Semtech is providing a Smart Buildings Reference Kit, packaging tools for using LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN communications protocol. More than 20 sensors, two gateways and a worldwide 4G hotspot are included in the kit.
Phase-change memory chips and other new types of memory devices are emerging, Mark LaPedus writes. "We are starting to see these emerging or next-gen memories finally gaining more traction, but they are still in the early development stages," says Alex Yoon of Lam Research.
Incorporating under-display optical fingerprint sensors in 5G smartphones will need wafer-level backend services, industry sources say. Those sensors are bonded to complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor image sensors and assembled in a single IC package, those sources note.
System-on-a-chip devices are expected to show strong growth during 2019, while memory chips will falter with a double-digit decline in worldwide revenue, according to an IC Insights report. Logic chips for high-end applications, including graphics processing units and neural processing units for artificial intelligence platforms, will see a 38% increase in sales compared with 2018, the market research firm predicts.
GlobalFoundries has agreed to sell photomask manufacturing equipment in Burlington, Vt., to Toppan Photomasks, some of which will be transferred to the Advanced Mask Technology Center, a joint venture of GlobalFoundries and Toppan in Dresden, Germany. Other mask-making tools will be relocated to Toppan mask shops around the world, including the company's facility in Round Rock, Texas.
Birmingham University in the United Kingdom has received a grant of approximately $5.5 million for a program to reclaim rare earth metals from magnets. The European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is providing the funding.
Nvidia reports its platform made with graphics processing units was able to train the BERT model in less than one hour, an advance in real-time conversational artificial intelligence. Much of the code is in the open-source PyTorch machine learning library, the chip design company notes.
Researchers are working on a process development kit for flexible hybrid electronics, which would make it easier for engineers to manufacture flexible designs. "Today you have to have a hardcore expert who tweaks things almost by hand, but with a PDK even undergrads can do designs," says Richard Vaia of the US Air Force Research Laboratory.
The wider adoption of 5G cellular communications next year is expected to provide strong growth for the memory device market, industry sources say. The 5G momentum will increase demand for memory chips in 5G terminal devices, data centers artificial intelligence, the internet of things and other applications, those sources say.
Everspin Technologies and Seagate Technology concluded an intellectual property cross-licensing agreement. Seagate will assign and license magnetoresistive random-access memory patents to Everspin, while Everspin will license tunneling magnetoresistance patents to Seagate.