Murata offers 01005 Size MLCC with a Capacitance Value of 1.0μF

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed the world’s first*1 multilayer ceramic capacitor with a capacitance value of 1.0µF in the 01005 inch size (0.4×0.2mm), which is increasingly used in a wide range of mobile electronic devices including smartphones. Mass production of the GRM022R60G105M with a rated voltage of 4Vdc has already started and mass production of GRM022R60J105M with a rated voltage of 6.3Vdc is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Source: 01005 inch Size Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor with a Capacitance Value of 1.0μF, another world’s first from Murata | Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Choosing Between 2D and 3D Materials for Next-Gen Semiconductors 

Researchers at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) exploit resistive switching property in halide perovskite materials to develop the basis for a new type of fast, low-power, nonvolatile memory. Halide perovskite materials exhibit a resistive switching property, which means that with the application of a voltage, the substance’s resistance will change.

Source: Choosing Between 2D and 3D Materials to Set Off the Commercialization of Next-Gen Semiconductors – News

Micro-Precision Technologies acquired by Aerospace Semiconductor 

Feb 28, 2020 – Micro-Precision Technologies, Inc., (MPT) a Salem, NH Defense company was acquired by Aerospace Semiconductor, Inc. (ASI) of Lawrence, MA.  Going forward the company will operate under the Micro-Precision Technology, Inc. name in Salem, NH with a DBA registered for the Aerospace Semiconductor, Inc. name in Lawrence, MA.

Source: Micro-Precision Technologies, Inc. acquired by Aerospace Semiconductor, Inc. | Micro Precision Technology

Chinese Passive Components Makers Boost MLCC Capacity Expansion 

Chinese makers of passive components have been keen on capacity expansions for high-end MLCC capacitors, providing lucrative business opportunities for Taiwan’s equipment makers, according to industry sources.

Source: Chinese Passive Components Makers Boost MLCC Capacity Expansion – Passive Components Blog

The ‘New Normal’ Boosts Interest in Touchless Tech 

I, like most people these days, do a lot of things differently since social distancing came into being during the coronavirus pandemic. I wonder which tech-based ones will stick. Some are really good ideas borne out of necessity; others can go the way of Covid-19, when it’s finally off the radar.

Source: The ‘New Normal’ Boosts Interest in Touchless Tech | EE Times

Analog Devices Announces Acquisition of Maxim Integrated

NORWOOD, Mass. & SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Analog Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI) and Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXIM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which ADI will acquire Maxim in an all stock transaction that values the combined enterprise at over $68 billion2. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, will strengthen ADI as an analog semiconductor leader with increased breadth and scale across multiple attractive end markets.

Source: Analog Devices Announces Combination with Maxim Integrated, Strengthening Analog Semiconductor Leadership | Business Wire

ams announces closing of OSRAM acquision

Premstaetten, Austria (9 July 2020) — ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, announces the successful closing of the OSRAM Licht AG (OSRAM) acquisition. The takeover offer has been fully settled today and the offer price paid to the holders of the tendered shares.

Source: OSRAM-closing – OSRAM-closing | ams

II-VI relying on GE’s IP to conquer power SiC markets

As announced at the end of June, engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA – which manufactures silicon carbide (SiC) substrates – has licensed SiC technology from General Electric with a view to moving into power device and module manufacturing. Just like II-VI’s main competitors in the SiC wafer market – US-based Cree/Wolfspeed and Japan-based Rohm Group Company (including SiCrystal) – the new licensee aims to capitalize on the growing market demand for SiC-based power electronics, driven by the fast development of electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle (EV/HEV) applications.

Source: II-VI relying on GE’s IP to conquer power SiC markets

Chinese passive components makers revving up MLCC capacity expansion

Chinese makers of passive components have been keen on capacity expansions for high-end MLCC capacitors, providing lucrative business opportunities for Taiwan’s equipment makers, according to industry sources.Judging from equipment shipment pull-ins in the first half of 2020, investments by Chinese passive components makers are at least five times as much as those by their Taiwanese peers, aiming to better tap demand for 5G base station, handset and new energy vehicle applications, the sources said.

Source: Chinese passive components makers revving up MLCC capacity expansion

Next Challenge: Known Good Systems

The leading edge of design is heading toward multi-die/multi-chiplet architectures, and an increasing number of mainstream designs likely will follow as processing moves closer to the edge.This doesn’t mean every chipmaker will be designing leading-edge chips, of course. But more devices will have at least some leading-edge logic or will be connected over some advanced interconnect scheme to one or more of those leading-edge chips or chiplets. The challenge will be verifying and debugging all of these devices in the context of how they will be used, and then testing them repeatedly in the lab, in manufacturing, during and after packaging, and for as long as they are used in the field.

Source: Next Challenge: Known Good Systems

AMS wins EU approval for 4.6 billion euro Osram buy 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Austrian sensor producer Ams (VI:AMS) (S:AMS) on Monday gained unconditional EU antitrust approval for its 4.6-billion-euro (4.1 billion pounds) acquisition of German lighting group Osram (DE:OSRn)

Source: AMS wins unconditional EU approval for 4.6 billion euro Osram buy By Reuters

Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 5.8% Year-to-Year in May

WASHINGTON—July 3, 2020— The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors were $35.0 billion in May 2020, an increase of 5.8 percent from the May 2019 total of $33.0 billion and 1.5 percent more than the April 2020 total of $34.4 billion. Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. Additionally, a newly released WSTS industry forecast projects annual global sales will increase 3.3 percent in 2020 and 6.2 percent in 2021. SIA represents 95 percent of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms.

Source: Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 5.8 Percent Year-to-Year in May; Annual Sales Projected to Increase 3.3 Percent in 2020, 6.2 Percent in 2021 – Semiconductor Industry Association