Shanhai Capital has revealed plans to acquire Analogix Semiconductor in a deal worth over 500 million. Analogix Semiconductor and Beijing Shanhai Capital Management announced the merger on Friday. In a press release, the companies said a consortium of investors, led by Beijing, China-based Shanhai Capital, will purchase all outstanding shares of Analogix for over 500 million. Analogix Semiconductor, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, creates high-speed, mixed-signal semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) for use in mobile devices, virtual reality products and other electronics. Analogix components are used in devices from brands including Apple, Samsung, Google and LG, and the company is known for developing semiconductors suitable for the DisplayPort standard, such as the SlimPort product line.
For the semiconductor industry, the very technologies that disrupt the way companies operate are the same technologies that will be leveraged to create new products and businesses. It's time for semiconductor companies to take a strong stand and proactively define the next generation of technology--in a dual role, as customer and producer. DARQ technologies will not only change the semiconductor industry, they will also drive business growth. Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology will drive improvements via data provenance and faster traceability as well as enablement of compute and Artifical Intelligence(AI) capabilities. AI and extended reality will require custom chips, and quantum computing will bring about a new world of compute engineering.
Soft and conformable wearable electronics require stretchable semiconductors, but existing ones typically sacrifice charge transport mobility to achieve stretchability. We explore a concept based on the nanoconfinement of polymers to substantially improve the stretchability of polymer semiconductors, without affecting charge transport mobility. The increased polymer chain dynamics under nanoconfinement significantly reduces the modulus of the conjugated polymer and largely delays the onset of crack formation under strain. As a result, our fabricated semiconducting film can be stretched up to 100% strain without affecting mobility, retaining values comparable to that of amorphous silicon. The fully stretchable transistors exhibit high biaxial stretchability with minimal change in on current even when poked with a sharp object.
Qualcomm said Thursday that it had agreed to acquire NXP Semiconductors for about $38 billion, expanding its presence in the increasingly lucrative market for automotive sensors and chips. Qualcomm said it would pay $110 per share for NXP and expects the deal to close by the end of 2017. The deal gives the telecommunications giant a greater foothold in the burgeoning market for technology that will power self-driving cars -- which represents a growth space compared to the saturated market for smart phones and other mobile devices. NXP also has a desirable position in the market for technology powering the so-called Internet of Things as well as security products. The acquisition also marks the latest in a series of deals for the semiconductor business, accelerating the trend of consolidation.
Semiconductors are usually brittle and do not deform easily. Wei et al. found that bulk single crystals of indium selenide instead have excellent flexibility (see the Perspective by Han). The deformability comes from the compliant intralayer bonding between indium and selenium. The authors used these observations along with a previously discovered silver sulfide to determine a deformability factor for materials that may help find other deformable semiconductors. Science , this issue p. ; see also p.  Inorganic semiconductors are vital for a number of critical applications but are almost universally brittle. Here, we report the superplastic deformability of indium selenide (InSe). Bulk single-crystalline InSe can be compressed by orders of magnitude and morphed into a Möbius strip or a simple origami at room temperature. The exceptional plasticity of this two-dimensional van der Waals inorganic semiconductor is attributed to the interlayer gliding and cross-layer dislocation slip that are mediated by the long-range In-Se Coulomb interaction across the van der Waals gap and soft intralayer In-Se bonding. We propose a combinatory deformability indicator (Ξ) to prescreen candidate bulk semiconductors for use in next-generation deformable or flexible electronics. : /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aba9778 : /lookup/doi/10.1126/science.abd4527