Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Woz showed off his nixie tube watch and gave the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch a big thumbs down in a public appearance here. Steve Wozniak, the designer of the original Apple personal computer, was in top form, firing off opinions in his characteristic, rapid, stream-of-consciousness style on everything from innovation…

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America II, Taiwan Semi Sign Distribution Deal

St. Petersburg, Fla.–America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world’s largest independent distributors of semiconductors and electronic components, has entered into a distribution agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor, a worldwide manufacturer of discrete semiconductors, as well as analog ICs, power transistors and MosFETs used in the automotive, computer, consumer, industrial, telecom and photovoltaic industries. “We’re in…

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Increased Demand for Customized Sourcing Management

As competition continues to heat up in the smart device market, the demand for services along the semiconductor and electronics industry's supply chain is increasing. One of the key challenges as devices proliferate, while margins shrink to keep pricing levels competitive, is maintaining inventory balances and strategic sourcing. Navigating today's global supply chain requires skill…

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Supply Chain Security: 5 Important Steps

One of the largest known breaches, resulting in 110 million records lost and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, started with a small, third-party supplier. We're talking about Target, where attackers compromised Fazio Mechanical Services, a provider of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services, to gain access to the retail giant's network. The breach…

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LSI Flash Controllers Demo Breakthrough

Santa Clara, Calif.– FLASH MEMORY SUMMIT — LSI, an Avago Technologies Company (Nasdaq:AVGO), today announced breakthrough performance and endurance demonstrations of its third-generation SandForce(R) SF3700 flash controller. After successfully introducing industry-leading sequential performance of 1800MB/s, the SF3700 is now demonstrating mixed 80/20 (read/write) workload performance of up to 1300MB/s with a native PCIe interface. This…

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3D Systems Buys Laser Reproductions

Rock Hill, S.C. — 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired Laser Reproductions, an expert provider of advanced manufacturing product development and engineering services, further extending its Quickparts operations in the United States. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Laser Reproductions brings to 3DS three decades of advanced…

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NJR, UMC Achieve High-Volume MEMS Microphone Mfg

Hsinchu — New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (New JRC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies have successfully collaborated to achieve high-volume manufacturing for NJR’s MEMS (micro electro mechanical system) microphone products. Adding UMC’s MEMS manufacturing capabilities to NJR’s Fukuoka and Kawagoe fabs will ensure NJR’s…

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SMIC Sales Up 13% in Q2

Shanghai — Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) (“SMIC” or the “Company”), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, today announced its consolidated results of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2014. Second Quarter 2014 Highlights * Revenue was $511.3 million in 2Q14, an increase of 13.4% quarter over quarter. *…

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