BISTel Previews Semiconductor Industry’s First AI Knowledge Sharing Fab Models for Chip Manufacturing

An aging workforce, tribal knowledge and an highly siloed manufacturing organization continues to hinder progress toward achieving the fab of the future and industry 4.0. says BISTel, the world leader in engineering equipment systems and AI applications for semiconductor manufacturing. CEO, W.K. Choi, says BISTel plans to address these long-standing challenges by previewing an AI based platform that creates a first of its kind collaborative knowledge sharing fab model at this year’s 50th Semicon West, a virtual tradeshow, July 20-22. BISTel will demonstrate the new DSS on the Semiconductor Digest Webcast at 2 pm, July 21 during the annual Semicon West tradeshow.

Cloud, AI, Edge, Big Data and IoT technologies have improved fortunes for semiconductor manufacturers. Many of these improvements are still limited to an individual task, equipment or process. In addition, BISTel says speedier adoption of these technologies and a collaborative approach is key to realizing long-term continuous improvement in manufacturing and sustained profitability

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Mouser Electronics and Panasonic Industrial Automation Announce Distribution Agreement for Integrated Solutions and Sensors

Mouser Electronics | December 19, 2023

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest electronic components and industrial automation products, announces a distribution agreement with Panasonic Industrial Automation. With over 40 years of design experience and a strong reputation for quality, Panasonic Industrial Automation offers a range of technically advanced sensors, programmable controllers, human-machine interfaces, and servo motors and drives. According to the agreement, Mouser will offer customers Panasonic's selection of integrated solutions for a variety of automation markets, including automotive, semiconductor, packaging and bio-medical. Panasonic Industrial Automation offers an extensive portfolio of technically advanced products, such as the EX-10 ultra-slim photoelectric sensors, now available at Mouser. These sensors offer a built-in amplifier in a slim 3.5 mm package and reduce power consumption by up to 35% when compared to conventional sensors. With an IP67 waterproof rating and bend-resistant cable types, the flexible sensors are suitable for the positioning of PCBs, checking for the absence of capacitors in trays, and detecting ICs and wafer cassettes. The PM U-shaped micro photoelectric sensor, also available at Mouser, reduces the risk of sensor malfunctions due to wiring errors. The PM Sensor has three protection circuits: reverse supply polarity, reverse output polarity, and output short-circuit. Additionally, the sensor features a beam emitting and receiving distance of 6 mm and beam marks for easy adjustment. The Panasonic Industrial Automation FP0R programmable controller is a pocket-sized device providing large data memory and program capacity in a small package. The FP0R programmable controller is ideal for small switching cabinets and other limited spaces, offering ultra-high-speed processing of 80 ns/step. The Panasonic Industrial Automation FD reflective-type fiber optic sensor boasts tough, high-quality fiber, reducing the risk of breaking and bending during installation. Product types include threaded, square head, cylindrical, sleeve, flat, small spot, oil resistant and more. Panasonic Industrial Automation FD reflective-type fiber optic sensors can be bent with precision and used on moving parts. As a global authorized distributor, Mouser offers the world's widest selection of the newest semiconductors and electronic components — in stock and ready to ship™. Mouser's customers can expect 100% certified, genuine products that are fully traceable from each of its manufacturer partners. To help speed customers' designs, Mouser's website hosts an extensive library of technical resources, including a Technical Resource Center, along with product data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, engineering tools and other helpful information. Engineers can stay abreast of today's exciting product, technology and application news through Mouser's complimentary e-newsletter. Mouser's email news and reference subscriptions are customizable to the unique and changing project needs of customers and subscribers. No other distributor gives engineers this much customization and control over the information they receive. About Mouser Electronics Mouser Electronics, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor focused on New Product Introductions from its leading manufacturer partners. Serving the global electronic design engineer and buyer community, the global distributor's website, mouser.com, is available in multiple languages and currencies and features more than 6.8 million products from over 1,200 manufacturer brands. Mouser offers 27 support locations worldwide to provide best-in-class customer service in local language, currency and time zone. The distributor ships to over 650,000 customers in 223 countries/territories from its 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facilities in the Dallas, Texas, metro area. About Panasonic Industrial Automation Panasonic Industrial Automation provides a broad portfolio of products and over 40 years of design expertise, offering integrated solutions that fit into various automation markets, including automotive, semiconductor, packaging, and bio-medical. This company features a strong reputation for quality, an established organization of highly experienced professionals, and technically advanced products.

