Semiconductors
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2/15/2019

Sales of PC gaming laptops will be robust later this year, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said. More than 40 gaming laptops based upon the chip company's GeForce RTX 2060 graphics processing unit with the Turing architecture will be launched during 2019, he said.

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2/15/2019

China is offering to increase its imports of US semiconductors by $200 billion over six years, trying to break the deadlock on the trade talks between China and the US, this analysis notes. Chinese negotiators are also reportedly offering to end a vehicle-procurement policy that gave consumers subsidies to buy new-energy, small-engine vehicles made in China.

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2/15/2019

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is about to commence commercial production of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a system-on-a-chip device for high-end Android smartphones, fabricated with the foundry's 7-nanometer process. Meanwhile, TSMC reported January revenue of $2.53 billion, down 13.1% from December and off by 2.1% from a year earlier.

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2/15/2019

Adata Technology, a manufacturer of memory modules, says January sales of its solid-state drive products were up 14.2% from a year ago. SSDs represented 22% of its revenue during January, while DRAM modules were 51.2% of the company's revenue last month.

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2/15/2019

Researchers at Canada's Simon Fraser University and in Switzerland came up with a method of using a wood-derived cellulose material as a replacement for the plastics and polymeric materials in 3D printing of wireless internet of things sensors. Professor Woo Soo Kim of SFU is also collaborating with researchers in South Korea to develop printable conductive ink materials.

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New Electronics
2/15/2019

Karsten Reuter, a professor at Germany's Technical University of Munich, is working with his students to identify new types of organic semiconductor materials that could be used in photovoltaic solar cells, displays and light-emitting diodes, instead of relying upon silicon. "Knowing what you are looking for is crucial in data mining," said Harald Oberhofer, leader of the project.

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2/15/2019

The semiconductor industry is preparing for implementation of the 5G standard, although the results won't be as immediate as some are predicting, this analysis notes. Edge computing and the internet of things are among the areas that will be changed by the improvements to be realized with 5G technology.

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2/14/2019

Between this year and 2022, 16 new 200-millimeter wafer fabrication facilities and 200mm fab lines are expected to open, including 14 volume fabs, SEMI reports, meeting demand for production of automotive, industrial, internet of things and mobile chips. In that period, 200mm wafer output will grow 700,000 wafers per month to 6.5 million wafers a month, the trade group forecasts.

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2/14/2019

Taiwan and South Korea led the world in wafer capacity at the end of last year, while China is challenging North America with 12.5% of global production capacity, IC Insights estimates. China had 10.8% of wafer capacity in 2017, the market research firm notes.

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2/14/2019

Application-specific integrated circuits, often used in mining of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, could help alleviate the curtailment of renewable energy sources, this analysis notes. Solar and wind energy represent what is known as variable renewable energy, because they can't always produce electricity if the sun doesn't shine and wind doesn't blow.

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