Wipro has released an integrated home-automation system dubbed Wipro Z Nxt. The system allows users to control lights, geysers and air conditioners without the need to replace existing switches or wiring in the home.
A patch released for the Nintendo Switch has improved "Doom" gameplay by providing better audio along with motion controls. The patch also improved resolution in certain areas of the game while repairing some bugs and offering CPU optimization.
Apple is considering a proposal to purchase large quantities of cobalt for its device batteries directly from miners instead of purchasing the metal from battery companies, sources say. More than 55,000 tons of cobalt were used in lithium-ion batteries last year, and that number is expected to reach more than 324,000 tons by 2030, according to Darton Commodities.
Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black has named former Trend Micro executive Tom Kellermann as the company's chief cybersecurity officer. Carbon Black is reportedly looking to issue an initial public offering soon or be acquired a company such as IBM or Microsoft.
Intel will spend $5 billion by 2020 to expand production at its wafer fabrication facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel. Eli Cohen, Israel's minister of economy and industry, said, "Intel's choice to continue making major investments in Israel is an important vote of confidence in the State of Israel and the Israeli economy."
Hatch Entertainment is partnering with Qualcomm to build a cloud-based service for games on demand. Vital to the initiative are servers based on the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor, touted as a new standard in cloud computing.
Micron Technology is embracing quadruple-level cell technology in its NAND flash memory devices, joining Toshiba and Western Digital in implementing QLC. In upgrading from triple-level cell flash memory, Micron will boost data-storage density by 33% in each memory chip.
Fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator processes are gaining in industry adoption as a manufacturing alternative to 3D finFETs, especially for automotive and internet of things chips, this analysis notes. David Fried of Coventor, a Lam Research company, says, "FD-SOI fundamentally enables some different circuit topologies, such as back-biasing and dynamic control, which have made it appetizing for some of these adjacent markets."
AT&T is partnering with Ericsson to offer Global Device Certification for its internet of things devices, adding consulting, application and life cycle solution support for IoT customers. The company also announced it is launching the first phase in its edge computing test zone, working with developers and other organizations to solve low-latency edge cloud issues.