Hermann Hauser, a co-founder of Arm Holdings, sees China ending the US dominance of the worldwide semiconductor industry. With Arm's sale to Japan's SoftBank Group in 2016, he laments that the UK's "only globally relevant [semiconductor] company is not European anymore."
The 3D NAND flash memory market has a new entrant, China's Yangtze Memory Technologies, as the incumbent suppliers continue their progress to stacking 96 layers and 128 layers in one memory chip, Mark LaPedus writes. TechInsights' Jeongdong Choe says, "It's a race for the highest number of stacks."
Worldwide mobile DRAM revenues reached about $8.87 billion in the second quarter, a record for the market, DRAMeXchange estimates. Thanks to an increase in smartphone production, particularly in Android-based models, mobile DRAM bit shipments and average selling prices rose in Q2, the market research firm said.
Power management chips will go through significant changes in the next two years to meet the low-power demands of such applications as automotive electronics, data centers and industrial automation, says Kong Lingmei of Texas Instruments. Lower power consumption is also being driven by the internet of things, smart home appliances and other applications, Kong adds.
Analog Devices introduced the Power by Linear LTM4686 micromodule regulator, which boasts a PMBus interface for such applications as test and measurement instruments and rack-mounted telecom switches and routers. The ultrathin step-down chip operates at 20 amperes.
Infineon Technologies brought out an open-source software stack for developers of automotive, industrial and networking applications seeking to use the Trusted Platform Module 2.0 cybersecurity standard. This middleware complies with the Trusted Computing Group's Enhanced System Application Programming Interface, it was said.
Carbon nanotube random access memory, phase-change memory and ferroelectric RAM are among the next-generation memory technologies that could replace conventional memory types in the future. However, many new memory types are expensive and "rely on exotic materials and switching mechanisms, making them difficult to fabricate and/or operate in the field," Mark Lapedus writes.
SK Telecom has chosen Xilinx field-programmable gate arrays to supply artificial intelligence acceleration for its automatic speech-recognition application. The use of Xilinx FPGAs has improved performance by up to five times while delivering 16 times better per-watt performance, according to SK Telecom.
Intel is extending its work on artificial intelligence with the acquisition of Vertex.AI, a startup focusing on the development of "deep learning for every platform." Intel said it will be putting to work Vertex's entire team and intellectual property "to further enable flexible deep learning at the edge."
AVSdsp has teamed with electrical engineering professors from National Taiwan Normal University to develop the Mipy chip, an artificial intelligence processor that is said to represent the smallest size and lowest cost on the AI market. The deep-learning image recognition AI chip's low cost makes it a good fit for applications such as home products, automotive products, toys and industrial equipment.
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