Semiconductors
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11/16/2018

Apple has posted 10 job listings for engineers on its website for San Diego, where Qualcomm is headquartered. While Apple's custom chip design operation is based at its headquarters in Silicon Valley, the company has chip designers in other parts of the country and overseas.

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11/16/2018

Nvidia reported revenue of $3.18 billion for the fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 28, a 21% gain from a year earlier, and lower than expected due to shrinking sales of chips for cryptocurrency mining, while net income was $1.23 billion, rising 47% compared with a year ago. The chip design firm forecast revenue in the current quarter would be between $2.65 billion and $2.75 billion, and analysts had predicted about $3.4 billion.

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Nvidia
11/16/2018

Baidu Ventures invested $1.5 million in aiCTX, a startup in Switzerland developing custom neuromorphic processors for artificial intelligence applications in edge computing. Established in 2017, the startup is aiming at use cases requiring ultra-low-power and ultra-low-latency operation, such as always-on co-processors for mobile and embedded devices, autonomous robots, computing at the network edge, internet of things devices and wearable health care systems.

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Baidu, AI
11/16/2018

IBM Research reports development of a technique to control the magnetism of a copper atom, an advance that could have implications for memory chips and data storage technology. The team used nuclear magnetic resonance to gain control of the magnetism in a single copper atom's nucleus.

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IBM Research
11/16/2018

Developers of Windows apps running on Arm-based hardware should be able to realize the full performance of the 64-bit apps by recompiling the code to run natively on the Windows 10 operating system. Windows on Arm devices are hitting the market, such as Samsung's Galaxy Book 2.

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Samsung, Microsoft
11/16/2018

AGC and Hoya are the primary suppliers of photomask blanks for extreme ultraviolet lithography, and there are indications that Applied Materials may enter that market as EUV use rises in high-volume semiconductor manufacturing, this analysis notes. "We can imagine that a lot of materials engineering will be coming in the future for next-generation EUV mask blanks," Vibhu Jindal of Applied Materials said in a recent presentation.

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Applied Materials, EUV, HOYA
11/15/2018

Intel is cutting its shipments of desktop processors to PC do-it-yourself distributors during Q4 to increase production capacity for notebook and server processors, industry sources say. In reducing its desktop PC chip shipments from about 8 million units to 6 million units, Intel may cause a drop of 10% to 20% in shipments by Taiwan-based motherboard manufacturers, those sources note.

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Intel
11/15/2018

Dialog Semiconductor told investors that it has not experienced any lessening demand for its chips from Apple, its primary customer, although other suppliers have warned about their profits due to slowness in iPhone sales. "We are not so specific to the 3D phone or camera, we are across all the products," Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli said.

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Reuters
11/15/2018

Intel brought out the Neural Compute Stick 2, a $99 thumb drive based on the Myriad X Vision Processing Unit, a chip fabricated with a 16-nanometer FinFET process. The faster chip is suitable for use in drones, industrial robots, smart cameras and smart home devices, and it can prototype artificial intelligence algorithms, such as those in convolutional neural networks for image recognition.

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Intel
11/15/2018

SK Hynix introduced a 16-gigabit DDR5 DRAM chip, meant for applications in artificial intelligence, big data analytics and machine learning. The chipmaker said the new memory device uses 30% less power than its preceding DDR4 DRAM, while increasing data transmission speed to 5.2 gigabits per second, compared with the DDR4 DRAM's 3.2Gbps.

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SK Hynix, AI