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12/11/2018

Intel provided details of its spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random-access memory technology at last week's International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco, saying the nonvolatile memory is "production-ready" for its 22FFL process. Samsung Electronics unveiled its STT-MRAM, which it will fabricate with a 28-nanometer fully depleted silicon-on-insulator platform.

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12/11/2018

MediaTek posted November consolidated revenues of $604.2 million, down 10.4% from October, while consolidated sales for the first 11 months of the year were off by 1.3% from a year ago. Taiwan-based firms providing backend services report orders from MediaTek are down about 10% in the fourth quarter, compared with the third quarter, although those backend houses expect to see their MediaTek-related business rebound next month, industry sources say.

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12/11/2018

Imec reports being able to produce 3D stacked FinFETs on 300-millimeter wafers with a sequential integration approach that uses a 45-nanometer fin pitch and 110nm poly pitch technology. Junction-less devices on the top layer of the substrate are made at a temperatures of less than 525 degrees C in a silicon layer transferred through wafer-to-wafer bonding, imec says.

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12/11/2018

IBM collaborated with Nvidia on developing the IBM Spectrum AI with Nvidia DGX system, a converged data storage offering that is optimized with artificial intelligence technology. The system is meant for AI workloads and can use such data tools as TensorFlow, Spark and PyTorch.

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12/11/2018

The concept of printed electronics has been in research and development for years, and that work is finally paying off on multiple fronts, this analysis notes. "Anytime you need a flexible form factor that can be adjusted to fit a particular shape, this works great," said Dan Brewer of Brewer Science.

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12/10/2018

Arm's predictions for the internet of things in the new year include the mainstreaming of home automation, personalized delivery and improved health care service. The company also commissioned a survey of 2,000 consumers by NorthStar, getting their opinions about 5G, artificial intelligence, IoT and machine learning.

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12/10/2018

Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court denied two applications for preliminary injunctions against Novatek Microelectronics submitted by a competitor, FocalTech Electronics. FocalTech claimed that Novatek's NT36672 and NT36525 chips, known as touch controllers with display driver integration mostly used in smartphones, infringed a patent held by FocalTech.

12/10/2018

November consolidated revenues for both Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics were slightly down from October, while Vanguard International Semiconductor posted a monthly gain of 2.4%. On a year-to-year basis, TSMC's November revenues increased 5.6% to $3.19 billion.

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12/10/2018

Researchers in the US report the potential development of room-temperature fluorine-ion batteries using a liquid electrolyte discovered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The research team ran computer simulations on the anion-based rechargeable battery, which they say could be an alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

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12/10/2018

Imec reports that spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random-access memories now favorably compare with static RAMs for last-level caches used in high-performance computing. The research institution also found that STT-MRAMs offer significant energy gains compared with SRAMs.

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