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Microchip refocuses distribution

Microchip has refocused its distribution network so that Avnet Electronics Marketing and Future Electronics will handle its products globally. As part of the refocusing, Microchip has terminated its relationship with Arrow with immediate effect.

Freescale to buy SigmaTel

Freescale has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SigmaTel, a provider of analogue intensive, mixed signal ics targeted at digital multimedia applications. The deal values SigmaTel at $110million.

DRAM battlefield

Despite being the best performing dram manufacturer in the last quarter of 2007, Elpida saw sales revenue decline by more than 10%. This was in the context of a sector where sales revenues dropped by 40% in the same time frame.

Mitsubishi buys Renesas fab

An agreement between Mitsubishi Electric and Renesas will see the former acquire the buildings and associated manufacturing facilities of Renesas’ Kumamoto factory.

£140m to boost STEM education in England

In a move to boost interest in science and technology, the Government wants school science and technology lessons to be more exciting. The strategy is being backed by £140million of funding, which will provide for retraining existing teachers, as well as recruiting specialists.

ARM says more than 10billion ARM processors shipped

ARM says the total number of processors shipped by its partners has exceeded 10billion. Since the company developed the ARM6 – its first embeddable risc core – in 1991, business has grown to the point where some 3bn ARM processors ship each year.

National to cut 200 jobs

National Semiconductor is set to cut around 200 staff at its wafer fabrication facilities and dispose of ‘certain manufacturing equipment’.

IMEC sets up Taiwanese office

Belgian research centre IMEC has opened an office in the Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan. The facility is expected to grow into an R&D centre within the coming six months.

Services in demand

Exception is investing heavily in new products and services for its electronics offshore solutions (EOS) division in Malaysia.

LCD capacity to reach 200million m² in 2013

Sales of tft lcd manufacturing equipment are expected to exceed $11.6billion in 2008 – an increase of 40% over 2007 – says market researcher DisplaySearch. It also believes sales will remain at a similar level through 2009.

Building a new image

Aiming to meet demand for turnkey image sensor solutions for industrial and professional markets, a team of former FillFactory staff has created cmosis. Services available from the VC backed privately held company range from sensor design, prototyping, characterisation, packaging, qualification and volume production.

Freescale adds 8in MEMS line

Freescale has established an 8in MEMS production line at its Oak Hill fab in Austin to meet growing demand for sensors. The line complements its 6inch MEMS facility in Japan.

Cadence to sponsor Sauber F1

Cadence has announced a sponsorship and technology partnership with the BMW Sauber F1 team. As part of the deal, the BMW Sauber F1 team will use Cadence technology to develop the next generation of its F1 cars.

Gavrielov appointed Xilinx ceo

Moshe Gavrielov has been appointed president and ceo of Xilinx, taking over from Wim Roelandts, who will remain as chairman. Gavrielov becomes only the third ceo in Xilinx' 24 year history.

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