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10/15/2021

With an eye toward ransomware attacks, enterprises should evaluate the data collected from customers, writes Rafael Lourenco, an executive at ClearSale. Data deemed vital should be stored in accordance with laws such as Europe's General Data Protection Regulation and California's privacy law, Lourenco adds.

10/15/2021

The worldwide shortages in automotive microchips stand to continue into 2022 and 2023, possibly into 2024, industry sources say. An electric vehicle contains an average of 770 chips, compared with 560 chips for vehicles with internal combustion engines, those sources note.

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10/15/2021

Integrated device manufacturers and pure-play foundries are expanding their production capacity with new wafer fabrication facilities, leading to worries about the semiconductor industry having excess capacity in years to come, this analysis notes. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., for example, is budgeting up to $100 billion over three years to add capacity, with new fabs going up in China, Japan, Taiwan and the US; Germany is being considered for a wafer fab.

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10/15/2021

Semtech hopes to draw more Internet of Things device developers to its LoRa Developer Portal with new features and added resources. The portal now offers interactive tutorials and the LoRaWAN Academy curriculum.

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10/15/2021

Broadcom, MediaTek, Qualcomm and other chip vendors are anticipating strong demand next year for Wi-Fi 6/6E chips, industry sources say. Those chips will be going into 5G infrastructure, desktop computers, notebooks, routers, televisions and industrial control systems.

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10/15/2021

In IC designs, interposers can now function similarly to printed circuit boards, Brian Bailey writes. "Interposers are mostly used to reduce the power needed to transfer huge amounts of data between different dies," says Andy Heinig of Fraunhofer IIS.

10/15/2021

Radio-frequency IC designs are taking on aspects that were previously relocated to boards and systems, writes Roland Jancke of Fraunhofer's Engineering of Adaptive Systems Division. "The processing of higher powers in tiny RF devices also places special demands on the thermal design of the components," he concludes.

10/15/2021

Yanluowang, a novel ransomware variant that Symantec's Threat Hunter Team reports "appears to be still under development," taps the official AdFind query tool in Active Directory for deployment. It's named after the extension it appends to encrypted files, and the operators claim they will "conduct distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against the victim, as well as make 'calls to employees and business partners,' " if targets turn to law enforcement or professional negotiators in the wake of an attack, Symantec notes.

10/15/2021

Proposed federal legislation would make technology companies liable if their recommendation algorithms cause harm. The bill focuses on Section 230, which social media companies have used to shield them from responsibilities, and how the algorithms determine what content is recommended to users.

10/15/2021

Researchers George Cann and Anthony Bourached of University College London used an artificial intelligence algorithm to re-create a Pablo Picasso painting hidden behind the artist's famous "The Blind Man's Meal." X-rays, a neural network and 3D printing helped the researchers re-create "Lonesome Crouching Nude" from Picasso's Blue Period.

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