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Samsung cranks up high-performance SSD, high-density DRAM production 8/12/2019
Samsung Electronics on Friday announced its commercial production of the PM1733 PCIe Gen4 Solid State Drive (SSD) and high density RDIMM1 and LRDIMM2 dynamic random access memory (DRAM) for the AMD’s EPYC 7002 Gen 2 processors and new servers.
Synopsys to acquire QTronic GmbH, a software specialist for automotive electronic 8/12/2019
When completed, it said the acquisition will broaden Synopsys' automotive product portfolio for automotive Tier 1 and OEM companies and add a team of highly experienced engineers to accelerate technology development and customer deployment.
Nasdaq-style tech board opens in Shanghai 8/12/2019
Of the first 25 companies listed, computer, communications and electronic equipment manufacturers held the lion’s share. They include eight specialty equipment makers covering chip, semiconductor, optical simulation, IoT and smart manufacturing. Six in the group are chip and semiconductor-related companies.
Broadcom turns intrest to Symantec Corp’s enterprise unit 8/9/2019
The deal could be worth about $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. Shares of Symantec, which has a market value of $12.63 billion, rose 14% in extended trading,
Japan re-open photoresist shipment to Korea 8/9/2019
Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon Thursday confirmed that Tokyo approved a Japanese vendor of photoresist, one of the three products subject to the export controls since July 4, to ship out the product to Korea after finding no risk of military use.
AMD use ROME to challenge Intel's server chip dominance 8/9/2019
Analysts said AMD’s Epyc 7002 series, aka Rome, likely will meet its goal of winning the company at least 10% of classic server sockets by next June, up from its low- to mid-single digit share today. To date, most of the gains AMD has made with its new Zen-based processors have been in desktops and notebooks
China showed 5G power at Mobile World Congress, Shanghai 8/9/2019
Exhibitors were showing user equipment (UEs), connectivity from the big players but also from a lot of emerging small-cell providers, lots of Internet of things (IoT) use-cases, also xR (VR/AR/MR) demonstrating immersive streaming to a group for interactive gaming — all of this 5G-based.
SMIC, the largest foundry in China, working hard to catch up on process technology 8/8/2019
The Chinese government has made semiconductors a key pillar of its so-called Made In China 2025 plan, an initiative to boost the production of higher value products. China aims to produce 70% of the semiconductors it uses by 2025, and that drive is backed by billions of dollars of investment by the government
AMD CEO Lisa Su denies departure rumor 8/8/2019
"Just for the record, zero truth to this rumor. I love AMD and the best is yet to come!" she said in the tweet.
Japan’s Toshiba Corp is working hard to rebounce 8/8/2019
The Japanese conglomerate has been consolidating factories, cutting jobs, revamping the procurement method to compensate for the loss of the prized chip business, sold last year to plug a multi-billion-dollar balance sheet hole left by the collapse of its U.S. nuclear power unit.
NAND Memory vendors are bringing out 100+ layer NAND 8/8/2019
Samsung and SK Hynix said they will ship 3D chips with more than 100 layers this year, while Toshiba debuted a low latency NAND it hopes can eat into the market for DRAM.
Samsung put 100-layers V-NAND into production 8/7/2019
The 256Gb 3-bit V-NAND will be used to make SSDs for enterprise PCs and has been supplied to a global PC maker, the South Korean tech giant said. Samsung only need one etching step for the 100 layers of cells, and said it was the best product in the market in terms of speed, productivity, and power efficiency.
Microchip offers serial memory controller 8/7/2019
The SMC 1000 8x25G enables CPUs and other compute-centric SoCs to utilize four times the memory channels of parallel attached DDR4 DRAM within the same package footprint. The serial memory controllers are able to deliver higher memory bandwidth and media independence to these compute-intensive platforms with ultra-low latency.
5G to greatly benefit Enterprises 8/7/2019
According to Digital Trends, 5G will have much deeper benefits than simply what appears on the screen. Public infrastructure will be able to easily co-opt the technology and use it to pre-empt flooding, improve surveillance, and enhance health care through things like augmented reality (AR) facilitated physical therapy and precision surgery.
Intel's first 10nm CPU get mixed reviews 8/7/2019
The company remains on track to ship in notebooks by the end of the year. Originally, Intel aimed to ship its first 10nm notebook chips in late 2018.
Infineon offers LED driver with constant current flyback circuit 8/6/2019
The XDPL8210 offers much improved functional performance for efficient designs as well as low bill-of-material (BOM) for small system cost and high flexibility. It also offers improved reliability for a long driver lifetime. For advanced products, the built-in features enable much faster design cycles..
Data storage solution provider NetApp to double its R&D team in Taiwan 8/6/2019
The expanded R&D workforce will enable NetApp to roll out more collaborative efforts with local IT companies, Lin said. Foxconn Electronics, Quanta Computer and Inventec are NetApp's major ODM production partners in Taiwan
TSMC and AU Optronics are top filer of patents 8/6/2019
The world’s leading contract chipmaker filed 429 applications, an increase of 24 percent from a year earlier, while China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd filed 408, a 92 percent increase, the office said. Flat-panel maker AU Optronics Corp (AUO,) was second among local firms with 318 applications, up 30 percent, while IC designer MediaTek Inc and PC maker Acer Inc followed with 163 and 162, down 8 percent and 1 percent respectively,
Researchers created light sources that can evolve into quantum computer 8/6/2019
Quantum light sources leading to quantum sensors and transistors. While these are both still very much in the research phase, it’s worth highlighting these pieces of research to see where we could potentially address the needs of high-performance computing in many applications, including artificial intelligence (AI).
Despite latest slump, DRAM is still the largest chip market 8/5/2019
The DRAM market is expected to account for 17% of total IC sales in 2019, said IC Insights. DRAM sales accounted for 23.6% of the total IC market in 2018.
New low cost transceiver chip goes beyond 100 GHz 8/5/2019
frequencies are far higher than anything considered for 5G cellular communications, meriting the researchers' description of the device as "beyond 5G." Their ultimate goal is more ambitious than merely going beyond 5G; it's to create a technological path that will enable wireless systems to compete with fiber optics.
Qualcomm predicts 5G Smartphone by 2020 8/5/2019
lots of services were going to switch on and many OEMs were going to ship handsets in just a few months. The reality is only 1% of the smartphones that ship this year will support 5G, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.
EDA Industry experience strong growth in the middle of trade war 8/5/2019
First-quarter EDA revenue came in at $2.6 billion, up 16.3% compared to the first quarter of 2018. The four-quarter moving average of EDA sales — which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters — increased by 6.1%, according to the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance.
Korean memory manufacturers feels the pinch on Japanese material export control 8/2/2019
South Korea-bound exports of the materials, including hydrogen fluoride gas and chemicals known as photoresists, now require government approval. No approvals have been granted since the dispute broke in early July, South Korean industry sources said.
Chipmakers are feeling the effects of the U.S.-China trade war 8/2/2019
Qualcomm disappointed Wall Street with its fiscal fourth-quarter forecast and warned of China-related headwinds for the next two quarters.
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