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Panasonic to release household use HClO disinfection deodorizer

Panasonic Corporation will release two models of hypochlorous acid (HClO) disinfection deodorizer “ziaino” in 15 September which will demonstrate high bacteriocidal and deodorizing effect with the power of hypochlorous acid made with its own generation technology. The lineup includes “F-MV3000” for area of around 25 square meters and “F-MV1500” for area of around 16 square […]

Industry

Sharp to double workforce of Kameyama plant for smartphone camera parts

According to Japanese media, Sharp plans to double workforce of its Kameyama plant in Mie Prefecture, Japan for new business. The workforce count of Kameyama plant as of Dec 2016 is 2067. The plant is currently Sharp’s main factory of LCD panel. The new business for the plant may include camera parts for smartphone for […]

Industry

Nichicon to acquire part of power supply business of Murata

Nichicon has signed confirmation of intention with Murata on 5 Apr to transfer part of power supply business from Murata to Nichicon. Both companies plan to sign the confirmation of transfer within May 2017. The scope of the transfer will include AC-DC switching power supplies aimed at markets such as office equipment, industrial electronics, home […]

Consumer Electronics

Fostex to release Tokyo made bookshelf speaker GX100BJ

Fostex Company has announced the GX100BJ bookshelf speaker system which is the first model in the series to be made in Japan. The speaker will be released to market in mid April at 69,000 JPY (tax excluded) per unit. The GX100BJ is the latest model in the 2-way bass reflex bookshelf speaker “GX100” series. The […]

Industry

Sakai Display invested by Foxconn chairman losses 59.2 billion JPY in 2016

Sakai Display Products (SDP) posted losses of 59.2 billion JPY for the fiscal year ended Dec 2016, despite profit record of last 3 years. The company is a large screen LCD panel manufacturer with a 10th generation (G10) LCD plant originally founded by Sharp Corporation. Now the majority of the company is owned by Foxconn […]

Consumer Electronics

Premium calculator with aluminum alloy body at $240

Casio has revealed a new color of its premium calculator “S100”. The navy blue color model “S100BU” is released on 31 March 2017. The expected market price is 27,000 JPY (excluding tax, approx $240 USD). The original premium calculator “S100”, available only in black, was released on Sep 2015. The flagship model features aluminum alloy […]

Industry

Denso to build a new plant in Iwate, Japan

Denso announced its decision to build a new plant by Denso Iwate to enhance competitiveness of Denso Group and toward realization of domestic manufacturing in Japan. Aside the increasing the production capacity of semiconductor wafer operated by Denso Iwate, the factory is planned to be responsible for manufacturing semiconductor sensor and meters for automobile. The […]

Components

Murata releases 1608 size PTC thermistor for heating

Murata Manufacturing has announced the commercialization of world smallest class PTC thermistor for heater. The new PTC thermistor is named “Micro Heater” has the dimension of 1.6×0.8×0.68mm. Mass production was started on Nov 2016. The PTC thermistor “Micro Heater” is packaged in insulating resin with 1608 chip size. The small size is designed to facilitate […]

Industry

Hamamatsu Photonics completes new building for manufacturing optical semiconductors

Hamamatsu Photonics has announced the completion of the new building No.1 in Shingai factory. The Shingai factory, located in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, is a mass production fab specialized in back end process. The new building will increase the production rate of back end process of optical semiconductor elements. Production at the new building will be […]

Consumer Electronics

Panasonic to release premium electric fan utilizing walnut wood at over $1000

Panasonic has announced a premium living fan “RINTO F-CWP3000” utilizing high class walnut wood in the pillar. This product adopted high-grade wood “Walnut” in the pillar, which is used for high-end furniture and musical instruments. The walnut used for RINTO is selected carefully around the Great Lakes of North America by masters of “Miroku” group, […]

Industry

TDK to acquire sensor ASIC design company ICsense

TDK has announced the acquisition of ICsense from Belgium by TDK’s wholly-owned subsidiary TDK-Micronas GmbH on 28 March. ICsense will become a member of TDK group and a wholly-owned subsidiary of TDK-Micronas. The ICsense management team will remain unchanged. Established in 2004, ICsense’s core business is ASIC development and the supply and custom IC design […]

Industry

SII develops silicon based UV sensor for wearable devices and IoT

SII Semicondutor, a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments, together with the research team of Professor Shigetoshi Sugawa and Associate Professor Rihito Kuroda from Tohoku University, announces the development of mass production technology of a silicon-based ultraviolet (UV) sensor that detects from UV-A (315-400nm) to UV-B (280-315nm) ranges. By taking the difference between the high sensitivity photodiode […]

Components

Kyocera announces world smallest crystal resonant in 1.0×0.8mm

Kyocera Crystal Device has announced the commercialization of world smallest crystal resonant “CX1008” with dimension of 1.0×0.8mm. Sample will be available on May 2017 and mass production will be started within 2017 fiscal year. Normally, series resistance (CI value) will be 30% higher if crystal unit is switched from 1.2×1.0mm to 1.0×0.8mm, therefore circuit design […]

Components

New JRC starts selling flagship op-amp MUSES03

New Japan Radio Co., Ltd has announced it has started selling the operating amplifier “MUSES03”, the new flagship model of the high-end “MUSES” series. According to the company, MUSES03 is a high sound quality op-amp with J-FET input stage designed for premium audio equipment. It is built with circuit, material and assembling technology specifically designed […]

Industry

Hitachi to sell partial stake in Hitachi Maxell

Hitachi, Ltd. has announced on 21 March that it would sell 7,800,000 shares (Proportion of all voting share: 14.76%) of Hitachi Maxell to SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. on 22 March 2017. After the transfer, Hitachi will retain 14.76% of all voting shares of Hitachi Maxell, which will no longer be an equity method affiliate of […]

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Panasonic to release premium electric fan utilizing walnut wood at over $1000

Sakai Display invested by Foxconn chairman losses 59.2 billion JPY in 2016

Nichicon to acquire part of power supply business of Murata

SII develops silicon based UV sensor for wearable devices and IoT

New JRC starts selling flagship op-amp MUSES03

Murata releases 1608 size PTC thermistor for heating

Fostex to release Tokyo made bookshelf speaker GX100BJ

High-end rice cooker with charcoal pot, Mitsubishi Electric

Sony to sell its battery business to Murata Manufacturing

Panasonic to release household use HClO disinfection deodorizer

Mitsubishi Electric releases discrete SiC-SBD device

Ricoh Announces Voltage Regulator for IoT/Wearable Devices

Premium calculator with aluminum alloy body at $240

Taiwan Maintains Lead of Wafer Capacity

Hitachi to sell partial stake in Hitachi Maxell

TDK to acquire sensor ASIC design company ICsense

Renesas to exit microwave device business

Denso to build a new plant in Iwate, Japan

Torex Launches Hi-SAT COT DC/DC Regulators for FPGA/ASIC POL

TDK’s EPCOS to accquire French sensor maker Tronics

Toshiba to Spin-off its Memory Business as Toshiba Memory

Sharp to double workforce of Kameyama plant for smartphone camera parts

Panasonic to release rice cooker with pressurized reheat feature

Toshiba Develops Natural LED Spotlight for Museums

Kyocera announces world smallest crystal resonant in 1.0×0.8mm

Hamamatsu Photonics completes new building for manufacturing optical semiconductors

ROHM releases Hi-Res audio SoC and industry-first reference platform

Panasonic to release air purifiers with newly developed ion device “Nanoe X”

DISCO Corporation announces laser slicing technology for high-speed SiC wafer production