IC Insights semiconductor capital spending forecast

DRAM, Flash Memory Demand Boosts Capital Spending

Strong demand and rising prices for DRAM and NAND flash memory is driving capital expenditure budgets in 2017. Semiconductor capital spending is forecast to grow between 10 to 20 percent this year. Although memory device manufacturers are investing in both production capacity as well as technology migrations, tight supply of DRAM and NAND flash is…

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Oracle IoT Cloud Expanded with AI & Digital Features

Today, Oracle announced that it has enhanced its’ Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud Applications offering with built in built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to support digital twin and digital thread capabilities for supply chain management  “IoT holds the potential to transform today’s siloed operations into a modern, interconnected, digital set of workflows…

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Chinese Firm to Buy Stake in US-Based Calient Technologies

CALIENT Technologies, Inc., the global leader for Optical Switching technology, today said it has entered into an agreement with Suzhou Chunxing Precision Mechanical Co., Ltd., who will buy a controlling stake in the company and also provide manufacturing services to help the company scale its growth. CALIENT’s S-Series Optical Circuit Switches are gaining customer acceptance…

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Digi-Key Ships TinyCircuits Portfolio of Small Open Source Electronics

TinyCircuits’ selection of small-size open source electronics, including the TinyDuino, is available for immediate shipment worldwide through Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, thanks to a new distribution agreement between the two companies. TinyCircuits are used by thousands of people in over sixty countries worldwide to create a variety of projects, from Makers creating projects…

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Western Digital to Acquire Tegile Systems

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) and Tegile Systems (“Tegile”) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Tegile, a leading provider of flash and persistent-memory storage solutions for enterprise data center applications, will be acquired by Western Digital. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  The acquisition is expected to…

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S3 Refocuses Custom Chip Business; Promises BOM Savings

S3 Semiconductors (S3semi), the custom semiconductor business of the S3 Group, is refocusing its strategy to provide a design-to-delivery custom chip service for industrial and communications OEMs. Rather than just deliver design services and intellectual property (IP), the company said it will now focus on converting electronic systems and boards into mixed-signal ICs and delivering…

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How to Build a Supply Chain X.0 Strategy

Recent research has found that traditional processes are limiting segments of the supply chain—and so the processes need to evolve if OEMs are to thrive. Collaborative end-to-end processes must be oriented around outcomes and talent skillsets. A supply chain X.0 strategy suggests achieving this by enabling end-to-end visibility, flexible technology, and efficient fulfillment. The supply…

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Littelfuse to Acquire IXYS

Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) and IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Littelfuse will acquire all of the outstanding shares of IXYS in a cash and stock transaction. The transaction represents an equity value of approximately $750 million and enterprise value of $655 million.(1) Under the terms of the agreement,…

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