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8/10/2018

In-display fingerprint sensor shipments are forecast to exceed 42 million units this year thanks in large part to wider adoption of fingerprint recognition technology by smartphone manufacturers, Sigmaintell reports. The firm predicts worldwide shipments of in-display fingerprint sensors will be more than 100 million units in 2019.

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8/10/2018

Rice University researchers report using carbon nanotubes to make graphene, strengthening the 2D material by a factor of up to 10 times. Professor James Tour says, "We call this rebar graphene, with 'rebar' being the metal bars that go through concrete to strengthen it."

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The Intel SSD DC P4500 solid-state drive can store 32 terabytes of data in a compact form factor similar to a foot-long ruler. The new SSD, which uses Intel's 3D NAND flash memory devices, is meant for use with servers in data centers.

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8/10/2018

Three industry experts delve into process variation and its effect on IC design and verification tools in this roundtable interview. "Variation is definitely having an impact on the daily activities of pretty much everyone," says Juan Rey of Mentor, A Siemens Business.

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Siemens Business
8/10/2018

JEP95 is a compilation of over 3000 pages of outline drawings for microelectronic packages. An annual updating service and complete hard copies are available for purchase in addition to the downloads available on the JEDEC website. Recent updates include: MO-276N, MS-012G, MO-332A, MO-330A and MO-333A.

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8/9/2018

Private companies in the fields of automotive technology, the internet of things and cybersecurity received about $8.5 billion in investments during the first half of 2018, while five companies completed initial public offerings so far this year. Automotive startups got the lion's share of private investments, with around $4.9 billion of that total.

8/9/2018

Micron Technology, SK Hynix, Toshiba Memory and Western Digital have new products and technologies in 3D NAND flash memory devices to discuss at the Flash Memory Summit conference in Santa Clara, Calif., while an industry newcomer, Yangtze Memory Technology of China, met with journalists to discuss its plans for the market. NAND flash chips, which go into solid-state drives, are strongly competing with hard-disk drives for market dominance in data storage.

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EE Times
8/9/2018

Binghamton University researchers report crafting a biodegradable, paper-based battery which they say is more energy-efficient than previous prototypes in the field. The State University of New York team used a hybrid material of paper and engineered polymers to make the lightweight, low-cost and flexible biobattery.

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New Electronics
8/9/2018

Marvell Technology Group is incorporating Nvidia's Deep Learning Accelerator technology to add artificial intelligence capabilities to its line of data center and client solid-state drive controller chips. Marvell says AI in SSD controllers can provide greater efficiency, cut power use, improve scalability and optimize resource distribution in next-generation SSDs.

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Electronics360
8/9/2018

Chip designers must now contend with aging issues in their ICs made with advanced process nodes. "Semiconductor devices age over time, we all know that, but what is often not well understood are the mechanisms for aging or the limits that will cause a chip to fail," Moortec CEO Stephen Crosher said.

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