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SMIC establishes the first 12 in CIS supply chain in China

Tue, 6 Jun 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced that the first 12" color filter and micro lens array production line in mainland China has been completed and put into production by Toppan SMIC Electronics of Shanghai

The bright future of Si photonics

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Beyond all of the hype and tumult, market drivers and technological developments are converging to ensure a bright future for Si photonics.

Is silicon wafer pricing on its way up again?

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Silicon wafer volumes recover; revenues forecasted to improve. Techcet forecasts $8.7B on 9,500 MSI Si by 2015.

Nanolab Technologies acquires Microtech Laboratories, LLC

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Nanolab Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has acquired Microtech Laboratories, LLC a well-established Dallas, Texas, failure analysis laboratory founded in 1999.

Internet of Things: big numbers, many opportunities

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Whatever forecast one uses for the future of the Internet of Things in terms of connected objects or business opportunities, the IoT will be big.

SMIC and Qualcomm collaborate on 28nm wafer production in China

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and Qualcomm Incorporated, have announced that SMIC and Qualcomm Technologies are working together in connection with 28nm process technology and wafer manufacturing services in China to manufacture Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Lam Research expands its portfolio for atomic-scale processing

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
Lam Research Corp., a major global supplier of innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, today announced the addition of atomic layer etch (ALE) to its portfolio of atomic layer deposition (ALD) products.

SEMATECH and CNSE/SUNYIT launch CMP Center

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
The Center aims to accelerate the development of next generation CMP technology, and to drive improvement in the yield and cost of ownership of CMP processes.

SEMI forecasts double-digit business growth in 2014, 2015

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
The worldwide semiconductor capital equipment market is forecast to increase 20.8 percent this year to $38.44 billion, compared with 2013’s $31.82 billion, and another 10.8 percent in 2015 to $42.6 billion, according to Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.

SEMI announces new South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
SEMI today announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America.

Micron 16nm NAND flash memory awarded Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Micron Technology, Inc. and TechInsights today announced that Micron has been honored with both the Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year awards for their 16nm NAND Flash memory technology in TechInsights' 11th Annual Insight Awards.

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices settle outstanding litigation

Wed, 7 Jul 2014
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, and RF Micro Devices, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency solutions, today announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies.

Harnessing big data

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Addressing the analytics challenges in supply chain management.

A call to provide advanced equipment to growth companies

Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Historically, the major semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers have focused on supporting the bigger semiconductor companies at the expense of the smaller ones.

Cavium to acquire switching and SDN specialist Xpliant

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
Cavium, Inc., a provider of semiconductor products, announced an agreement to acquire Xpliant, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California.

Pfeiffer Vacuum joins the Facilities 450mm Consortium

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
The Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C), a partnership of leading nanoelectronics facility companies guiding the effort to design and build the next-generation 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities, today announced it has again increased in size, naming Pfeiffer Vacuum as the twelfth member company to join the consortium.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES adds Bill Davidson as Chief Administrative Officer

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, announced today the addition of William “Bill” Davidson, Jr. as senior vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO), strengthening the company’s leadership team.

The growing semiconductor market in India

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
The semiconductor industry in India is estimated to grow from $10.02 billion in 2013 to $52.58 billion in 2020 at CAGR of 26.72%, according to Research and Markets new report the "Semiconductor Market in India 2014 - 2020."

SmartPlay to offer design services for customers of Intel Custom Foundry

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
SmartPlay Inc., a design services company with expertise in digital, analog, wireless software and system design, announced that it is ready to offer design services to customers of Intel Custom Foundry that require expertise, know-how and unique IP in critical embedded applications.

Intel and Unity Technologies announce collaboration

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
Intel Corporation and Unity Technologies today announced a strategic collaboration to advance the development of Android-based applications on Intel architecture.

Order activity for semiconductor equipment holds steady in July

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

SRC TECHCON 2014 Conference to feature speakers from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, LinkedIn, High Point University

Mon, 8 Aug 2014
The TECHCON 2014 conference hosted by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, will feature immediate past GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO Ajit Manocha among the list of executive speakers at the Sept. 7-9 annual event.

