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Trade rises in Germany 2/12/2019
Exports rose 1.5 percent from November, to 112.3 billion euros ($127.3 billion), while imports rose 1.2 percent to 92.9 billion euros, adjusted for seasonal and calendar factors, the Federal Statistical Office said. That widened Germany's trade surplus to 19.4 billion euros from November's 18.9 billion euros.
Smartphone shipment to decline again this year 2/12/2019
Other than a handful of high-growth markets like India and South Korea, markets were down across the board. IDC blames the declines on multiple factors, including longer phone replacement cycles, increasing penetration in large markets and political and economic uncertainty.
Skywise system use AI and analytics to predict aircraft maintenance needs 2/12/2019
As an aerospace manufacturer, Airbus is taking proactive steps to improve performance and reliability in the area of aircraft maintenance. It is doing this by migrating historical maintenance information from aircraft and fleets to a cloud-based data repository known as Skywise.
Malaysian IC industry seen signs of slow down 2/11/2019
The local semiconductor industry has witnessed exceptional strong growth over the past two years, partly due to the performance of the memory segment. “We expect the sector to undergo a cyclical downturn in the first half of 2019 (1H19), before starting to recover in 2H19 after the inventory adjustment period is over.
Apple take steps to strengthen its modem chip design 2/11/2019
The Cupertino, California-based company has posted job listings for modem engineers in San Diego, a hub for wireless design talent because of Qualcomm’s longtime presence there and a place where Apple has said it plans to build up its workforce.
Nokia looks for savation from 5G 2/11/2019
Having jettisoned the mobile handset business and undertaken a series of strategic acquisitions, including the purchase of Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia is betting the farm on 5G, a nascent technology with the potential to serve a larger customer base, create new revenue streams, and afford the company the stability it has sought for a decade.
China IC production to grow 15% every year 2/11/2019
China has been the largest consumer of ICs since 2005. IC production in China accounted for 15.3% of its domestic market of $155 billion in 2018, up from $12.6% in 2013, the firm said. By 2023, IC Insights projects that IC production in China will account for 20.5% of its market total.
Beam forming 5G millimeter wave antenna is a challenge to engineers 2/8/2019
Beamforming and massive MIMO antennas, which will make millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum—a key ingredient in 5G networks—work on multiple devices and base-station locations.
Huawei ask U. K. for 5 years to demonstate integrity of its products 2/8/2019
In the summer, HCSEC raised issues about it being prevented from checking internal product codes and about a components supplier used by Huawei.
ST bought control share of its wafer supplier 2/8/2019
ST will acquire 55% of Norstel’s share capital, with an option to acquire the remaining 45% subject to certain conditions. ST is the only semiconductor company with automotive-grade silicon carbide in mass production today.
EU reduced economic forecast 2/8/2019
The EU's executive Commission cut the forecast for this year to 1.3 percent from 1.9 percent in their earlier forecast issued in the autumn. The eurozone probably grew 1.9 percent last year, slowing from a 10-year high of 2.4 percent in 2017.
NVIDIA’s Jetson family found diverse applications in industrial sector 2/7/2019
Jetson family comprises compact modules that combine multiple ARM cores within SoCs that also include GPGPU and machine-learning (ML) accelerators. The modules are finding homes in everything from drones to robotics.
Judge want to narrow potential damages at the Qualcomm/Apple trial 2/7/2019
A federal judge on Tuesday granted Apple’s request to preclude Qualcomm from seeking financial compensation for infringement before the lawsuit was filed in 2017. The judge also ruled that Apple isn’t infringing one of the several patents that Qualcomm says are at stake in the litigation.
Trump plans to nominate World Bank critic to lead it 2/7/2019
Now the undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department, David Malpass has been an outspoken skeptic of the 189-nation World Bank, a leading source of funding for economic development. The World Bank provides low-cost loans for projects around the world. Among its key missions is helping combat poverty in developing countries.
Revenue rose 7 percent at Daimler 2/7/2019
Daimler saw profitability fall as it faced multiple challenges. The U.S.-China trade war meant new import taxes on cars made in the U.S. and sold in China. Bottlenecks in getting cars certified for emissions procedures also affected the business. The operating profit margin on sales at Mercedes, a key earnings indicator, fell to 7.3 percent from 9.5 percent in the same quarter a year earlier.
Mobile Semiconductor offers reduced cost memory compiler for IoT applications 2/6/2019
The company claims that the 55nm compiler has one of the highest density footprints in the industry reducing the die area by 15-33% compared to previous 55nm compilers.
Tesla Inc has agreed to buy energy storage company Maxwell Technologies 2/6/2019
Maxwell executives told investors in January that it had developed and patented a “dry electrode” technology that could significantly increase the driving range and reduce the cost of electric vehicle batteries. In a presentation, Maxwell said it expected strategic alliances “within six months” centered around this technology.
China see soy beans as a good diplomat for trade talk 2/6/2019
China agreed on one thing: In an unexpected deal that even surprised the top U.S. trade negotiator, China said that it would buy 5 million metric tons of American soybeans over an unspecified period.
EU introduce new measures to prevent steel produced for the U.S. market from flooding Europe 2/6/2019
Imports of steel products into the EU have been increasing sharply since Trump's move and that "this is seriously threatening EU steelmakers".
Winbond weakened for the quarter 2/5/2019
Net profit fell to NT$879 million (US$28.59 million) in the final quarter of last year, down from NT$2.84 billion in the previous quarter, while consolidated sales fell 13.23 percent quarterly to NT$11.87 billion, the company said in a statement.
Record shows the largest semiconductor buyers are Chinese manufacturers 2/5/2019
Four Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) — Huawei, Lenovo, BBK Electronics and Xiaomi — ranked in the top 10 of Gartner’s Market Insight: Top 10 Semiconductor Chip Buyers, 2018, up from three in 2017.
U.S. job picture is rosy 2/5/2019
The healthy 304,000 jobs gain the government reported Friday illustrated the job market's durability nearly a decade into the economic expansion. The U.S. has now added jobs for 100 straight months, the longest such period on record.
China's manufacturing see slight improvement from bottom of slump 2/5/2019
A measure of factory activity issued by the government statistics agency and an industry group rose 0.1 points on a 100-point scale but stayed below a level that shows activity expanding. Measures for employment and domestic demand weakened.
Sodium-ion batteries to replace lithium-ion on EV's 2/4/2019
Sodium-ion batteries are an attractive alternative to lithium-based ion batteries due to several reasons. Sodium is not a limited resource - it is abundant in the earth's crust as well as in seawater. Also, sodium-based components have a possibility to yield much faster charging time given the appropriate crystal structure design.
Ic Insights: R and D spending to increase for the next few years 2/4/2019
IC Insights expects new challenges such as three-dimensional (3D) die-stacking technologies, growing complexities in end-use applications, and other significant manufacturing barriers to raise semiconductor R&D spending to a slightly higher growth rate of 5.5% per year in the 2018-2023 forecast period.
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