|Labor unrest at ST Crolles|
Employees at STMicroelectronics' wafer fabs in Crolles, France, have gone on strike as a result of the reduction in an incentive bonus
|Kingston brings HyperX SSD to gamers|
Faster than SATA-based SSDs, the PCIe generation 2.0 x 4 interface delivers speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write for ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system, HyperX noted. It is powered by the Marvell 88SS9293 controller.
|USB 3.1 is adopted faster than previous generations|
USB 3.1 can shuffle data between a host device and peripheral at 10Gbps (bits per second), which is two times faster than USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is also generating excitement for the reversible Type-C cable, which is the same on both ends so users don’t have to worry about plug orientation.
|Intel rolls out Xeon with 72 cores|
The Xeon Phi Knights Landing will house more than 60 cores (rumoured up to 72) intimately married to a special version of Micron's Hybrid Memory Cubes mounted in-package yielding effectively 16GB of on-chip memory.
|EUV making significant progress|
Research on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is making real progress, encouraging semiconductor makers to reconsider their road maps.
|Car manufacturers to seek lower UAW wages|
“Everybody’s concerned with the inequity," Williams said prior to the UAW convention. "Our goals are to show that we’re listening, we’re unified and we’re going throughout bargaining with an objective.”
|Landscape of watch industry to change|
Gartner suggests the real battle will occur not in Switzerland but in China. In February, the research firm predicted that 50 per cent of smart watch shipments in 2015 will occur in China and that Apple could capture 10 per cent to 15 per cent of that market.
|IBM to help China IT industry|
IBM's new approach allows Chinese companies to build everything from semiconductor chips and servers based on IBM architecture, to the software that runs on those machines.
|SK Hynix sets their eye on NAND Flash|
"We will reinforce capabilities in the NAND flash memory segment by boosting technological caliber in the triple-level cell and three-dimensional sectors,"
|Obama set $240 million for education in science|
The pledges the president is announcing include a $150 million philanthropic effort to encourage promising early-career scientists to stay on track and a $90 million campaign to expand STEM opportunities to underrepresented youth, such as minorities and girls.