SI Newswire Press Releases Latest Press Releases from SI Newswire MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS AND DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS SIGN NEW, LONG-TERM DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> (Mediacom Park, NY and Silver Spring, MD) - Mediacom Communications and Discovery Communications today announced the renewal of their long-term distribution agreement. The deal, which incorporates TV Everywhere rights through subscriber authentication, will allow Mediacom customers to enjoy continued access to Discovery’s award-winning portfolio of 13 U.S. networks across multiple platforms.<br /><br />The agreement encompasses Discovery’s entire family of U.S. networks including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, American Heroes Channel, Velocity, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life Channel, Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia.<br /><br />“Discovery’s commitment to investing in compelling content over the last three decades has created a powerful portfolio of brands,” said Elisa Freeman, Senior Vice President, Distribution for Discovery Communications. “This renewed agreement with Mediacom demonstrates the quality of our portfolio and viewers' strong affinity for our networks and programming. We are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with Mediacom and to bring their subscribers Discovery's unmatched original content.”<br /><br />“We are pleased to announce the renewal of our agreement with Discovery,” said Italia Commisso Weinand, Mediacom’s Executive Vice President of Programming & Human Resources. “In addition to continued access to Discovery’s linear and on demand content, our customers will now be able to use Mediacom’s TV Everywhere platform to access their favorite Discovery programs on the go.”</p><p><strong>About Discovery Communications</strong></p><p>Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA) (Nasdaq: DISCB) (Nasdaq: DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. For 30 years Discovery has been dedicated to satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global television brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery controls Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit <a target="_blank" href=""></a>.</p><p><strong>About Mediacom Communications</strong></p><p>Mediacom Communications Corporation is the nation’s eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant customer concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services and provides innovative broadband solutions through its Mediacom Business division. Mediacom Communications also sells advertising and production services through its OnMedia division. More information about Mediacom Communications is available at <a target="_blank" href=""></a>. </p> Computer Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:01:04 -0500 Global Semiconductor Market Set for Strongest Growth in Four Years in 2014 <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> (El Segundo, Calif.) Worldwide semiconductor market revenue is on track to achieve a 9.4 percent expansion this year, with broad-based growth across multiple chip segments driving the best industry performance since 2010.</p><p>Global revenue in 2014 is expected to total $353.2 billion, up from $322.8 billion in 2013, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). The nearly double-digit-percentage increase follows respectable growth of 6.4 percent in 2013, a decline of more than 2.0 percent in 2012 and a marginal increase of 1.0 percent in 2011. The performance in 2014 represents the highest rate of annual growth since the 33 percent boom of 2010.</p><p>“This is the healthiest the semiconductor business has been in many years, not only in light of the overall growth, but also because of the broad-based nature of the market expansion,” said Dale Ford, vice president and chief analyst at IHS Technology. “While the upswing in 2013 was almost entirely driven by growth in a few specific memory segments, the rise in 2014 is built on a widespread increase in demand for a variety of different types of chips. Because of this, nearly all semiconductor suppliers can enjoy good cheer as they enter the 2014 holiday season.”</p><p>More information on this topic can be found in the latest release of the Competitive Landscaping Tool from the Semiconductors & Components service at IHS.</p><p><strong>Widespread growth</strong></p><p>Of the 28 key sub-segments of the semiconductor market tracked by IHS, 22 are expected to expand in 2014. In contrast, only 12 sub-segments of the semiconductor industry grew in 2013.</p><p>Last year, the key drivers of the growth of the semiconductor market were dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and data flash memory. These two memory segments together grew by more than 30 percent while the rest of the market only expanded by 1.5 percent.</p><p>This year, the combined revenue for DRAM and data flash memory is projected to rise about 20 percent. However, growth in the rest of the market will swell by 6.7 percent to support the overall market increase of 9.4 percent.</p><p>In 2013, only eight semiconductor sub-segments grew by 5 percent or more and only three achieved double-digit growth. In 2014, over half of all the sub-segments—i.e., 15—will grow by more than 5 percent and eight markets will grow by double-digit percentages.</p><p>This pervasive growth is delivering general benefits to semiconductor suppliers, with 70 percent of chipmakers expected to enjoy revenue growth this year, up from 53 percent in 2013.