Kioxia is developing a brand to boost its standing in the market for consumer solid-state drives, industry sources say. The former Toshiba Memory company will integrate internal SSD business assets with those acquired in the planned $165 million purchase of Lite-On Technology's SSD business, those sources note.
Chen Liang-gee, Taiwan's Minister of Science and Technology, reports that the nation's semiconductor industry output reached $867 billion last year and is expected to at least double in the next decade, leaving South Korea far behind its East Asian rival. Meanwhile, South Korea's Science Ministry announced a 10-year program costing $863 million to develop next-generation semiconductor technology for artificial intelligence and other applications.
Researchers at China's Nanjing University report developing a low-temperature chemical vapor deposition process with substrates that have a thermal coefficient similar to graphene, reducing the wrinkling that can occur in fabricating ultra-flat graphene materials. The CVD process provides less interaction between graphene and its substrate, they say.
Qualcomm brought out the Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460 processors, aimed at mid-range and low-end 4G LTE smartphones. The chips also support Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
Four experts talk about the minimal requirements for designing secure semiconductors in this roundtable interview. Neeraj Paliwal of Rambus Security says, "You want to minimize where you store data, like in a siloed co-processor, and then check at the system level to minimize the damage that sleeper Trojans can cause to your system."
Microsoft intends to be carbon negative by 2030 and is launching a Climate Innovation Fund to pick up the pace of development for carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. The fund will support innovative work with equity and debt investments.
While most data is in digital form, the analog nature of the world must be addressed at times, Brian Bailey writes. Mick Tegethoff of Mentor, a Siemens Business, says, "This is one of the large challenges for 5G or the ecosystem around automotive."
GigaDevice Semiconductor signed a worldwide supply chain agreement with Mouser Electronics to distribute the company's serial NOR flash memory, serial NAND flash memory and parallel NAND flash memory devices. The memories are used in automotive, consumer, industrial, internet of things, mobile computing, networking and telecommunications applications.
Seattle-based Xnor, a startup developing artificial intelligence technology that can run on embedded processors, has reportedly been acquired by Apple for $200 million. The startup was spun out of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence three years ago and had raised $14.6 million in private funding.
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