Micron Technology reported net income of $894 million on revenue of $4.65 billion for the fiscal second quarter ended March 2, compared with a net loss of $97 million on revenue of $2.9 billion in the same period of a year ago. CEO Mark Durcan said in a statement, "Strong demand and limited industry supply for NAND and DRAM solutions, combined with significant progress on our cost reduction plan, produced excellent results."
Intel says demand for its solid-state drives will exceed supply for the rest of the year, leading the chipmaker to give production priority to SSDs for data centers, rather than consumer SSDs. The company told channel partners the supply situation is due to record demand for NAND flash memory devices and enterprise-level SSDs.
Infineon Technologies forecast its 2017 revenue will increase by as much as 11% over last year, largely on greater demand for chips going into automotive electronics. The company last month had predicted revenue growth of about 6% for the year.
Shrinking graphene to a 10-nanometer scale greatly enhanced electrical, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric properties of the 2D carbon material, scientists in South Korea report. "We hope that nano-patterned 2D materials can be expected to contribute to obtaining highly efficient and flexible thermoelectric materials for the self-powered devices of wearable electronics," said Son Jeong-gon, the research team leader.
Tencent, a cloud company in China, is juicing up its artificial intelligence capabilities with the deployment of Nvidia's advanced GPUs. "Tencent Cloud GPU offerings with Nvidia’s deep learning platform will help companies in China rapidly integrate AI capabilities into their products and services," said Sam Xie of Tencent.
Researchers at Israel's Bar-Ilan University report creating a new type of memory effect using transition metal oxide materials. Heating and cooling the TMOs produced "islands" that increased the material's resistance, they say.
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium is rolling out the IoTMark-BLE benchmark for gauging internet of things device performance using the Bluetooth Low Energy wireless protocol. "This is our biggest, most complex project in 20 years, primarily because it's hard to get hardware working correctly," said Markus Levy, president of EEMBC.
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory report identifying "very fast electron trapping by defect-related states" as the source of energy-conversion inefficiency in quantum dot solar cells, Steve Bush writes. The discovery is expected to improve the 10% efficiency of such cells.
While the Semiconductor Industry Association forecasts worldwide chip sales will increase 3.3% this year to about $346 billion, there are numerous challenges to designing and producing ICs, Ed Sperling writes. These factors include safety-critical design, scaling problems and industry inertia.
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