</p><p>The attached figure presents the growth of the DRAM and data flash segments compared to the rest of the semiconductor market in 2013 and 2014.</p><p><strong>Semiconductor successes</strong></p><p>The two market segments enjoying the strongest and most consistent growth in the last two years are DRAM and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). DRAM revenue will climb 33 percent for two years in a row in 2013 and 2014. This follows often strong declines in DRAM revenue in five of the last six years. </p><p>The LED market is expected to grow by more than 11 percent in 2014. This continues an unbroken period of growth for LED revenues stretching back at least 13 years.</p><p>Major turnarounds are occurring in the analog, discrete and microprocessor markets as they will swing from declines to strong growth in every sub-segment. Most segments will see their growth improve by more than 10 percent, compared to the declines experienced in 2013. </p><p>Furthermore, programmable logic device (PLD) and digital signal processor (DSP) application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) will experience dramatic improvements in growth. PLD revenue in 2014 will grow by 10.2 percent compared to 2.1 percent in 2013, and DSP ASICs will rise by 3.8 percent compared to a 31.9 percent collapse in 2013.</p><p><strong>Moving on up</strong></p><p>Among the top 20 semiconductor suppliers, MediaTek and Avago Technologies attained the largest revenue growth and rise in the rankings in 2014. Both companies benefited from significant acquisitions.</p><p>MediaTek is expected to jump up five places to the 10th rank and become the first semiconductor company headquartered in Taiwan to break into the Top 10. Avago Technologies is projected to jump up eight positions in the rankings to No. 15. </p><p>The strongest growth by a semiconductor company based purely on organic revenue increase is expected to be achieved by SK Hynix, with projected growth of nearly 23 percent.</p><p>No. 13-ranked Infineon has announced its plan to acquire International Rectifier. If that acquisition is finalized in 2014 the combined companies would jump to No. 10 in the overall rankings and enjoy 16 percent combined growth.</p><p>The table attached presents the preliminary IHS ranking of the world’s top 20 semiconductor suppliers in 2013 and 2014 based on revenue.</p><p><strong>Troubles for consumer electronics and Japan</strong></p><p>Semiconductor revenue in 2014 will grow in five of the six major semiconductor application end markets, i.e. data processing, wired communications, wireless communications, automotive electronics and industrial electronics. The only market segment experiencing a decline will be consumer electronics. Revenue will expand by double-digit percentages in four of the six markets.</p><p>Japan continues to struggle, and is the only worldwide region that will see a decline in semiconductor revenues this year. The other three geographies—Asia-Pacific, the Americas and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region—will see healthy growth. The world will be led by led by Asia-Pacific which will post an expected revenue increase of 12.5 percent.</p><p>For more information, please contact:</p><p>Jonathan Cassell<br />Senior Manager, Editorial<br /><br />Direct: + 1 408 654 1714<br />Mobile: + 408 921 3754</p> Computer Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:58:54 -0500 Microscan Launches I-PAK® Software with Support for up to Four Vision HAWK Smart Cameras <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> RENTON, WA, October 29, 2014 – Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision, and lighting solutions, announces the launch of Visionscape® I-PAK® VH, a software solution that brings the capabilities of the company’s latest Vision HAWK Smart Cameras to a simple, adaptable machine vision inspection interface.</p><p><br />Released in 1988 by Itran (an innovator in Microscan’s corporate lineage), I-PAK was originally engineered for label quality inspection in pharmaceutical applications. The software met the needs of the pharmaceutical market impeccably, providing 21 CFR Part 11 compliance through password-protected user roles and tools for package inspection tasks from label presence and position, to date/lot code accuracy, to basic product integrity like cap placement. Since its release, I-PAK has become one of the most widely-chosen package inspection systems in pharmaceutical and other packaging industries. Today Microscan announces its latest iteration of the I-PAK software, I-PAK VH, which brings this fundamental multi-camera inspection platform to the company’s most capable smart camera line, the Vision HAWK series. I-PAK continues to have unlimited access to Microscan’s full suite of machine vision inspection capability, allowing users to address a wide range of industrial applications with the full toolset.</p><p>I-PAK VH draws on Microscan’s comprehensive suite of machine vision tools to perform advanced identification and quality control tasks. These inspections include powerful barcode reading, text and barcode validation (including compliance to ISO or GS1), print quality verification, measurements for product defect detection, and color detection. Even with its advanced capability, the I-PAK interface is designed for ease of use by users of all experience levels. By utilizing security clearance levels, I-PAK allows its runtime to be viewed by anyone, yet limits setup and inspection criteria changes to those authorized to make the change.