Polyera poised to enable windows that act as solar panels

Polyera Corporation, a leading supplier of high-performance functional materials for the electronics and opto-electronics industries, has announced that it has achieved a certified world-record 9.1% efficient polymer/fullerene organic solar cell in an inverted bulk heterojunction architecture using its newest proprietary ActivInk PV2000 semiconductor material.

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Wireless displaces computers as top semiconductor spending area for OEMs

New research has found that the wireless communications surpassed computers to lead all segments in semiconductor related spending among leading OEMs in 2011. Driven by the demand for iPhones and iPads global spending by the world’s top OEMs on microchips for wireless products amounted to $58.6 billion last year, up 14.5 percent from $51.2 billion in 2010, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli. As a result wireless exceeded computers to become the world’s largest OEM semiconductor spending segment in 2011.

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Gimme Five – Ken Millar

Ken Millar, senior European sales channel manager for Microchip, talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline.

Ken Millar is senior sales channel manager at Microchip Technology and has been with the company for ten years. He previously worked at IDT for six years as European distribution manager, and before that was sales manager at Hitachi and NEC.

Having graduated in 1982 from Salford University with a BSc Hons in biomedical electronics, Millar started his career with the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the medical electronics department. In 1984, he started a new career in electronics distribution as a field applications engineer with Abacus, before moving to sales with NEC.

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Microsemi acquires timing, synchronization and synthesis business from Maxim

Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions, has acquired the telecom clock generation, synchronization, packet timing and synthesis business from Maxim Integrated Products. The acquired product lines and technology are vital to the effective and efficient delivery of time-sensitive voice, data and multimedia traffic over wireless and wired networks, and the move will provide Microsemi’s customers with access to the synchronization components required to harmonise system and network clocks, as well as the synthesis products required to distribute timing clocks throughout each system.

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Uncertain economic conditions set to impact electronics contract manufacturing in 2012

Following a strong performance in 2011, the global electronics contract manufacturing business is expected to decline slightly in 2012, as continuing economic uncertainty in Europe and the United States constricts growth, according to a new report from market analysts, IHS iSuppli. Total contract manufacturing revenue this year are expected to decline to $357 billion, down by slightly less than 1 percent from $360 billion in 2011 and compares to growth of 4.7 percent growth last year.

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Manufacturing challenges slow the AMOLED TV market

Despite the growing excitement surrounding the introduction of active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) televisions at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), global shipments of the sets will be limited during the next few years because of high prices caused by manufacturing challenges and expensive materials, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli. Global AMOLED TV shipments are expected to reach 2.1 million units in 2015, up from just 34,000 in 2012, but despite representing impressive growth shipments still will only account for 1 percent of the global flat-panel market by 2015.

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LSI expands strategic relationship with ARM

LSI Corporation is expanding its long-term strategic relationship with ARM in an agreement that will lead to new product solutions designed for accelerated performance as applications such as mobile video and cloud computing dramatically increase network traffic.

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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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