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Fujitsu and UMC form Japanese foundry

UMC has paid $48 million for a 9.3% stake in a newly formed foundry company which is a subsidiary of Fujitsu Semiconductor including its 300mm wafer manufacturing facility located in Kuwana, Mie, Japan…

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CSR for sale, says FT

CSR has appointed a bank to advise it on offers from other semiconductor companies to take it over, following a bid from Microchip Technology which CSR has rejected…

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Rohm offers piezo MEMS foundry

Rohm has established a process for MEMS utilising thin-film piezoelectric elements, and implemented a foundry business that integrates product design and manufacturing processes, from wafer pulling to mounting…

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SEMI’s July book-to-bill is 1.07

The SEMI book-to-bill ratio for July was 1:07, down from the 1.10 of a June but an improvement on the 1.00 of May, the1.03 of April, the 1.06 of March and the 1.01 of February…

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NAND scaling issues becoming more complex

NAND process geometries have become as problematic as logic process geometries with the advantages of further scaling – especially as 3D NAND approaches – being questioned…

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Infineon buys IR

Infineon is to buy the world’s oldest independent semiconductor company, International Rectifier, for $3 billion. The deal is 50% above IR’s market cap yesterday…

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