Plastic electronics: Opportunity on the edge of commercialization

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
The Plastics Electronics Conference and Exposition will co-locate with SEMICON Europa. Plastic Electronics 2014 (PE 2014) is themed “Enabling Applications beyond Limits in Electronics” and will be held at Alpexpo in Grenoble on 7-9 October.

Lean strategies and decentralized value chains fuel RFID uptake in manufacturing

Wed, 8 Aug 2014
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global RFID in Manufacturing Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $1.29 billion in 2013 and estimates this to nearly quadruple to $4.99 billion in 2020.

Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit —keynotes and highlights announced

Thu, 8 Aug 2014
SEMI today announced the keynotes for the 2nd Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit(September 16-17), an executive conference focused on Vietnam’'s growing role in the global semiconductor industry.

Semiconductor and circuit manufacturing: one of the top export industries in the United States

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Although operators will continue to face strong international competition, new opportunities in next-generation semiconductors and electronic inputs will encourage operators to invest in product development.

Shinichi Machida named President and CEO of Fujitsu Semiconductor America

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Fujitsu Semiconductor America (FSA) today announced that Shinichi "James" Machida, who led the company from late 2008 until spring of 2011, has been named as the new president and CEO of FSA.

RFMD shareholders approve merger with TriQuint Semiconductor

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced the preliminary results of its special meeting of shareholders held earlier this morning to approve its agreement and plan of merger and reorganization with TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc.

GaN continues to move microwave RF power semiconductor markets to over $300M by 2019

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
Spending on microwave RF power semiconductors continues to tick upward as the availability of new gallium nitride (GaN) devices for 4 to 18GHz becomes more pervasive.

Second quarter 2014 semi equipment billings 28% higher than 2013 second quarter

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
SEMI today reported that worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings reached US$ 9.62 billion in the second quarter of 2014.

New Swedish manufacturer of advanced deposition equipment for wide band gap semiconductor materials

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
A new company, Epiluvac AB, has entered the scene with the ambition to supply the needed deposition equipment.

35 European start-ups showcased at SEMICON Europa’s Innovation Village

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
35 major European start-ups will participate in the Innovation Village and present their new technologies at SEMICON Europa.

David Bell joins Triad Semiconductor's Board of Directors

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Triad Semiconductor, Inc. today announced that David B. Bell former President & CEO of Intersil and former President of Linear Technology Corporation was appointed to the company's board of directors.

SEMI releases second quarter 2014 worldwide PV equipment market statistics report

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
Worldwide billings increased to $319 million in Q2 2014, an increase of 33 percent from the prior quarter but 11 percent below the same quarter a year ago.

EMCORE Corporation announces CEO transition plan

Thu, 9 Sep 2014
EMCORE Corporation, a provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optic and space solar power industries, today announced a transition plan of its Chief Executive Officer position in connection with the announced sale of its Space Photovoltaics business.

Photonics community celebrates bipartisan passage of Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Photonics community leaders including SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are celebrating bipartisan passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of a bill designed to stimulate development and commercialization of new technologies and promote growth of high-value jobs.

KYOCERA joins imec’s industrial affiliation program on advanced silicon solar cell technology

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
Belgian nanoelectronics research centre imec and Kyocera Corporation announced today that Kyocera, the Japanese high-tech electronics company and manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules and systems, has joined imec’s industrial affiliation program (IIAP) to advance next-generation crystalline silicon solar cells.

SEMI forms new Tablet Working Group

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
When you say the word sapphire most people think of a brilliant blue gemstone. The members that have formed the Tablet Working Group think of sapphire as a key enabler of future growth for their respective businesses.

Silicon Motion elects Han-Ping Shieh to Board of Directors

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Mr. Shieh will replace Mr. Kenneth Kuan-Min Lin, who had chosen not to stand for reelection to the Board of Directors in order to focus more on his venture capital and other activities.

