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Western Digital to invest in new Toshiba 3D NAND fab 5/29/2019
The companies disclosed their joint capital investments in equipment for the K1 facility will enable initial production output of 96-layer 3D flash memory beginning in calendar 2020
Achronix's Speedster7t FPGA marks challenge to Xilinx's Versal on AI 5/29/2019
The Speedster7t marks the company's return to FPGA chips, targeting the hot market for AI acceleration. Achronix claims that its mid-range 1500 chip can use ResNet-50 and Yolov2 neural-network models to process 8,600 and 1,600 images/second, respectively.
Trump send $16 billion to farmers affected by trade war 5/29/2019
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the first of three payments is likely to be made in July or August and suggested that U.S. negotiators may be weeks away from settling a bitter trade dispute with China. The latest bailout comes atop $11 billion in aid Trump provided farmers last year.
China cut taxes to spur chip manufacturing in the midst of trade war 5/29/2019
The Finance Ministry's announcement Wednesday comes amid a spiraling tariff war with Washington over Chinese technology ambitions.
3D NAND is becoming a challenged market 5/28/2019
Currently, Intel is evaluating its 3D NAND business amid losses in this market, and is mulling over the idea of finding a new NAND partner or exiting the market, analysts said. No decision has been reached. Meanwhile, it’s unclear if YMTC will ship its initial 3D NAND products this year, as previously planned.
6 Space Initiatives suuported by NASA 5/28/2019
>NIAC funds cutting-edge concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building and operating aerospace systems. NIAC Phase II awards are worth as much as $500,000 for two-year studies to further develop Phase I concepts.
USB flash demand continue to grow 5/28/2019
“There are also people who would rather keep their information not on their computer but on something that they control more.” One scenario might be to archive a large amount of data on a drive and then place it in a safety deposit box.
TSMC will continue supply to Hwawei 5/28/2019
TSMC said that after careful consideration, it will maintain its shipments to Huawei's chip arm HiSilicon throughout this year. The world’s biggest foundry noted that any impact to one client could result in gains for another client.
Researchers tried replacing semiconductor wiring with graphene transmission line 5/24/2019
Due to the dense integration and high speed of semiconductor devices, the resistance of metal wires—in which signals among devices are transmitted—has increased geometrically, reaching the limit of permissible current density. To create the next generation of devices, carbon-based nanostructures such as graphene and carbon nanotubes have been proposed as substitutes for existing metal wires.
Company offers super barrier rectifier (SBR) diodes for automotive applications 5/24/2019
Patented and proprietary technology have been designed to significantly reduce power loss and lower operating temperatures in automotive applications. When used as a recirculating diode in DC-to-DC buck-boost converters for automotive daytime running light (DRL) applications, these devices can improve system efficiency by up to 5% while reducing operating temperatures by up to 5°C.
IBM wants to commercialize quantum computer in 5 years 5/24/2019
Starting its R&D on quantum computing as early as in 1996, IBM released a 5-qubit quantum computer in 2016 and unveiled the world's first 20-qubit system, dubbed IBM Q System One, at CES 2019, Morimoto said, disclosing that the company will soon launch higher qubit quantum computers.
China hopes to restart the talks that broke down earlier this month 5/24/2019
"A mutually beneficial agreement must be based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit."
IC Insight preditts urn around in Q3 5/23/2019
Looking back to the mid-1970s, IC Insights cannot identify a period where the IC market declined for more than three quarters in a row.
U.S. Court ruled Qualcomm breached antitrust laws 5/23/2019
"Qualcomm's licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals, OEMs, and end consumers in the process," US District Court Judge Lucy Koh said in her judgment.
Lattice announced added security features on FPGA 5/23/2019
“Our customers in a whole variety of areas are starting to worry a lot about security of their hardware,” said Gordon Hands, Lattice’s director of product marketing. “Traditionally, people have thought of computer security as being a software issue; they were worried about viruses, now people are starting to think about it at the hardware level.”
ARM distant itself from Hwawei 5/23/2019
The UK’s BBC said it has seen an internal memo issued on 16th May 2019 telling employees to stop “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei and its subsidiaries to comply with the US trade clampdown on Huawei.
China's semiconductor industry output reached $231 billion 5/22/2019
The country's semiconductor industry output was worth $231 billion in 2018, a sign of strength amid trade uncertainty with the US. The China Semiconductor Industry Association says China's 2018 IC industry revenue increased by 20.7% from 2017.
Huawei's CEO declares that U.S. ban has no impact on his company 5/22/2019
Trump administration's order last week steps up pressure on Huawei, which Washington says is a security risk, and threatens to hamper sales of network gear and other products. Huawei is the No. 2 global smartphone brand but relies on Google's Android operating system and U.S. components suppliers.
GlobalFoundries to sell its ASIC design business to Marvell for $740 million 5/22/2019
The acquisition would bolster Marvell's standard and semi-custom product portfolio with Avera's full custom ASIC development capabilities. Marvell will now offer customers an unparalleled breadth of standard, semi-custom and full ASIC capabilities, all under one umbrella.
Trump delays Huawei ban for 90 days 5/22/2019
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has granted suppliers a temporary general license to continue selling to Huawei for 90 days, subject to certain conditions.
China's tactic on technology irritates its trading partners 5/21/2019
Beijing promised when it joined the WTO in 2001 to treat Chinese and foreign companies equally. But 18 years later, business groups and governments say foreign companies still face special burdens, including sharing technology.
Trade war will certainly hurt Apple 5/21/2019
Apple will be most affected among other smartphone brands. TrendForce predict that due to the significant role that Apple plays in the American economy, Apple are likely to receive exemptions for their products.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise to acquire Cray for $1.3 billion 5/21/2019
Over the next three years the HPC segment of the market and associated storage and services is expected to grow from approximately $28 billion in 2018 to approximately $35 billion in 2021, a compound annual growth rate1 of approximately 9 percent.
Major U.S. supply chains to cut off Huawei 5/21/2019
Chipmakers including Intel Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Xilinx Inc. and Broadcom Inc. have told their employees they will not supply Huawei until further notice, according to people familiar with their actions. Alphabet Inc.’s Google cut off the supply of hardware and some software services to the Chinese mobile phone equipment giant,
Qualcomm and HiSilicon submitted order to fab 5G modem chips at TSMC 5/20/2019
TSMC has kicked off volume production for 5G modem chips for Qualcomm and HiSilicon, and is gearing up for production for MediaTek's Helio M70 5G modem in the second half of 2019, according to industry sources. All their first 5G modem solutions will be built using TSMC's 7nm process technology.
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