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Next phase of semiconductor growth to be on IoT, not Smartphone 9/17/2018
"As we look to the future, we believe IoT will be at the core of everything. The big data that comes out of that would determine the semiconductor demand."
Facebook assembled an ASIC team to design its own chip 9/17/2018
Facebook “is absolutely bringing up a silicon team focused on working with silicon providers, and we have a chip we’re building, but it’s not our primary focus,” said Jason Taylor, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook. The chip is “not the equivalent of [Google’s] TPU” deep-learning accelerator.
According to Amazon's latest job posts, DC is likely chosen for HQ2 9/14/2018
Washington D.C. area had the most open positions over the past few months. That includes three of the 20 finalists: D.C. proper, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland. From May through July, Amazon had an average of about 841 open positions across those three areas combined.
Nvidia newest gaming GPU packs with intelligence for AI applications 9/14/2018
Nvidia GPUs provide to feed data into machines and help them “learn.” On the inference side, in which the knowledge is used by machines in real time
Improved biometric identification chips catch on 9/14/2018
Biometric chip solutions have been increasingly adopted for household, automotive, industry and FinTech applications beyond the initial mobile devices, with lucrative business opportunities fueled by robust demand for optical recognition, iris recognition and face recognition chip solutions.
Apple's 7nm A12 packs with 512GB memory controller 9/14/2018
Apple’s 7nm A12 Bionic chip packs 6.9 billion transistors and is “the most powerful chip in a smartphone,” said chief executive Tim Cook.
No big changes in demand for DRAM chips this year 9/13/2018
"There will be no big changes in demand for DRAM chips at least until the fourth quarter of this year," Samsung Electronics President Kim Ki-nam, who is in charge of the device solutions division.
TSMC's Mark Liu talks about 2 and 3 nm 9/13/2018
“Scaling will continue to 3 nm and 2 nm,” said Liu. “This will happen with EUV and new transistor structures like FinFET and new materials like high-k metal gate."
Amazon expands Whole Food delivery 9/13/2018
now includes Charlotte, Las Vegas, Memphis, New delivery city includes Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Raleigh, Seattle and Tucson. In addition to that, the retail giant has also expand coverage in three existing major markets: New York, L.A. and Dallas/Fort Worth.
U.S. wholesale prices fell unexpectedly 9/13/2018
The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index — which measures inflation before it reaches consumers — fell 0.1 percent in August after being flat in July.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 has much lower power consumption 9/12/2018

Lowest power mode: 67 percent lower

GPS and location batching: 49 percent lower

Keyword detection: 43 percent lower

Clock update once per minute: 35 percent lower

MP3 playback: 34 percent lower

Voice queries over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi: 13 percent lower

Kaga to acquire Fujitsu Electronics for expertise in EMS 9/12/2018
Kaga has been expanding its EMS business. The acquisition of FEI is part of the effort find growth.
Intel acquired NetSpeed, an SoC design tool company 9/12/2018
NetSpeed's tools and IP would help the company more quickly and cost-effectively design, develop and test new SoCs.
AT&T announced more 5G roll out cities 9/12/2018
Cities in the southern part of the U.S. – Houston; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans, and San Antonio – will land the technology, joining seven others already named. In addition, parts of large western cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, will join the list in early 2019, along with a handful of others.
E Ink Holdings (EIH) to demonstrate E-label with no battery 9/11/2018
The reference design board enables maintenance free performance and the inclusion of FRAM allows for low power consumption and fast writing speeds under a non-volatile system.
Apple sends price increase warning on trade war 9/11/2018
The company said the tariffs would “show up as a tax on U.S. consumers” and “increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives.”
Patent Troll is out to sue Smartphone Manufacturers 9/11/2018
The lawsuits, dated Sept. 6, include a complaint filed in a federal court in Delaware by Plano-based Cellular Transitions (CellTran) against Lenovo, primarily surrounding products under the Motorola Mobility label, the smartphone brand Lenovo acquired from Google four years ago.
What does AT&T wanted to create out of Time Warner? 9/11/2018
“I don’t want to recreate Netflix,” said Stankey, who is the CEO of WarnerMedia. “I don’t believe the Netflix that we know today is likely to be the Netflix of three years from today as the industry changes.”
Semi YoY growth fell off from the 20% curve 9/10/2018
While the17.4% year-to-year growth rate remains healthy, July snapped a streak of 15 consecutive months of greater than 20% year-to-year increases.
Broadcom predicts a good 4th quarter 9/10/2018
Analysts on average were expecting earnings of $4.83 per share on revenue of $5.07 billion.
Taiwan Sport University signed an agreement to develop flexible hybrid electronics 9/10/2018
The joint efforts will focus on smart wearable products that will assist the athletic community in collecting and analyzing data. This will help to identify athletes with potential and provide reference for coaches' tactical decisions.
NXP to work with Foxconn on IIoT development 9/10/2018
The two firms will jointly develop an IIoT platform to help manufacturers implement smart production and management.
Samsung and SK Hynix to hold expansion plan as memory prices fall 9/7/2018
Oversupplied, saturated notebook and smartphone markets are being identified as the factors bringing down the memory prices.
Charter/Spectrum to offer wireless service 9/7/2018
Charter's Spectrum Mobile will cost $45 a month for unlimited data. Service is available only to those who have Charter's internet service.
Tesla stock drops as investor asked more questions 9/7/2018
The stock dropped 2.8 percent to $280.74, the lowest level since late May, following a 4.2 percent decline on Tuesday after Mercedes introduced its first fully electric car in Stockholm.
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