As data centers evolve to embrace data-centric approaches for bitcoin mining, video streaming and web searches, system architectures are changing to reflect the wider capabilities needed for increasing applications, this analysis notes. "The data center is moving from a model where each server has dedicated processing and memory, as well as other resources like networking and accelerators, to a disaggregated model that employs pools of shared resources that can be efficiently composed to the needs of specific workloads, whatever their requirements," says Anika Malhotra of Synopsys.
Advanced Micro Devices reports revenue in the second quarter nearly doubled, compared with a year earlier, to $3.85 billion, while net income rose to $778 million. CEO Lisa Su told analysts, "We saw very strong demand across all of our businesses."
While revenue for the Azure cloud service and Dynamics 365 grew in its fiscal fourth quarter, Microsoft's Surface revenue declined by 20% to $1.38 billion and Windows-related revenue also dipped, largely due to shortages in components for PCs and gaming consoles. Surface and Windows revenue are expected to continue their declines during the current quarter.
OKdo is teaming with Raspberry Pi and the Sony Technology Centre to establish OKdo Renew, which will take on recycling Raspberry PI boards in the UK. For recycling the single-board computers, users will get a nearly $14 voucher to be put toward a future OKdo online purchase.
STMicroelectronics has initiated its in-house manufacturing of 200-millimeter bulk wafers at a plant in Sweden. "The transition to 200mm SiC wafers will bring substantial advantages to our automotive and industrial customers as they accelerate the transition towards electrification," ST's Marco Monti said.
ON Semiconductor brought out the XGS 16000, a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor image sensor, a 16-megapixel sensor for factory automation applications, such as inspection systems and robotics. The chipmaker is now providing color and monochrome editions of the XGS 16000 X-Cube and X-Celerator developer kits.
Two industry experts from Lam Research talk about the latest changes for microelectromechanical system device technology in this roundtable interview. Gerold Schropfer of Lam Research says, "New MEMS products that can leverage existing process platforms are much easier to bring to market than next-generation products that require a completely new manufacturing technology."
The American economy's reliance on microchips manufactured overseas is untenable, and the federal government needs to support the US semiconductor industry, writes Gerald F. Seib, the executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal. "America's position has receded while China's has advanced," Seib asserts.
Apple placed an order with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to make another 100 million A15 chips that will go into the forthcoming iPhone 13 models, the CNBeta website reports, citing supply chain sources. The custom A15 processor is also rumored for use in a new iPad Mini model.
Intel will continue to describe its 10-nanometer process technology as 10 nanometers, while significant changes in process nomenclatures are planned for the next four years. The next node of 10nm, also known as SuperFin, will be designated as Intel 7, while the 7nm process is renamed Intel 4, followed by Intel 3; in the angstrom node era, the chipmaker will refer to those nodes as 20A and 18A.