Microsemi participating in project to further electrify next generation aircraft

The Microsemi Corporation has announced that it is participating in a multi-disciplinary consortium funded by the European Union (Seventh Framework Programme, FP7) tasked with developing standardised Electro Mechanical Actuators (EMA) for aerospace applications to eliminate hydraulic circuits, pumps and reservoirs. The project aims to improve the overall actuator lifecycle cost including higher reliability, lower cost and reduced aircraft weight. The integrated project spans three years and comprises more than 50 partners representing the European stakeholders of the actuation and airframe industry from 12 countries.

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Samsung Electronics could be looking to spin off LCD business

Samsung Electronics has announced that it is considering spinning off its loss-making LCD flat-screen business as it looks to focus the business towards OLED displays, seen as the next-generation technology that will replace LCD TVs. The surprise news comes as the LCD industry struggles to emerge from a slump that enveloped it in the second half of 2010 and at a time when it could be set to become a low-growth commodity type technology with greater competition from low-cost Chinese manufacturers.

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Thai floods continue to have impact on hard drive manufacturing

While hard disk drive (HDD) supplies began to recover in the first quarter from the floods that struck Thailand in late 2011, a full recovery of production is still months away, with unit shipments not expected to return to annual growth until the third quarter, according to new research from IHS iSuppli. Due to production disruptions at HDD suppliers and at component makers, global hard drive shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011 fell by 26 percent compared to the same period in 2010, and shipments are set to decline by another 13 percent in the first quarter and by 5 percent in the second quarter on an annual basis.

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Gimme Five – Howard Lin

Howard Lin, European managing director for Advantech, talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline.

A graduate from the National Taiwan University with a master degree in electronic engineering Lin joined Hewlett Packard Taiwan in 1989 as a salesperson for measurement equipment. At HP, he had been an engineer, a project manager and regional sales manager. He transferred to Agilent Taiwan in 1998 as the head of sales and later became the vice president in 2000.

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Plessey acquires Cambridge spin-out, set to commercialise novel GaN on silicon technology

Plessey has acquired CamGaN Limited, a University of Cambridge spin-out formed to commercialise novel technologies for the growth of gallium nitride (GaN) high-brightness LEDs on large-area silicon substrates. The acquisition will enable Plessey to exploit synergies with its 6-inch processing facility in Plymouth, England to produce HB LEDs based on CamGaN"s proprietary 6-inch GaN-on-silicon technology.

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Wireless Logic looks to boost growth in Europe

In a move to boost growth across key European countries UK-based M2M connectivity specialist Wireless Logic is expanding its business to Germany with the launch of a subsidiary located in Munich. Ulrich Kaindl joins the organisation as Managing Director of Wireless Logic GmbH Germany with a brief to exploit the technology’s growing potential.

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Teseq to expand RF power amplifier capabilities with MILMEGA acquisition

Teseq Holding AG , a developer and provider of instrumentation and systems for EMC emission and immunity testing, has acquired UK-based MILMEGA, Ltd., a specialist in the design and manufacture of solid state, high-power microwave and RF amplifiers. The acquisition will strengthen Teseq’s capabilities in commercial, industrial, automotive, military and communications applications, further positioning the company as a global leader in immunity testing.

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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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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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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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