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Qorvo Forms a Strategic Partnership With Luxshare

Qorvo | December 20, 2023

Qorvo® a leading global provider of connectivity and power solutions, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Luxshare Precision Industry Co., Ltd. a global advanced contract manufacturer, under which Luxshare will acquire Qorvo’s assembly and test facilities in Beijing and Dezhou, China. The companies anticipate completing the transaction by the first half of calendar 2024, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and the satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions. Upon closing, Luxshare will acquire each facility’s operations and assets, which include the property, plant and equipment, as well as the existing workforce, to enable seamless continuity of operations. Qorvo will continue to maintain its sales, engineering and customer support employees in China to continue serving customers. Following the close of the transaction, Luxshare will assemble and test products for Qorvo under a newly established long-term supply agreement. The Beijing and Dezhou facilities primarily support Qorvo’s highly integrated advanced cellular products. Luxshare is a trusted supplier to many of the world’s leading electronics companies and will provide seamless and flexible access to best-in-class production capacity while expanding its offerings and capabilities. Bob Bruggeworth, president and chief executive officer of Qorvo, said, “The Beijing and Dezhou facilities have been an important part of our history and manufacturing network for decades. After carefully considering multiple alternatives over the past few years, we feel that we have found the right partner to continue supporting our customers from these factories. Given Luxshare’s scale and well-established, high volume manufacturing competency, we are confident that they will ensure continuity, maintain high levels of quality, and be another outstanding strategic partner in our supply chain that allows us to serve our customers worldwide.” Grant Brown, chief financial officer of Qorvo, said, “This transaction furthers our efforts to reduce capital intensity while supporting our long-term gross margin objectives and ensuring continuity for our customers in China.” The Beijing and Dezhou facilities will continue to operate as part of Qorvo’s global manufacturing network until the closing of the transaction. After the closing, Qorvo’s assembly, packaging and test network will continue to include its facilities in the United States, Costa Rica, and Germany, as well as valued leading global outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) partners. About Qorvo Qorvo supplies innovative semiconductor solutions that make a better world possible. We combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve our customers' most complex technical challenges. Qorvo serves diverse high-growth segments of large global markets, including consumer electronics, smart home/IoT, automotive, EVs, battery-powered appliances, network infrastructure, and aerospace/defense.

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Teledyne Relays Unveils Innovative Multi-Function Timer Series

Teledyne Relays, Inc. | January 29, 2024

Teledyne Relays, a leading provider of cutting-edge relay solutions, introduces its new Multi-Function Timer product series, showcasing the company's commitment to delivering advanced, reliable, and versatile solutions for the industrial automation sector. Teledyne Relays Multi-Function Timer MFT series is a state-of-the-art solution designed for a wide variety of applications that demand precise timing control. The user-friendly design features three potentiometers for easy selection of timing functions and ranges, while the LEDs provide at-a-glance feedback of timing and relay status. The MFT series also features 7 selectable timing functions for a wide variety of applications Timing ranges from 0.1 seconds up to 100 hours Compact 17.5mm housing preserves valuable panel space Supply Voltages: 24VDC & 24-240VAC OR 12-240VAC/DC 5A SPDT output relay Engineered with the needs of electrical engineers, panel builders, and automation engineers in mind, these timers find application in various industries, including but not limited to Industrial Automation Manufacturing Process Control Systems HVAC and Refrigeration Agriculture and Irrigation Power Distribution “With the new Multi-Function Timer series, Teledyne Relays continues to lead in providing reliable and versatile solutions for industrial automation, ensuring precise timing control,” said Michael Palakian, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Teledyne Relays. The Multi-Function Timer series from Teledyne Relays ensures precise timing control, offering unparalleled reliability across diverse applications and is available for ordering from Teledyne Relays or an authorized distributor. About Teledyne Relays Teledyne Relays is a world leader in high-performance coaxial switches, electromechanical, and solid-state relays, offering a wide range of solutions for various applications in the aerospace and defense, telecommunications, test and measurement, and industrial markets. With over 60 years of experience, Teledyne Relay has established a reputation for quality, reliability, and customer service excellence. About Teledyne Defense Electronics Serving Defense, Space and Commercial sectors worldwide, Teledyne Defense Electronics offers a comprehensive portfolio of highly engineered solutions that meet your most demanding requirements in the harshest environments. Manufacturing both custom and off-the-shelf product offerings, our diverse product lines meet emerging needs for key applications for avionics, energetics, electronic warfare, missiles, radar, satcom, space and test and measurement.

