Electronic Business News

30 years of satellites from deepest Surrey

Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) is celebrating 30 years of operations, from a tiny enthusiastic group at the University of Surrey in 1985, to 500 staff today with a satellite assembly line. “We have come a long way together since the early days of our first microsatellites,” said founder Sir Martin…

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Seaward bought by Metrowatt

Metrawatt of Nuremburg has bought UK-based electrical safety tester specialist Seaward Group. Seaward will become part of the GMC Instrumentation Division, a group of separate specialist test and measurement equipment makers based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. Know for portable appliance testers (PAT), Seaward makes instruments used in…

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Powerchip to build China fab

Powerchip of Taiwan is to set up a joint venture fab in China, reports Digitimes. The 40k wafer a month fab will cost $2 billion and run 90nm, 110nm and 150nm processes. The fab will act as a foundry for LCD driver chips. Powerchip is to provide the process technology…

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Qualcomm eyes another Cambridge chip firm

Qualcomm is believed to planning to buy Cambridge-based envelope tracking chipset firm Nujira. Neither company were available to comment. If confirmed, the deal, which is being reported in Business Weekly, will be Qualcomm’s second high profile acquisition this year. The mobile processor company is in the process of…

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Bidding war for ISSI ends in China victory

After six competing bids, it looks as though ISSI is going to the Chinese. Although Cypress has upped its bid to $22.6 a share, this is below the $23 offer from Chinese private equity consortium Uphill Investments, led by Summitview Capital of Hong Kong. It is believed that the…

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ITF2015: Affordable scaling is the key, says ASML

Affordable scaling is the key to the semiconductor industry, it was said at the Imec Technology Forum in Brussels. “If we are not getting scaling affordable there are trillions at stake,” ASML CEO Peter Wennink told the forum, adding that he is an accountant not a technologist so he understands…

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German consortium to research car battery charging

  A consortium consisting of BMW, Daimler, Bosch, Volkswagen, Siemens, Infineon Fraunhofer, AVL Software, the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Lenze Drives, Aachen University and Leibniz University is to investigate how batteries can be charged more efficiently. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is contributing funding…

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ITF2015: Imec enables 14nm Production In China

At the Imec Technology Forum 2015 in Brussels today, Imec announced a joint venture between Imec, SMIC, Qualcomm and Huawei to develop 14nm process technology in China. The jv is called SMIC Advanced Technology and R&D (Shanghai) Corp. It is majority owned by SMIC. Imec, Qulacomm and Huawei…

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