ISM: PMI Index Falls in December

Tempe, Ariz. — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business Survey…

RFMD, TriQuint Complete Merger

Greensboro, N.C. — RF Micro Devices, Inc. and TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. announced today they have completed their merger of equals to form Qorvo™ (Nasdaq: QRVO), a new leader in RF solutions. Qorvo is expected to begin trading today on the NASDAQ Global Stock Market. “This is an important milestone for our Company, employees, customers, shareholders…

Micron, A*STAR DSI Extend Collaboration

Boise, Idaho – Micron Technology, Inc., and Singapore’s A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) today announced that they are extending their collaboration on the development of STT-MRAM, a promising alternative non-volatile memory technology, for another three years. The two organisations first joined hands in 2011. The flagship collaboration has brought together researchers from Micron and A*STAR DSI to…

Samsung Starts Production of 8-Gb LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM

Seoul, Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has started mass producing the industry’s first 8 gigabit (Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM based on the company’s leading-edge 20-nanometer (nm) process technology. LPDDR memories are the most widely used “working memory” for mobile devices worldwide. “By initiating production…

IPC: Nov. PCB Sales Decline

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the November findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Strong year-on-year order growth kept the PCB book-to-bill ratio high, while sales remained slightly below last year. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 3.4 percent in November 2014 from November 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment…

Mouser has ADI SigmaDSP

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global authorized distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the ADAU145x SigmaDSP Digital Audio Processors from Analog Devices. Part of ADI’s existing SigmaDSP® family, these fourth generation, automotive-qualified audio processors feature a new digital signal processor (DSP) core architecture that is optimized for efficient audio processing. This allows…

Atmel, Fingerprint Cards Partner on Touch Technology

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, and Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC), a world leader in fingerprint verification solutions, today announced the two companies are jointly bringing the world’s best capacitive touchscreens and touch fingerprint area sensor technology to smart devices. There are many synergies between fingerprint…