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Cadence collaborates with TSMC to certify its 5 and 7nm design solutions 10/3/2018
Cadence digital and signoff tools optimised for TSMC’s 5nm and 7nm+ process are designed to provide EUV support at key layers and associated design rules that enable customers to achieve power, performance and area (PPA) savings at these advanced nodes.
Foxconn Electronics to help Shandong government setup chip design 10/3/2018
Under its agreement reached with the local government, Foxconn will utilize its group resources to assist in the formation of five IC design houses and one high-power semiconductor company in Jinan.
Semiconductor sales continue to grow 10/3/2018
The three-month average of chip sales in August grew to a record $40.16 billion, up 1.7% from July and up 14.9% compared to August 2017, according to the SIA.
Xilinx aims to expand beyond traditional FPGAs with its Versal 10/3/2018
Xilinx positioned Versal as the start of a broad new family of standard products. They aim to outperform CPUs and GPUs on a wide range of data center, telecom, automotive and edge applications.
DRAM prices expected to retreat 10/2/2018
“DRAM products have begun to see a weak price trend since 3Q18 after the price growth of nine consecutive quarters,"
ST Micro FingerTip Touch Screen Controller found in Xiaomi handsets 10/2/2018
“ST’s industry-proven FingerTip TSC technology enables advanced multi-touch UI on many devices with a single-chip solution, with high and uniform sensitivity on all panels, including curved screen areas and new AMOLED displays, making it perfectly suited for the latest smartphone designs”
Intel tunes up Capex spending 10/2/2018
The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker has added an extra $1 billion to its capital equipment budget this year, increasing output from existing facilities in the U.S., Ireland and Israel.
Qualcomm lost first round in ITC fight with Apple 10/2/2018
Judge Thomas Pender found that Apple infringed one of three Qualcomm patents in the case but declined to recommend the import ban sought by Qualcomm.
Yale team received a $2 million grant to develop “robotic skins” 10/1/2018
The robotic skins initially developed the technology in association with NASA, with the goal to provide astronauts the ability to perform additional functions with the same material.
Facebook reports massive data breach 10/1/2018
The social media giant says it doesn’t know exactly what kind of information has been compromised. However, in an updated statement yesterday, it did admit the hack affected those who use Facebook to log into other accounts.
iPhone XS and iPhone XS reported to have charging problem 10/1/2018
If the phone is locked and therefore sleeping, plugging in a Lightning cable can result in no response from the handset. What should happen is the display lights up and indicates the battery is being charged.
U.S. reached "New NAFTA" with Canada and Mexico 10/1/2018
the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is a major step toward completing one of Trump’s signature campaign promises and gives the president a concrete policy win to tout on the campaign trail this fall.
Microsoft wants people to switch to Skype 8.0 9/28/2018
Microsoft plans to stop supporting the desktop version of Skype 7.0, or Skype Classic as it’s fondly called by dedicated users, on November 1st, while the mobile and tablet versions will be cut off on November 15th.
Seventeen people charged in a robbery scheme targeting Apple stores 9/28/2018
Security footage shown during one of the robberies at the Santa Rosa Plaza Mall in Santa Rosa, Calif., shows three people with hoodies on rushing inside and quickly snatching devices like iPhones and Macbooks and running out.
Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket engine beats out competitions 9/28/2018
The contract award with ULA marks a high-profile vote of confidence for Bezos's space startup.
SEC sues Elon Musk for 'funding secured' tweet about taking Tesla private 9/28/2018
It alleges that Musk's tweets in August about having "funding secured" for a potential bid to take the company private constitute fraud for being "false and misleading statements."
Wind power outpaces fossil fuel in Texas 9/27/2018
Strong winds helped Texas set a record for wind generation at 17,541 MW on Feb. 19. Meanwhile, the use of natural gas has declined rapidly from 167 million MWh (48 percent) in 2015 to 139 million MWh (39 percent) in 2017, according to ERCOT.
European Central Bank simulation shows trade war to hurt U.S. more than China 9/27/2018
the economists said that stock and bond markets could be hurt by a general loss of confidence in the economy. "An escalation of trade tensions could have significant adverse global effects" on growth."
China cuts tariff on importing tools from non-U.S. companies 9/27/2018
The tariff cut, effective Nov. 1, applies to 1,585 types of goods including construction equipment, industrial machinery, paper products and building materials. It gave no indication the reductions would apply to U.S. goods on which Beijing has imposed additional taxes of 5 to 25 percent.
Senate hearing on how business should protect your data 9/27/2018
Senior executives from AT&T, Amazon, Apple, Google, Twitter and Charter Communications are scheduled to testify at the hearing, amid increasing anxiety over safeguarding consumers' data online.
How business are fighting cyber attack? 9/26/2018
Cybersecurity ranks among four global risk factors highlighted by the World Economic Forum for 2018. In the United States, spending on cybersecurity by companies has more than doubled over the past eight years, to $66 billion.
East West Manufacturing LLC bought Team Manufacturing, an EMS 9/26/2018
Founded in 2002, Team is located near North Carolina's Research Triangle in Youngsville, N.C. It specializes in electronics manufacturing, wire harness assembly and box-build services.
Huawei brings smartphone with 7nm chip into India market 9/26/2018
"The chipset (Kirin 980) with Artificial Intelligence capabilities is set for commercial availability on Huawei devices for India consumers before 2018 ends."
MXene 'Anenna Spray Paint' revolutionize wireless connections 9/26/2018
The Drexel team created a powdered form that can be dissolved in water to form an ink or paint. That can then be sprayed onto a surface, effectively turning it into a 2D antenna in whatever shape is needed.
Macronix said tight supply to remain with high end NOR chips 9/25/2018
Supply of high-end NOR flash memory chips is to remain tight for the remainder of the year due to growing demand from the medical, automotive and industrial segments. PC DRAM chip prices would likely fall 2 percent quarterly in the final quarter of this year, ending nine quarters of price hikes, while prices of NAND flash memory chips might face a steeper quarter-on-quarter decline of 10 percent.
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