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48 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2021 Siemens Acquires proFPGA Product Family from PRO DESIGN E Building on the recent announcement of its next-generation Veloce hardware-assisted ver- ification system for integrated circuits (ICs), Siemens Digital Industries Soware has signed an agreement with Germany-based PRO DE- SIGN Electronic GmbH to acquire its proF- PGA product family of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) desktop prototyping tech- nologies. Q1 2021 Global Semiconductor Equipment Billings Increase 51% YoY E Global semiconductor equipment billings in- creased 51% year-over-year and 21% from the pri- or quarter to US$23.6 billion, SEMI announced in its Worldwide Semiconductor Equipment Market Statistics (WWSEMS) report. NORBIT Enters Nordic Semiconductor IoT Partner Program E NORBIT announces signing of Partner Pro- gram Agreement with Nordic Semiconductor, a Norwegian fabless semiconductor company specializing in wireless communication tech- nology, to explore joint opportunities stem- ming from Internet of ings (IoT). Energous, Atmosic Achieve Industry First Interoperability Energy Harvesting E Energous Corporation, the developer of Wat- tUp®, and Atmosic Technologies, an innovator of ultra-low power wireless for the Internet of ings (IoT), announced they have achieved the industry's first interoperability for radio frequency (RF) energy harvesting technology. Atotech Experts Present at Global Semiconductor & Electronics Forum E Atotech, a global supplier of specialty chemi- cals, equipment, soware, held a presentation at the Global Semiconductor & Electronics Forum on semiconductor innovation in June. SEMI Supports Introduction of Fabs Act to Spur Semiconductor Manufacturing Growth E SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, has expressed strong support for the Facilitating American-Built Semiconduc- tors (FABS) Act. KLA Launches Automotive Products to Improve Chip Yield and Reliability E KLA Corporation announced the launch of four new products for automotive chip man- ufacturing: the 8935 high productivity pat- terned wafer inspection system, the C205 broadband plasma patterned wafer inspec- tion system, the Surfscan® SP A2/A3 unpat- terned wafer inspection systems, and I-PAT® inline defect part average testing screening solution. Scientists Develop Transparent Electrode that Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency E Developing new ultrathin metal electrodes has allowed researchers to create semitrans- parent perovskite solar cells that are highly efficient and can be coupled with traditional silicon cells to greatly boost the performance of both devices, said an international team of scientists.

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