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Chinese researchers have developed the country's first Data Processing Unit (DPU) chip 12/27/2022
DPU is known as the "third main chip" after Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Heterogeneous computing based on the combination of DPU, CPU and GPU has become the mainstream technology of the next-generation intelligent computing centers.
TSMC is looking to build a second fab. in Japan 12/27/2022
The world's largest contract chip maker, is considering building a second plant in Japan in addition to an $8.6 billion dollar facility now under construction.
Meta gives in to a $725 million fine 12/27/2022
The lawsuit, which dates back to 2018, came after it was revealed Facebook had shared the personal data of up to 87 million users with the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
Tesla is now taking $7,500 off the price of Model 3 and Model Y cars in the US 12/27/2022
The discounts, which have led some to believe Tesla is facing demand issues, saw Tesla stocks plunge 9%
Qualcomm is trimming its work force by 1% 12/26/2022
Qualcomm is laying off 153 workers in San Diego as the wireless technology giant seeks to reduce costs amid a global slowdown in smartphone demand.
Oxford Quantum Circuits is teaming up with Cyxtera to install quantum computers in data centers 12/26/2022
According to the company’s website, “Traditional 2D circuits require increasingly intricate engineering to route control wiring across the chip to the qubit. This degrades the quality of the qubits and increases the chance of costly engineering errors.” Its innovative core technology — the Coaxmon — has a 3D architecture that brings key componentry off-chip for vastly increased simplicity, flexibility and, crucially, scalability.
Toshiba Electronic to construct a new back-end production facility for power semiconductors 12/26/2022
Power devices are essential components for managing and reducing power consumption in all kinds of electronic equipment, and for saving energy. Above all other products,
Applied Materials announced expansion plan in Singapore 12/26/2022
The “Singapore 2030” plan is targeted at strengthening the company’s global manufacturing and R&D capabilities, broadening technology ecosystem partnerships in Singapore and promoting local workforce development.
Samsung offers (DDR5) DRAM made with a 12-nanometer (nm) class process node 12/23/2022
According to the South Korean tech giant, the 12nm 16Gb DDR5 DRAM has been verified with CPU maker AMD, with mass production slated to begin next year.
Micron to layoff 10% of employees 12/23/2022
Idaho-based Micron has about 48,000 employees, according to a recent SEC filing. The company said it would hit its reduction target through voluntary departures as well as layoffs.
Microchip Unveils Industry’s First Terabit-Scale Secure Ethernet PHY Family for Enterprise and Cloud Interconnection 12/23/2022
META-DX2+ enables OEMs to double router and switch system capacities with 112G PAM4 connectivity for 800G ports, adds encryption and Class C/D precision timing
FCC wants to put massive fine on robocall scammers 12/23/2022
The penalty targets a robocall operation that the FCC sourced back to Roy Cox, Jr. and Aaron Michael Jones, who allegedly used their “Sumco Panama” company to bombard US consumers with eight billion robocalls since at least 2018.
Intel’s upcoming laptop CPU may easily dethrone even some of the best desktop processors, 12/22/2022
It seems that Intel’s upcoming laptop CPU may easily dethrone even some of the best desktop processors, let alone mobile chips. Even chips that are not out yet are already in danger, such as Apple’s M2 Max.
USPS to modernize its fleet to EV 12/22/2022
The modernization plan will result in the rollout of 66,000 electric delivery vehicles and tens of thousands of charging stations through 2028, with a target of acquiring only EVs after 2026.
Micron cuts projection and budget 12/22/2022
Semiconductor makers are suffering plummeting demand for their products less than a year after being unable to produce enough to meet orders. Consumers have shelved purchases of personal computers and smartphones amid rising inflation and an uncertain economy.
U.S. adds China YMTC to blacklist 12/22/2022
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) expanded measures taken in October by adding YMTC and companies like AI chip designer Cambricon Technologies to its so-called Entity List, blocking their ability to buy semiconductors and production tools that are made with U.S. technology.
Apple has reportedly scrapped double-M2 Ultra chip for the Mac Pro. 12/21/2022
When it announced the shift to Apple-made silicon in 2020, the company said it wanted to complete the transition within two years. But as Gurman notes, it's behind schedule now, with no Mac Pro running Apple silicon and the high-end Mac mini still using Intel chips.
Chip manufacturing equipment sales breaks record in 2022 12/21/2022
The record high caps three consecutive years of record revenue. The market is expected to contract to $91.2 billion next year before rebounding in 2024 driven by both the front-end and back-end segments.
Fusion Worldwide has opened a new facility in Singapore to serve customers 12/21/2022
Established in 1998 and acquired by Fusion Worldwide in February 2022, Prosemi has built a reputation among the world’s largest CMs and OEMs for testing electronic components and providing baking, tape and reel, and IC programming services.
Russians are developing Starlink tracer 12/21/2022
Earlier this month, a mysterious company called Sestroretsk Arms Factory published a website(Opens in a new window) that debuted the “Borshchevik” or “hogweed” system, which is designed to locate Starlink dishes at a distance of up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
Soft demand for memory chips is hurting the Korean manufacturers 12/20/2022
In a report, Daol Investment and Securities forecast that Samsung Electronics, the world's largest memory chip and mobile phone maker, would log sales of 73.2 trillion won ($56.2 billion) in the fourth quarter this year, down 4.4 percent than the previous year. Operating profit would plunge by 45.8 percent to record 7.5 trillion won, the report said.
Smartphone production fell by 289 million units for the third quarter 12/20/2022
The smartphone market exhibited an extremely weak demand situation as the ‘iron law’ of positive growth in the third quarter was broken after being in effect for years.
"medical avatar" is entering the medical field in a big way 12/20/2022
An avatar is quickly proving to be more than just a VR novelty. As our understanding of human biology improves, the concept of a “medical avatar” is entering the medical field in a big way – particularly for cancer patients.
Soitec to double its wafer productions in Singapore 12/20/2022
The fab extension will be dedicated to the production of 300mm SOI wafers, which are used to produce chips for smartphones, particularly in 5G communications, as well as vehicles and smart devices. Upon its completion in 2024,
It's China's turn to ban technology export to other countries 12/19/2022
A story in Russian business publication ??????????? (Kommersant) cites sources at the Ministry of Digital Development as having said Beijing won't let military-grade Loongson kit cross the border to Russia, or any other nation.
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