Augmented reality startup Lightform has raised a total of $7.8 million after its latest infusion of $5 million in a funding round led by Lux Capital. "Given the skepticism around AR vaporware, we want to make it clear that Lightform is real and being used for real applications," CEO Brett Jones said.
Indian Institute of Science Bangalore researchers report combining graphene with quantum dots to produce brighter, more energy-efficient displays for next-generation mobile devices and televisions. The hybrid display technology could also be used in photo detectors and sensors, researchers say.
More than 85% of the components needed for China's defense and high-tech systems are now produced in China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reports. "China is now fully capable of producing secure and reliable advanced electronic components, and will rely even less on imports," said Diao Shijing, the ministry's director of information technology.
Components from both STMicroelectronics and Soitec are represented in the Apple iPhone X model, signaling a new sense of triumph in France's electronics industry, Junko Yoshida writes. Soitec worked with CEA-Leti, imec and the Universite Catholique de Louvain in developing its latest silicon-on-insulator wafer technology.
Broadcom says it will tape out its first designs for chips with 7-nanometer features during the fourth quarter. Deep learning and networking are the target applications for the chip company's semiconductor intellectual property, which will be fabricated with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s 7nm process.
MediaTek Chairman Tsai Ming-kai predicted that Moore's Law will remain in effect during the 7-nanometer and 5nm process nodes. The 3nm process generation will likely present problems for the semiconductor industry's longstanding nostrum, he said Wednesday in a talk with Wang Jian, Alibaba Group's chief technology officer.
Overclock Labs has raised $1.3 million in seed funding to invest in Kubernetes container tools that help companies automate cloud infrastructure. Overclock's idea is to build a platform that lets companies work with any cloud provider and move between clouds.
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has requested the Department of Health and Human Services use bill of materials to improve cybersecurity in health care. Bill of materials register third-party software in medical devices.
Origin, an Australia-based energy company, is running a trial on a smart home kit with sensors and smart devices such as lightbulbs and plugs. An app functions as a control panel to allow users to better manage their energy usage.