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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.
Intel to regain top silicon title from Samsung 5/20/2019
While Samsung held the full-year number one ranking in 2017 and 2018, Intel is forecast to easily recapture the number one ranking for the full-year of 2019, a position it previously held from 1993 through 2016.
5G to be the key driver for growth at STMicroelectronics 5/20/2019
Jean-Marc Chery, president & CEO, said that ST has ten "macro" programs that will contribute to its growth, boosted by 5G deployment. He added, “We are strongly convinced we will deliver $12 billion revenue second half of 2021.” ST believes that this can be supported by its current manufacturing infrastructure as well as an external foundry strategy.
New GaN LED design un-complicated large TV panels 5/20/2019
MicroLED displays promise exceptional image quality and better energy efficiency than existing liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technologies.
China's Belt and Road Initiative is ricking up debts 5/17/2019
Developing nations have welcomed the initiative to increase trade by building ports and other facilities in a region the Asian Development Bank says needs $26 trillion of investment by 2030 to keep economies growing. But countries including Malaysia and Thailand have canceled or scaled back projects due to high costs, while some others are struggling to repay Chinese loans.
China to reduce semiconductor equipment purchase in 2019 5/17/2019
Many market watchers originally expected the proportion of China-based semiconductor players' equipment purchases to rise on year in 2019, but have recently revised their views, estimating the percentage to slip in 2019.
EDA companies diversified during down turn 5/17/2019
Synopsys has for several years been making inroads into the market for software security and software tools, snapping up more than 10 firms in this arena, from the acquisition of Coverity in 2014 to the acquisition of Black Duck Software in 2017. Cadence has been broadening its reach into the embedded software space, as evidenced by a strategic partnership with Green Hills Software in February that included Cadence taking a 16% stake in the firm.
IDC predicts IC market to start turn around Q3 5/17/2019
Sales this year are set to reach $440 billion compared with $474 billion in 2018, IDC said in a May 15 press statement. This year may mark the first decline after three years of growth.
Intel to hire 300 at New Mexico plant 5/16/2019
"The Rio Rancho site continues to be an important part of Intel’s global manufacturing network, and is manufacturing semiconductor products that are critical to Intel’s ability to secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world,"
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