The US National Institute of Standards and Technology is soliciting information regarding hiring challenges, upcoming changes in staffing levels, ideas regarding apprenticeship programs and how to stimulate workforce growth in the semiconductor industry. NIST has set an Aug. 15 deadline for replies to its questionnaire.
Texas Instruments announced CEO Brian Crutcher has resigned over code of conduct violations. Chairman Rich Templeton will return to the president and CEO roles indefinitely, the company said.
South Korea plans to increase its support for in-country development of advanced memory chips, said Paik Un-gyu, the nation's minister of trade, industry and energy. The government-backed efforts stem from a growing rivalry between South Korean and Chinese chipmakers.
Aggressive electrodes can be stabilized with fluorinated electrolytes to improve the capacity of electric vehicle batteries, say researchers from the University of Maryland, the US Army Research Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory. "We have created a fluorine-based electrolyte to enable a lithium-metal anode, which is known to be notoriously unstable, and demonstrated a battery that lasts up to a thousand cycles with high capacity," say Xiulin Fan and Long Chen, postdoctoral researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Six industry executives discuss artificial intelligence, processing and architecture. The chasm that exists between good ideas that feature AI and scalable deployment of machine learning-based products exists "because a lot of the solutions are very deterministic, and I think the key to success is being able to build in flexibility and adaptability and learning into these approaches," said David White, an engineer at Cadence.
Foundry customers of MagnaChip Semiconductor are able to obtain Hall-effect sensors from the company. The South Korean chipmaker has fabricated Hall switches and electrical compasses in volume production since 2014, using the planar-type Hall-effect sensor.
Internet of things devices and embedded systems can now harvest energy from solar, thermoelectric, wind, radio-frequency and vibration sources. Those power technologies are being combined with energy-efficient battery storage and low-power platforms to enable edge devices to be installed in remote locations.
Technologists report making progress in resolving various issues in designing chips with 5-nanometer features, this analysis notes. "For logic, the challenge at 5nm is to properly manage the interaction between the standard cells and the power grid," said Jean-Luc Pelloie of Arm.
Researchers at the UK's University of Sheffield report generating very rapid single-photon light pulses, using the Purcell Effect to produce the photons. With each photon representing one bit of binary code, this technique could bring about complete data security, researchers say.