The Simatic Micro-Drive product line from Siemens is being partly integrated with gallium nitride power semiconductors from GaN Systems. The Siemens servo drive systems are used in automatic guided vehicles, industrial applications and medical technology.
Samsung Electronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other foundries are developing a number of 5-nanometer processes, while also looking ahead to the 3nm process node, Mark LaPedus writes. "TSMC is accelerating 3nm finFETs, which is a shrink of 5nm," IBS chief Handel Jones says.
Andy Bryant stepped down as chairman of the Intel board of directors at the board's Jan. 15 meeting and Omar Ishrak, the lead independent director, was elected as chairman to succeed Bryant. The Intel board also elected Alyssa Henry as the seventh new independent director to join the board in four years.
Demand for advanced IC substrates is rising due to 5G and artificial intelligence applications, creating market conditions that are daunting to newcomers in the field, industry sources say. The result is that the top 10 manufacturers of microchip substrates are gaining market share, those sources note.
Competitive local exchange carrier systems and embedded electronics can obtain accurate measurement of power consumption with the Lynsyn Lite board, developed by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The university team worked with Sundance Multiprocessor Technology, which sells the board.
Everspin Technologies collaborated with Xilinx to support integration of Everspin's 1-gigabit spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random-access memory. Jamon Bowen of Xilinx says, "MRAM and persistent memory is an increasingly important technology across a broad range of solutions."
The tensor streaming processor silicon from Groq is now available for machine learning acceleration on the Nimbix cloud service. "Groq's simplified processing architecture is unique, providing unprecedented, deterministic performance for compute-intensive workloads, and is an exciting addition to our cloud-based AI and deep learning platform," Nimbix CEO Steve Hebert says.
Non-volatile memory technology, which can be embedded within chip designs or can run off-chip with interconnects, is taking many forms, this analysis notes. "Some of the challenges for NVM are the relative difficulty in scaling the capacity at smaller geometries, and the need to implement higher voltages to program the cells," says Steven Woo of Rambus.
Kioxia is developing a brand to boost its standing in the market for consumer solid-state drives, industry sources say. The former Toshiba Memory company will integrate internal SSD business assets with those acquired in the planned $165 million purchase of Lite-On Technology's SSD business, those sources note.
Chen Liang-gee, Taiwan's Minister of Science and Technology, reports that the nation's semiconductor industry output reached $867 billion last year and is expected to at least double in the next decade, leaving South Korea far behind its East Asian rival. Meanwhile, South Korea's Science Ministry announced a 10-year program costing $863 million to develop next-generation semiconductor technology for artificial intelligence and other applications.