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Demand for 5G peripheral chips to skyrocket 12/3/2019
Taiwan-based IC designers are gearing up to cash in on the growing demand for high-speed, high-performance peripheral chips including Type-C interface chipts, USB 4.0 chips, diverse ASICs and server ICs, driven by the upcoming commercialization of 5G services.
Taiwan Nuvoton Technology to buy Panasonic semiconductor unit 12/3/2019
Nuvoton, which is a subsidiary of memorychip maker Winbond Electronics Corp, said the acquisition of PSCS would generate greater value for the customers and shareholders of both companies, while increasing its presence in the global semiconductor industry through greater scale and volume of semiconductor solutions.
New startup's 4D imaging sees through walls 12/3/2019
Vayyar claims it has designed a small, sensor-based chip that, with its 72 transmitters and 72 receivers, tracks and maps everything without a camera. It detects obstacles and monitors people’s location, movement, height, posture and vital signs wirelessly, in all lighting and weather conditions, and in real time. A key differentiator is its ability to “see” through walls, closed doors, and other solid objects.
Amid trade tension, RISC-V Foundation is moving headquarters from the U.S. to Switzerland 12/3/2019
The RISC-V Foundation’s CEO Calista Redmond said she wants to ensure that universities, governments and companies outside the United States can maintain access to and develop the open-source RISC-processor core technology. She said that its members, which include Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors, Huawei and Alibaba, are concerned about possible geopolitical disruption.
Large retailers are fighting back against Amazon online 12/2/2019
Walmart took in 51% more than last year, while Target followed close behind with a 47% increase. Amazon’s customer spending grew just 32%.
Examine accuracy of quantum computers 12/2/2019
"A quantum computer is only useful if it does two things: first, that it solves a difficult problem; the second, which I think is less appreciated, is that it solves the hard problem correctly. If it solves it incorrectly, we had no way of finding out. So what our paper provides is a way of deciding how close the outcome of a computation is to being correct."
NAND-based eMMC memory found in older Tesla Model S, X units are wearing out 12/2/2019
The problem with the embedded eMMC chips is that they regularly update Tesla’s vehicle logs, and over time, the storage medium begins to lose space and thus will have to overwrite new data over the old. These constant updates wear out the Flash memory faster than normally expected, which ultimately leads to failure.
NAND bit shipment grew 15% in Q3 11/29/2019
Q3 NAND bit shipment grew 15%, says DRAMeXchange and revenue rose 10.2% to $11.9 billion.
Dell sales fell due to Intel chip shortage 11/29/2019
Intel said last month that demand for its processors used in PCs was outstripping its ability to add capacity, prompting it to rely on contract manufacturers to ease shortage.
MediaTek forms 5G alliance with Intel 11/29/2019
In the meantime, MediaTek has entered into an alliance with Intel to provide 5G modems for use in laptop computers. In August this year, Apple said it would pay about $1 billion to acquire Intel’s smartphone modem business, signaling that Apple aims to design its own silicon for 5G.
ADAS and AV have parallels, the two are not directly related 11/29/2019
“ADAS and Autonomous have been, of necessity, on very different development paths, typically with different teams,” And it is becoming apparent that most carmakers cannot afford to keep these parallel projects alive at the same time.
Researchers in Japan crafted new low power memory device 11/27/2019
The proposed device, which has an extremely low energy consumption, may help in the development of more energy-efficient and faster random-access memories (RAMs), which are ubiquitous in modern computers.
Carbon nano-tube challenge Silicon when it breaks 100 GHZ RF barrier 11/27/2019
Reported in a paper published this month, “Wafer-scalable, aligned carbon nanotube transistors operating at frequencies of over 100 GHz," it added the milestone ‘eclipses’ the performance — and efficiency — of traditional RF CMOS technology ubiquitous in modern consumer electronics. That includes cell phones, where the superior performance could boost 5G wireless and other mmWave technologies.
EU funds project for Advanced Packaging 11/27/2019
The Internet of things generates demand for faster connectivity and expanded sensor capability. To meet the required performances, multiple chips are integrated into one package, together with optics (sensors) and photonics (interconnects).
Soitec and Applied Materials form joint development program for silicon carbide (SiC) substrates 11/27/2019
The program aims to provide technology and products to improve the performance and availability of SiC devices for the next generation of e-mobility.
Weebit Nano shows its ReRAM arrays adoptable for embedded applications with single added mask 11/26/2019
Testing conducted over recent months with research partner Leti, the French research institute, has confirmed it is possible to produce Weebit’s ReRAM technology as an embedded memory using two, or possibly only one, additional mask, compared to the seven to 10 additional masks normally required for current Flash memory.
Rebounce seen on outsourced assembly and test (OSAT) market 11/26/2019
The top ten OSAT providers posted a total revenue of $6 billion in 3Q19, a 10.1% growth YoY and 18.7% growth QoQ, indicating that the market as a whole is on its way to recovery.
Voice command to take a new dimension in the smart home 11/26/2019
Today, the voice communications revolution is in the midst of a new quantum leap, as new classes of smart devices make it possible for artificial intelligence (AI) to extract meaning from sound and give people new ways to interact with their world in a more intuitive way.
Sigfox announced tracking network with improved geolocation accuracy 11/26/2019
Sigfox described a PAN as a private network sitting on the Sigfox public network. While the official reason is that it gives customers the option of accounting for their network connectivity as either capex or opex, Sigfox executives also indicated that it gives some customers the extra assurance that they have their own dedicated network, with the associated assurances about data privacy and security.
South Korea president calls for silicon wafer independence 11/25/2019
he Moon administration has redoubled a push to foster South Korea's production of industrial materials, components and equipment since Japan's export control imposed in early July. South Korea is seeking to rely less on Japan for the supply of key items.
Micron see healthy demand trend in DRAM 11/25/2019
“What’s happening now is that the demand growth is actually greater than the supply growth. As a result, the supply and demand balance is starting to improve,”
France invest €5 billion to develop French tech startups over the next three years 11/25/2019
French President Emmanuel Macron announced a €5 billion investment to develop French tech startups over the next three years. Funds will come from the main institutional investors in France: asset managers, banks, and insurers, including Axa, Natixis, Aviva, and Allianz.
Blood pressure, electrocardiograph, and oxygen level now measured with your wearable device 11/25/2019
A wearable device allows measuring a wide range of vital parameters. Depending on the general objective, some values are more important than others.
China claims to supply 4% of global memory needs in 2020 11/22/2019
There is, of course, no way for outsiders to know in advance how many chips a wafer will produce, so the effect on the world memory market of these Chinese wafers could be either minimal or, if yields are good, could actually represent 4% in IC unit terms.
Companies rush to offer IoT development kits 11/22/2019
Smart boards — whether microcontroller- or SoC-based boards or single-board computers — enable cost-effective prototyping and are a fundamental step in the development of interconnected objects.
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