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Should a driver's skill test be imposed on autonomous vehicles ? 10/16/2019
Safety experts argue that giving an autonomous vehicle (AV) a driver skills test would not necessarily prove that the AV is safe.
MediaTek to benefit from the 5G rush 10/15/2019
“MediaTek’s 5G SoC development is on schedule and should pave the way for its smooth transition into the 5G era in 2020 and let it capture demand tied to the coming 5G-driven handset replacement cycle,”
Dialog Semiconductor to acquired Creative Chips of Germany 10/15/2019
Headquartered in Bingen close to Frankfurt, Germany, with an additional design center in Dresden, Creative Chips is a fabless semiconductor company that supplies a broad portfolio of industrial Ethernet and other mixed-signal products to manufacturers of industrial and building automation systems.
MEMS are getting into homes through smart home devices 10/15/2019
The MEMS market, which follows the semiconductor market, is holding up. It amounted to $11.6 billion in 2018 and is expected to exhibit an 8.2% growth in value and an 11.9% growth in units up to 2024, according to Yole Développement.
Major players support AVCC to set API Standard for autonomous vehicle (AV) hardware 10/15/2019
The consortium’s goal is to optimize semiconductor solutions by writing a standard set of common requirements for hardware.
ARM reportly had a high level meeting with Huawei last week 10/1/2019
A group photo said more about the US-China trade war than anything the three companies had actually said in four months. That snapshot served to reassure the Chinese media and the local electronics industry of the continuing cooperation among Arm, Arm China and Huawei.
Samsung Q3 profit down 60.2% 10/1/2019
According to the report by Seoul-based financial market tracker FnGuide, Samsung is expected to post 6.9 trillion won ($5.8 billion) in third-quarter operating profit, compared with a profit of 17.5 trillion won a year ago.
After 10 years in private Globalfoundries intends to IPO in 2022 10/1/2019
GloFo has a current capacity of 2.3 million wpm and has the cleanroom space to expand that to 3 million wpm at its fabs in Malta, Singapore, Munich and Burlington, Vermont.
CEA-Leti CEO Emmanuel Sabonnadière spoke of the benefits of keeping data local 10/1/2019
CEA-Leti CEO Emmanuel Sabonnadière spoke of the benefits of keeping data local and the role Edge AI will play in meeting important industrial, medical and societal challenges.
Infineon raised EUR 1.2 billion to finance Cypress acquisition 9/30/2019
Infineon Technologies has successfully launched and priced its inaugural EUR 1.2 billion dual-tranche hybrid bond, the proceeds of which will used to re-finance the proposed Cypress acquisition.
Micron stock lost big on Friday trading 9/30/2019
The company said its sales to the Chinese smartphone maker could worsen in the coming quarters if the restrictions continue and if it fails to get licenses.
Intel plans to build Optane Technology Center in New Mexico 9/30/2019
Optane is a new advanced memory technology designed to speed moving data between memory and a central or main processor, boosting performance for the user, according to sister publication Portland Business Journal. The Santa Clara, California-based tech giant said the new technology offers solutions for cloud, artificial intelligence and network edge applications.
5G to drive Flash demand in 2020 9/30/2019
Kou of Silicon Motion said that his company expects stable shipments of NAND flash storage chips in the fourth quarter of 2019 amid rising demand and is optimistic about business prospects for 2020 as demand from the smartphone and IoT segments will both be significantly stoked by 5G commercialization.
Intel to launch advance memory to its Optane platform next year 9/27/2019
Intel said it has four generations of Optane DC Persistent Memory and SSDs in the pipeline. The second generation Optane DC Persistent Memory has been dubbed the Barlow Pass, while the Optane SSD will be called the Alder Stream. Intel will also start shipping a 96-layer 3D NAND in the fourth quarter and launch a 144-layer QLC, or 4-bits per cell, 3D NAND next year,
U.K. startup offers IoT devices unforgeable identities 9/27/2019
The company said it uses the most advanced techniques in cryptography and quantum physics to address the growing challenges of end-to-end IoT security. Using its quantum driven secure chip (QDSC), Crypto Quantique (CQ) said it enables devices to regenerate keys without secure storage, and also to identify themselves to remote servers without a previous trust relationship or shared key being needed.
(GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) are gradually replacing their silicon-based counterparts 9/27/2019
GaN or SiC power transistors can lead to more straightforward and efficient energy storage solutions. The combined GaN and SiC market is projected to be valued at over US$3 billion by 2025 and will be substantially driven by renewables and electric vehicles.
Wave Computing quietly swapped out CEO after only 4 months 9/27/2019
Wave’s website now shows that Art Swift, who became Wave’s CEO last May, is already gone. It lists Sanjai Kohli as the new CEO. Swift said, “I had a disagreement with the [Wave] board on a short-term fund-raising strategy.” He declined to elaborate.
Toshiba Electronic offers photo-relay for ATE applications 9/26/2019
The TLP3407SR’s small S-VSON4T package has a mounting area that is smaller than the current VSONR4 package and is the industry’s smallest. It supports size reductions in equipment like probe cards, or mounting of more photorelays.
GigaDevice to raise new funds for development of DRAM manufacturing technologies 9/26/2019
CXMT will start delivering 19nm LPDDR4 memory samples to its potential customers of mobile devices in October 2019 and has set an initial output target at 20,000 wafers per month. The company is also slated to start trial production of 10nm DDR4 DRAM by the end of the year.
Continue building of new fabs drives China to be the largest fab tool buyer 9/26/2019
China increasing its spending on production gear for memory ICs and other new projects. If China buys as much equipment as anticipated, it will become the world’s largest buyer of fab tools for the first time ever.
Vesper thinks always-on microphones don't have to be a power drain 9/26/2019
Vesper’s ZeroPower Listening (ZPL) technology uses the piezoelectric effect, first discovered by French physicists Paul-Jacques and Pierre Curie, to make the acoustic transducer operate as an acoustic switch. When a soundwave hits a piezoelectric cantilever, it moves the cantilever. This motion creates a voltage via the piezoelectric effect. This voltage is sensed by a very low-power comparator circuit, which sends a wake signal to the rest of the system.
Cree to build $1 billion silicon carbide fab in New York State 9/25/2019
When completed in 2022, the nearly 500,000-square-foot facility in Marcy, near Utica, will be the world’s largest silicon carbide fabrication facility. State officials say the factory is expected to employ 600 workers within eight years. The workers will make an average salary of $75,000.
Level 4 autonomus trucks are being tested on open roads 9/25/2019
The new fleet of SAE Level 4 intent technology has begun its decent on public roads after extensive safety validation on a closed-loop track.
Semi Industry looking forward to a 4% rebounce 9/25/2019
Malcolm Penn, chairman and CEO of industry analyst Future Horizons, assured attendees that industry fundamentals were sound, and after a fall of around 15% in 2019, the industry will rebound with around 4% revenue growth to $414 billion in 2020.
Does the 737 MAX case uncovered "profit ahead of reliability"? 9/25/2019
Competitive pressures have extended to technologies ranging from botched robotic surgery to runaway autonomous vehicles. As more horror stories emerge, might the technology pendulum swing back toward a greater emphasis on reliability and safety?
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