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Global semiconductor sales reach $339 billion in 2016

February 21, 2017

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), Washington, D.C., announces that the global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling $338.9 billion in 2016, the industry's highest-ever annual sales and a modest increase of 1.1% over the 2015 total.

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Qualcomm and TDK announce launch of joint venture

February 21, 2017

Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, Calif., and TDK Corp., Tokyo, announce the completion of the previously announced joint venture under the name RF360 Holdings Singapore PTE. Ltd.

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Amkor acquires Nanium to strengthen its position in wafer-level packaging

February 21, 2017

Amkor Technology Inc., Tempe, Ariz., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nanium, a world class provider of wafer-level fan-out (WLFO) semiconductor packaging solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Flexible aluminum-doped zinc oxide designed as tunable fiber-optic material

February 21, 2017

The University of California San Diego reports that its engineers have developed a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material that absorbs more than 87% of near-infrared light, with 98% absorption at 1550 nanometers, the wavelength for fiber optic communication.

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Intel to invest $7 billion in 7-nm semiconductor fab in Arizona

February 21, 2017

Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world.

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Worldwide semiconductor capital spending forecast to grow 2.9% in 2017

February 21, 2017

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to increase by 2.9% in 2017, to $69.9 billion, according to Gartner Inc.

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Nordson acquires InterSelect’s soldering capabilities for electronics assembly

February 21, 2017

Nordson Corp., Westlake, Ohio, has acquired InterSelect GmbH, a German designer and manufacturer of selective soldering systems for a variety of automotive, aerospace, and industrial electronics assembly applications. "The InterSelect acquisition follows Nordson's recent acquisition of the assets of ACE Production Technologies Inc., another high quality provider of selective soldering...

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Global Foundries invests in fabs in the United States, Germany, and China

February 21, 2017

Global Foundries, Santa Clara, Calif., plans to expand its global manufacturing footprint by investing in its existing leading-edge fabs in the United States and Germany, expanding its footprint in China with a fab in Chengdu, and adding capacity for mainstream technologies in Singapore.

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BeNeLux failure analysis group discussed gear failures at technical meeting

February 21, 2017

The BeNeLux failure analysis group in Liege, all members of FAS, recently attended a technical meeting where they presented a discussion of rolling contact fatigue in gears to about 14 engineers and academics from across Belgium and Luxemburg.

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One Minute Mentor: Nitriding Potential

February 17, 2017

The nitriding potential controls the amount of nitrogen in the metal. The graph shows the atomic concentration of nitrogen as a function of nitriding potential (Kn) and depth.

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