Bob Swan, the CEO of Intel, wants the chipmaker to focus on execution this year. "Our success evolving our culture will determine how we perform over the next decade and how we fulfill our purpose to create world-changing technology that enriches lives," he wrote in an annual letter to customers, employees, partners and shareholders.
Battery Advanced Development showed off a battery prototype the size of a deck of cards, which the startup says has a proprietary combination of chemicals in the electrolyte and the electrodes. The company says the battery design could provide power equal to a typical car battery, while available in the standard AAA, AA, C and D sizes.
Melexis brought out the MLX91377 Hall sensor chip for use in electric power-assisted steering and other safety-critical automotive systems. The sensor has analog and digital modes, and it can operate in environments at up to 160 degrees C.
Asus introduced the ROG Zephyrus G14 notebook computer, based on the Ryzen 4000 processor line from Advanced Micro Devices. The notebook weighs about 3.5 pounds and comes in a 14-inch form factor.
Four experts continue their discussion about the challenges for machine learning technology in semiconductor manufacturing in this roundtable interview. D2S CEO Aki Fujimura says, "There's no question in my mind that machine learning, and in particular, the deep learning subset of machine learning, will become increasingly pervasive in the photomask world."
If the US proceeds with cutting off the chip supply chain to Huawei Technologies, the Trump administration should be prepared for trade countermeasures that China will take, says Eric Xu, Huawei's rotating chairman. Meanwhile, Huawei reported a net profit of $8.9 billion for 2019, a 5.6% increase from a year earlier, and overall revenue grew 19%.
SK Hynix reports 2019 sales of its non-memory business rose 139% compared with 2018, although DRAM sales dropped 37% and revenue from NAND flash memory fell 31%. Memory products accounted for three-quarters of the chip company's 2019 revenue, compared with 80% in 2018.
Toshiba Electronics Europe brought out the 80-volt TPH2R408QM and TPN19008QM N-channel power metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors. The power conversion devices can be used in communication base stations, data centers and motor drive equipment.
STMicroelectronics introduced the IIS3DWB vibration sensor, which is paired with the STEVAL-STWINKT1 multi-sensor evaluation kit. Industrial vibration sensing is what the IIS3DWB 3-axis microelectromechanical system accelerometer does.
Renesas Electronics announced the RX13T Group of 32-bit microcontrollers for motor inverter control in consumer and industrial applications. The MCUs operate at 32 megahertz and have a floating point unit.
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