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Toshiba develops embedded memory processes

Toshiba has developed a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process that uses less power than current mainstream technology, and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analogue power process. Applying the optimal process to diverse applications will allow Toshiba to expand…

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May semi sales up 5%

May semiconductor sales were 2% up on April snd 5% up on May 2014, reports the SIA. May sales were $28.2 billion. US sales were up 11.4% year-on-year. “The global semiconductor industry overcame lingering macroeconomic uncertainty to post solid year-to-year growth in May,” says…

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Semi capex up 9%

Semiconductor industry capex will hit a record $68.7 billion this year – beating 2011’s previous record of $63.8 billion – and is up 9% on 2014, reports Semico Research. Samsung has taken a big lead – $15 billion in capex this year ahead of TSMC’s $10.8 billion and…

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Intersil launches adaptive buck-boost switching regulator

Intersil Has launched the ISL9120 buck-boost switching regulator for power management of system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, memory cards or LCD modules. Its adaptive current limit PFM architecture delivers efficiency up to 98%, says the company, with smooth transitions from buck-to-boost to…

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Rochester to supply 68040s

Rochester Electronics has been licensed by Freescale to manufacture the 68040 32bit microprocessor product family which Freescale will stop producing in |November. Rochester has original Freescale packaged parts and silicon die from which it will manufacture a variety of device options. Freescale has also provided access to full design and…

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Comment: IET "ones to watch" on track to deliver

In its December 2014 “Ones to Watch” report, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) highlighted six areas that it believed “offer significant promise to the UK and its economy”. The six technology areas were: new power networks, space, cyber security, additive manufacturing, food security and robotics. The question is…

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Infineon, NXP develop NewP@ss next-gen ID chip

Infineon, NXP and chip card security specialists Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have developed technology for e-passports and ID cards which, as well as storing a users’s biometric data, can also record visa data and arrival and departure stamps. Called “NewP@ss”, the research project cost €30m…

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GloFo completes acquisition of IBM microelectronics

GlobalFoundaries (GloFo) has completed its acquisition of the IBM microelectronics business. “We have significantly enhanced our technology development capabilities and reinforce our long-term commitment to investing in R&D for technology leadership,” says GloFo CEO Sanjay Jha. “We have added world-class technologists and differentiated technologies, such as…

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