While sub-28-nanometer processes will represent nearly half of the semiconductor industry's worldwide production capacity by the end of this year, the fastest-growing segment is sub-10nm feature sizes, IC Insights forecasts. That leading-edge segment will account for 5% of global capacity in 2019, increasing to 25% and growing to the biggest capacity segment by 2023, the market research firm predicts.
Panasonic and IBM will collaborate on crafting a system to optimize the effectiveness of semiconductor manufacturing processes in customer facilities. This smart factory technology will hone in on dry etchers, high-accuracy bonding devices, plasma cleaners and plasma dicers increasing metal and resin adhesion.
Rohm Semiconductor is working with distribution agents in Taiwan to bring about changes in the supply chain of power components meant for automotive and industrial applications. The chipmaker will collaborate with local companies on sourcing power devices for advanced driver-assistance systems, automotive telematics and entertainment systems and in-vehicle display peripherals, along with components for data centers and industrial control equipment.
Development of more sustainable battery technology will be critical to realizing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate-change accords, according to a World Economic Forum report. Sustainable battery production could create 10 million new jobs and offer electricity access to 600 million people, the report notes.
ON Semiconductor will work with AImotive on crafting prototype sensor fusion platforms for applications in automotive electronics. The cooperative effort will pair the chip company's high-definition camera and radar sensor and pre-processor chipsets with AImotive's hardware acceleration, perception algorithms and simulation capabilities using artificial intelligence technology.
Four industry experts talk about the continuing challenges in making photomasks for extreme ultraviolet lithography in this roundtable interview. D2S CEO Aki Fujimura says, "EUV masks for various reasons probably need to be written using multi-beam mask writers."
The European Union is requiring Broadcom to end making exclusive business deals with six of its customers, alleging that these arrangements are harmful to competition in the microchip market.
Intel next year will bring out a discrete graphics processing unit, based on its Xe architecture and fabricated with a 10-nanometer process, industry sources say. In other news, the chipmaker will purchase Pivot Technology's Smart Edge platform to bolster its efforts in edge computing for 5G wireless networks.
Achieving business goals in sustainability doesn't require scrimping on information technology, Chris Labrey of Econocom writes. "The right technology partner can also handle all the administrative, logistics and compliance procedures, leading to a smooth roll-out program and a stress-free end-of-life process," he notes.
Arm, Samsung Foundry and Synopsys are partnering to enable the development of system-on-a-chip devices that would be fabricated with a 5-nanometer process, taking advantage of Arm's next-generation processor design. The effort combines the Arm Artisan Physical IP and POP IP, the Synopsys Fusion Design Platform and Samsung Foundry's 5LPE process.
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