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TSMC talks about its next growth drivers
środa, 26 kwietnia 2017 12:03

TSMC is seeing robust growth in demand from the mobile computing, automotive electronics, IoT and high-performance computing sectors, and is striving to maintain its technology leadership in the foundry segment, according to company co-CEO Mark Liu. Mobile computing will remain an important driver of the semiconductor market growth over the next few years, said Liu. New and innovative features for smartphones and other mobile devices including VR, AR, context-aware computation, and AI and deep machine learning require support of more powerful computing technology, Liu indicated.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

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Galaxy S8 materials costs highest by far compared to previous versions
środa, 26 kwietnia 2017 10:04

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 equipped with 64 GB of NAND flash memory carries a bill of materials cost that comes out to US$301.60, much higher than for previous versions of the company’s smartphones. After $5.90 in basic manufacturing costs are added, Samsung’s total cost to make the Galaxy S8 rises to $307.50; the unsubsidized price for a 64GB Galaxy S8 starts at around $720. The preliminary estimated total at this point is $43.34 higher than that of the Galaxy S7 previously performed by IHS Markit, and is $36.29 higher than the total build cost of the Galaxy S7 Edge, considered a better comparison to the Galaxy S8.

więcej na: news.ihsmarkit.com

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Entegris acquires MicroElectronics filtration product line
środa, 26 kwietnia 2017 07:50

Entegris, Inc. announced that it acquired W. L. Gore & Associates’ water and chemical filtration product line for microelectronics applications in an asset purchase for approximately $20 million. Entegris expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings beginning in 2017. Todd Edlund, Chief Operating Officer of Entegris, said: “We are excited to add these market-leading filtration solutions to our existing offerings for the microfiltration of high-purity water and bulk chemicals used in semiconductor, OLED and flat panel display manufacturing applications.”

więcej na: www.entegris.com

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Ericsson logs hefty loss on write-downs
wtorek, 25 kwietnia 2017 19:59

Ericsson AB fell to a hefty net loss in the first quarter after booking provisions, write-downs and restructuring costs of 13.4 billion Swedish kronor, but said a more focused business strategy should see the company significantly improve its profitability next year. The supplier of wireless-communications gear reported a net loss for the three months ended March 31 of 10.9 billion kronor compared with a profit of 2.1 billion kronor a year earlier, missing analysts' expectations for a loss of 8.29 billion kronor, according to a FactSet poll. Revenue was down 11% at 46.4 billion kronor from 52.2 billion kronor.

więcej na: www.marketwatch.com

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ABB, IBM team up on industrial artificial intelligence
wtorek, 25 kwietnia 2017 18:04

ABB has sealed a collaboration agreement with International Business Machines Corp, the Swiss engineering company said on Tuesday, the latest step in its efforts to ramp up its presence in digital technology and the internet of things. In a joint statement ABB said it would combine its digital offering, which gathers information from machinery, with IBM's expertise in artificial intelligence featured in its Watson data analytics software. The two companies will jointly develop and sell new products.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

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AMEC aims to grow revenues to CNY2 billion in 2020
wtorek, 25 kwietnia 2017 15:50

Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment aims to grow its revenues to CNY2 billion (US$290.4 million) in 2020, and is striving to be among the world's top-5 semiconductor equipment suppliers by 2050, according to Gerald Yin, CEO for the Shanghai-based chip equipment maker. AMEC managed to post 30-35% sales growth annually over the past several years, said Yin, adding that sales for 2017 are poised for explosive growth. The company's sales are forecast to top CNY1.1 billion in 2017, and continue to grow reaching CNY2 billion in 2020, Yin indicated.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

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Conax Technologies announces the acquisition of Arizona-based Quartz Engineering
wtorek, 25 kwietnia 2017 14:00

Conax Technologies announced the acquisition of Quartz Engineering, a manufacturer of quartz sheaths for temperature sensors headquartered in Tempe. Conax Business Unit Manager Michael Ferraro stated, “We’re expanding our focus in the growing Semiconductor industry. Many of the temperature sensors used inside process chambers need a semiconductor-grade quartz sheath to protect them from the chemicals and temperatures present. With the acquisition of Quartz Engineering, we now have in-house capabilities to design and manufacture quartz sheaths for temperature sensors.”

więcej na: electroiq.com

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Analog Devices' MEMS accelerometers deliver compelling noise performance for condition monitoring applications
wtorek, 25 kwietnia 2017 11:57

Analog Devices announced two high frequency, low noise MEMS accelerometers designed specifically for industrial condition monitoring applications. The ADXL1001 and ADXL1002 MEMS accelerometers deliver the high resolution vibration measurements necessary for early detection of bearing faults and other common causes of machine failure. Historically, inadequate noise performance of available high frequency MEMS accelerometers compared with legacy technology held back adoption, failing to take advantage of MEMS reliability, quality and repeatability.

więcej na: www.analog.com

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T.J. Rodgers files lawsuit against Cypress Semiconductor Board of Directors
wtorek, 25 kwietnia 2017 10:01

T.J. Rodgers filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery seeking to compel the Cypress Board of Directors to make supplemental and corrective disclosures to address numerous material omissions and misstatements of fact in the Cypress Board's proxy materials. Rodgers said, "Cypress directors have a legally mandated 'Duty of Candor' to make complete disclosures to Cypress stockholders on the issues in this election, including why they are allowing Ray Bingham to serve as executive chairman while he has violated and is continuing to violate numerous provisions of Cypress's Code of Business Conduct and Ethics."

więcej na: www.prnewswire.com

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise says former Arconic CEO left its board
wtorek, 25 kwietnia 2017 08:00

Hewlett Packard Enterprise says Klaus Kleinfeld, who was ousted as chairman and CEO of Arconic after sending a threatening letter to that company’s largest shareholder, resigned from its board of directors. The information technology products and services provider says Kleinfeld resigned from its board Sunday. He resigned from Morgan Stanley’s board Friday. Arconic announced Kleinfeld’s exit a week ago. Last week the hedge fund Elliott Management, which pushed Arconic to replace Kleinfeld for months, published a letter it said Kleinfeld sent to its founder and president, Paul Singer.

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