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JUNE 2020 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 57 Digi-Key Electronics Named Semiconductor Catalog Distributor of the Year by Vishay Intertechnology E Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic com- ponents distributor, received the 2019 Semicon- ductor Catalog Distributor of the Year award by Vishay Intertechnology—one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconduc- tors and passive electronic components. PTC Extends Alliances With Rockwell Automation and Microsoft E PTC and Rockwell Automation Inc. announced Factory Insights as a Service, a turnkey cloud solution that enables manufacturers to achieve unprecedented impact, speed, and scale with their digital transformation initiatives. The new offering, unveiled during PTC's Global Partner Summit event at the LiveWorx® 2020 digital transformation event, marks a significant ad- vancement to the collaboration among Rock- well Automation, Microsoft, and PTC. NXP Semiconductors HoverGames Challenge 2: Help Drones Help Others E NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced Hover- Games Challenge 2: Help Drones Help Others. The second installment of NXP's challenge- based, interactive coding competition encour- ages developers to create drone and rover solu- tions for frontline support during pandemics. Startup With MIT Roots Develops Lightweight Solar Panels E Joel Jean, Ph.D. '17, spent two years work- ing on "The Future of Solar Energy," a report published by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) in 2015. Today, he is striving to create that fu- ture as CEO of Swift Solar—a startup that is developing lightweight solar panels based on perovskite semiconductors. Qualcomm and Infinite Collaborate to Facilitate Powerful Digital Transformation in Smart Cities E Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Infinite Computer Solutions, a global technology com- pany and provider of products and platforms for digital transformation, announced a stra- tegic collaboration to promote the widespread adoption of smart cities solutions and deliv- er internet of things as a service (IoTaaS) for plug-and-play deployment. Deep Learning Robotics Granted New Patent for Robotic Learning E Deep Learning Robotics Ltd.—a technology company, focused on robotics and automation solutions—announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the com- pany a new patent, No. US10,571,896. NVIDIA Provides More Tools for Working Remotely E For many organizations, the coronavirus pan- demic has created a permanent shift in how their employees work. From now on, they'll have the option to collaborate at home or in the office. SEMI Supports CHIPS for America Act to Increase Semiconductor Manufacturing in the U.S. E Facing a 50% decline in the U.S. share of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity over the past 20 years, Congress introduced the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS for America Act), highlighted by a federal invest- ment tax credit (ITC) strongly supported by SEMI, the global industry association repre- senting the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain.

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