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LPDDR competition heats up for energy efficiency 5/23/2024
Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology are working to develop low power double data rate memory DRAM technology to boost energy efficiency for AI applications. Micron's Crucial LPCAM2 builds on Samsung's low power compression attached memory module released last year.
Subaru teams up with Toyota to mitigate EV ‘risks’ 5/23/2024
Subaru CEO and President Atsushi Osaki said after exploring various options for BEV development, the company has opted to partner with its friendly rival Toyota Motor Corp. The two automakers will jointly develop four battery electric SUVs,
TSMC's Lithography Machines Have a Remote Kill Switch in Case China Invades 5/23/2024
TSMC makes the world's most advanced chips at its Taiwan facilities, so the prospect of those fabs being taken over or controlled by a hostile force is not a pleasant scenario to consider. However, now it's been revealed for the first time that the machines have remote kill switches, which would render them idle in the case of Chinese aggression.
US Accuses Russia of Launching Anti-Satellite Weapon Into Orbit 5/23/2024
The space weapon is 'capable of attacking other satellites in low Earth orbit,' the Pentagon says.
Samsung, SK Hynix cautious about ramping up production 5/22/2024
Samsung and SK Hynix are taking a cautious approach to ramping up production of standard DRAM and NAND chips, the companies communicated during their first-quarter earnings call that "there will be constraints in DRAM production bit growth this year." High inventory levels for PCs and NAND price stability is causing market uncertainty.
NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) funds 12 small semiconductor, biotech businesses 5/22/2024
The $1.2 million will be used for research and development projects in PFAS detection, cybersecurity and more.
Elon Musk Criticizes Microsoft Feature That Gives PCs 'Photographic Memory' 5/22/2024
The Neuralink and X.AI founder thinks Microsoft has gone too far with its AI-powered 'Recall' feature.
Microchip Drives Chip Innovation with TSMC, AI Advancements 5/22/2024
Microchip has announced two significant developments showcasing its commitment to innovation and supply chain resilience.
Honda earmarks $65B to accelerate EV development 5/21/2024
Despite slower EV sales in the Western Hemisphere, Honda is preparing a $65 billion infusion into development and bring out seven new models under its flagship brands by the end of the decade. Company President Toshihiro Mibe unveiled the plan, which calls for Honda to produce 2 million EVs annually and reduce battery costs in North America.
Apple exec's appearance in Taiwan fires up 2nm talk 5/21/2024
Jeff Williams, operating chief at Apple, has been spotted in Taiwan, presumably to sew up a deal to procure TSMC's first batch of 2-nanometer wafers. It has been reported that Apple will use the 2nm technology next year in its iPhone 17 lineup, although other reports cite a 2026 date and different details; whenever the deal starts, it will add billions to TSMC's coffers.
Updated AirTag Reportedly in the Works 5/21/2024
The new version of the tracker will sport an improved chip and better location tracking.
Semiconductor Manufacturers Must Adapt to Shifting Landscape 5/21/2024
Semiconductor manufacturers are facing mounting pressure as the industry evolves.
Microsoft invites 800 China-based employees to relocate 5/20/2024
Microsoft is offering up to 800 China-based employees the option to relocate to the US, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. The offer is focused on employees with cloud and machine learning experience.
Amazon participated in the private placement for SIP Core provider Alchip 5/20/2024
Amazon's minor investment in Alchip, which has the likes of TSMC and SoftBank as early investors, has a significant meaning for Amazon regarding self-developed AI chips. It signifies support for Alchip and implies that the two companies may maintain a customer relationship for a while.
LG Energy wins estimated $1 bn ESS battery deal from Qcells 5/20/2024
The deal’s value was estimated at 1.4 trillion won ($1 billion), which would be the largest single power grid ESS project among those conducted by LG Energy.
All to know about Amazon Prime Day 5/20/2024
"one-day only event filled with more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members around the globe."
IBM working with Honda on automotive chips, software 5/17/2024
IBM and Honda have signed an agreement to collaborate on automotive chips and software. The companies expect software-defined vehicles to increase semiconductor design complexity as well as power consumption.
Japan eyes electric grid amid chip, data center investments 5/17/2024
Japan will need to generate 50% more electricity by 2050 to meet the demands of chipmaking facilities and AI data centers as it invests heavily to revitalize its chipmaking industries. Data center operator DigitalBridge has warned that it could run out of power within two years and is considering relocating to locations with renewable energy.
FBI Takes Over BreachForums Again, Seizes Admin Telegram Channel 5/17/2024
The FBI battles with members of the cybercrime site BreachForums for control over its domain.
AI Servers Transitioning Towards Liquid Cooling 5/17/2024
Despite the maturity of air-cooling technology, its heat dissipation ceiling stands at approximately 10~15kW. This limitation has prompted a shift towards hybrid solutions such as “water-cooled + air-cooled” and liquid-cooled dissipation systems.
Google touts Trillium chip for its AI performance 5/16/2024
Google has announced its Trillium AI chip and says it improves data center performance fivefold. Engineers increased overall bandwidth and high-bandwidth memory capacity to achieve the gains, and the chip is expected to hit the market later this year.
Samsung delivers HBM tech to SiPearl 5/16/2024
Samsung is working with SiPearl to offer high-bandwidth memory technology in its Rhea family. SiPearl CEO Philippe Notton says the built-in HBM with SiPearl's low-power, high-performance microprocessors will enable AI and supercomputer workloads.
Walmart Deals of The Day: A Massive 53% Off on a Samsung 65-Inch OLED TV 5/16/2024
Save big on the Samsung TVs and also snag a 32% discount on the Roku Ultra for powerful, hands-free streaming, or another $100 off on the Asus ROG Ally for on-the-go gaming.
Two Chinese chipmakers are in the early stages of producing high bandwidth memory semiconductors (HBM) 5/16/2024
The progress in HBM - even if only in older versions of HBM - represents a major step forward in China's efforts to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers amid tensions with Washington that have led to restrictions on U.S. exports of advanced chipsets to Chinese firms.
NEO Semiconductor boosts 3D X-DRAM with floating body cell 5/15/2024
Neo Semiconductor revealed a unique performance boosting mechanism called Back-gate Channel-depth Modulation (BCM) for Floating Body Cell that can increase data retention by 40,000X and sensing window by 20X.
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