Metrigraphics Offers Flexible Circuits with Traces to 3 Microns

Wilmington, Mass. – Metrigraphics, a process development and manufacturing resource for ultra-miniature passive circuits and structures, today announced it has achieved large-scale production of micron-scale flexible circuits six or more layers high, with traces (circuit lines) as narrow as 3 microns (11.81×10-5 inches). The circuits are so flexible they can be wrapped around objects with diameters…

Actions Semiconductor Licenses ARM

  Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACTS), one of China’s leading fabless semiconductor companies, and ARM (NASDAQ:ARMH), the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier have signed a license agreement for the 64-bit ARM® Cortex®-A50 processor family. Actions Semiconductor’s first SoC is due to be available in late 2014, making it one of China’s leading…

Acquisitions Dominate the IP&E Market

In last month’s IP&E Market Insider newsletter, I noted that it was very likely that we would see more interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) component manufacturers focused on high-performance product development to offset dwindling margins in their commodity businesses as well as more targeted acquisitions of niche companies that give them entry into higher end…