Semiconductors
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11/15/2017

SenseTime Group, a startup in China that is developing artificial intelligence technology for facial recognition, has attracted Qualcomm as an investor in a new funding round that hopes to raise $500 million. SenseTime in July raised $410 million in a round led by CDH Investments and Sailing Capital.

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11/15/2017

Toshiba has introduced the TPH1R204PB metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor, a 40-volt device that includes an integrated soft recovery diode. Potential applications for the chip are AC-DC/DC-DC converters and motor drives.

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Toshiba
11/15/2017

Imec and Panasonic together came up with a solid nanocomposite electrolyte for batteries that is said to offer greater lithium-ion conductivity than batteries with liquid electrolytes. The solid nanocomposite electrolyte is a mesoporous silica monolith with ionic salts and a certain type of surface chemistry.

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imec, Panasonic
11/15/2017

Body biasing technology is being used again, now with fully depleted silicon-on-insulator processes, this analysis notes. "The point of body biasing is to change the threshold voltage, and changing the threshold voltage essentially changes the operating characteristic of the transistor," Arm's Rob Aitken said.

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ARM
11/14/2017

The value of China's domestic semiconductor production will increase 19.39% this year to $78 billion, with similar growth in 2018 to about $93 billion, TrendForce estimates. "Within the 2017 to 2018 period, the IC design section of the domestic supply chain is going to keep growing," said Jeter Teo of TrendForce.

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China, supply chain
11/14/2017

Qualcomm said Monday that Broadcom's unsolicited takeover offer undervalues the chip design company and rejected the bid. "We are highly confident that the strategy (CEO Steve Mollenkopf) and his team are executing on provides far superior value to Qualcomm shareholders than the proposed offer," said Tom Horton, a Qualcomm director.

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Qualcomm, Broadcom, Steve Mollenkopf
11/14/2017

Micron Technology brought out an NVDIMM-N capable of storing 32 gigabytes of data. The new memory module combines DDR4 RDIMM technology with single-level-cell flash memory devices.

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Micron Technology, flash memory
11/14/2017

Vishay Intertechnology debuted the MCS 0402 HP, MCT 0603 HP and MCU 0805 HP high-power thin-film resistors. The automotive-grade chips, part of the Vishay Beyschlag MC HP series, can operate in temperatures of up to 175 degrees C and are also suited for industrial and renewable energy applications.

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HP, renewable energy, Vishay
11/14/2017

The RX65N and RX651 industrial microcontrollers from Renesas Electronics now have in-field flash firmware updates for greater security in industrial internet of things applications, such as building automation and smart metering. The two MCU lines integrate 2D graphics acceleration and thin-film transistor controllers for human-machine interfaces.

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Renesas Electronics
11/14/2017

Imec and Western Digital have agreed to expand their joint efforts in advanced semiconductor research and development. They will continue to collaborate for another three years, after six years of partnering.

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Western Digital