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Semiconductor leaders' marketshares surge over the past 10 years
01/15/2019Top 10 companies held 60% of worldwide semiconductor market in 2018, up from 45% in 2008....
China market drives essentially all pure-play foundry growth in 2018
01/08/2019Cryptocurrency boom in 1H18 helped China’s pure-play foundry market surge 41% last year....
Gartner reports worldwide PC shipments declined 4.3% in 4Q18 and 1.3% for the year
01/17/2019Worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.3 percent decline from the fourth...
Despite uncertainty, long-term semiconductor market outlook remains bright
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IDT stockholders approve merger

01/18/2019  Integrated Device Technology, Inc. a supplier of high-performance system-level analog/mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced that, at the Company's special meeting of stockholders held on January 15, 2019

How to add machine intelligence or AI to EDA tools

01/18/2019  Constant coverage of an invigorating topic like machine intelligence in the media often urges us to consider its use in EDA technology.

Value of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions falls considerably

01/17/2019  2018 semiconductor M&A valued at $23.2 billion, down from the record $107.3 billion in 2015.

Rambus acquires memory technology assets of Diablo Technologies

01/17/2019  Rambus Inc. today announced it has acquired the assets of Diablo Technologies to broaden its portfolio in the hybrid DRAM and Flash memory markets.

5,000 times faster than a computer

01/17/2019  Interatomic light rectifier generates directed electric currents.

Brooks Instrument licenses DLI vaporizer technology to Ceres Technologies

01/16/2019  Brooks Instrument, a developer of advanced flow, pressure, vacuum and vapor delivery solutions, has licensed its direct liquid injection (DLI) vaporizer technology to Ceres Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Saugerties, NY.

It’s chilly!

01/16/2019  4Q'18 world electronic supply chain: Slowing electronic equipment growth

Rudolph Technologies receives orders for over $15M from major memory manufacturer

01/15/2019  Process control systems used for advanced packaging of DRAM products in Korea and China facilities; additional orders expected to meet capacity ramp.

Brilliant glow of paint-on semiconductors comes from ornate quantum physics

01/15/2019  LED lights and monitors, and quality solar panels were born of a revolution in semiconductors that efficiently convert energy to light or vice versa. Now, next-generation semiconducting materials are on the horizon, and in a new study, researchers have uncovered eccentric physics behind their potential to transform lighting technology and photovoltaics yet again.

Broadcom Inc. appoints Diane M. Bryant to its Board of Directors

01/14/2019  Broadcom Inc. announced today that its board of directors has appointed Diane M. Bryant as an independent director, and as a member of its compensation committee.

Next generation photonic memory devices are light-written, ultrafast and energy efficient

01/14/2019  Researchers of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a 'hybrid technology' which shows the advantages of both light and magnetic hard drives. Ultra-short (femtosecond) light pulses allows data to be directly written in a magnetic memory in a fast and highly energy-efficient way. This research, published in Nature Communications, promises to revolutionize the process of data storage in future photonic integrated circuits.

Breakthrough in organic electronics

01/14/2019  Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a simple new tweak that could double the efficiency of organic electronics. OLED-displays, plastic-based solar cells and bioelectronics are just some of the technologies that could benefit from their new discovery, which deals with "double-doped" polymers.

Advanced testing paradigm shifting in era of heterogeneous integration

01/14/2019  SEMI Taiwan Testing Committee founded to strengthen the last line of defense to ensure the reliability of advanced semiconductor applications.

SIA files comments on "emerging" technologies

01/11/2019  SIA today filed comments to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking of controls for "emerging" technologies.

More stable light comes from intentionally 'squashed' quantum dots

01/11/2019  Exploiting new 'strain engineering' approach produces highly stable, narrow linewidth light from individual quantum dots.

Flash memory remains primary target for capex spending

01/11/2019  2019 to be third year of greater than $25.0B in spending for flash, topping both DRAM, foundry.

Future shines bright for European photonics industry

01/10/2019  SEMI met with Dr. Jose Pozo, director of Technology and Innovation at EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium), to discuss how 3D packaging applications and heterogeneous integration trends are shaping the European technology landscape.

Chemical synthesis of nanotubes

01/10/2019  Nanometer-sized tubes made from simple benzene molecules.

Spintronics 'miracle material' put to the test

01/10/2019  Physicists build devices using mineral perovskite.

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