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SMART Modular offers DRAM modules for industrial customers 7/7/2021
Memories are built to withstand the extreme environments industrial settings demand.
Nvidia Corp's acquisition of Arm would serve as a better creator of jobs in the U.K. 7/7/2021
"We contemplated an IPO but determined that the pressure to deliver short-term revenue growth and profitability would suffocate our ability to invest, expand, move fast and innovate,"
Demand on Mobile DRAM pushes memory sales to new record in 2021 7/6/2021
Global DRAM revenues rose to $19 billion in the first quarter of 2021, increasing by a solid 30% year-on-year (YoY) and 9% quarter-on-quarter. Distance education and work from home (WFH) continued propelling a substantial demand for smartphone and laptop DRAM, resulting in a 6% growth in bit shipment and a 3% rise in ASP over the previous quarter.
Marvell offers the OCTEON 10 DPU 5G chip with 5nm process 7/6/2021
According to Marvell it delivers three times the performance and 50 percent lower power compared to previous generations of OCTEON, an it is the first solution to be designed on a 5nm process to incorporate Arm Neoverse N2 cores.
TSMC's aggressive expansion has gone beyond its water and energy supply 7/6/2021
The Taiwanese company was only able to reduce the amount of water used during wafer fabrication by 8.9 percent, which fell short of its target, a 10 percent decrease, according to the TSMC report. Nikkei pointed out that TSMC’s daily water usage had jumped 25 percent to 193,000 tons in 2020.
Infineon CEO has his worry on continue chip shortage 7/6/2021
The ability of chipmakers to add capacity is limited, while some in Asia face further production constraints as they seek to contain COVID-19 outbreaks in their workforces.
Qualcomm to put bigger push on laptops 7/5/2021
Qualcomm Chief Executive Cristiano Amon told Reuters on Thursday he believes his company can have the best chip on the market, with help from a team of chip architects who formerly worked on the Apple chip but now work at Qualcomm.
EU approved AMD's acquisition of Xilinx 7/5/2021
"The proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area given the absence of horizontal overlaps and vertical relationships between the activities of the companies,"
CEO Sanjay Mehrotra paints a rosy picture for Micron memories 7/5/2021
“The markets today are more diversified than ever. Automotive, electric vehicles requiring more memory and storage — actually becoming data centers on wheels in the future — and certainly smartphones, data centers, gaming, industrial applications” are all contributing to increased need for chips.
Apple and Intel are preparing to use TSMC 3nm process 7/5/2021
Apple and Intel are testing their chip designs with TSMC's 3-nanometer production technology, according to several sources briefed on the matter, with commercial output of such chips expected to start in the second half of next year.
An outline of NVMe 2.0 specifications and new features 7/2/2021
While maintaining backward compatibility with previous generations, NVMe 2.0 allows for faster and simpler development in what has become an increasingly diverse device environment that has expanded to include hard disk drives (HDDs). NVM Express president Amber Huffman said rearchitecting NVMe is all about meeting the evolving demands of the future of storage.
Analysts predict strong profit at Samsung 7/2/2021
The South Korean tech giant was projected to log 11.2 trillion-won (US$9.9) billion in operating profit for the April-June period, up 37.6 percent from a year earlier, while its sales were estimated to increase 15.8 percent on-year to 61.3 trillion won over the period.
Texas Instruments Inc.to acquire Micron Utah fab 7/2/2021
The factory, in Lehi, Utah, will be the fourth 300-millimeter wafer facility for the semiconductor company. It will also be used for 65-nanometer and 45-nm production for analog and embedded processing products.
SK hynix Inc. created an integrated DRAM database, called DAM 7/2/2021
It is to store and share information from design to quality control on volatile memory chips used to power from computers to digital electronics.
Micron said it is doing great on memory business 7/1/2021
Micron Technology Inc. expects memory-chip demand to remain high even as the supply of other types of computer chips meets customer needs, the company said late Wednesday as its earnings and an outlook surpassed Wall Street expectations.
Intel has delayed production of its next-generation Xeon CPUs, code-named Sapphire Rapids, 7/1/2021
Intel is delaying Sapphire Rapids, the 10-nanometer successor to the recently launched Ice Lake server processors, because of extra time needed to validate the CPU.
Disco Corp., an eight years old Japanese company, to redefine thickness of semiconductor wafers 7/1/2021
Disco Corp.’s machines can grind a silicon wafer down to a near-transparent thinness and cut the tip of a hair into 35 sections. That knowhow will allow chipmakers to stack integrated circuits on top of each other in a process called 3D packaging, promising smaller chip footprints, reduced power consumption and higher bandwidth between various parts.
Compound semiconductors to reach a national strategic level in importance 7/1/2021
They will be badly needed to power many critical technological applications including low-orbit satellites, 5G communications, green energy, smart power grids, EVs and high-voltage components.
Samsung Foundry successfully taped out SOC for Synopsys with yield 7/1/2021
This tapeout is the culmination of an extensive collaboration between Synopsys and Samsung Foundry to accelerate the delivery of a highly optimized reference methodology that realizes the maximum power and performance opportunities inherent to the latest 3D transistor architecture.
IC Insight predicts IC market to hit $500 billion in 2021 6/30/2021
IC market this year is projected to lift sales for the total IC market by 24% and break through the $500 billion plateau for the first time in history.
NXP offers 5G multichip module based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology 6/30/2021
By using GaN in multi-chip modules it is possible to significantly reduce energy consumption and NXP has said that it has been able to increase lineup efficiency to 52% at 2.6 GHz - 8 percentage points higher than the company’s previous module generation.
Universities across mainland China are putting emphasis on chip technologies 6/30/2021
The new Shenzhen Technology University school will enrol 60 students this fall, training them to become highly skilled talent for IC design and manufacturing,
DRAM revenue surged by 30% 6/30/2021
Distance education and work from home (WFH) continued propelling a substantial demand for smartphone and laptop DRAM, resulting in a 6% growth in bit shipment and a 3% rise in ASP over the previous quarter.
Taiwan component product makes up 18.5% of latest iPad Pro cost base 6/29/2021
Breakdown does not include the M1 chip, which is categorized as an American component, even though it is made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (TSMC).
Qualcomm shows Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile platform 6/29/2021
The Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G Mobile platform is a follow-on to the Snapdragon 888, and it will serve as the brains of smartphones coming in the second half of the year from customers including Asus, Honor, Motorola, Vivo, and Xiaomi.
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