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Nvidia unveiled its next-generation GPU architecture — named Hopper 3/23/2022
Nvidia has not opted to go down the trendy chiplets route favored by Intel and AMD for their mammoth GPUs. While the H100 is the first GPU to use HBM3, its compute die is monolithic, 80 billion transistors in 814mm2 built on TSMC’s 4N process. Memory and compute are packaged via TSMC’s CoWoS 2.5D packaging.
Chip Act Bill introduced at house of representatives 3/22/2022
This tax credit could help cover the building costs for a semiconductor manufacturing facility or for semiconductor equipment that is used to produce chips.
Knockoff semiconductors hazardous to national security 3/22/2022
The fear is that within the planet's complex supply chains, someone under pressure from customers to fulfill orders by any means necessary accepts components that turn out to be fake, and these will end up in equipment. These parts can be readily picked up from online marketplaces, and they look convincing enough.
5G-capable smartphones reached 51% globally 3/22/2022
Sales penetration of 5G-capable smartphones reached 51% globally in January 2022, surpassing the penetration of 4G smartphones for the first time, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research’s Global Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker.
Magnachip Semiconductor Corp. released a synchronous boost converter for a variety of applications 3/22/2022
Magnachip Semiconductor Corp. has released a synchronous boost converter for a variety of applications, such as NAND flashes for SSDs, OLED panels and Bluetooth speakers.
TI to showcase its power-management chips for EV systems 3/21/2022
The three new products include: Two buck converters and a LDO linear regulator,
Intel to spend $100m on improving semiconductor engineering education and research in the US 3/21/2022
The processor goliath detailed on Thursday how it will spend this $100m, saying it will put half into higher education institutions in Ohio with the hope of lining up enough talent to help fill the 3,000 high-tech job openings when the first two fabs in the state open in 2025. The rest of the cash will be spread across America.
STMicroelectronics offers new generation of reliable small, low-cost satellites applications 3/21/2022
ST’s new series of radiation-hardened power, analog, and logic ICs in low-cost plastic packages provide important functions for the satellites’ electronic circuitry.
Autotalks’ V2X chipset installed in approximately 2,000 buses along Seoul City’s expressways 3/21/2022
V2X communication involves communication between Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I), and Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P). In Seoul, V2X systems aim to intelligently alert bus drivers of pedestrian collision, school zones (i.e., areas in front of schools) and silver zones (i.e., a designated pedestrian safety zone for the elderly that adopts speed limit measures), as well as warn of road and weather conditions.
Renesas Electronics Corp. operates three factories close to the epicenter 3/18/2022
Renesas Electronics Corp. operates three factories close to the epicenter: Naka Factory (Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture), Takasaki Factory (Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture) and Yonezawa Factory (Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture).
Winbond launched a 1.2V SpiFlash NOR flash IC in a 64Mb density 3/18/2022
By extending the 1.2V NOR flash family to include a 64Mb part, Winbond addresses the requirements of smart devices with a larger code footprint.
SiFive raised $175 million in a series F funding round 3/18/2022
The investment puts the company valuation at over $2.5 billion, and in a position to prepare itself for an initial public offering (IPO) next year.
Lagacy systms can be your security risk 3/18/2022
Because of the complex nature of supply chains, cybersecurity standards and frameworks are still being developed. Legacy systems are one significant aspect of semiconductor cybersecurity that can have major implications, yet they remain in organizational blind spots.
SK Siltron to build a new wafer production plant 3/17/2022
The company plans to spend nearly 1.05 trillion won (US$847.8 million) over the next three years to build a plant that can produce 300 mm silicon wafers in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.
Vicor Corp. radiation-fault-tolerant DC-DC converter power modules to be used in Boeing satellites. 3/17/2022
The O3b mPOWER ecosystem is a constellation of satellites in medium earth orbit (MEO) that SES will use for delivering global connectivity services to customers around the world.
Intel to invest as much as €80 billion in the European Union 3/17/2022
The announcement includes plans to invest an initial €17 billion into a leading-edge semiconductor fab mega-site in Germany, to create a new R&D and design hub in France, and to invest in R&D, manufacturing, and foundry services in Ireland, Italy, Poland, and Spain
ARM plans 15% workforce reduction 3/17/2022
“Like any business, Arm is continually reviewing its business plan to ensure the company has the right balance between opportunities and cost discipline. Unfortunately, this process includes proposed redundancies across Arm’s global workforce.”
Micron offers SSD made with 176 layers NAND 3/16/2022
The Micron 7450 SSD with NVMe delivers quality-of-service (QoS) latency at or below 2ms, a wide capacity range, and the broadest set of form factors available to meet the needs of the most demanding data center workloads.
EV companies to resume autonomous vehicle (AV) passenger services testing 3/16/2022
Testing shut down completely in response to the pandemic but began to revive last summer. As a practical matter, only three companies (Pony.ai, Waymo, Zoox) performed enough testing to generate a meaningful amount of data, and one company (Aurora) had its permit to test revoked, but testing activity is clearly picking back up.
ROHM-Wako Electronics expands component factory in Malaysia 3/16/2022
ROHM-Wako Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (RWEM) is expanding its electronic components facility in Kelantan, Malaysia, with a total investment of RM910 million ($216.26 million at $1=RM4.20). This investment is expected to create high-skilled jobs for over 340 Malaysians. It is the single biggest investment ever made by the company
Sanctions keeps 5G from deploying in Russia 3/16/2022
Ericsson and Nokia have already confirmed that they have stopped supplying infrastructure to Russian operators Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Megafon, and Veon. Russia’s largest mobile operator MTS started working with the Swedish vendor in 2020 on large-scale modernization of its existing cellular infrastructure (2G/3G/4G) towards a 5G future.
LG's new CEO tours U.S. in search of new business opportunities 3/15/2022
Cho’s visit to the U.S. was part of LG Electronics’ efforts to survive the current crisis caused by double whammies of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the geopolitical risk from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Shenzhen lock-down closes Foxconn local production 3/15/2022
Businesses providing non-essential services have been ordered to close and everyone in the city of 17 million will be tested for COVID-19 following the reporting of 60 new infections on Sunday.
Korean battery maker SK to form EV battery JV in Turkey 3/15/2022
The plant is targeted to start by 2025 and aims to have an annual production capacity of 30-45 gigawatt hours (GWh).
Infineon Power Simulation platform (IPOSIM) offering automated service that allows lifetime estimation of components 3/15/2022
The platform provides access to analysis for single working points and user-defined load profiles.
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