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MagnaChip secures magnetic field sensing technology for mobile, consumer, industrial and automotive applications

SEOUL, South Korea and CUPERTINO, Calif., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation ("MagnaChip") (NYSE: MX), a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with SENIS AG, a manufacturer of magnetic field and current measurement instruments based in Zug, Switzerland.

With the agreement, MagnaChip acquires the right to use a portfolio of SENIS' patents covering magnetic field and current measurement technologies in its sensor products. MagnaChip expects the agreement to significantly strengthen the company's existing initiatives in sensors and allow development of sensor solutions for new industrial and consumer applications. MagnaChip's existing portfolio of sensors includes the e-Compass and MXM11XX Digital Hall sensor family. According to Gartner, non-optical semiconductor sensor revenue grew 5.9% in 2013 to $6.1 billion, and is expected to grow to $10.2 billion in 2018.

"We are pleased to reach a strategic alliance agreement with SENIS AG, a company that we have previously collaborated with in a close partnership," said YJ Kim, interim CEO of MagnaChip and General Manager of MagnaChip's Display Solutions Division. "With access to SENIS' high performance magnetic field and current measurement technology, we expect to accelerate development of differentiated sensor solutions for our customers, particularly in industrial applications."

SENIS Teslameter in CERN Courier

Hall-effect-based teslameters are the mostly applied instruments for measuring DC and AC magnetic flux densities in the range from a few uT to about 30T. SENIS 3D Teslameter that features very high magnetic resolution, high spatial resolution and high accuracy is presented in CERN Courier.

Eine Karte für das 3D-Magnetfeld

Permanentmagnete werden in einer Vielzahl von Anwendungen verwendet. Die Anforderungen
daran sind hoch: Sie müssen über ein genau definiertes Magnetfeld verfügen und richtig
magnetisiert sein, damit die Feldlinien korrekt ausgerichtet und verteilt sind. Zudem dürfen sie
keine Risse haben. Daher müssen die Eigenschaften vor dem Einbau genau kontrolliert werden....

SENIS helps keep permanent magnets at optimum performance

The SENIS Magnetic Field Mapper doesn’t just provide magnetic field mapping, SENIS provides another type of probe that detects cracks in the magnets, known as eddy-current probes.

“Magnets, like all metals, are susceptible to cracking,” says Spasic. “When a crack forms in a magnet, they are usually too small to see with the naked eye.”