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Micron to acquire Virtensys

Micron Technology and Virtensys have announced that the companies have signed an agreement for Micron to acquire the assets of privately held Virtensys, a provider of PCIe-sharing solutions based in Manchester, England and Beaverton, Ore. The move is intended to further strengthen Micron’s enterprise storage portfolio by combining Virtensys’ PCIe virtualization technology with Micron’s solid state drives (SSDs), enabling data centers to share local storage across multiple servers.

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Apple becomes largest consumer of MEMS microphones in 2011

Apple has become the world’s largest purchaser of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphones as a result of the tremendous sales growth of iPhones, headsets and iPads, causing the company to surpass Samsung Electronics to take the top spot. Last year Apple increased its procurement of MEMS microphones by 173 percent to reach 349 million units, up from 128 million in 2010, according to research from IHS iSuppli. This represented the strongest growth among the major MEMS microphone buyers, allowing Apple to move up one position to take the No. 1 spot in purchases. Apple’s share of MEMS buying amounted to 27 percent for the year, compared to 20 percent for Samsung.

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Cloud server market set to double in 2012

Spurred on by the rising use of online storage and infrastructure systems to support services like Apple’s iCloud, cloud servers are set to enjoy robust prospects in 2012 and then move on to become the fastest-growing segment of the server industry within three years. Shipments are being projected to reach 875,000 units in 2012, up 35 percent from the 647,000 reported in 2011 and nearly double the 460,000 in 2010, according to new research from IHS iSuppli.

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CommScope offers copper-alternative grounding wire to telecoms industry

The ongoing volatility of copper pricing has created a major concern for the telecommunications industry, in which telecoms operators traditionally use copper ground wire for network grounding and bonding. Rising copper prices negatively impact operating costs by increasing the price of wire and maintenance costs, as copper wire becomes an attractive target for thieves intent on stealing it for sale to recyclers.

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Intel and Plessey sign product agreements

Plessey Semiconductors has agreed to a product licensing agreement with Intel Corporation and a share warrant agreement with Intel Capital. Under the terms of the licensing agreement, Plessey will be licensed to manufacture, sell and support a select number of products in Intel"s digital tuner portfolio. The warrant agreement is for an unspecified number of shares in Plessey"s holding company.

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Mindspeed Technologies to acquire Picochip

Mindspeed Technologies, a supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, has signed an agreement to acquire Picochip Limited, a UK based supplier of integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for small cell base stations, for a purchase price of nearly $52 million. The acquisition will create a market leader in small cell base station solutions for next generation mobile broadband communications infrastructure. It’s a market that, according to research firm Mobile Experts LLC, will see explosive growth with small cell base station shipments growing to 24 million units by 2016, creating a market for alternative cells, which could exceed the macrocell market in terms of transceiver unit shipments during the next four years.

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New monitor offers greater accountability when is comes to welding

Miyachi Europe, a supplier of laser and resistance welding systems and laser marking products, has announced the availability of the Advanced Data Analysis Monitor (ADAM), which it claims is the most advanced resistance welding monitor currently available on the market.

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Deeter unveils websites to serve international sensor markets

The Deeter Group, a developer and manufacturer of electronic sensors and control systems, has launched three new websites to increase their market presence in the major international instrumentation and process control markets. The new websites focus on the UK, the USA and Germany and look to provide comprehensive product, application and ordering information.

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Plexus and Kontron AG in strategic agreement

Plexus and Kontron AG have announced a strategic manufacturing agreement. Under this agreement Kontron AG will transition all manufacturing of its Kontron Design Manufacturing Services (M) Sdn. Bhd. subsidiary (KDMS) located in Penang, Malaysia to Plexus Corp (Plexus), primarily to its Penang facilities.

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Linear acquisition extends wireless sensor networking capabilities

Linear Technology has acquired Dust Networks, a provider of low power wireless sensor network (WSN) technology. The acquisition of Dust Networks, based in Hayward, CA, will enable Linear to offer a complete wireless sensor networking solution. Dust Networks’ low power radio and software technology complements Linear’s strengths in industrial instrumentation, power management and energy harvesting technology.

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