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12/2/2020

Intel's problems with its 7-nanometer process technology hasn't dissuaded the chipmaker from initiating development of 5nm and 3nm processes, CEO Bob Swan told investors. "We've got a strong lineup of products, but for 2023, we want to make sure we can deliver for our customers," Swan said.

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PC Magazine
12/2/2020

Samsung Electronics sees the worldwide DRAM market increasing by 15-20% next year, while the NAND flash memory market will grow 30-35%, a prediction that boosted the stocks of Samsung and SK Hynix. Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics is leaving its chairmanship vacant following the death of Samsung founder Lee Kun-hee in October.

12/2/2020

Paragraf is working with Rolls-Royce and TT Electronics to offer graphene-based Hall-effect sensors for use in high-temperature power electronics and electric machines and drives going into aerospace systems. The High-T Hall technology originated with UK Research and Innovation, a government body.

12/2/2020

Amazon Web Services is kicking off a supercomputing offering using custom chips designed with Arm cores, competing with Intel and Advanced Micro Devices for that market segment. Dave Brown of AWS says, "You can decrease the cost -- you don't need a supercomputer any more."

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Reuters
12/2/2020

While artificial intelligence and machine learning technology can make manufacturing more efficient, there may be cybersecurity flaws in the system unless there are stringent precautions, Ann Thryft writes. Sid Snitkin of ARC Advisory Group says, "The whole idea is to leverage this connectivity of devices to do new things you haven't even thought of yet," adding, "But all these connections are opening up new security holes, which can mean potentially compromised operations, because from a security perspective you don't know where data is coming from or where it's going to on the other end."

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EE Times
12/1/2020

Infineon Technologies said it will embed artificial intelligence capabilities in every job function in Singapore, a three-year project that will cost $27 million. Meanwhile, Future Electronics extended its franchise sales agreement with Infineon, now including Europe in addition to the Americas and Asia, and adding Cypress Semiconductor products.

12/1/2020

Chip distributors and backend companies in Taiwan are expected to benefit from the US move to ban doing business with 89 more companies in China, industry sources say. STATS ChipPAC and Arrow Asia Pac are among the Chinese entities now on the US control list.

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DigiTimes
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Arrow Asia Pac
12/1/2020

Researchers at the UK's University of Manchester report the discovery of a previously unknown set of quasiparticles in graphene superlattices swathed between two layers of boron nitride. The team expects this discovery could lead to improved performance in transistors.

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Physics World
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University of Manchester
12/1/2020

Broadcom is sampling an application-specific integrated circuit made with a 5-nanometer process by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. The ASIC is meant for use in cloud infrastructure and data centers, while the chip company also develops ASICs for 5G wireless networks, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.

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New Electronics
12/1/2020

Micron Technology and other vendors of memory chips are setting out to change the lack of competition for Intel's Optane products using 3D XPoint technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, says Mark Webb, president of MKW Ventures. He predicts Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Western Digital could emerge as competitors for the Optane line.