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US Commerce Department getting ready to grant licenses to sell components to Huawei 11/5/2019
In an interview with Bloomberg, Ross said a US-Huawei deal was on track to be signed this month, noting that the government has received 260 requests for the licences.
South Korean semiconductor companies expect a rebound in 2020 11/5/2019
"In 2020, the global market for semiconductors is expected to expand with the introduction of 5G communication services in earnest, along with an increase in demand for personal computers and development of new industrial sectors,"
China retracks "Electronic Headband for Classrooms" 11/5/2019
Reportedly, headbands worn by school children monitor the intensity of each pupil’s concentration, while the relevant data collected by the headbands is sent to parents.
Singapore to use their huge R&D in manufacturing technologies to lead Asia in Industry 4.0… 11/5/2019
Singapore now commits 1% of GDP (S$19 billion) to R&D. With an eye on further economic growth, the RIE 2020 Plan has focused on key areas such as advanced manufacturing, biomedical sciences and urban solutions.
Sony, NTT, and Intel teams to develope 6G 11/4/2019
Fifth-generation networks are only just being switched on, but the trio wants to establish an organization for the sixth generation in the U.S. by next spring. The three partners intend to invite other major global companies to participate, including players from China.
Silicon Mitus has targets USB-Type market 11/4/2019
Energy consumption is one of the biggest challenges for the mobile technology sector. USB-C was supposed to be primarily a connectivity option, but it is increasingly finding favor because it is also a useful means of managing power in portable devices.
National Instruments has a new CEO 11/4/2019
Over the years, Starkloff has given many a presentation at NIWeek. He's always had a talent for dazzling the crowd when introducing new products or features to existing products. He'd describe a problem and pulling then pull the proverbial "rabbit out of the hat" trick showing how a new product could solve the problem.
AI startup Groq explains its no-show at AI Hardware Summit 11/4/2019
“For the AI Hardware Summit we were working on a demo but we had to divert our resources to our customer, so we weren't going to be able to demo. We had the option of going up and talking about something that we weren't going to be able to demo in that time period, or withdraw. And so we decided to withdraw.”
IDT to rebrand as Renesas Electronics America 11/1/2019
Renesas bought the San Jose analogue and mixed-signal chip maker, founded in 1980, at the end of March this year.
ADI acquired Test Motors of Barcelona for predictive maintenance of electric motors and generators 11/1/2019
The acquisition expands ADI’s portfolio of condition-based monitoring solutions capable of identifying equipment faults before downtime and catastrophic failure occur.
Samsung profit is 55.7% down 11/1/2019
It is a sharp 55.7% decline in operating profits from last year's record profit due to a continued downturn in the memory chip market that started late last year. Revenue for the quarter also fell 5.3% compared to last year.
MEMS and sensor trends to shape the next two decades 11/1/2019
“Academic research is a fountain of innovations for our industry. Most of today’s blockbuster MEMS products originated from academic research, and we expect that pattern to continue.”
Global SSD shipment on upswing 10/31/2019
Worldwide SSD unit shipments rose to 57.9 million units in the second quarter, up 9.7% from 52.8 million in the first.
Sony to build sensor fab. in Nagasaki 10/31/2019
The plant is to be built in Nagasaki Prefecture and is scheduled to come on-line in April 2021. The fab should increase Sony’s image sensor capacity from 100k 300mm wpm to 130k wpm.
AMD 3rd quarter revenue hits $1.8 billion 10/31/2019
AMD's third-quarter revenues were up 9% on year and 18% on quarter due to higher revenues in the Computing and Graphics segment, partially offset by lower revenues in the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment.
Google is engaged in quantum computing 10/31/2019
A new Google computing experiment published in Nature has ushered in a new era of computing. The publication is an experiment in theoretical computer science. Google scientists would demonstrate the ability of a quantum processor to solve a calculation that a traditional computer would perform in years and years.
Renesas adopts Microsoft Azure to deliver a 'chip-to-cloud' IoT solutions 10/30/2019
Renesas’ extensive secure embedded design experience will be combined with easy and seamless out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Azure RTOS across Renesas’ microcontroller (MCU) and microprocessor (MPU) portfolio. The company explains that this should simplify the device-to-cloud experience for IoT developers.
Amazon announced commitment to renewable energy projects 10/30/2019
The three new Amazon wind and solar projects – which are expected to be in operation in 2012 — will provide 265 MW of additional renewable capacity.
Regulator plans to put more restrictions on Chinese telecom companies 10/30/2019
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to propose requiring those carriers to remove and replace equipment from such designated companies, FCC officials said on Monday.
TSMC and Globalfoundries settle litigation through cross license 10/30/2019
The companies said they have agreed to a broad life-of-patents cross-license to each other's worldwide existing semiconductor patents as well as those patents that will be filed during the next 10 years as both companies continue to invest significantly in semiconductor research and development.
U.K. allows Huawei to supply 5G components 10/29/2019
A decision to give 5G infrastructure contracts to Huawei will be announced before Christmas, The decision will be that Huawei switchgear can be used in “non-contentious” areas of the network.
Chinese government releases additional U$ 28.9 billion for chip industry support 10/29/2019
China's National Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (Big Fund) on October 22 set up a new fund of CNY204.15 billion (US$28.9 billion), marking the start of its second-phase support for domestic chipmakers, according to China company registration information.
Changing lanes at voice command 10/29/2019
Hi Auto has devised an “audio-visual” solution. It employs a driver-facing camera and a single microphone. By applying a deep learning algorithm that tracks lip movement, the combined audio-visual solution zooms in on the driver while clearing all other speakers and noise.
Encrypted acoustic wave may be more secure for data transfer 10/29/2019
The fundamental properties of sound can work to enable a seamless exchange of data payloads across a range of physical environments.
Micron Technology acquired Fwdnxt 10/28/2019
The acquisition will enable Micron to explore deep learning solutions required for data analytics, particularly with internet of things and edge computing.
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