Mollenkopf to leave Qualcomm

Steve Mollenkopf (pictured)  is to give up his job as CEO of Qualcomm on June 30th. The new CEO will be Cristiano Amon, currently president of Qualcomm. “I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished at Qualcomm and the position the company currently enjoys as the world’s leader in wireless technologies,” said Mollenkopf, ...

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Applied hot on the trail of Kokusai

Applied Materials showed the strength of its determination to buy Kokusai Electric, the Japsnese semiconductor manufacturing equipment specialist, by jacking up its bid for the compsny from $2.2 billion to $3.5 billion. Kokusai, originally Hitachi’s chip manufacturing equipment subsidiary, was bought by New York private equity outfit KKR in 2017.The price was not disclosed but, ...

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CES: 32MP image sensor in 1/3” optical format being sampled

OmniVision is sampling an image sensor with a 0.7 micron pixel size providing 32 megapixel(MP) resolution in a 1/3” optical format. The OV32B supports 2- and 3-exposure HDR timing for up to 8 MP video modes and still previews. It integrates a 4-cell color filter array and on-chip hardware re-mosaic, which provides high quality, 32 MP ...

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Data-comms Simulation Kit addresses CAN FD and LIN devices

Warwick Control Technologies has released a Simulation Kit that allows users to simulate CAN, CAN FD and LIN devices and networks. It can also be used to simulate devices and networks for the SAE J1939, NMEA2000 and CANopen CAN higher layer protocols. These are data-communication protocols typically used for high-speed broadcasting of sensor data, whether ...

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Tower and DARPA initiate laser-on-silicon process

Tower Semiconductor, the Israeli foundry, is participating in the LUMOS program, with partial support from DARPA, to create a semiconductor foundry integrated-laser-on-silicon photonics process. This process will combine high-performance III-V laser diodes with Tower’s PH18 production silicon photonics platform. Multi-project wafer runs (MPW) will be coordinated with the new process, when ready. The initial versions ...

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