papers emphasize the point by demonstrating complementary approaches to fine-tuning the key step: depositing thin films of a uniquely designed polymer on a template so that it self-assembles into neat, precise, even rows of alternating composition just 10 or so nanometers wide. The work by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and IBM Almaden Research Center focuses on block copolymers a special class of polymers that under the proper conditions, will segregate on a microscopic scale into regularly spaced "domains" of different chemical composition. The two groups demonstrated ways to observe and measure the shape and dimensions of the polymer rows in three dimensions. The experimental techniques can prove essential in verifying and tuning the computational models used to guide the fabrication process development.

NIST Offers Electronics Industry Two Ways to Snoop on Self-Organizing Molecules
October 22, 2014
The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news: A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed ... well, cool, sure, but also a little fantastic. Now the day isn't far off when your cell phone may depend on it. Two recent papers emphasize the point by demonstrating complementary approaches to fine-tuning the key step: depositing thin films of a uniquely designed polymer on a template so that it self-assembles into neat, precise, even rows of alternating composition just 10 or so nanometers wide. The work by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and IBM Almaden Research Center focuses on block copolymers a special class of polymers that under the proper conditions, will segregate on a microscopic scale into regularly spaced "domains" of different chemical composition. The two groups demonstrated ways to observe and measure the shape and dimensions of the polymer rows in three dimensions. The experimental techniques can prove essential in verifying and tuning the computational models used to guide the fabrication process development.

Tamba Releases New Ultra-Low Latency Ethernet Cores for Xilinx UltraScale™ 20nm FPGA - Lowest Latency Achieved on an FPGA Device.
October 22, 2014
  Petaluma, California (PRWEB) October 22, 2014           Tamba Networks, a leading provider of IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, today announced the availability of version 2 of its Ethernet IP products for use on Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) Virtex(R) UltraScale™ devices. This latest release delivers new performance enhancements that further increase the latency and size gap between existing IP available from other vendors.     In recent years latency has become a key differentiator for financial markets firms attempting to reduce tick to trade latency, as well as for networking companies designing silicon or hardware ethernet switches for data centers. As such low latency is one of the frequent key criteria for customers using Tamba IP, where in many cases, Tamba cores are approaching the theoretical minimum latency possible. In addition, when multiple cores need to be instantiated in a single device such as a silicon ethernet switch, a client will benefit from huge gate count reduction by virtue of the extremely small size of the cores. Lastly the cores are incredibly flexible to allow ease of integration into a customer's design, as well as allowing the cores to be latency optimized to any speed silicon fabric.


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