Business News: Microsemi Acquisition, IC Market Growth, RPi Model 3B+

March 15, 2018 | 00:00
It has been an interesting week in the electronics industry. Here we cover some of the most important news stories from North America and Europe.
 
  • Microchip Technology to Acquire Microsemi for $8.35 Billion: It is only March, but 2018 has already been a busy year for M&As in the semiconductor industry. On March 1, Microchip announced it plans to acquire Microsemi for $8.35 billion in a move to expand its reach into three exciting markets—defense, communications, and aerospace—where Microsmi focuses most of its work. Microchip Technology
 
  • IC Market Expected to Grow by 15%: Research firm IC Insights recently announced that it expects the IC market to grow 15% in 2018. According to a new report, DRAM sales are expected to drive this growth. “At $99.6 billion, the DRAM market is forecast to be by far the largest single product category in the IC industry in 2018.” IC Insights
 
  • Raspberry Pi Model 3B+: The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched the latest version of its popular Raspberry Pi minicomputer. The new RPi 3B+ is more powerful than the previous model thanks to its upgraded Broadcom SoC, the 64-bit BCM2837B0, which features improved power management that enables it to run at a higher speed of up to 1.4 GHz. Learn More
 
  • Elektor Launches MagPi Magazine in Dutch and French: This week Elektor announced the launch of the Dutch and French editions of MagPi magazine. Starting March 15, the 100-page magazine will be on sale at all book and magazine stores in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France, as well as in Elektor’s webshop. Learn More  
 
  • ATmega4809 Selected for Next-Gen Arduino Board: Microchip’s ATmega4809 has been selected for the next generation of Arduino boards. “The addition of the ATmega4809 to this board allows developers to spend less time coding and more time creating. The hardware-based CIPs enable the creation of designs which are more efficient while making the transition from project to production-ready easier than ever before,” Microchip said in a release. Learn More
  
  • Video: Elektor Visits Arrow Electronics at Embedded World '18
Arrow's Amir Sherman introduces Arrow's new 96boards, the company's "sensor-to-sunset" IoT solutions, and the company's focus on "boards, solutions, and boxes."



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