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…

Avnet’s RGS Releases Digital Learning System

RGS, a business unit of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today introduced the 1:1 Learning System – Chromebook™ with Wi-Fi for the 21st century classroom. RGS will demonstrate the new high-performance solution, which includes hardware, services and digital content provided by global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), at the International Society for Technology in Education…

Surging China Alters Components Distribution Hierarchy

The East vs. West struggle for economic dominance and relevance is turning the global electronics components distribution market on its head. A mere nine years after it was incorporated, WPG Holdings Ltd. is threatening to upstage Arrow Electronics Inc. as the No. 2 global electronics components distributor in what is shaping up as the most…

TowerJazz Shares Tech Roadmap

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, today announced the roadmap for its Global Symposiums (TGS) 2014 which will see participation from its customers, partners and suppliers at strategic international venues including China (July 24), Europe (September 18), the USA (November 19), and Japan (December 10). These events will include a keynote from TowerJazz CEO, Mr.…

Anti-Counterfeiting Software Released

Corelis, Inc., the leading supplier of high-performance boundary-scan test and measurement tools, announced today the introduction of the JTAG Interrogator, a simple software tool designed to assist in the validation of authentic semiconductors. Targeted at receiving inspection and quality assurance departments, the JTAG Interrogator utilizes IEEE-1149.1 standard on-chip electronic identification techniques to aid in the…

More Wafer Fabs Set to Close in 2014

Semiconductor manufacturers closed 72 wafer fabs from 2009 to 2013 and another nine fabs are scheduled to close in 2014, according to IC Insights. The hardest hit were 150-mm wafer fabs as suppliers looked to gain greater efficiencies. The Global Wafer Capacity 2014 report finds the semiconductor industry has closed or repurposed older capacity ≤200-mm wafer…