Arm is developing Perseus, a Neoverse N2 processor that could boast up to 192 cores. The chip, to be fabricated with a 5-nanometer process, could challenge competing processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, Desire Athow writes.
Cybersecurity precautions are being baked into next-generation memory chip designs, a trend that has been going on for several years, Gary Hilson writes. Scott Phillips of Virtium says, "It takes really a centralized, super-meticulous IT person or department to go through and close all those loopholes."
Ownership of Arm by an American company would present a "nightmare" for China, says Sebastian Hou, managing director and head of technology research at CLSA. Arm's chip design cores are "very crucial" for the smartphone device market, he adds.
Nuvia of Santa Clara, Calif., received $240 million in a new round of private funding to continue development of chips for data centers, a market currently dominated by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. The startup was established last year by three former Apple executives who were involved in designing iPhone chips.
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations program wrapped up in May after five years of work, resulting in chips that use very little power, extending the life of device batteries. DARPA's Benjamin Griffin says, "Sensor lifetimes that are on the order of years will enable cost-effective and safe deployment of sensing technologies in areas lacking fixed-energy infrastructure."
Marvell Technology Group has come up with next-generation chips that could be used in 5G wireless networks, cloud computing data centers, corporate networks and other data infrastructure. The new chips, which will be available by the end of 2021, will be fabricated with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s 5-nanometer process.
GlobalFoundries brought out its next-generation 22FDX+ platform, meant for designing and manufacturing high-performance and ultra-low-power devices. The platform was developed with Mentor, a Siemens Business, and uses Mentor's Calibre nmDRC platform.
While chip designs are getting more complex, there is a trade-off in getting greater productivity out of those chips, Brian Bailey writes. "Compliance to PCI Express Gen5, or DDR5, is way more complex than Gen1 or DDR1," says Neil Hand of Mentor, a Siemens Business.
The output value of Taiwan's semiconductor industry last year reached $91 billion, and the 2020 figure may be about $102 billion, Premier Su Tseng-chang said in an address at the SEMICON Taiwan 2020 conference and trade show. Meanwhile, firms designing application-specific integrated circuits and providers of semiconductor intellectual property will see increased revenue during 2021, industry sources say.
While emerging memory technologies have been in development for many years, there is scant evidence that they will replace DRAMs and NAND flash memory devices, the workhorse memory types, Gary Hilson writes. Magnetoresistive random-access memories, resistive RAM, ferroelectric RAM and phase-change memory may be confined to niche applications, he concludes.