Semiconductors
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6/25/2019

Toshiba Electronics brought out the TC78B041FNG and TC78B042FTG three-phase brushless motor controllers, intended for use in home appliances and industrial systems. The controller chips are based on the company's InPAC automatic phase adjustment function.

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6/25/2019

Six industry experts talk about security breaches and how to head them off in this roundtable interview. "The only way is to take a big emulator and throw in as many use cases as possible, bad or good," says Dave Kelf of Breker Verification Systems.

6/24/2019

The US Department of Commerce put Sugon, a supplier of supercomputers, and other China-based companies on its "entity list" of enterprises, forbidding US vendors from doing business with those entities, as it has with Huawei Technologies. The move is expected to have a direct effect on Advanced Micro Devices, Intel and Nvidia, among others.

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6/24/2019

The internet of things and related smart devices are expected to increase market demand for LoRa gateway modules, forecasts Persistence Market Research. Semtech, Microchip Technology and other vendors are expected to benefit from the rise in LoRa gateway module use.

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6/24/2019

Plastic products are becoming less popular in a variety of applications, leading the energy sector to consider the use of graphene, a 2D carbon material. Graphene-based products could be useful in power generation, infrastructure and storage, this analysis notes.

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The New Economy (UK)
6/24/2019

Microchip Technology brought out the 24-bit MCP356x and 16-bit MCP346x lines of analog-to-digital converters, said to provide programmable data rates of up to 153.6 kilosamples per second. The ADCs are meant for use in portable instrumentation and other space-constrained applications.

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6/24/2019

Microsoft will work with NXP Semiconductors to design and develop a Microsoft Azure Sphere certified crossover applications processor. The companies plan to offer limited sampling of the component during the fourth quarter of 2020.

6/24/2019

As foundries continue to develop and offer advanced process nodes, their customers must decide whether they will be satisfied with chips having 5-nanometer dimensions, or should they wait for 3nm processes to be available, Mark LaPedus writes. Samsung Foundry and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. are turning out chips with 7nm features now, and Samsung plans to move to nanosheet FETs when it reaches the 3nm process node.

6/24/2019

While many technologists are troubled by the dwindling relevance of Moore's Law, quantum computing technology promises to offer a new code of conduct -- Neven's Law. That law notes that quantum computing is advancing at an exponential rate, outstripping the capabilities of typical computing.

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6/21/2019

Semiconductor industry researchers are looking closely at exploiting a ferroelectric phase in hafnium dioxide for device design, Katherine Derbyshire writes. "Demonstrations of 'negative capacitance' behavior in particular suggest these devices might evade the 60 mV/decade limit on subthreshold swing, thereby improving transistor efficiency," she notes.

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