By Mark LaPedus
Enterprise-based bring your own device (BYOD) programs continue to become more commonplace. In fact, 38% of companies expect to stop providing devices to workers by 2016, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner.
What would happen if half of all global DRAM production, two-thirds of NAND flash manufacturing and 70% of the world’s tablet display supply suddenly disappeared from the market? For high-tech companies, this could be the outcome if current tensions escalate to the point of war on the Korean peninsula, resulting in the disruption of South Korea’s technology manufacturing base, says IHS iSuppli.
Intel telegraphed its future directions. The chip giant has named Brian Krzanich as its next chief executive, succeeding Paul Otellini. Krzanich, Intel’s chief operating officer since January 2012, will become the sixth CEO in Intel’s history. As announced, Otellini will step down as CEO. In a research note, Hans Mosesmann, an analyst with Raymond James, said: “We are not entirely shocked by the news but note that some investors preferred an external option on the belief that new blood was needed. Giving Krzanich’s manufacturing background we think the appointment is an indication that Intel will continue Paul Otellini’s strategy of building bigger/better fabs to attack the market. We also believe the move toward better manufacturing processes (like the 450mm transition) will remain front and center.” Added RBC Capital analyst Doug Freedman: “The move to appoint Renee James (as president) is likely in support of the vision of Krzanich’s and the board has laid out for the future of Intel. This appointment validates the increasing importance of on-going software development to Intel’s future, whether it be internally or in collaboration with partners.”
Microsemi has inked a foundry deal with Intel. Microsemi is currently engaged with customers and has started designs utilizing Intel’s 22nm tri-gate technology. Product delivery is anticipated to begin in late 2014 to early 2015.
Infineon and GlobalFoundries announced a joint technology development and production agreement for 40nm embedded flash (eFlash) process technology. The cooperation will focus on technology development based on Infineon’s eFlash cell design and manufacturing of automotive and security microcontrollers with 40nm process structures.
GlobalFoundries has collaborated with Cadence to provide pattern classification data for manufacturing processes of 20nm and 14nm. GlobalFoundries is using the Cadence Pattern Classification and Pattern Matching Solutions.
SEMI announced that Philip Yeo, chairman of Spring Singapore, and Lee Kok Choy, country manager of Micron Technology Singapore, have been voted by the SEMI Singapore Regional Advisory Board as recipients of two prestigious awards recognizing their contributions to the development and success of the Southeast Asian semiconductor industry. The awards will be presented during festivities held at Semicon Singapore 2013 on May 7.
Soitec has finalized a ZAR 1,000,000,000 (more than $100 million) solar financing bond issued by CPV Power Plant No.1 Bond SPV, an affiliate of Soitec Solar GmbH. The bonds will finance the construction of a 44 MWp utility-scale concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power plant in Touwsrivier, South Africa.
Applied Materials and The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) announced the San Francisco Bay Area grand-prize winning team and nine finalist teams in the 2013 Clean Tech Competition.
Rudolph has purchased selected assets related to 3D metrology from Tamar Technology.
Proteus Digital Health has completed a second closing of its Series F financing, raising $62.5 million in total. New corporate investor Oracle joins Otsuka, Novartis, Sino Portfolio and others in this funding round. Proteus is working to create a new category of products. Called Digital Medicines, these new pharmaceuticals will contain a tiny sensor that can communicate, via a digital health feedback system, vital information about an individual’s medication-taking behavior and how their body is responding.
Is Mindspeed Technologies on the block? The supplier of semiconductor solutions for communications has retained Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor to assist the board in evaluating various strategic alternatives available to the company.
Spansion has acquired the microcontroller and analog business of Fujitsu Semiconductor for approximately $110 million, plus approximately $65 million for inventory.
Amkor Technology announced that Stephen Kelley has been appointed to serve as president and CEO. He succeeds Ken Joyce, who previously announced his intention to retire.
ASE remained the world’s largest OSAT in 2012, according to the new rankings from Gartner.