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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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UK teams in Intel wearables design challenge

Intel has named the finalists for its global wearable electronics design challenge. Three UK-based projects make the list. These are: the vumbl sports necklace that monitors information from the body through vibrations, Open Bionics’ low-cost robotic prosthetic hand and the Blocks hardware and software platform for wearable technology…

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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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Comment: Infineon aims for GaN leadership with IR acquisition

Infineon Technologies’ decision to pay $3bn for International Rectifier may have surprised the semiconductor industry, but the deal is all about acquiring a process technology. That process technology is gallium nitride-on-silicon. GaN-on-silicon, as it is called, is a hot commodity in the power electronics industry and…

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GCSE results give confused picture for electronics

GCSE school exam grades announced this week provide some encouragement for an industry such as electronics which is dependent on skills in mathematics and science. But it is a confused picture which really does not do much to allay fears that a shortage of science and maths skills continues to…

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Murata buys silicon RF chip firm for mobile expansion

Murata has agreed to acquire Peregrine Semiconductor, the silicon RF chip maker for $471m. Peregrine manufactures RF chips used in mobile phone front-end circuits using a SOI (silicon on insulator) process technology. Murata has worked with Peregrine in the past on the development and maufacture of RF devices. Now…

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