Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will continue its main operations in Taiwan, while pursuing opportunities in China and other markets, Chairman Morris Chang said Saturday at an academic conference. The TSMC founder also said the Taiwanese government is responsible for infrastructure development.
China's national ambitions to bolster its domestic semiconductor industry are most evident in Beijing, which has seen a compound annual growth rate of 16.1% in chip production value during the past decade, and in Shanghai, which last year raised chip-related revenue by 10.76% from 2015. Shanghai is the home of Semiconductor Manufacturing International, China's biggest foundry by revenue, and 215 fabless semiconductor companies designing chips for a variety of applications.
Canyon Bridge Capital Partners has agreed to acquire Imagination Technologies Group for about $743.5 million in cash, while planning to divest the US-based MIPS embedded processor unit to Tallwood Venture Capital. Canyon Bridge, a buyout firm backed by Chinese financial companies, was rejected by the US government in its bid to acquire Lattice Semiconductor for around $1.3 billion.
Chemical modifications are needed to create new opportunities for graphene in electronics, says University of Exeter researcher Monica Craciun. Her research team's work includes exploring FeCl3-intercalated few-layer graphene as a flexible alternative to indium tin oxide.
Samsung Electronics used its 28-nanometer fully depleted silicon-on-insulator process technology to tape out an embedded magnetoresistive random-access memory test chip. "Samsung started mass production of its 28FDS process technology last year and has already reached the desired process maturity earlier than originally scheduled," Samsung's Ryan Lee said.
G.Skill International Enterprise of Taiwan introduced Trident Z RGB DDR4 memory kits for the Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper processors from Advanced Micro Devices. The new G.Skill modules will be available during October.
The demise of Moore's Law, frequently predicted, may finally be at hand, a development even acknowledged by Intel, Mark Patrick of Mouser Electronics writes. "Systems integrators and end users can find ways to distribute computing power and the internet of things (IoT) is a prime target for this," he notes.
Resistive random-access memory technology is finding more interest and support after years of slow adoption. "ReRAM is a fit for some low-end MCUs and consumer products with a lower memory density requirement," said Yau Kae Sheu of UMC.
MediaTek and mobile phone maker Huawei Technologies are collaborating on the development of chipsets and other products in preparation for 5G wireless networks. The chip design company reports it has come up with a 5G terminal prototype that meets the specifications of 3GPP's proposed 5G standard.
GlobalFoundries wants the European Commission to initiate an investigation into the business practices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest silicon foundry, Reuters reports, citing an industry source. IC Insights estimates that TSMC held 58% of the foundry market last year.
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