Arm provided 10 predictions for what will happen during 2020. They include: "goodbye Wi-Fi, hello 5G"; artificial intelligence in the internet of things will be based on living models; "security from the start"; and "virtual reality everywhere."
ASE Technology Holding will see strong business during the first three months of 2020 for assembling and testing 5G application processors used in Android smartphones, industry sources say. Android handset suppliers plan to release new 5G models in the first quarter with MediaTek and Qualcomm mobile system-on-a-chip devices fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with a 7-nanometer process, those sources note.
CEA-Leti reports turning out solid inorganic thin-film batteries that offer greater performance than existing batteries. "Battery manufacturers have been struggling to produce a power source that not only functions at the micro-scale but has high power density and energy," says CEA-Leti's Sami Oukassi, lead author of a paper presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco.
During the latter six months of 2020, the OpenHW Group plans to tape out the CORE-V Chassis, a heterogeneous multi-core processor that can run the open-source Linux operating system. The chip design project pairs a CV64A 64-bit core with a CV32E 32-bit coprocessor core, based on the iMX platform from NXP Semiconductors.
The PolarFire field-programmable gate array system-on-a-chip device will be available under Microchip Technology's Early Access Program, the chip company says. The PolarFire SoC will provide embedded processing capabilities for secure connected systems.
Gauging the reliability of 5G devices is presenting a number of technical issues, Susan Rambo writes. "If engineers are used to working at lower frequencies on these earlier cellular applications, and they transition to working on 5G at higher frequencies, all of sudden all the rules are more stringent," says Mike Leffel of Rohde & Schwarz.
Cristiano Amon, the president of Qualcomm, said the chip design company plans to offer 5G chipsets with average prices of $250 to $350 during 2020, down from more than $1,000 at current prices. Amon said Qualcomm is helping Oppo, Xioami and Vivo to offer their smartphones in markets outside of China.
Toyota Motor and Denso will set up a joint venture, Mirise Technologies, during 2020 for research and development of microchips to be used in autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles. Denso will own 51% of the JV, which will be based in Aichi Prefecture and will employ around 500 people.
STMicroelectronics brought out the STPMIC1 power-management IC with six low-dropout regulators, four DC/DC buck converters and a boost DC/DC converter. The PMIC is meant for highly integrated systems based on application processors.
Intel introduced the "Horse Ridge" chip, a large integrated circuit for controlling quantum computers. Since many quantum computers function in a very cold environment, the chip is designed to operate inside the special refrigerators designed for those computers.
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