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6/19/2018

Samsung Electronics has reportedly initiated research and development on its second-generation 1y-nanometer DRAMs using its extreme ultraviolet lithography process. Industry sources say the chipmaker will start fabrication of 1y-nm DRAMs with the EUV process by 2020, after Samsung Foundry begins its 7nm Low Power Plus process with EUV for logic chips during the latter half of this year.

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DigiTimes
6/19/2018

Jonathan Bakke of Applied Materials talks about the company's offerings for cobalt-based processes on its semiconductor production equipment, providing the technology for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung Electronics to make microchips with 7-nanometer features. "Since IBM replaced aluminum with copper in 1997, the materials application field has seen little change, and therefore adopting cobalt has become a new major metal change to transistor contact and interconnect in 20 years," he says.

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DigiTimes
6/19/2018

Lightwave Logic acquired the polymer intellectual property assets of Brazil-based BrPhotonics for an undisclosed sum. The developer of photonic devices and nonlinear optical polymer materials adds 15 polymer chemistry materials, devices, packaging and subsystems patents with the purchase.

6/19/2018

University of California at San Diego researchers report developing a method of producing graphene electrodes with 100 times lower impedance, while retaining high transparency. These electrodes are well-suited for neural imaging, they say.

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University of California
6/19/2018

Zytronic brought out the ZXY500 line of multitouch controllers, meant to work with the company's touch sensors. The new controllers are said to reduce the air gap between the display and the sensor.

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6/19/2018

The IEEE has issued standards for Ethernet-based time-sensitive networking technology that can be used in next-generation automotive electronics, such as advanced driver-assistance systems, John Swanson of Synopsys writes. He describes how designers can enable TSN tech with automotive-certified intellectual property.

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John Swanson, IEEE
6/18/2018

Four industry CEOs discuss security issues in semiconductor design in this roundtable interview. "Right now it depends on the end market for whether people actually care about security," Arm CEO Simon Segars says.

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Simon Segars, ARM
6/18/2018

The Trump administration's 25% tariffs on a wide variety of goods made in China stands to have a negative effect on US technology and on consumers, this analysis notes. "With the electronics industry having become more consumer focused over the past 20 years, the impact could be severe," said Bill McClean of IC Insights.

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6/18/2018

The US International Trade Commission staff recommends that a trade judge determine whether Apple infringed a Qualcomm patent, a move that may result in an import ban on certain iPhone models. The staff said in an ITC trial that an Intel modem chip used in iPhones infringes a Qualcomm patent for energy-saving technology.

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Reuters
6/18/2018

IBM Research plans to present two papers on improving the efficiency of artificial intelligence technology in visual analysis applications. The company will detail its BlockDrop software, which will be offered as open-source code, and its neuromorphic hardware for stereo vision.

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