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Tesla cut prices of Model 3 while adjusting prices on other models 7/17/2019
Tesla said on Monday that it’s reducing the price of the Model 3 by $1,000 to $38,990. The company will no longer sell the standard range versions of the Model S and Model X, raising the minimum costs consumers will have to pay for those cars.
TSMC June sales up 21.9% 7/17/2019
June sales were $2.77 billion, up 21.9 percent from the same month a year before and up 6.8 percent from May. TSMC's revenue for first half of the year was $14.51 billion, down 4.5 percent on the first half of 2018.
Symantec breaks off merger talk with Broadcom 7/17/2019
Price negotiations broke down. Broadcom was last week willing to offer as much as $28.25 per share in cash for Symantec and was hoping to ink a deal on Monday. CNBC, which first reported the news on Monday, said Symantec was looking for more than $28 per share.
High performance computation may turn to specialized Chiplets 7/17/2019
One example is Google's Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), the bespoke processors that excel at the mathematical operations required for machine learning, another are the many Bitcoin mining chips released when the cryptocurrency was at its peak. These chips differ from the traditional CPU (Central Processing Unit) found inside computers, which is able to handle a very broad range of tasks for the computer and can be considered a jack of all trades and master of none.
DRAM prices turned around and rose 13% 7/16/2019
Prices of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips gained as much as 13 percent in a week on concerns about supply disruption at Korean chipmakers responsible for more than 70 percent of DRAM global supplies following Japan’s export curbs on materials needed for chip production.
Samsung is readying to deal with trade dispute with Japan 7/16/2019
The de facto leader of Samsung Group, JY Lee, reportedly convened a meeting on Sunday with senior executives of Samsung Electronics' display and semiconductor businesses upon his return from Japan, ordering them to come up with plans that took into account Japan's trade restrictions.
New chip stack packaging shown at Semicon West 7/16/2019
Packaging engineers are coming to the rescue with novel ways to stack individual chips into potent devices.
New OLED increase luminosity by 100 fold 7/16/2019
With their first prototype, the scientists were able to show that they can generate a brightness of emitted light of 10,000 candela/square meter at just 2.9 volts — this corresponds to about 100 times the luminosity of modern screens.
Microchip offers NOR flash with MAC address options 7/15/2019
Pre-programmed with EUI-48 and EUI-64 addresses, the devices provide a cost-effective, plug-and-play storage solution for connected applications that use Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.15.4 and FireWire. The SST26VF family of flexible MAC address chips help designers to save time and costs while accelerating time to market for low- to mid-sized volume production.
Taiwan's top-3 IC designers are expecting robust Q3 7/15/2019
In the third quarter of 2019, as gradual easing of the US-China trade war has prompted clients to place increasing orders for new and mature chipset solutions since the start of July.
Intel said that AI will need new material enhancement 7/15/2019
"The development of next-generation microchips that will be needed to implement artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. There are novel materials that we can exploit for the future of … datacenter computing, and I think this is actually the future,"
Nvidia and Google dominate the AI World 7/15/2019
Both Nvidia and Google have demonstrated their abilities to reduce the compute time needed to train the underlying deep neural networks used in common AI applications from days to hours.
DRAM chipmaker Nanya experience serious profit drop 7/12/2019
Nanya Technology Corp yesterday said net profit last quarter plunged 75.7 percent annually as flagging demand and excess inventories drove down chip prices. Net profit dipped to NT$2.75 billion (US$88.25 million) during the quarter that ended on June 30.
Semi equipment market to take 18.4% setback 7/12/2019
“After three years of consecutive growth from 2016 through 2018, we are seeing a big correction in 2019,” said Clark Tseng, director of industry research and statistics at SEMI. “Actually, we saw this coming in the second half of 2018, but the correction seems to be bigger than we expected.”
UK-based startup has new idea to solve memory bottleneck 7/12/2019
It is essentially optimizing the memory architecture so that large data sets and time-critical data can be more efficiently handled, hence speeding up memory access speeds up to 1,000 times for specific data-focused applications.
NASA to test green rocket fuel for space flights 7/12/2019
Last week, Bell Aerospace officially commissioned NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) and begun on-orbit testing of a non-toxic, high-performance propellant. The mission launched on June 25, 2019 at 2:30 a.m. EDT on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
Cloud and Big Data are changing 7/11/2019
The data market is still evolving, and the analytics based on that data are still being defined. But all of this will have a profound impact on the semiconductor industry. The market gyrations today are just the beginning of what will eventually define the edge, the cloud, and the quality, performance, price and ultimately the interactions of all of the components that drive those systems.
Autonomus medical device to help diabetes make daily decisions 7/11/2019
“A person with type 1 diabetes needs to think and make a decision about 40-50 times a day about how much to eat and how much insulin to take.”
Intel showed packaging technologies roadmap 7/11/2019
The trio of techniques aim to give Intel’s processors an edge at a time when advances in conventional silicon scaling are slowing and getting more expensive. They arrive as rival TSMC expands its portfolio of chip stacks, and two consortia hope to set standards in the area.
Xilinx claimed first shipment of devices for AI and 5G 7/11/2019
Xilinx, in a statement. “It is the culmination of many years of software and hardware investments and everything we’ve learned about architectures over the past 35 years.”
Cisco in negotiation to acquire Acadcia Communications 7/10/2019
Acacia sells coherent optics, digital signal processors (DSPs), photonic integrated circuit modules, and transceivers running up to 600G for large data centers and telcos, as well as OEMs such as Cisco rival Arista Networks. Its latest-generation modules can be used for distances spanning everything from inside a data center to undersea cables.
Innovative ways to store renewable energy 7/10/2019
Unlike traditional power plants — natural gas, coal, nuclear — that tie directly into the grid and regulate power loads based on demand, renewables rely on energy storage solutions that are utilized when resources are unavailable, such as no wind or sunlight for example.
Taiwan foundries looks to 3D sensor for growth 7/10/2019
Taiwan backend houses such as ChipMOS Technologies, Xintec and ShunSin Technology are ramping up their shipments for 3D sensing solutions for use in smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as automotive ADAS applications.
Japan curbs shipment of florinated products 7/10/2019
The curbs apply to three materials where Japan is dominant: photoresists, used to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers; hydrogen fluoride, used as an etching gas in the chipmaking process and fluorinated polyimides, used in smartphone displays.
Samsung profit down 56% due to memory 7/9/2019
iI would be the second consecutive quarter where Samsung’s operating profit more than halved from the same period a year earlier
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