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FPCB firm Flexium looks to double-digit revenue growth in 2018

Taiwan-based flexible PCB maker Flexium Interconnect expects to enjoy another year of double-digit revenue growth in 2018. Flexium has started shipping FPCBs for new smartphones slated for launch later in 2018, according to company chairman Cheng Ming-chih. Revenues have started picking up in the second quarter, said Cheng. Growing demand of high-end FPCBs for dual-SIM smartphones will buoy further Flexium's sales performance in 2018, Cheng indicated. Flexium will also manage to generate stable profit growth in 2018, Cheng said. The company reported revenues increased 35.3% to NT$25.85 billion (US$858.3 million) in 2017, while net profits grew 34.4% on year to NT$3.06 billion. EPS for 2017 came to NT$10.07.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

Imec demonstrates manufacturability of spin-orbit torque MRAM devices on 300mm Si wafers

imec demonstrates for the first time the possibility to fabricate state-of-the-art spin-orbit torque MRAM devices on 300mm wafers using CMOS compatible processes. With an unlimited endurance (>5x1010), fast switching speed (210ps), and power consumption as low as 300pJ, the SOT-MRAM devices manufactured in a 300mm line achieve the same or better performance as lab devices. This next-generation MRAM technology targets replacement of L1/L2 SRAM cache memories in high-performance computing applications. SOT-MRAM has recently emerged as a non-volatile memory technology that promises a high endurance and low-power, sub-ns switching speed.

więcej na: www.imec-int.com

FormFactor to collaborate with Keysight Technologies and GlobalFoundries

FormFactor, Inc. announced the company has deployed an integrated CM300xi probing solution for wafer-level testing of silicon photonics devices. Teams from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, FormFactor and Keysight worked together to ensure the system is flexible to meet engineering needs and to deliver high throughput in volume production. Silicon photonics can enable the transfer of enormous amounts of data at high speeds using optical signals instead of electrical signals. The silicon photonics market is gaining momentum for data center, automotive, and other applications because it allows optical devices to be made cost effectively - reducing power and size - using silicon semiconductor fabrication techniques.

więcej na: www.formfactor.com

Global demand and supply for automotive display systems expected to maintain healthy growth in 2018

The global demand for automotive display systems is expected to continue a strong growth path in 2018, according to IHS Markit. According to the latest Automotive Display Systems Forecasts , OEM production of the three primary automotive display systems - instrument cluster, center stack and head-up display systems - is expected to reach 118.5 million units globally by the end of 2018, representing a 9 percent growth in volume over 2017. While the volume is growing significantly, the value of the market is growing even faster. In 2018, IHS Markit estimates just these three display systems to bring in $13.5 billion in tier-one supplier revenue, representing a 17 percent growth over 2017.

więcej na: news.ihsmarkit.com

Google to invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com

Google will invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the U.S. internet giant’s efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals including Amazon.com. The two companies described the investment as one piece of a broader partnership that will include the promotion of JD.com products on Google’s shopping service. This could help JD.com expand beyond its base in China and Southeast Asia and establish a meaningful presence in U.S. and European markets. Company officials said the agreement initially would not involve any major new Google initiatives in China, where the company’s main services are blocked over its refusal to censor search results in line with local laws.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

Apple, Qualcomm battle over possible ban on some U.S. iPhone imports

The staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended that a trade judge find that Apple Inc infringed at least one of Qualcomm Inc’s patents, a move that could lead to blocking the import of some iPhones. The San Diego chipmaker filed a complaint against Apple nearly a year ago, asking the commission to ban the import of iPhones containing rival chipmaker Intel Corp’s so-called modem chips, which help mobile phones connect to wireless data networks. At a trial in Washington that started on Friday, the ITC staff said Apple violated one of Qualcomm’s patents around battery-saving technology. The ITC staff acts as a third party in such trade cases. The staff lawyers’ opinions are not binding, but judges often follow them.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

Premier Farnell announce Chris Breslin as new President

Premier Farnell announce a change in leadership as Graham McBeth retires from his position as President of Premier Farnell. Parent company, Avnet, introduced Chris Breslin, currently senior vice president for global products at Premier Farnell as McBeth’s replacement at its Investor Day event in New York City held on Thursday 14th June. Breslin will report to Pete Bartolotta, chief transformation officer at Avnet, as he leads the Premier Farnell business and continues to drive synergies with the Avnet organisation. McBeth took the helm at Premier Farnell when the business was acquired by Avnet in 2016 and has delivered double-digit growth and profitability under his leadership.

więcej na: www.premierfarnell.com

Foxconn closes on North American headquarters

Foxconn Technology Group has purchased a downtown Milwaukee building to house its North American headquarters as it prepares to build a mammoth manufacturing complex 30 miles to the south. Foxconn purchased the seven-story building from Northwestern Mutual, which ceremonially turned over the keys to the Taiwanese company Friday. Foxconn executive Louis Woo says about 500 people will work at the headquarters. It will also house what Foxconn says is an innovation center to help startups and entrepreneurs develop applications for the display technology the company is creating. The electronics giant is building a manufacturing plant in neighboring Racine County to make liquid crystal display panels for commercial and consumer uses, including televisions.

więcej na: apnews.com

Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer for self-driving project

Apple may not be as loud about its plans to create a self-driving car as Google or Uber, but the company is still in the game. According to The Information, Apple has just hired Jamie Waydo, a prominent engineer from Waymo's autonomous vehicle unit. Apple's project, currently code-named Titan, could likely benefit from the excitement over such a high-profile executive. It could mean that the company is closer to a prototype, or that it's ready to start showing off its progress. Either way, Apple needs to ramp things up if its to remain relevant in the highly-competitive arena of self-driving cars.

więcej na: www.engadget.com

FormFactor announces breakthrough improvements in productivity for RF probe systems

FormFactor, Inc. announced that it has extended its Contact Intelligence technology. With Contact Intelligence, FormFactor’s advanced probe systems automatically and autonomously adapt in real time to changes in the testing environment, enabling customers to collect large amounts of RF data faster. As the race to bring 5G devices to market heats up, this addresses the need for higher productivity, to reduce time to market. FormFactor’s Contact Intelligence technology combines smart hardware design and innovative software algorithms to provide accurate probe-to-pad alignment and electronic recalibrations in engineering labs and many production applications.

więcej na: www.formfactor.com

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