Cree & Osram Sign Patent Agreement

DURHAM, N.C. — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) and Osram GmbH announce the signing of a comprehensive, worldwide patent cross-license agreement. The agreement underscores each company’s commitment to speeding the adoption of LED lighting while respecting the value and importance of each company’s intellectual property. The cross-license agreement covers patents from both parties in the fields…

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TowerJazz to Double Production Capacity

MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel & BOISE, Idaho — TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, announced today it has signed a non-binding term sheet contemplating its purchase of Micron Technology’s fabrication facility in Nishiwaki City, Hyogo, Japan. The proposed purchase would nearly double TowerJazz’s current internal manufacturing capacity, cost-effectively increasing production by 60,000 wafers per month. The…

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ECIA’s Website Provides Updates on Japan

WASHINGTON — The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) extends our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the disaster in Japan. In an effort to update the industry on disruptions in the supply chain due to materials and production availability as well as infrastructure conditions, ECIA has compiled updates and status reports from electronic component…

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Exar Appoints Exec VP Global Sales

FREMONT, Calif. — Exar Corporation's (Nasdaq: EXAR) announced today that industry veteran Chris Dingley with 25 years of semiconductor sales management experience, has joined Exar's management team as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales reporting to Pete Rodriguez, president and CEO. Mr. Dingley replaces Bentley Long who was Vice President of Global Sales. Exar would…

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Ducommun to Acquire LaBarge

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — LaBarge, Inc. (NYSE Amex: LB), a provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS), and Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE: DCO), a provider of engineering and manufacturing services to the aerospace and defense industry, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Ducommun will acquire LaBarge for a purchase price of…

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February Global Chip Sales Are Up

WASHINGTON — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors were $25.2 billion for the month of February 2011, a slight decline of 1.1 percent from the prior month when sales were $25.5 billion and in line with historical seasonal trends for the…

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Lattice Semiconductor Expands in India

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced the official inauguration of Lattice India in a ribbon cutting ceremony that included Lattice President and Chief Executive Officer Darin G. Billerbeck and Lattice India General Manager Sidhartha (Sid) Mohanty, as well as representatives from Lattice's customers and members of the press. Lattice has had…

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Digi-Key Stocks Hirose Products

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. & SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it has signed a global agreement to distribute products from Hirose Electric Co., LTD, including European and Asian countries. Products from Hirose…

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Freescale & Cactus Collaborate on Medical

AUSTIN, Texas — Freescale Semiconductor and Cactus Semiconductor, a medical application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) company, have agreed to collaborate to provide customized analog mixed-signal and system-on-chip (SOC) solutions to the medical market. The companies have more than 30 years of combined experience in the medical device market and are focused on providing new generations of…

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