Semiconductors
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6/22/2017

ArterisIP Chairman and CEO K. Charles Janac discusses contemporary issues in automotive electronics and the challenges of designing internet-connected cars in this interview. "These vehicles will be able to obtain downloads from the cloud, but they also will have full-time connection to the cloud for mapping and entertainment," he notes.

6/21/2017

Science and Technology Minister of Taiwan Chen Liang-gee reiterated Tuesday that the government plans to invest more than $131 million over four years in the domestic semiconductor industry. Governments in China, South Korea and the US are also committing substantial investments in semiconductors and supercomputers.

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6/21/2017

The global market for chips going into mobile devices will hit $84.4 billion this year, up 16% from 2016, while PC chip sales will rise 9% to $80.1 billion, IC Insights forecasts. Smartphone shipments will increase 5% in 2017 and PC shipments will post a 3% decrease, the market research firm says.

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Global Market, mobile devices
6/21/2017

University of Houston researchers used quinones, an organic and recyclable material, to make stable anode composites for aqueous rechargeable batteries, increasing the life span of those batteries. "This new material is cheap and chemically stable," said Yan Yao, an associate professor at the university.

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University of Houston, quinones
6/21/2017

Advanced Micro Devices brought out the Epyc 7000 line of server processors -- nine Zen-based chips the company plans to use in competition with market-leader Intel for sockets in data centers.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Intel
6/21/2017

The Aurix TC29x platform from Infineon Technologies will incorporate Leti's SigmaFusion sensor fusion technology. The Infineon platform has 32-bit TriCore CPUs for automotive applications.

6/21/2017

NXP Semiconductors has introduced the MRF13750H power transistor, specified for 915-megahertz applications. The 50-volt chip is aimed at industrial, medical and scientific uses.

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6/20/2017

Robert Bosch GmbH will spend $1.1 billion to construct a plant in Dresden, Germany, for the creation of chips that will be used in self-driving vehicles, smart cities and smart homes. The plant is expected to be complete in 2019 and will begin producing chips in 2021.

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Robert Bosch GmbH, IoT
6/20/2017

A bidding group led by Innovation Network Corp. of Japan and the Development Bank of Japan is telling Toshiba to work out its legal dispute with Western Digital, Reuters reports. The group, which also includes Bain Capital and SK Hynix, is seen as a leading contender to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business, which is the world's second largest supplier of NAND flash memory devices.

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6/20/2017

Siva Sivaram of Western Digital says 64-layer 3D NAND flash memory is a "seminal technology" that will go into dozens of WD product lines. He predicts 64-layer 3D NAND will lead the market in the next 18 months.

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flash memory, Western Digital