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5/26/2017

DRAMeXchange estimates Intel controlled 40% of the corporate solid-state drive market during the first quarter, compared with 25% for Samsung Electronics, which took first place in SSD sales for private use.

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Intel, Samsung Electronics
5/26/2017

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reports it is testing chips with 7-nanometer features for a dozen customers, and it plans to put the 7nm ICs into volume production during the first six months of next year. Co-CEO C.C. Wei said Thursday that the foundry will produce a 5nm chip during the second quarter of 2019.

5/26/2017

Toshiba's leading creditors were informed that the company is reluctant to sell its memory chip business to Western Digital, preferring a US-Japanese bidding consortium to be the buyer of Toshiba Memory, sources say. Toshiba told the Japanese banks that have lent money to the company that all parties in the Toshiba Memory auction have bid at least $17.9 billion for the chip unit.

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The Japan Times
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Toshiba, Western Digital
5/26/2017

Big data analytics and machine learning technology are having a greater influence in semiconductor design and manufacturing, as Dell EMC and Samsung Electronics have invested in Graphcore, one of the startups in the field. "This is Compute 2.0; it is absolutely a new world of computing," Graphcore chief Nigel Toon said.

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EE Times
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Samsung Electronics, Dell
5/26/2017

To better facilitate the integration of hardware and software in system designs, "digital twins" are being created to weed out potential problems from the beginning, this analysis notes. "This approach encourages the model of continuous integration, since the methodology enables the validation of the design earlier, and allows developers to validate their code and test system configurations against the digital twin models," said Warren Kurisu of Mentor, a Siemens Business.

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Siemens Business
5/26/2017

University researchers in the UK report stringing tellurium atoms inside a carbon nanotube, creating a metallic nanowire that qualifies as a one-dimensional material for semiconductor devices. The research team says tellurium acts like a metal, instead of a semiconductor, when confined in carbon nanotubes, which are chemically insert.

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New Electronics
5/26/2017

The reset process in asynchronous designs of system-on-a-chip devices carries less of an onus these days, Brian Bailey writes. "You need to think of reset in terms of cold resets and warm resets," said Adam Sherer of Cadence Design Systems.

5/25/2017

SoftBank reportedly has acquired an equity stake of 4.9% in Nvidia, becoming the fourth-largest shareholder in the graphics chip company, sources say. The stake is worth about $4 billion and is just under the 5% ownership that requires public disclosure under US stock regulations.

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Nvidia, graphics chip, Softbank
5/25/2017

Advanced Micro Devices wants to take away market share in graphics processing units for machine learning applications from Nvidia, which now controls some 70% of that GPU market, compared with AMD's 30%. AMD's Vega GPU line is meant to compete with Nvidia's Pascal architecture.

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InfoWorld
5/25/2017

Sol Voltaics believes its Aerotaxy process can improve the energy-conversion efficiency of silicon-based solar panels through the use of vertically aligned gallium arsenide nanowires. The Swedish company says its process is less expensive to use than planar GaAs-based solar cells.

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EE Times
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solar panels, solar cells