United States photomask market to reach around $475M by 2019

Mon, 9 Sep 2014
According to the recently published TechSci Research report, "United States Photomask Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019", the photomask market in the United States is forecast to reach $474.58 billion by 2019.

Kurita, SEMATECH partner on wafer surface contamination and cleaning technology in semiconductor processing

Tue, 9 Sep 2014
SEMATECH, the global consortium of chipmakers, announced today that Kurita Water Industries Limited has partnered with SEMATECH to develop innovative technologies for low defectivity ultrapure water (UPW) applications used in semiconductor manufacturing.

Boston Semi Equipment creates industry's largest independent ATE organization

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Boston Semi Equipment LLC (BSE) today announced it has combined all of its automated test equipment (ATE) businesses under the Boston Semi Equipment brand name.

ARM and TSMC unveil roadmap for 64-bit ARM-based processors on 10FinFET process technology

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
ARM and TSMC today announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10FinFET process technology.

Silicon Cloud International launches semiconductor collaborative platform in Singapore

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Silicon Cloud International (SCI), a provider of secure and private cloud computing infrastructure, announced today successful pilot program launch of its semiconductor workflow platform in Singapore.

UMC announce joint venture for a 12" fab in China

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
The Board of Directors of United Microelectronics Corporation, a global semiconductor foundry, today announced a joint venture company focused on 12" wafer foundry services with Xiamen Municipal People's Government and FuJian Electronics & Information Group.

China's wafer foundry market: 15% growth in 2014

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
The wafer foundry market experienced a wavy development, jumping by 39.4 percent in 2010 following a 7.9 percent decline in 2009.

Mentor Graphics wins $36M in patent infringement suit

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
A Portland, Oregon jury today delivered a verdict in favor of Mentor Graphics in a patent infringement trial against Synopsys, Inc., awarding Mentor Graphics $35 million in damages and royalties.

IRLYNX and CEA-Leti to streamline new CMOS-based infrared sensing modules

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
IRLYNX and CEA-Leti today announced they have launched a technology-development partnership for a new CMOS-based infrared technology that will allow a new type of smart and connected detectors in buildings and cities.

Canadian semiconductor manufacturing industry revenue expected to decline 8% in 2014

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Industry manufacturers, which are typically small- to mid-sized enterprises, will find it difficult to match the research and development (R&D) spending of multinational competitors.

Semiconductor equipment book-to-bill declines in September

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
While order activity moderated, equipment spending this year is expected to be robust and remain on pace for double-digit year-over-year growth.

Lam Research ships 100th Syndion etch module

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Lam Research Corp., a global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, today announced it has shipped the 100th Syndion module for deep silicon etch applications.

Mentor Graphics appoints vice president for PCB Design

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced the appointment of A.J. Incorvaia to the role of vice president and general manager of the company's Board Systems Division.

KLA-Tencor reveals 'leveraged recapitalization' plan and an expanded stock repurchase program

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Yesterday, KLA-Tencor announced a plan to significantly accelerate its strategy to drive stockholder returns.

SMIC and ASML sign volume purchase agreement

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and ASML Holding N.V. announce the signing of a volume purchase agreement that will provide SMIC with lithography systems from ASML.

Intersil announces appointment of industry executives to board of directors

Tue, 10 Oct 2014
Intersil Corporation, a provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, today announced the appointment of two accomplished executives to its board of directors, bringing the total number of independent directors to nine.

MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200M

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, will acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

TSI Semiconductors and Silvaco extend collaboration to accelerate launch of 0.25um BCDMOS process

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Silvaco, Inc. (Silvaco) and TSI Semiconductors, LLC (TSI) today announced that they have extended their collaboration to accelerate the development and production launch of TSI's 0.25um BCDMOS process technology.

SEMICON Japan 2014: New venue and new ideas for rebounding industry

Wed, 10 Oct 2014
Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of speakers for SEMICON Japan’s Opening Day — Accenture, Applied Materials, ARM, IBM Japan, Intel K.K., NIICT, Scripps, Toshiba, and Toyota.