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10/15/2018

ROHM brought out a new line of digital-to-analog converter chips for high-fidelity audio applications under the MUS-IC brand. These DACs can also be used in power supplies.

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10/15/2018

ASE Technology Holding and its customers are looking for ways to minimize disruption from the continuing trade conflict between China and the US, Chief Operating Officer Tien Wu says. ASE has boosted investment in its Mexican facility to answer market demand for packaging of automotive electronics in North America, while it continues to invest in its Taiwanese facilities, he adds.

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10/15/2018

An academic research team led by researchers at UCLA used graphene-based "petals" and arrays of hollow cylinders formed with carbon nanotubes to develop a new type of supercapacitor inspired by nature. The team emulated the structure of plant leaves to optimize the supercapacitor's capability to grab ions in an electrolyte solution and to improve energy-storage density.

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10/15/2018

Omron rolled out the D6F-PH Differential Pressure Sensor, a microelectromechanical system device that sports an Inter-integrated circuit digital output. The MEMS-based sensor can be used in air conditioners, boilers, ducts, fuel cells, projectors, and servers.

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10/15/2018

The RISC-V instruction set architecture is gaining in industry adoption, partly due to its open-source nature, Brian Bailey writes. Ted Speers of Microsemi says the architecture will provide a "massive" economic benefit in enabling hardware innovation through collaborative efforts.

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10/12/2018

The long reign of Moore's Law in IC design and manufacturing is ending, and artificial intelligence technology is its successor, per Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. "Accelerated computing looks at the entire stack, algorithms, software and processor," he said at a company conference, touting the capabilities of graphics processing units.

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10/12/2018

Stacy Smith, a 30-year veteran of Intel who served as the chipmaker's chief financial officer and president of manufacturing, operations and sales, was named executive chairman of Toshiba Memory, which is now owned by an investor consortium led by Bain Capital. Smith also joints the board.

10/12/2018

The custom A13 application processor that Apple will begin using next year will reportedly be fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which has been the exclusive provider of application processors to Apple since 2016, supply chain sources say.

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10/12/2018

Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute into excitonic complex particles and "valley spin" technology may lead to significant improvements in devices for lasers, solar energy harvesting and quantum sensing. The RPI team is looking into light-matter interactions in such materials as graphene, topological insulators and transitional metal dichacogenides, including tungsten diselenide.

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New Electronics
10/12/2018

The performance of components in data centers is affected by power and heat issues, especially in microchips with 7-nanometer features, this analysis notes. Cadence Design Systems' Marc Swinnen says, "At advanced nodes, server processors are hitting the power envelope now."

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