</p><p>Unique to the I-PAK platform is its flexibility to accommodate multiple cameras, multiple operators, multiple products, and multiple operations on a single manufacturing line. With support for up to four Vision HAWK smart cameras, I-PAK VH can run four inspections simultaneously while displaying the results of each inspection on a single software screen. Failures reported by any camera are visible in the software and are also date stamped and logged for future review. Manufacturers can minimize downtime by saving complete inspection jobs on a host PC for easy camera setup in case of line changeovers or anticipated changes to inspection criteria. Even changes to lot number can be made directly from the software during inspection runs to save time. I-PAK VH maintains the security settings that are part of the I-PAK family legacy, including optional 21 CFR Part 11 compliance, built-in user levels that block access to software features based on user ID, and the ability to create an audit trail of job changes per logged user.</p><p>Although manufacturers cannot control all variables of production, I-PAK allows companies to best prepare for every production change, providing a tool that adapts quickly and easily to any new criteria. By implementing I-PAK machine vision software, manufacturers can improve product quality through automated inspection while achieving the agility to avoid downtime, optimize efficiency, and greatly increase operational output.</p><p>For more information on Microscan’s I-PAK Software or Vision HAWK Smart Cameras, visit <a target="_blank" href=""></a>.</p><p>About Microscan</p><p>Microscan is a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions serving a wide range of automation and OEM applications. Founded in 1982, Microscan has a strong history of technology innovation that includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner and the 2D symbology, Data Matrix. Today, Microscan remains a technology leader in automatic identification and machine vision with extensive solutions for ID tracking, traceability and inspection ranging from basic barcode reading to complex machine vision inspection, identification, and measurement.</p><p>As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company recognized for quality leadership in the U.S., Microscan is known and trusted by customers worldwide as a provider of quality, high precision products. Microscan is a Spectris company.</p><p>Microscan Contact</p><p>Corporate Headquarters, U.S. Ashley Mammano, Marketing Specialist +1-425-203-4927;<br /> </p> Computer Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:25:35 -0400 Apple and Samsung Drive Adoption of Next-Generation Sensors <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> El Segundo, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2014)—Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).</p><p>Worldwide market revenue for sensors used in mobile handsets and media tablets will rise to $6.5 billion in 2018, up from $2.3 billion in 2012, as presented in the attached figure. The fastest-expanding portion of the mobile sensor segment will be emerging devices, whose revenue will surge to $2.3 billion in 2018, up from just $24 million in 2012. In 2013, this segment posted dramatic growth, with revenue rising to more than $500 million.</p><p>“The next wave of sensor technology in smartphones and tablets has arrived,” said Marwan Boustany, IHS senior analyst for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors. “Led by Apple and Samsung, the mobile market is moving beyond simply integrating established devices like motion sensors and now is including next-generation features like fingerprint and environment/health sensors. Adoption of these newer devices will drive the expansion of the mobile sensor device market in the coming years.”</p><p>Established sensors in mobile devices include motion sensors, light sensors and MEMS microphones. Emerging sensors consist of new devices including fingerprint, optical pulse, humidity, gas, ultraviolet (UV) and thermal imaging.</p><p>Information in this media release is contained in the new IHS Technology report entitled Emerging Sensors in Handsets & Tablets Report – 2014 from the Semiconductors & Components service.</p><p><strong>Heightened sensors</strong></p><p>Apple initiated the market for fingerprint sensors in mobile devices with the release of the iPhone 5s in 2013.</p><p>“Fingerprint sensors have arrived in force. IHS forecasts that shipments of fingerprint-enabled devices will reach 1.4 billion units in 2020,” Boustany said. “This is more than four times the 317 million units expected to be shipped by the end of 2014.”</p><p>The fingerprint sensor market is beginning to gain traction at other companies outside of Apple. New devices with fingerprint sensors include Samsung’s flagship model—the Galaxy S5—and Huawei’s top-of-the-line smartphone, the Ascend Mate 7, both of which began shipping in 2014.</p><p>For its part, Samsung has pioneered the deployment of other devices, including environmental and health sensors in the flagship models introduced by the company during the last 18 months. Samsung rolled out a humidity sensor in the Galaxy S4, a pulse sensor in the Galaxy S5 and a UV sensor in the Note 4.</p><p><strong>Asian sensation</strong></p><p>Fingerprint sensors play a key role in mobile payment services, providing authentication for systems like Apple Pay. Other banks and financial institutions, including Visa, MasterCard and PayPal are also working to support mobile payments and biometric authentication.</p><p>“This fingerprint market has all its requirements for success converging at the right time,” Boustany said.