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MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200m

SiTime and MegaChips have signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips will acquire SiTime for $200m in cash. Scheduled to close in November 2014 (pending regulatory approvals and customary conditions), SiTime will retain its name and operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of MegaChips upon closing.
31st October 2014

New recruits spearhead Midas Displays growth push

New recruits spearhead Midas Displays growth push
Midas Displays has strengthened its sales and management team to prepare for the next phase in its expansion plans. Industry veterans Mike Fowle and Chris Parr have been recruited as Business Development Managers to pursue opportunities with new and existing customers.  Fowle joins Midas with over 25 years industry experience. He brings a wealth of knowledge for displays and system solutions including touch-screen and bonding technology, and will be responsible for Midas business development in domestic and overseas markets.
31st October 2014

Optoelectronics, discretes market back on growth trail

Optoelectronics, discretes market back on growth trail
The worldwide market for optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) is showing signs of life again after a moribund couple of years. Latest research from IC Insights suggests sales are on track to rise 9% in 2014 to a record high of $63.8bn following a sluggish 1% increase in 2012 and 2013. 
31st October 2014


VNA price performance earns Frost & Sullivan award

VNA price performance earns Frost & Sullivan award
Anritsu’s ShockLine family has been it has won the Frost & Sullivan 2014 Price-to-Performance Leadership award in the Vector Network Analyser (VNA) market. Frost & Sullivan noted that the ShockLine family addresses the need for economical VNAs with the necessary performance to accurately test passive devices.
30th October 2014

Test firm plays key role in electric car development

Yokogawa test instruments are playing a key role in the development of a new family of cost-effective electric vehicles being developed jointly by two German companies. Leading fork-lift truck manufacturer Linde Material Handling of Aschaffenburg, together with Hamburg-based Karabag have converted a conventional FIAT 500 into an electric car. The Karabag 500E is a conventional Fiat 500 retrofitted with an electric drive.
30th October 2014

POS terminal software guards against financial loss

POS terminal software guards against financial loss
Avalue Technology has introduced new software for the Rity Series point of sale terminal. Renity Sentinel provides full system information which includes operating system information, CPU loading, memory usage, system temperature, voltage, and storage usage. It offers an intuitive user interface to let a user remotely monitor the multiple targets at time.
30th October 2014

Imec, Coventor partner to drive advanced CMOS process

 Imec, Coventor partner to drive advanced CMOS process
Imec, the Belgian nanoelectronics research centre has entered into a joint development project with Coventor, a supplier of semiconductor process development tools. The collaboration will enable faster and more optimised development of advanced manufacturing technology in the 3D device architecture era, extending down to imec’s 10- and 7-nanometer (nm) processes.
30th October 2014

MicroTCA solution wins military approval

MicroTCA solution wins military approval
A military prime contractor in Europe has chosen MicroTCA over OpenVPX for its RADAR Signal Processing application. The applications include ground-based mission surveillance, and airborne and ground-based RADAR. The company was looking for a high-performance, compact solution for data processing that could be used across multiple platforms including light-rugged and extreme rugged applications. 
29th October 2014

Structural electronics set to make its mark, says report

Structural electronics set to make its mark, says report
Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important emerging technologies this century. It is all about multi-functionality; dumb structural components that traditionally provided mechanical stability are now bestowed with electronic and electric functionality – aircraft fuselage, car body, even plastic coating on a cable and the humble printed circuit board.
28th October 2014

Amtech to acquire all BTU stock

Amtech to acquire all BTU stock
Amtech Systems and BTU International have entered into a definitive merger agreement, under which Amtech will acquire all the outstanding stock of BTU in an all-stock transaction. BTU stockholders will receive 0.3291 shares of Amtech common stock for every share of BTU common stock and will own approximately 23.9% of the combined company.
28th October 2014


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