• Infineon Technologies Strengthens its Manufacturing Footprint through Partnership with Amkor Technology

    Infineon Technologies Strengthens its Manufacturing Footprint through Partnership with Amkor Technology

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    Infineon Technologies AG is strengthening its outsourced backend manufacturing footprint in Europe and announced a multi-year partnership with Amkor Technology, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services. Both companies have agreed on operating a dedicated packaging and test center at Amkor’s manufacturing site in Porto. Operations are expected to commence in the first half of 2025.

    With this long-term agreement, Infineon and Amkor further strengthen their partnership, extending the classical Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) business model. Amkor will expand its facilities in Porto and run the production line, providing dedicated clean room space, and Infineon will provide an onsite team with engineering and development support.

    The cooperation further strengthens the European semiconductor supply chain and contributes to making it more resilient – especially for automotive customers. It complements Infineon’s already diversified manufacturing footprint, balancing inhouse and outsourced production capabilities.

    ”We are pleased to further deepen our partnership with Amkor and will contribute with our engineering and development expertise,” said Alexander Gorski, Executive Vice President and responsible for Infineon’s global Backend Operations.

    ”Infineon and Amkor are jointly increasing geographical resilience and supply security for our customers. Together, we are strengthening Europe’s importance as a location for semiconductor manufacturing. For 20 years, Infineon has been successfully operating a large service center in Porto, now with more than 600 employees. With the joint manufacturing center, we are becoming even more deeply rooted in Portugal’s excellent semiconductor ecosystem. We are looking forward to further increasing our footprint in Portugal.” 

    “Amkor is proud to expand our partnership with Infineon,” said Giel Rutten, Amkor’s president and chief executive officer. “We continue to invest in our Porto manufacturing site, expanding capacity as well as broadening our Advanced packaging and test technology portfolio. This collaboration represents another milestone for both companies in enhancing supply chain resiliency for advanced products supporting Automotive & Industrial end markets.”  

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  • Innoscience Confident in Patent Dispute with EPC

    Innoscience Confident about Patent Dispute with EPC

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    Innoscience Technology welcomes, with thanks, two additional decisions, from March 26, 2024, by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to institute review of the validity of yet another two (and still additional) U.S. patents of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (“EPC”).

    The two additional U.S. patents, which are now under review at the USPTO, were previously asserted by EPC at the beginning of the legal dispute initiated by EPC in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).  During the course of that proceeding, however, EPC withdrew these patents, but Innoscience maintained its challenges of these patents at the USPTO.

    In the March 26, 2024 decisions, the USPTO decided to institute the review of the validity of these two further U.S. patents, as previously asserted by EPC in the ITC proceeding. These new decisions to institute now supplement two other and prior decisions to institute by the USPTO, relating to the other two patents that are still asserted by EPC at the ITC. 

    Now, in all four decisions, the USPTO has concluded that “there is a reasonable likelihood that Petitioner [Innoscience] would prevail with respect to at least one of the claims challenged in the Petition.”  Innoscience has achieved, via the preliminary decisions, a perfect 4-for-4 record at the USPTO.

    Also, now all patents that were asserted by EPC now are under review by the USPTO.  These new March 26, 2024 rulings by the USPTO are only the latest developments related to EPC’s misguided lawsuits against Innoscience, wherein EPC continues to struggle in its meritless attacks on Innoscience. In all four rulings now, including from March 20 and March 26, 2024, three judges from the USPTO have initially agreed with Innoscience, that the EPC patents that Innoscience challenged at the USPTO are invalid.

    And, once again, in this new set, Innoscience again argued to the USPTO that the challenged EPC patent was invalid, based on a prior patent of an EPC cofounder/inventor when he was at International Rectifier, and on a preliminary basis, according to the institution decision, the USPTO agreed with Innoscience. In all four proceedings, Innoscience has described multiple reasons why the four EPC patents are invalid, and for virtually every argument on invalidity, the USPTO initially agreed. Next, the USPTO will receive additional briefing and make final determinations by March 26, 2025.

    Innoscience is confident that it will achieve an eventual complete victory in the dispute with EPC. With these recent USPTO decisions of March 26, 2024, Innoscience continues to achieve successes in its legal dispute with EPC, and the additional USPTO decisions repeatedly demonstrate that EPC’s accusations against Innoscience lack merit, given that the USPTO has now determined, at least initially, that all four EPC patents asserted by EPC are likely invalid.

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  • SMC Diode Signs Representative Agreement with Atlantic Tech Marketing

    SMC Diode Signs Representative Agreement with Atlantic Tech Marketing

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    SMC Diode Solutions, a leading designer and manufacturer of silicon carbide and silicon die, wafer and packaged products, announced a representative agreement with Atlantic Tech Marketing LLC. The agreement authorizes Atlantic Tech Marketing LLC to promote, sell, and market SMC’s extensive range of discrete products in several US states, including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

    Learn more about Atlantic Tech Marketing LLC here: https://atlantic-tech.com

    SMC Diode’s SiC and Si products are sold for a variety of applications in the commercial market including automotive, LCD displays, telecom equipment, power supplies, industrial and aircraft industries, which have demanding reliability and quality requirements.

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