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Apple quietly acquired Xnor, that specialize on object detection in photos 1/21/2020
Xnor’s low-power FPGA demo, using a Lattice ECP5 device, could inference 32 frames per second for person detection using just 48mW.
Fiat Chrysler is in talks with Foxconn to develop battery-powered vehicles 1/20/2020
If a deal with Foxconn is reached, a joint venture would focus first on China, the biggest market for electric cars with 1.2 million vehicles sold last year - half the global total.
Microsoft pledge to negative Carbon Emission by 2030 1/20/2020
It's a major step up from Microsoft's previous green pledges. The tech company had previously said its data centers would be 60% powered by renewable electricity by the end of last year, but environmental groups have said it has fallen short of such rivals as Google and Apple by relying too much on purchasing renewable energy credits to make up for its carbon emissions.
Senate passed new NAFTA trade deal with Canada and Mexico 1/20/2020
The vote was 89-10. The measure goes to Trump for his signature. It would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, which tore down most trade barriers and triggered a surge in trade.
Taiwan tech companies won impressive 13 innovation awards at CES 1/20/2020
“People are already aware of Taiwan’s larger companies such as TSMC, but smaller companies are often over-looked. CES is a great opportunity for us to display the breadth of talent we have”.
2019 global semiconductor sales down 11.9% from 2018 1/17/2020
Downturn in the memory market negatively impacted many of the top vendors, including Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 vendor by revenue in 2018 and 2017.
A little forward prediction for 2020 1/17/2020
2020 is set to be the most important year yet when it comes to the evolution of the nascent AI accelerator chip industry. Here are a few ideas about what we might see happening this year.
ST secured additional silicon carbide (SiC) wafer supplies 1/17/2020
SiCrystal, a Rohm group company which said it has the highest share of SiC wafers in Europe. The agreement is for the supply of over $120 million of advanced 150mm silicon carbide wafers from SiCrystal to STMicroelectronics, to address the demand ramp-up for silicon carbide power devices.
ReRAM remains in R & D stage 1/17/2020
Essentially, the major memory makers are hedging their bets. “They’re making sure that whenever DRAM and NAND flash all run out of steam that they’ve already got some research effort going on to supersede it,” said Handy. That leaves smaller companies with the task of funding the R&D to see if they can hit a tipping point that will lead to large scale commercial applications.
Silicon Labs presented Bluetooth 5.2 SOC promised to slash power consumpsion 1/16/2020
There is a growing demand for ultra-low-power wireless connectivity from consumers seeking to extend their wireless experience to compact electronic devices with small batteries. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology brings low-cost wireless connectivity to small, long-lasting devices. It was designed from the ground up to meet the need for energy efficiency and design simplicity.
Phase I trade pack signed and sealed 1/16/2020
But the so-called Phase 1 pact does little to force China to make the major economic reforms — such as reducing unfair subsidies for its own companies —that the Trump administration sought when it started the trade war by imposing tariffs on Chinese imports in July 2018.
Taiwan foundries are looking forward to a better year 1/16/2020
Foundries have also seen their 12-inch fab capacity become increasingly tight since the start of 2020, the sources noted. At TSMC, for example, 16nm, 12nm and 10nm process capacity has been utilized for robust chip orders mainly for chips associated with 5G and edge AI technologies, the sources said.
Samsung moves into greener memory production 1/16/2020
Samsung Electronics’ recently announced 512-gigabyte (GB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 3.0 was awarded Carbon Footprint and Water Footprint Certifications from the UK-based Carbon Trust, a globally accredited nonprofit certification body established by the British government to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.
Researchers invented Lithium-Sulfur battery 5 times the capacity of Lithium-Iron 1/15/2020
Scientists believe that this development could transform the way phones, cars, computers and solar networks will be produced in the future. The study was published in Science Advances.
Boeing supplier at Kansas to layouff 2800 1/15/2020
Just days ago, Spirit broached the subject of voluntary buyouts with employees. The company suspended production of fuselages and other parts for the Max on Jan. 1, after Boeing ordered Spirit to suspend shipments.
Intel names former HP executive as Chief Information Officer 1/15/2020
Deskus had been CIO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and before that held the same title at industrial service company Baker Hughes. Intel said she will work either at corporate headquarters in California or at the company’s Arizona site.
Cost and competitions on 5G chips might trim down Business for TSMC 1/15/2020
After rocketing nearly 60% over the past year, the company’s shares now trade at over 20 times forward earnings, well above their five-year average of 14.5.
Nanya to enter 10nm DRAM production on second half 2020 1/14/2020
Nanya disclosed at a recent investors meeting that its in-house developed first-generation 10nm process node will be ready for risk production in the second half of this year. Nanya has also engaged in its second-generation 10nm process R&D, with risk production set to begin by 2022.
China's first commercial jet is running into delays and technical problems 1/14/2020
After a series of delays, the C919 did take to the skies for the first time in 2017, and Chinese officials reportedly hoped to finish testing, start production and begin making deliveries by the end of this year. Instead, Reuters reported this week that the company has completed less than one-fifth of the flight hours needed for approval by China’s civil aviation regulator.
Canadian proceutor details extradition allegation against Huawei top executive 1/14/2020
The Canadian justice department said in court documents ahead of the start of her extradition hearings on Jan. 20 that the Meng allegations meet the crucial extradition test of "double criminality,"" meaning that if they had occurred in Canada they would be criminal under Canadian law.
Lisa Su announced AMD’s latest processor lineup at CES 1/14/2020
The AMD Ryzen 4000 series, features 59% higher performance than its previous generation, and its desktop processor, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X, is the first using 64 cores.
Memory backend specialis expressed optimism about flash-based devices in 2020 1/13/2020
Adoption of high-speed SSDs among at-home gaming consoles is set to rise dramatically this year. Sony and Microsoft both have plans to roll out their new-generation games consoles featuring 1TB and higher-speed SSDs, which will be further driving the overall NAND flash demand. NAND flash demand for 5G smartphones and enterprise SSDs for data center applications is also looking to be robust in 2020
World Bank see global economy rebound 1/13/2020
World Bank forecast the global economy will grow 2.5% this year, up only slightly from 2.4% growth in 2019. That had been the weakest performance since the 2008 financial crisis and a significant slowdown from growth rates above 3% in 2017 and 2018.
Airbus to expand production at U.S. Gulf Coast in Alabama 1/13/2020
it will spend $40 million to construct new facilities and add 275 jobs, the company said Thursday. As part of a plan to build 63 aircraft in its A320 family of planes per month, Airbus said it would increase production at its factory in Mobile to seven airplanes monthly by early next year.
Sony show off its contribution to new EV cars 1/13/2020
On display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show is Sony’s Vision S, an electric (of course) concept car built to showcase how their products can make the future of mobility that much safer and more enjoyable.
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