While the semiconductor industry didn't make use of product lifecycle management for years, that is changing. "he growing use of chips in the automotive, medical and Mil/Aero industries have added new types of requirements to the development flows ... PLM processes are being incorporated and treated as a prerequisite to get the business," writes Brian Bailey.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang is nonchalant about the Instinct MI200-series high-performance computing graphics processing units from Advanced Micro Devices. "First of all, we have competition all the time," Huang says in this interview, adding, "Every year there's an Nvidia killer and people call it that."
SK Hynix CEO Lee Seok-hee says the chipmaker will proceed with upgrading its wafer fabrication facility in Wuxi, China, adding ASML's extreme-ultraviolet lithography scanners to the plant. "The fourth-generation DRAM chips have been produced in South Korea since July and it is still a long way to go before we can apply the same technology in our Chinese plant," Lee told journalists.
Cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing a key element in making batteries for electric vehicles, is a theater for the ongoing trade disputes between China and the US, this analysis notes. Ford Motor CEO Jim Farley recently said, "We have to solve these things and we don't have much time."
Qualcomm, Intel and Broadcom are said to be preparing for an expected Wi-Fi 7 boom starting in 2023, sources say, and developing 6nm Wi-Fi 7 SoCs. Chips could be manufactured at TSMC, those sources note.
Samsung Electronics is developing DDR6 technology for DRAM devices, as DDR5 memories are just now coming out into the market, the ComputerBase website reports. The Korean company, assisted by JEDEC, discussed DDR6, GDDR6+, GDDR7, and HBM3 memory standards at a recent conference, according to ComputerBase.
This piece from Cliosoft compares the kitchen staffs of big commercial restaurants with chip design teams. "They both leverage many different tools and resources to churn out great products in a high-pressure environment to a demanding audience that wants it now, not tomorrow," Cliosoft notes.
Ford Motor will collaborate with GlobalFoundries to produce microchips for the automotive manufacturer, focusing on devices for advanced driver-assistance systems and battery management systems. General Motors will work with select chip vendors to design microcontrollers; Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductors, ON Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Renesas Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. are among the suppliers on GM's partner list.
Semiconductor sales grew 27.6% in the third quarter to $144.8 billion, reports the WSTS organization, and Semiconductor Intelligence forecasts the chip industry will have a strong finish to close out the year. Advanced Micro Devices, Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductors and Qualcomm reported Q3 gains in the double digits, while memory chip vendors have seen robust demand for much of the year.
As electric vehicles become more popular around the world, there are efforts underway to improve the batteries meant for these vehicles. "The European research initiative the Graphene Flagship has been looking into how introducing graphene and layered materials that can improve batteries' performance, with some startling results," writes Patrik Johansson, who serves as the Graphene Flagship project's vice director.