Resistive random-access memory technology is finding more interest and support after years of slow adoption. "ReRAM is a fit for some low-end MCUs and consumer products with a lower memory density requirement," said Yau Kae Sheu of UMC.
MediaTek and mobile phone maker Huawei Technologies are collaborating on the development of chipsets and other products in preparation for 5G wireless networks. The chip design company reports it has come up with a 5G terminal prototype that meets the specifications of 3GPP's proposed 5G standard.
GlobalFoundries wants the European Commission to initiate an investigation into the business practices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest silicon foundry, Reuters reports, citing an industry source. IC Insights estimates that TSMC held 58% of the foundry market last year.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University researchers report rechargeable batteries could last longer and be more powerful by using indium-coated lithium electrodes. The indium layer around the lithium electrode promotes better interaction between the electrode and the electrolyte, the research team says.
Ultrathin layers of semiconductor materials should be grown, not deposited atop each other, to make stacks that are only a few atoms in thickness, say researchers at the University of Chicago and Cornell University. The team says its stacked films are compatible with water or plastic surfaces, detachable and suspendable.
Imagination Technologies has introduced the PowerVR 2NX Neural Network Accelerator intellectual property that could be used in system-on-a-chip designs for artificial intelligence applications. The company also debuted the PowerVR Series9XE and PowerVR Series9XM graphics processing units.
Four industry experts from Dai Nippon Printing, Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor and D2S were interviewed about the technical challenges facing photomasks. One issue is the complexity of making mask blanks for use in extreme ultraviolet masks, said Weston Sousa of KLA-Tencor.
Singapore ranks as the top originator of cyberattacks in a report by Check Point Software Technologies, although much internet traffic in and out of the country could be launched elsewhere. "As a commercial hub with high interconnectivity, Singapore is undoubtedly an attractive target for cybercriminals," said a spokesman for the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore.
A growing population and hosting duties for the 2020 World Expo and the 2022 FIFA World Cup are among the reasons the Gulf region of the Middle East is pursuing smart technology and innovation. Governments are working to foster partnerships to meet goals and overcome challenges, while local startups and major companies are experimenting with technology.
Apple's recently announced ARKit framework will expand the augmented reality capabilities of iPhones and iPads. Some observers say ARKit will bolster mobile AR adoption, although Ogmento co-founder Ori Inbar says the AR cloud will drive massive adoption of AR through 3D mapping technology.