About 80% of US consumers want advanced payment options such as voice control, fingerprint scanning and more, per a survey by Viewpost. Traditional methods of payment are expected to phase out entirely, as about 83% believe the paper check will no longer exist in 20 years, the survey said.
Software-defined networking offers one of the most cost-effective solutions for government agencies that need to update their networks, writes Vish Chanda, AT&T's director of technology and strategy. SDN allows users to virtualize their network infrastructure and services, enables service chaining to be developed on a per-packet flow basis, and boosts security, among other benefits, Chanda writes.
Certification is important for differentiating an already-skilled storage professional from the pack, writes Ann Bednarz, who outlines vendor-neutral and vendor-specific certifications, current high-demand sectors and salary trends, as well some available certification options that exist in the storage market.
Silicon wafer area shipments reached 2.98 billion square inches during the second quarter, a 4.2% increase from the first quarter's 2.86 billion square inches and up 10.1% from a year earlier, continuing to set records for the industry sector, according to SEMI's Silicon Manufacturers Group. Chungwei Lee, chairman of SEMI SMG, said in a statement, "These record levels are being driven by both 200mm and 300mm shipments."
NXP Semiconductors plans to spend around $22 million to expand its wafer fabrication facilities in Austin, Texas, and Chandler, Ariz., to make more secure identification chips for the US government. Meanwhile, NXP's chief financial officer, Daniel Durn, is leaving the chipmaker to become the CFO at Applied Materials; he will be succeeded by Peter Kelly, who previously served as CFO at NXP.
News reports about sales of counterfeit semiconductors on Amazon are a reflection of an issue that has long afflicted the chip industry, not just e-commerce retailers, Dylan McGrath writes. The Semiconductor Industry Association has an anti-counterfeiting task force and JEDEC has established the JESD243 standard to help fight the plague of fake chips, he notes.
Researchers at Sweden's Linkoping University boosted the speed of the fast Fourier transform algorithm to optimize the operation of field-programmable gate arrays. "This advance will save huge sums for demanding calculations in industry, and will make it possible to implement new functionality without needing to replace the hardware," senior lecturer Oscar Gustafsson said.
Infineon Technologies plans to sample a high-performance, low-noise microphone chip based on a microelectromechanical system device during the fourth quarter, with volume production set for the first quarter of 2018. This marks the company's first entry into the packaged silicon microphone market.
The vending machine company Three Square Market has launched a new program to insert microchips into 50 of its employees to make snack-buying at work more efficient. The employees will be able to purchase snacks without using a credit card or smartphone at any of the workplace's "micro markets."
Jerome Svigals, who led the development of magnetic stripe card technology at IBM, has come up with a security technique for the internet of things, which is described in a book he wrote, as well as in three US patents. The technique would place a small solid-state device between every chip on an IoT network to verify legitimate transmissions of data.