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Congress is gathering momentum to approve the proposed New NAFTA 3/27/2019
President Donald Trump will meet with GOP lawmakers Tuesday to try to kick-start the process for rounding up votes on Capitol Hill. Supporters in Congress and business groups say they have a narrow window to push it through, given that lawmakers tend to avoid tough trade votes during election season.
Europe to kick off a 10 years Battery Research thrust 3/26/2019
BATTERY 2030+ is scheduled for a duration of ten years, with preparation for the project due to start this month.
Hynix's CEO wants to up yield and improve profit 3/26/2019
“(Amid deteriorating market environment) the company will focus on strengthening the fundamentals by raising yields rates of nanotechnology and cost-cutting.”
Semiconductor equipment and tools sales retreated 3/26/2019
After two years of benefiting from massive capital spending by chipmakers — especially memory companies — fab tool vendors are finding it impossible to keep pace with previous sales levels as semiconductor industry growth has sputtered.
Economists see business to slow down 3/26/2019
Economists collectively project that growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, will reach a modest 2.4 this year and just 2 percent in 2020. Among the key factors in their dimmer assessment are a global slowdown and the ongoing trade conflicts between the Trump administration and several major trading partners.
AP processor market projected to decline for the 2nd year in a row 3/25/2019
Shipments of smartphone APs are expected to fall for the second consecutive year in 2019, says Digitimes Research.
European Union cautious on economic relationship with China 3/25/2019
The EU wants to "fully address the distortive effects of foreign state ownership" and "achieve a more balanced and reciprocal economic relationship."
Smartphone interface goes beyond touch screen 3/25/2019
The two latest trends in HMI technologies are voice activation and touchless or gesture control. Voice-controlled products received a lot of attention at Embedded World in Nuremberg; a prominent example was NXP Semiconductor’s new microcontroller featuring integrated Alexa Voice Service (AVS) capability, touchless control went almost unnoticed at MWC Barcelona, but it is equally being pursued aggressively by key players.
New military aircraft design is “attritable” 3/25/2019
For military purposes, “attritable” is defined as a design trait that trades reliability and maintenance for low-cost, reusable and eventually expendable weapons. The approach is akin to the destroyer escorts used by the U.S. Navy in World War II to defend heavily-armored capital ships and convoys.
Micron said memory chip revenue to rebounce by year end 3/22/2019
Micron Technology Inc on Wednesday said it sees a recovery in the memory chip market coming and reported a quarterly profit that beat estimates as cost controls helped offset falling demand and prices.
PCIe SSD market to be on-par with SATA SSD by year end 3/22/2019
Market sources said that unit price for 512GB PCIe SSD has fallen by11% sequentially to US$55 in the first quarter of 2019, compared to a corresponding price drop of 9% for SATA SSD, with price gap between the two types of SSD continuing to narrow from 30% seen in 2018.
U.S. Department of Energy awards contract to build 3 exascale super computers 3/22/2019
Intel said that the system will be running before the end of 2021 using future Xeon processors, Optane DIMMs, and a so-called Xe product, believed to be a member of the GPU family in design under Raja Kodurii.
U.S. court jury found Apple infringed against Qualcomm patents on iPhone 7, 8 and X 3/22/2019
The jury awarded Qualcomm $31 million for damages covering July 6, 2017 — the date the lawsuit was originally filed — through the end of the trial.
Adata reports first loss in 3 years 3/21/2019
The memory module supplier reported losses of NT$178.97 million (US$5.8 million) for last year, reversing net profits of NT$1.86 billion in 2017
Italy to join China's Belt and Road initiative 3/21/2019
Italy's signature would be considered a major legitimation of the project that envisions overland and maritime routes connecting China with Europe. A White House official has warned Italy against joining, calling it a Chinese "vanity project."
Fed projects fewer rate hides 3/21/2019
The Fed is all but sure to keep its key short-term rate in a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent, still low by historical standards. And most analysts think the policymakers will scale back their projection of rate hikes this year from two to one or perhaps even none.
Asia, with China, beats the world in patent filing 3/21/2019
Growth in international patent applications from Asia was paced by strong increases from China, India, and South Korea, according to the UN agency, known as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Taiwan ODM's are shifing productions from China to other Asian countries 3/19/2019
Taiwan EMSs and ODMs including Foxconn, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Pegatron are all busy relocating part of their production to Southeast Asia or South Asia from China,
Large number of 300mm fab to be online by year end 3/19/2019
With nine new 300mm wafer fabs scheduled to open in 2019, the worldwide number of operational 300mm wafer fabs is expected to climb to 121 this year and grow to a total of 138 fabs at the end of 2023.
Trump calls on GM's CEO to reopen Ohio Plant 3/19/2019
Trump's arm-twisting came in a series of separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday . He capped his weekend rant against the GM with a tweet disclosing that he had vented his frustrations during a conversation with the company's CEO, Mary Barra.
Drone technology is applied in modern argricultures 3/19/2019
agricultural drones are a great tool for large operations where growers need to keep tabs on thousands of irrigated acres or among “high-value” crop farmers such as the managers of vineyards and orchards.
Cadence offers Verification IP design for USB4 3/18/2019
The Cadence VIP for USB4 will enable engineers to develop standard-compliant system-on-chip (SoC) design and to complete functional verification of the design with less effort and greater confidence that the SoC will work as intended..
U.S. Judge ruled that Qualcomm owes $1 billion in back payment to Apple 3/18/2019
Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Thursday ruled that Qualcomm, the world’s biggest supplier of mobile phone chips, was obligated to pay nearly $1 billion in rebate payments to Apple, which for years used Qualcomm’s modem chips to connect iPhones to wireless data networks.
Whit House eased enviromental restrictions hindered natual gas explorations 3/18/2019
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will guide future efforts to conserve greater sage grouse, ground-dwelling birds that range across portions of 11 Western states.
Military and Aerospace industry to be stable 3/18/2019
Defense spending will likely increase in the United States and Europe which will help encourage growth. In addition, increasing aircraft production rates support higher earnings and cash flow.
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