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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rackspace is adding enterprise app management, in addition to cloud-management offerings, with the acquisition of TriCore Solutions. The deal, expected to be completed in June, lets Rackspace manage business apps from software firms such as Oracle or SAP.
Driverless cars have significant benefits for US cities, writes Eric Madia. Driverless vehicles will reduce the need for parking, allowing city planners to repurpose parking garages, streamline highway infrastructure, reduce traffic and make cities centered more around its citizens, he says.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a self-driving vehicle testing program is now seeking applications from auto manufacturers and other companies. The program is designed to test autonomous cars for safety on open roads, similar to other programs implemented around the country.