Worldwide mobile DRAM revenues reached about $8.87 billion in the second quarter, a record for the market, DRAMeXchange estimates. Thanks to an increase in smartphone production, particularly in Android-based models, mobile DRAM bit shipments and average selling prices rose in Q2, the market research firm said.
Power management chips will go through significant changes in the next two years to meet the low-power demands of such applications as automotive electronics, data centers and industrial automation, says Kong Lingmei of Texas Instruments. Lower power consumption is also being driven by the internet of things, smart home appliances and other applications, Kong adds.
Analog Devices introduced the Power by Linear LTM4686 micromodule regulator, which boasts a PMBus interface for such applications as test and measurement instruments and rack-mounted telecom switches and routers. The ultrathin step-down chip operates at 20 amperes.
Infineon Technologies brought out an open-source software stack for developers of automotive, industrial and networking applications seeking to use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 cybersecurity standard. This middleware complies with the Trusted Computing Group's Enhanced System Application Programming Interface, it was said.
Company secrets may be in jeopardy as law enforcement seeks, and may obtain, access to the data contained on users' smartphones, writes Mike Elgan. Phone makers are pursuing solutions that would protect such data, but their efforts may not be enough under evolving interpretations of privacy laws, he writes.
Major tech brands such as Apple, Google and Facebook have rolled out initiatives to help consumers cut back on the time they spend online as part of a digital well-being program. An example of this comes from Apple, which aimed to limit screen time with a "Do Not Disturb" function in iOS 12, its new operating system.
The number of US broadband households that tune in to streaming TV services has risen by 58% in the past year, per comScore data, to hit 5% of the total market, or 4.9 million viewers.
Google is postponing any plans for a launch of a search engine app in China after employees called for more transparency and oversight with the project. A Chinese official said a 2018 release of the search engine would be unlikely, and Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said once the company comes closer to developing a plan of record for the project, it will be more transparent.
Twitter will no longer allow access to API features due to "technical and business constraints," warning some third-party applications will not function the way they did before the change. One such app, Tweetbot, is working to add the lost features, but developers warn the problem is "totally out of [their] control."