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MegaChips buys SiTime for $200m in cash

MEMS timing pioneer SiTime is being bought by Japanese fabless semiconductor company MegaChips for $200million in a cash deal expected to close in November 2014. According to SiTime, the deal will see two complementary fabless semiconductor companies uniting to provide solutions for the wearables, mobile and Internet of Things markets.

ARM extends scalability of CoreLink SoC interconnects

ARM has extended its cache coherent network offering with the addition of the CCN-502 and 512. Both interconnects have been developed in response to increased numbers of connected devices and a consequent increase in the amount of data flowing across networks.

Graphene Flagship adds four associate members

The Graphene Flagship – Europe's collaborative R&D initiative – has announced that Netzsch, NetComposites, ABB and Imerys have joined as associate members. These four are expected to be the first of a number of similar moves to be made in the coming months.

Electronics Design Show gets under way

Over 4,000 design engineers will be gathering at the Electronics Design Show in Coventry over the next two days to learn about the latest innovations and trends shaping this fast moving sector.

Swedish researchers claim data transmission record

A new microwave circuit developed at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden may enable smaller antennas and faster video transmission. Its suggestion is to use higher frequencies than today – upwards of 100GHz – that would give access to a larger band of empty frequencies, enabling a higher data rate.

Globalfoundries acquires IBM’s semiconductor business

Globalfoundries has signed a definitive agreement under which it will acquire IBM's semiconductor business. Under the terms of the deal, Globalfoundries will also become the exclusive provider to IBM of server processors at the 22, 14 and 10nm nodes for the next 10 years.

Review of export controls for the UK’s electronics sector

High tech trade association techUK has begun a review of the enforcement of the regulations regarding export licences, and export controls in particular. The review will look at whether these regulations have a negative impact to the UK electronics, systems, assemblies or components supply chains – either as an unnecessary cost to business, or loss of potential exports.

RF switch is 'game changer' for cable industry

Described as a "game changer for the cable industry", the UltraCMOS PE42722 from Peregrine Semiconductor is a high linearity RF switch that enables a dual upstream/downstream band architecture in cable customer premises equipment (CPE) devices.

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