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Microchip offers NOR flash with MAC address options 7/15/2019
Pre-programmed with EUI-48 and EUI-64 addresses, the devices provide a cost-effective, plug-and-play storage solution for connected applications that use Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.15.4 and FireWire. The SST26VF family of flexible MAC address chips help designers to save time and costs while accelerating time to market for low- to mid-sized volume production.
Taiwan's top-3 IC designers are expecting robust Q3 7/15/2019
In the third quarter of 2019, as gradual easing of the US-China trade war has prompted clients to place increasing orders for new and mature chipset solutions since the start of July.
Intel said that AI will need new material enhancement 7/15/2019
"The development of next-generation microchips that will be needed to implement artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. There are novel materials that we can exploit for the future of … datacenter computing, and I think this is actually the future,"
Nvidia and Google dominate the AI World 7/15/2019
Both Nvidia and Google have demonstrated their abilities to reduce the compute time needed to train the underlying deep neural networks used in common AI applications from days to hours.
DRAM chipmaker Nanya experience serious profit drop 7/12/2019
Nanya Technology Corp yesterday said net profit last quarter plunged 75.7 percent annually as flagging demand and excess inventories drove down chip prices. Net profit dipped to NT$2.75 billion (US$88.25 million) during the quarter that ended on June 30.
Semi equipment market to take 18.4% setback 7/12/2019
“After three years of consecutive growth from 2016 through 2018, we are seeing a big correction in 2019,” said Clark Tseng, director of industry research and statistics at SEMI. “Actually, we saw this coming in the second half of 2018, but the correction seems to be bigger than we expected.”
UK-based startup has new idea to solve memory bottleneck 7/12/2019
It is essentially optimizing the memory architecture so that large data sets and time-critical data can be more efficiently handled, hence speeding up memory access speeds up to 1,000 times for specific data-focused applications.
NASA to test green rocket fuel for space flights 7/12/2019
Last week, Bell Aerospace officially commissioned NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) and begun on-orbit testing of a non-toxic, high-performance propellant. The mission launched on June 25, 2019 at 2:30 a.m. EDT on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
Cloud and Big Data are changing 7/11/2019
The data market is still evolving, and the analytics based on that data are still being defined. But all of this will have a profound impact on the semiconductor industry. The market gyrations today are just the beginning of what will eventually define the edge, the cloud, and the quality, performance, price and ultimately the interactions of all of the components that drive those systems.
Autonomus medical device to help diabetes make daily decisions 7/11/2019
“A person with type 1 diabetes needs to think and make a decision about 40-50 times a day about how much to eat and how much insulin to take.”
Intel showed packaging technologies roadmap 7/11/2019
The trio of techniques aim to give Intel’s processors an edge at a time when advances in conventional silicon scaling are slowing and getting more expensive. They arrive as rival TSMC expands its portfolio of chip stacks, and two consortia hope to set standards in the area.
Xilinx claimed first shipment of devices for AI and 5G 7/11/2019
Xilinx, in a statement. “It is the culmination of many years of software and hardware investments and everything we’ve learned about architectures over the past 35 years.”
Cisco in negotiation to acquire Acadcia Communications 7/10/2019
Acacia sells coherent optics, digital signal processors (DSPs), photonic integrated circuit modules, and transceivers running up to 600G for large data centers and telcos, as well as OEMs such as Cisco rival Arista Networks. Its latest-generation modules can be used for distances spanning everything from inside a data center to undersea cables.
Innovative ways to store renewable energy 7/10/2019
Unlike traditional power plants — natural gas, coal, nuclear — that tie directly into the grid and regulate power loads based on demand, renewables rely on energy storage solutions that are utilized when resources are unavailable, such as no wind or sunlight for example.
Taiwan foundries looks to 3D sensor for growth 7/10/2019
Taiwan backend houses such as ChipMOS Technologies, Xintec and ShunSin Technology are ramping up their shipments for 3D sensing solutions for use in smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as automotive ADAS applications.
Japan curbs shipment of florinated products 7/10/2019
The curbs apply to three materials where Japan is dominant: photoresists, used to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers; hydrogen fluoride, used as an etching gas in the chipmaking process and fluorinated polyimides, used in smartphone displays.
Samsung profit down 56% due to memory 7/9/2019
iI would be the second consecutive quarter where Samsung’s operating profit more than halved from the same period a year earlier
Qualcomm lost anti-trust appeal 7/9/2019
Qualcomm has argued in court that the ruling could hamper critical negotiations with phone makers over 5G technology, forcing it to rework license agreements and even offer deals to rival chip suppliers, scrambling its business in a way that would be impossible to unwind if it wins on appeal.
A truce is possible in the trade war but a true solution is long way away 7/8/2019
Last week at an event held by CEA-Leti in Grenoble, France, Handel Jones, the founder and CEO of International Business Strategies, Inc., warned the audience, “If the U.S. and China do not find a way to ease the current trade tension, we are expecting the global semiconductor market in 2019 to shrink by 18 percent — roughly $100 billion — compared to 2018.”
Hard Drives ae still striving 7/8/2019
. “There's still a very good place for hard drives in what they call ‘cheap and deep’ storage.” And as much as flash has come down in price to be less of a premium media, there’s still a 10-to-1 gap between NAND flash and hard disk drive prices, he noted. “That is not going to go away.”
Emerging memory is finally making sense in their own applications 7/8/2019
The report found that the emerging memory market is poised to reach $20 billion of combined revenues by 2029, largely by displacing today’s less efficient memory technologies such as NOR flash and SRAM—even displacing a share of DRAM sales.
Walmart consider to sell its online unit 7/4/2019
Walmart is frustrated with Jet— an online shopping site it purchased for $3.3 billion back in 2016. The mounting losses have put CEO Marc Lore on the hotseat with the company’s leadership.
Imec leading EU program on low-power AI chips based on emerging memory technologies 7/4/2019
The three-year program, is a cross-border collaboration between 19 research and industrial partners, including CEA-Leti of France and the Fraunhofer Group of Germany. The joint effort aims to develop process technology and hardware platforms leveraging emerging memory technologies for neuromorphic computing. The goal is to develop a new way to support applications in mobile devices that need complex machine-learning algorithms.
56 Taiwan companies to form AI on Chip Taiwan Alliance (AITA) 7/4/2019
The goal of the alliance is to enable related semiconductor companies to reduce the development cost of AI chips by 10 times, shorten the development time by more than six months, and catapult Taiwan to become a leading supplier of AI chips in the global market.
Broadcom to acquire Software infrustructure through M&E 7/4/2019
Broadcom says it’s no longer interested in buying independent semiconductor companies like Qualcomm because they’re overpriced relative to their value. Instead, it plans to look for acquisitions in the infrastructure software space, similar to its $19 billion buyout of CA Technologies last July.
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