Six industry experts discuss chip aging and reliability issues during this era of sub-10-nanometer features in this roundtable interview, especially when it comes to automotive chips and other ICs that must work correctly for a decade or more. "Design teams somehow have to verify the quality after 10 or 15 years of operation," says Christoph Sohrmann of Fraunhofer EAS.
Google's data centers are seeing energy savings of 30% when the company follows recommendations made by its artificial intelligence control systems. Jim Gao of Google's DeepMind AI team says the AI system is "currently live in multiple Google data centers with plans to roll out further."
Hitachi came up with a silicon carbide-based trench-etched-double-diffused metal-oxide semiconductor device that is said to provide 50% energy savings compared with a depletion-mode MOS field-effect transistor. The TED-MOS device uses a fin-structured trench MOSFET based on a conventional DMOS-FET, providing smaller electric field strength and lower resistance in SiC power semiconductors.
Leopard Imaging, OmniVision and Texas Instruments collaborated on development of a high-definition automotive camera module reference design, qualified for the AEC-Q100 Grade 2 specification. The reference design incorporates OmniVision's OX01B40 image sensor with an image signal processor system-in-package, while adding TI's DS90UB933-Q1 or DS90UB935-Q1 serializer chips and the TPS65000-Q1 power management integrated circuit.
Nonvolatile dual in-line memory modules are gaining in industry acceptance through the use of magnetoresistive random-access memories in the place of DRAMs, which usually go into dual in-line memory modules, Bob Warren writes. MRAMs use less energy, and NVDIMMs can be used in software-defined data storage, he notes.
Jason Taylor, Facebook's vice president of infrastructure, says the company is hiring IC designers and has an application-specific integrated circuit project underway. The social media giant announced that five chip-related firms -- Intel, Marvell Technology Group, Cadence Design Systems, Qualcomm and Esperanto Technologies -- are embracing Glow, an open-source deep-learning compiler that Facebook supports.
Intel said it is working with SK Telecom on 5G and internet of things use cases. Intel's Sandra Rivera said, "This includes collaborations on technologies such as mobile edge computing, 5G, and Intel True VR technology, which gives us new ways to enjoy sports."
Imec.xpand, a venture capital fund initiated by imec, the Belgian research institute, raised about $136.5 million to invest in European semiconductor startups and high-tech hardware. Applied Materials, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are among the investors in the fund.
Researchers at Japan's Hokkaido University report sandwiching a titanium dioxide film measuring 30 nanometers in thickness with a 100nm gold film and a layer of gold nanoparticles to create a photoelectrode device that boasts an energy-conversion efficiency of 85%. "Our photoelectrode successfully created a new condition in which plasmon and visible light trapped in the titanium oxide layer strongly interact, allowing light with a broad range of wavelengths to be absorbed by gold nanoparticles," says Hiroaki Misawa, lead author of the study.
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis say they created a wireless photonic sensor resonator with a whispering-gallery-mode architecture for capturing environmental data. Optical sensors are immune to electromagnetic interference, the team notes.