Semiconductors
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4/2/2020

Micron Technology plans to start volume production of 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory devices in the current fiscal quarter, using its replacement gate technology. Commercial shipments of those memory chips will commence in the following quarter, the chipmaker told analysts.

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AnandTech
4/2/2020

Mobile devices and the internet of things can provide data useful in combating the coronavirus pandemic, Susan Rambo writes. "The location trackers in smartphones help us see who is moving around really, when we are supposed to be sheltering in place," she notes.

4/2/2020

In recent years, ON Semiconductor has developed a variety of energy-saving microchips, some of which are used in electric and hybrid vehicles, Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy writes. "We should all feel good about the fact that ON Semiconductor's energy-efficient semiconductors are likely going to be inside many of tomorrow's connected devices and likely to be somewhere in your possession as the company shipped a staggering 8 semiconductors per person in the world last year," he concludes.

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Forbes
4/2/2020

Intel brought out its 10-generation Core "Comet Lake-H" mobile processors, capable of operating at 5.3 gigahertz. The chips are meant to provide greater speed for playing games and uploading videos on laptops.

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PCWorld, VentureBeat
4/2/2020

Nvidia introduced the RTX 2080 Super and RTX 2070 Super mobile graphics processing units, which will go into RTX cards for laptops. The chip design company will also provide Max-Q configurations of those GPUs for use in notebooks.

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The Verge
4/2/2020

As machine learning is being incorporated into chip design, there are ways to optimize the technology's use, this analysis notes. Ron Lowman of Synopsys says, "AI accelerators are trying to get closer to the edge, if not at the edge."

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Ron Lowman
4/1/2020

Bob Swan, the CEO of Intel, wants the chipmaker to focus on execution this year. "Our success evolving our culture will determine how we perform over the next decade and how we fulfill our purpose to create world-changing technology that enriches lives," he wrote in an annual letter to customers, employees, partners and shareholders.

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CRN (US)
4/1/2020

Battery Advanced Development showed off a battery prototype the size of a deck of cards, which the startup says has a proprietary combination of chemicals in the electrolyte and the electrodes. The company says the battery design could provide power equal to a typical car battery, while available in the standard AAA, AA, C and D sizes.

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Electronic Design
4/1/2020

Melexis brought out the MLX91377 Hall sensor chip for use in electric power-assisted steering and other safety-critical automotive systems. The sensor has analog and digital modes, and it can operate in environments at up to 160 degrees C.

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New Electronics
4/1/2020

Asus introduced the ROG Zephyrus G14 notebook computer, based on the Ryzen 4000 processor line from Advanced Micro Devices. The notebook weighs about 3.5 pounds and comes in a 14-inch form factor.

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Forbes
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Ryzen