</p><p>Mobile payment services are expected to gain popularity not just in Europe and North America, but also in Asia.</p><p>With the increasing demand for sensor technology in Asia, IHS expects Chinese smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to be the next driver for a new generation of sensors.</p><p>Humidity sensors have been used in Chinese handsets since 2011. In the future, air-quality sensors will experience growing usage in China.</p><p>The first gas sensors have just been designed in by Chinese smartphone OEMs. IHS expects these phones will enter the market during the first half of 2015. There is also a specific demand for sensors that can detect particle pollution in large Chinese cities such as Beijing or Shanghai.</p><p><strong>Extrasensory perception</strong></p><p>In terms of revenue, fingerprint sensors now dominate the mobile market, followed by optical pulse sensors, humidity and UV sensors. IHS anticipates gas sensors will join the fray in 2015 and thermal imagers will arrive during the 2018 time period.</p><p>Thermal imagers using microbolometer sensors emerged from the technology of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) systems in 2014 as accessories for the iPhone 5s. However, it will take a few more years before these sensors decline enough in pricing to be embedded in smartphones.</p><p>IHS predicts that Samsung will adopt gas/chemical sensors in the Note 6 that will be introduced in 2016. This is because gas/chemical sensor technology will have matured and use cases will be more clearly defined by then.</p><p>Some sensors that have appeared in smartphones are likely to migrate to wearables, which in some cases are better platforms for health or environmental sensors.</p><p>For more information, please contact:</p><p>Jonathan Cassell<br />Senior Manager, Editorial<br /><br />Direct: + 1 408 654 1714<br />Mobile: + 408 921 3754<br /><br />Or<br /><br />IHS Media Relations<br /><br />+1 303 305 8021<br /><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br /><!--[endif]--></p> Computer Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:05:37 -0400 Cadence Announces Industry’s First Multi-Protocol DDR4 and LPDDR4 IP Solution <p><a href="">(SI Newswire)</a> Highlights:</p><ul><li>Multi-protocol DDR4/LPDDR4 controller and PHY IP solution enables designers to make performance and system cost tradeoffs while reducing risk and shortening design cycles</li><li>Combined high-performance and low-power multi-protocol DDR IP provides flexibility to address emerging memory and system cost requirements in consumer, mobile and enterprise applications</li><li>Extends memory leadership from LPDDR3/DDR4/3 to include LPDDR4 with performance up to 3200Mbps</li></ul><p>SAN JOSE, Calif., October 15, 2014 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced the industry’s first multi-protocol DDR4 and LPDDR4 intellectual property (IP) Solution. The Cadence® DDR controller and PHY IP can scale up to 3200Mbps, which provides flexibility for designers to easily take advantage of higher performance DDR4 and LPDDR4 DRAMs when they become available, without having to redesign their systems on chip (SoCs).<br /><br />With a single, multi-protocol IP, designers can easily address changing memory and system cost requirements in consumer, mobile and enterprise applications. They can select the optimal DRAM subsystem implementation for their specific application after the SoC has already been designed.<br /><br />DDR4 is primarily used in enterprise applications requiring high-capacity and high-reliability DRAM subsystems. LPDDR4 meets the power/performance requirements of mobile applications. Consumer applications, on the other hand, have traditionally used DDR3 DRAMs, moving to DDR4 to benefit from DRAM commodity pricing. Over time, performance requirements for these application areas are currently expected to grow, while performance levels for LPDDR4 are expected to improve. With the new IP, designers can easily migrate from DDR4 to LPDDR4 without a chip redesign.<br /><br /> “The Cadence DDR PHY IP offers high performance, high configurability and flexibility critical to our networking SoC designs,” said Gaurav Singh, vice president technical strategy at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. “With access to the next-generation protocol and having additional flexibility between DDR and LPDDR, Cadence is allowing us to further innovate and provide greater differentiation and value to our customers.”<br /><br />“For the first time, high performance mobile, consumer and enterprise application requirements can be addressed in a single DDR IP solution,” said Martin Lund, senior vice president of the IP Group at Cadence. “By using the Cadence multi-protocol DDR IP, we believe our customers can have more confidence that their products can meet memory subsystem requirements, allowing them to optimize for performance, power and density in their end system.” <br /><br /><strong>Availability</strong><br />The new Cadence multi-protocol DDR IP solution is available now for early adopters, with general availability currently scheduled for Q4 of 2014. To learn more about this product, click here.<br /><br /><strong>About Cadence</strong><br />Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today’s integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware, IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. 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All rights reserved worldwide. Cadence and the Cadence logo are registered trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p> Computer Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:12:14 -0400