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Trade talks are "moving forward" after nine rounds of consultations 4/12/2019
"We also feel that the consultation is moving forward. We hope that the two sides can continue to work together to properly address each other's concerns on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit,"
Signs of moving slowly ahead on Foxconn’s Wisconsin project 4/12/2019
Some local politicians believe that the project’s message—that Foxconn will create jobs and foster a positive relationship between the United States and the corporation—is actually all there is to it.
Qorvo to acquire Active-Semi on 5G power management technology 4/12/2019
“With the acquisition of Active-Semi, Qorvo will expand IDP’s product offerings for existing customers and extend our reach into new high-growth power management markets.”
TSMC March revenue rebounced, up 30.9% 4/11/2019
TSMC's consolidated sales for the first quarter of 2019 totaled NT$218.7 billion, down 11.8% on year and 24.5% sequentially, but meeting the company's guidance.
Trump abandons border shut down and propose automotive tariffs instead 4/11/2019
"Mexico understands that we're going to close the border or I'm going to tariff the cars. I'll do one or the other. And probably start off with the tariffs," Trump said.
Consumer prices up 0.4% with sharp jump in gasoline 4/11/2019
The Labor Department said Wednesday that the consumer price index rose a healthy 1.9 percent last month from a year ago, a sharp jump from the annual pace of 1.5 percent in February. Inflation has been relatively modest even as the job market has strengthened and wage gains have accelerated over the past several years.
Adoptation goes up as fingerprint-on-display prices drop 4/11/2019
FOD solutions are to become the mainstream technology for smartphone fingerprint recognition in 2022 as penetration rates for optical and ultrasonic FOD solutions are predicted to surpass that of traditional capacitive solutions.
Micron feels possitive on long term memory market 4/10/2019
Emerging technologies and applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous driving, 5G and machine learning, will be driving the memory-chip market growth for as long as 10 to 20 years,
In trade negotiation Trump said he will put tarrifs on $11 billion European goods 4/10/2019
The office of the U.S. trade representative late Monday released a preliminary list of EU goods facing additional duties that includes everything from aircraft and aircraft parts to cheese, wine and olives
Industrial IOT technology driven factory gained significant row 4/10/2019
The smart factory market is estimated at a value of US$153.7 billion in 2019 and to reach US$ 244.8 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 9.76% during the period of 2019 – 2024, as per the study reported by MarketsandMarkets.
Semi sales continue to retreat in February 4/10/2019
The three-month average of semiconductor sales slipped to $32.9 billion in February, down 7.3% compared to January and down 10.6% compared to February 2018, according to the WSTS. February's decline was steeper than the industry experienced in January, when the three-month average fell by 7.2% sequentially and 5.7% year-over-year.
Infineon to expand research site in Austria 4/9/2019
DICE (Danube Integrated Circuit Engineering) has broken ground in Linz for a new facility.The new building, which is due to be completed in 2020, will provide room for 400 employees. The existing site currently employs 180 people working for the development center. Its main focus is on 77 GHz radar chips for driver assistance systems.
South Korea wants to go beyond memory and into 5G networks 4/9/2019
South Korea is seeking opportunities in the emerging 5G chipset market in an effort to overcome sluggish demand for memory chips.
First data distribution platform certified for Avionics applications 4/9/2019
The Open Group FACE consortium announced on March 27. The conformance certification specifically applies to the “edge computing” vendor’s Java programing language application programming interface (API). The company’s data distribution service dubbed Vortex also supports C++.
Austin researcher disclosed design that beats a Nvidia V100 neual network 4/9/2019
A researcher from UT Austin described mini-batch serialization (MBS), a method to slash memory accesses needed to train convolutional neural networks (CNNs) so that more work fits in on-chip buffers. When implemented on its own WaveCore chip, the technique reduced DRAM traffic 75%, improved performance 53%, and saved 26% of system energy compared to conventional approaches and accelerators.
Samsung earnings plunged due to falling memory prices 4/8/2019
The tech giant expected overall sales to have fallen 14.1 percent on-year to 52 trillion won in the three-month period.
Intel's Optane DIMMs for server so far a disappointment 4/8/2019
Intel and Micron launched 3D XPoint with great fanfare in July 2015 as the first new memory architecture in decades. Nearly five years later, the chips are finally shipping in both solid-state drives (SSDs) and dual-inline memory modules (DIMMs), but their sparkle has dimmed.
802.11Ah WiFi for IoT comes into market 4/8/2019
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced HaLow at CES 2016 as the outcome of the 802.11ah process kicked off with significant help from Qualcomm engineers in 2014.The so-called 'HaLow' products promise delivery of up to Mbits/s over distances of tens of meters to a kilometer and support for thousands of nodes on an access point.
Toyota to offer licensing of hybride car technology 4/8/2019
Toyota Motor Corp. announced a plan to start granting royalty-free licenses on the company’s closely guarded hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) patents.It will also offer “fee-based” technical support to purchasers of their powertrain electrification systems, including Toyota motors, batteries, PCUs and control ECUs.
Semiconductor materials sales hit record in 2018 4/5/2019
The global semiconductor materials market grew 10.6% in 2018, propelling semiconductor materials revenues to US$51.9 billion to eclipse the previous high of US$47.1 billion set in 2011.
Samsung put 5G Exynos Modem into production 4/5/2019
The model, unveiled in August, is the world's first 5G modem to be compatible with the 3GPP's 5G New Radio (5G-NR) standard.
China is exporting its construction capability to Central America 4/5/2019
Belt and Road is building on multibillion dollar deals for loans and investments in oil and mining in South America that Beijing made beginning in the 1990s.
Cadence Design moves into system analysis with an electromagnetic field solver 4/5/2019
The tool boasts electromagnetic simulation capability that delivers up to 10 times the performance of Cadence’s previous-generation field solver. The Clarity 3D Solver also offers a distributed multiprocessing architecture that gives it “virtually unlimited capacity” along with “gold-standard accuracy,” according to Cadence.
SIA calls on the government to boost funding on chip research 4/4/2019
The Semiconductor Industry Association, which represents firms such as Intel Corp, Micron Technology Inc and Nvidia Corp, is asking U.S. officials to raise federal funding for chip research from a current $1.5 billion to $5 billion over the next five years and double funding for related fields such as materials science.
7nm order picks up at TSMC 4/4/2019
With handset chip clients stepping up their pace of advanced chip orders, TSMC is expected to see its 7nm manufacturing processes run at full utilization in the third quarter of 2019.
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