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TeamViewer to drive smart factory innovation with strategic investments in manufacturing analytics and IoT

TeamViewer | December 13, 2023

TeamViewer, a leading global provider of remote connectivity and workplace digitalization solutions, announced strategic investments in two pioneering companies for smart factory solutions: Sight Machine and Cybus. With a total investment of a low double-digit million EUR amount, the company is strengthening its commitment to the digital transformation of industrial working environments and the convergence of Information and Operation Technology (IT & OT). Investment in Sight Machine - Empowering data-driven manufacturing Sight Machine, a US-based company and Microsoft partner, provides a manufacturing data platform that collects, structures, and analyzes data from manufacturing operations. It uses innovative AI applications to provide insights into areas such as quality control, system-level plant performance, and predictive maintenance, enabling data-driven decisions that vastly improve operating efficiency, sustainability and resilience. With its investment, TeamViewer becomes a major shareholder and part of Sight Machine's Board of Directors. To further drive manufacturing efficiency in industrial environments, the two companies will collaborate on a joint product offering and go-to-market strategy. Jon Sobel, Co-Founder and CEO at Sight Machine said: "We are excited to join forces to offer a combined solution with TeamViewer's market leading remote connectivity. With its German and European roots, TeamViewer is closely tied to the regional manufacturing industry. This investment is testament to our shared commitment to harnessing the power of data to shape the future of smart factories." Investment in Cybus - Advancing industrial IoT solutions Cybus, a German software company, specializes in industrial IoT solutions for large scale manufacturing environments. Cybus' data hub collects, processes, and distributes industrial data, enabling seamless communication between heterogeneous devices, machines, and processes in the smart factory. It supports scalable configurations along multiple factory sites and is tailored for production-critical activities. Globally operating enterprises such as Liebherr and KRONE improve the efficiency and sustainability of their manufacturing processes with Cybus IoT solutions. As lead investor in Cybus' current financing round and part of the advisory board, TeamViewer will actively collaborate and provide strategic guidance regarding the company's development. Peter Sorowka, CEO at Cybus, said: "Partnering with a global market leader like TeamViewer is instrumental in tackling the challenges of industrial digitalization. Together, we want to shape this transformation and improve manufacturing efficiency." Fostering the evolution of smart factory solutions The investments in Sight Machine and Cybus pave the way for TeamViewer's development into a leading enterprise software provider at the intersection of manufacturing infrastructure and IT systems as well as data analytics. Oliver Steil, CEO at TeamViewer emphasized: "With our solutions, customers can access the broadest range of IT as well as embedded devices. This strength has led to our position as the de facto standard in remote connectivity. Additionally, we have developed into the frontline productivity space with AR workflows. Therefore, investing in shop floor digitalization and factory connectivity is a logical next step for us. Together with Sight Machine and Cybus, we are going to further drive the evolution of smart factory solutions and position TeamViewer as a catalyst in shaping the future of industrial digitalization." About TeamViewer TeamViewer is a leading global technology company that provides a connectivity platform to remotely access, control, manage, monitor, and repair devices of any kind – from laptops and mobile phones to industrial machines and robots. Although TeamViewer is free of charge for private use, it has around 630,000 subscribers and enables companies of all sizes and from all industries to digitalize their business-critical processes through seamless connectivity. Against the backdrop of global megatrends like device proliferation, automation and new work, TeamViewer proactively shapes digital transformation and continuously innovates in the fields of Augmented Reality, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Since the company's foundation in 2005, TeamViewer's software has been installed on more than 2.5 billion devices around the world. The company is headquartered in Goppingen, Germany, and employs more than 1,400 people globally. In 2022, TeamViewer achieved a revenue of around EUR 566 million. TeamViewer SE (TMV) is listed at Frankfurt Stock Exchange and belongs to the MDAX. About Sight Machine Sight Machine helps global manufacturers unlock the power of industrial data to increase profitability, productivity and sustainability. Through its data-first approach, Sight Machine's Manufacturing Data Platform creates a common data foundation by capturing and contextualizing data from the entire factory to deliver a systemwide view of the manufacturing process. Data becomes democratized, empowering all stakeholders to drive productivity improvements across the enterprise. With systemwide visibility and artificial-intelligence-powered insights, manufacturers can now scale efficiency, quality and sustainability solutions across entire production processes and multi-factory sites, and even extend the impact to their broader supply and value chains. Sight Machine has offices in San Francisco and Ann Arbor, Mich. About Cybus The software company Cybus enables industrial companies to transform their production into a data-driven smart factory. Its software solutions, such as the Factory Data Hub Cybus Connectware, are leading the market in scalable data integration for complex and global production environments. They provide access to real-time data from the production environment across manufacturers and applications. This enables factories to achieve sustainable competitive advantages such as increased efficiency or quality in production processes.

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