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Lattice Semiconductor acquired Mirametrix for software and AI capability 11/17/2021
Mirametrix software has been successfully deployed in more than 20 million end user systems worldwide. Combining Mirametrix’s expertise with Lattice’s innovative hardware and software solution stacks creates an end-to-end AI and computer vision solution that spans from the hardware to the application layer.
Smartphone camera resolution continue to improve 11/17/2021
According to the latest research from Counterpoint Smartphone Camera Tracker, smartphones featuring rear main cameras powered by 48MP and above megapixels accounted for 43% of total sales in Q2 2021, rising significantly from 38.7% in Q1 2021. The share of 64MP alone increased 3.5% QoQ to 14% in Q2 2021.
Cadence Design System enhanced Samsung foundry process 11/17/2021
The unified Cadence library characterization system provided a powerful combination of characterization and library validation, enabling Samsung to reduce turnaround time and improve productivity versus previous nodes.
Intel’s chip production in China contested by the Biden administration 11/16/2021
Intel proposed making silicon wafers in a Chengdu, China factory, which could start production towards the end of 2022. However, Intel’s plans were “strongly discouraged” by White House officials due to potential security issues.
Wolfspeed signed agreement to develop carbide (SiC) power devices for GM’s electric vehicles 11/16/2021
“With our technology, we are continuously driving for lower RDS(on), larger die sizes, and higher ampacity packaging. We anticipated a growing demand for silicon carbide and started seriously investing in capacity expansion about three years ago with the expansion of our materials facility in North Carolina and our new Mohawk Valley fab,"
Intel launched the first commercially available microprocessor 50 years ago 11/16/2021
The Intel 4004. Our industry can trace itself back to this seminal event, and it’s amazing the progress the industry has made in 50 years. Intel has created a site dedicated to the anniversary that will have links to videos by the early designers and a wealth of information on the development of the chip.
Hailo advanced to the next level in Autonomous Driving 11/16/2021
The Hailo-8 AI Processor for Edge Devices—which the company claims as the world’s most powerful and efficient edge AI processor—is now in production and in the hands of dozens of customers from various application fields ranging from automotive through smart cities, retail, access control, and industrial automation, to name a few.
President Joe Biden put additional restriction on semiconductor equipment shipments to China 11/15/2021
The Secure Equipment Act, the latest effort by the U.S. government to crack down on Chinese telecom and tech companies, was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate on Oct. 28 and earlier in the month by the U.S. House on a 420-4 vote.
KIOXIA Europe offers first Data Center Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E3.S SSDs 11/15/2021
The company said that the KIOXIA CD7 E3.S Series was bringing a new era to flash memory used in servers and storage. Building on E3.S development samples, the CD7 E3.S Series increases flash storage density per drive delivering both optimised power efficiency and rack consolidation.
In making the robotaxis business 11/15/2021
Emerging mobility services will cost less per mile than current conventional taxis and rail-hailing services. The wild card, the market tracker notes, is whether robotaxis will replace car ownership.
Several board-level members resigned at China SMIC 11/15/2021
The company is no stranger to top-level shakeups in recent years. In December 2020, the Shanghai-based chip maker appointed Chiang to the same positions from which eleven months later he has resigned — executive director, vice chairman and member of the strategic committee. SMIC indicated last December that co-CEO Liang might resign.
Broadcom Software Group beats estimate 11/12/2021
Broadcom Software has more than 3,200 patents, and about 80% of its workforce is dedicated to R&D efforts. The company invests about 14% of its revenue into R&D.
DRAM prices to pull back after 8 months of increase 11/12/2021
PC and server manufacturers purchased large quantities of DRAM in the first half of 2021 to help alleviate potential manufacturing and shipping delays later in the year. They are expected to curtail their high level of DRAM purchases in 4Q21 in order to burn through existing inventory. PC and server DRAM prices are expected to slip 0-5% in 4Q21.
Lattice offers AI driven power saving 11/12/2021
Lattice has debuted reference designs for power saving in laptops to improve battery life. One technique, attention tracking, could potentially extend battery life by an estimated 28 percent.
MediaTek claims to be the largest smartphone SoC maker globally 11/12/2021
The company that sells chips to every smartphone maker. Apple now offers its Dimensity line of processors for the high-end “flagship” segment of the sector.
Samsung to switch to LPDDR5X productions 11/11/2021
The LPDDR5X consumes 20 percent less energy compared to the previous DDR5 used for mobile products, according to the company in a statement.
Semiconductor manufacturers now require up-front capex contributions and uncancellable orders 11/11/2021
UMC asked customers for the $3.5 billion cost of a new fab. GloFo and NXP came up with the concept of orders which could not be cancelled. Microchip, where orders are 50% more than it can supply, offered priority delivery to customers who signed orders which couldn’t be cancelled or changed for a year.
Toshiba is set to divide itself into three companies 11/11/2021
Toshiba is to focus on infrastructure, devices, and semiconductor memory as early as 2023, this is part of Toshiba's strategy to strengthen shareholder value by creating independent companies that have different profit structures and growth strategies.
NXP works with Ford to provide enhanced driver experiences 11/11/2021
Ford’s new fully networked vehicle architecture implements NXP’s vehicle networking processors and the i.MX 8 Series processors, working together to upgrade vehicles that help improve customer lifestyle and streamline the ownership experience.
TSMC Japan to get $500 million investment from Sony 11/10/2021
TSMC would build a $7 billion chip plant in Japan with Sony Group (6758.T), a move that was welcomed by the Japanese government.
Tessolve to provide design implementation services to GlobalFoundries 11/10/2021
Tessolve will collaborate with GF to design and develop silicon solutions including Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), System-on-Chip (SoCs) solutions and test chips, etc.
Wafer area shipments grew by 16.4% in Q3 11/10/2021
Worldwide silicon wafer shipments increased 3.3% to 3,649 million square inches in the third quarter of 2021 compared to the previous quarter, a new industry record, the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) reported in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Foxconn wants be the global driver for software ecosystem 11/10/2021
Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) plans to establish a software R&D center with over 1,500 talents across Hon Hai, with the intent to recruit over 1,000 more software development engineers in the next three years.
Intel now wants to compete in the foundry business 11/9/2021
Gelsinger has an ambitious roadmap to catch and surpass Samsung and TSMC by 2025. Key to the plan is a series of massive new chip fabrication plants, or fabs, that Intel is building in the U.S., Europe and Israel. Combined, they will cost more than $44 billion to build.
Season Group, an ODM manufacturer plans major expansion in China and in Mexico 11/9/2021
The expansion aims to increase Season Group’s operational capabilities for the coming year in response to rising demands for design engineering services, the International Procurement Office.
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