|JEDEC eMMC5.1 update released|
Ironically, the standard already has a successor, as momentum grows behind the faster Universal Flash Storage 2.0 standard, which is ready now and was also developed by JEDEC. UFS is designed mainly for high-capacity flash drives in mobile devices, and is becoming relevant as the storage requirements of mobile users grows.
|TSMC said it will have 10nm in 2 years|
TSMC has raised its capital expenditure budget for 2015 to US$11.5-12.0 billion, an increase of 11.5-20.0 percent compared with 2014, mainly due to its confidence in demand for advanced geometries.
|Volvo joins the rank in testing driverless cars|
The test will place those individuals in the driver's seats of the cars, which would then automatically move through selected streets in Volvo's hometown of Gothenburg. The streets would be cleared of oncoming traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians.
|IDT provides multiplex switch for DDR4 NVDIMM|
NVDIMM is a novel architecture that provides data persistence to dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) by allowing data to be backed up to non-volatile memory, such as flash memory, during special events including catastrophic power failure.
|NXP works with China on transit and chip payments|
NXP, along with Sony (NYSE:SNE), invented near field communication technology in 2002. NFC chips can enable secure contactless transactions, so consumers can use smartphones or "smart cards" to pay for items, including EMV — EuroPay, MasterCard, Visa — chip-payment cards.
|Macronix wants to be your NOR flash supplier|
Macronix ranked as the second largest NOR flash supplier globally with a 19% share in the second quarter of 2014. However, our market share in the low-density NOR flash has reached 30%, and the ratio for the high-density models is also rising. We aim to reach a 30% share for the entire NOR flash market within three years.
|Oil refineries strike intensified|
The expanded strike means one-fifth of the nation's overall refining capacity has been impacted by the labor dispute between the USW and a coalition of oil companies. Overall, 30,000 USW members work in 63 refineries, comprising about two-thirds of the nation's capacity.
|FAA proposed rules for drones|
The FAA's proposed rules stipulating operational limits, operator certification and aircraft requirements are draft regulations that must still undergo public and federal review before official adoption. They're not expected to take effect until 2017 at the earliest.
|Smart lighting market to grow|
The latest generation of smart lighting emphasises colour; some systems allow users to store pre-set colour scenes. Expect to see the incorporation of more effective daylight harvesting into smart lighting systems as well as colour-tuning features designed specifically to improve health, mood and job performance.
|US allows export of key component for Patriot missile|
Raytheon had demonstrated the new GaN-based sensors at its test facility in New Hampshire in December for a U.S. government group and a high-level German delegation. The testing showed the sensors could help the Patriot system track ballistic missiles and other targets outside its current range.
|Strong dollar to inrease trade deficit|
Dan Meckstroth, vice president and chief economist of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, said Thursday the group expects the trade deficit to grow from $754 billion in 2014 to about $840 billion this year, and again to about $880 billion in 2016.
|Innovative solar cells created out of shrimp shells|
They used the materials chitin and chitosan found in the shells that are abundant and significantly cheaper to produce than the more costly metals such as ruthenium, which is similar to platinum, that are used in making nanostructured solar-cells.