Semiconductors
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7/25/2017

Silicon wafer area shipments reached 2.98 billion square inches during the second quarter, a 4.2% increase from the first quarter's 2.86 billion square inches and up 10.1% from a year earlier, continuing to set records for the industry sector, according to SEMI's Silicon Manufacturers Group. Chungwei Lee, chairman of SEMI SMG, said in a statement, "These record levels are being driven by both 200mm and 300mm shipments."

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SEMI
7/25/2017

NXP Semiconductors plans to spend around $22 million to expand its wafer fabrication facilities in Austin, Texas, and Chandler, Ariz., to make more secure identification chips for the US government. Meanwhile, NXP's chief financial officer, Daniel Durn, is leaving the chipmaker to become the CFO at Applied Materials; he will be succeeded by Peter Kelly, who previously served as CFO at NXP.

7/25/2017

News reports about sales of counterfeit semiconductors on Amazon are a reflection of an issue that has long afflicted the chip industry, not just e-commerce retailers, Dylan McGrath writes. The Semiconductor Industry Association has an anti-counterfeiting task force and JEDEC has established the JESD243 standard to help fight the plague of fake chips, he notes.

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EE Times
7/25/2017

Researchers at Sweden's Linkoping University boosted the speed of the fast Fourier transform algorithm to optimize the operation of field-programmable gate arrays. "This advance will save huge sums for demanding calculations in industry, and will make it possible to implement new functionality without needing to replace the hardware," senior lecturer Oscar Gustafsson said.

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New Electronics
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Linköping University
7/25/2017

Infineon Technologies plans to sample a high-performance, low-noise microphone chip based on a microelectromechanical system device during the fourth quarter, with volume production set for the first quarter of 2018. This marks the company's first entry into the packaged silicon microphone market.

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Infineon Technologies
7/25/2017

The vending machine company Three Square Market has launched a new program to insert microchips into 50 of its employees to make snack-buying at work more efficient. The employees will be able to purchase snacks without using a credit card or smartphone at any of the workplace's "micro markets."

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Fortune
7/25/2017

Jerome Svigals, who led the development of magnetic stripe card technology at IBM, has come up with a security technique for the internet of things, which is described in a book he wrote, as well as in three US patents. The technique would place a small solid-state device between every chip on an IoT network to verify legitimate transmissions of data.

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EE Times
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IBM
7/24/2017

The transition to design and manufacturing chips with 7-nanometer features at Advanced Micro Devices represents the biggest technical challenge to the IC design firm in decades, believes Mark Papermaster, AMD's chief technology officer. "It's the toughest lift I've seen in a number of [process] generations," he says.

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EE Times
7/24/2017

ARM CEO Simon Segars forecasts about 100 billion chips containing ARM designs will be shipped in the coming four years, largely driven by demand for internet of things applications, especially in server processors. "We are looking to build this platform of technologies," he says in this interview.

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ARM, Simon Segars
7/24/2017

Samsung Electronics aspires to hold 25% of the global foundry market within five years, per Samsung's E.S. Jung, taking second place behind Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which snatched Apple away from Samsung and currently controls about half of the foundry market. Samsung will have to overtake GlobalFoundries and United Microelectronics to achieve that goal.

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Reuters