ByteSnap Design is leading a small consortium to develop Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control technology through funding from the UK government. The electronics design consultancy will be involved in crafting a communications adaptor, drawing on its knowledge of designing charging posts for electric vehicles.
Rambus Labs and IBM will work together on a hybrid memory system architecture with the OpenCAPI interface. The goal is to produce a memory subsystem with optimized DRAMs and other memory chip types that can deliver performance for servers comparable to DRAM-only configurations.
Worldwide semiconductor sales could potentially go to $500 billion a year or higher due to 5G and artificial intelligence applications, said Ajit Manocha, SEMI's president and CEO. Global chip revenue rose 22.3% last year to $420 billion.
As system-on-a-chip devices find their way into automotive electronics for advanced driver-assistance systems, the standard definition of excessive heat for such chips is changing, says Oliver King, chief technology officer of Moortec Semiconductor. "One thing that is interesting now with the growth in ADAS and infotainment sectors within automotive, is we are starting to see that even 125°C is not high enough," he says in this interview.
Toshiba introduced the TCK401G and TCK402G charge pump driver chips for applications in high-current mobile charging. When paired with n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors, the ICs can provide such safety functions as auto output discharge, inrush current reduction and overvoltage protection.
MC Chiu, chairman of Gudeng Precision Industrial, predicts the wafer fabrication facilities in China will meet the needs of the domestic electronics industry once they catch up to the technological prowess of wafer fabs around the world. China's foundries are now working on making chips with 28-nanometer features, while other chipmakers have progressed to the leading edge of 14nm, 10nm and 7nm chips.
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers report developing nanosheets coated in graphene oxide that may advance the creation of new lithium-metal batteries. Such batteries could hold up to 10 times the charge of lithium-ion batteries, if properly developed.
Eta Compute has come up with a system-on-a-chip platform IC with an Arm Cortex-M3 processor core and other elements for machine intelligence applications using neuromorphic computing technology. The chip is fabricated with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s 55-nanometer ultra-low-power process.
While extreme ultraviolet lithography continues to make progress toward becoming a production-worthy technology, stochastic effects are causing problematic variations in patterning chips, Mark LaPedus writes. Harry Levinson of GlobalFoundries says, "Looking ahead towards second-generation EUV lithography, resist stochastic effects are definitely one of the top concerns."