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4/8/2021

Siemens brought out PCBflow, an accelerated design-for-manufacturing system for printed circuit boards. The cloud-based software is said to be secure.

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4/8/2021

The interconnects in system design are getting more attention. "What used to be a high-level prediction of what the communication would look like has become so central in the era of domain-specific compute that companies are actually doing all kinds of analyses much earlier and doing them with detailed models," says Frank Schirrmeister of Cadence Design Systems.

4/7/2021

CVC Capital Partners, a private equity firm, is offering to acquire Toshiba for more than $20 billion, making the move after Toshiba CEO Nobuaki Kurumatani lost a significant shareholder vote. Toshiba is said to be considering the offer.

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4/7/2021

SK Hynix is said to be negotiating with Robert Bosch GmbH regarding a long-term agreement to supply memory chips for automotive vehicles, per industry sources. Meanwhile, the Korean chipmaker made a settlement with Netlist about memory technology patents, a legal dispute that dates back to 2016 and 2017.

4/7/2021

Chetan Khona, director of industrial, vision, health care and sciences at Xilinx, discusses platform-based embedded electronics design. The design approach is meant to address the complexity of embedded electronics, cybersecurity and software.

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4/7/2021

Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other chipmakers are looking at how they may help reduce their carbon emissions, which contribute to global warming and climate change. An industry source notes, "Korea Electric Power Corporation is the sole electricity supplier in South Korea and it is not easy for those companies to reduce the emissions by building their own renewable energy power plants."

4/7/2021

Just as artificial intelligence and machine learning technology is being deployed in microchip manufacturing and packaging, AI/ML is also finding uses in inspecting and testing chips, along with metrology applications, this analysis notes.

4/6/2021

The Alliance for Auto Innovation, which represents automotive manufacturers with factories in the US, is calling on the federal government to help resolve the worldwide shortage of crucial components or face prolonged production disruption and 1.28 million fewer vehicles made in 2021. Government funding would "be used to build new capacity that will support the auto industry and mitigate the risks to the automotive supply chain evidenced by the current chip shortage," wrote John Bozzella, CEO of the industry group.

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Reuters
4/6/2021

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is expected to participate in an April 12 virtual conference coordinated by the White House to discuss the continuing chip shortage, Reuters reports. Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden's national security adviser, and Brian Deese, a top economic aide, are also expected to be in attendance.

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4/6/2021

Eta Compute brought out the ECM3532 microcontroller, an ultra-low-power device meant for dealing with artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, such as image recognition and voice recognition. The microchip is powered by a single-cell battery.

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Electronic Design