Semiconductors
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11/12/2018

Researchers in Germany report that bilayer graphene has the potential to become a superconductor, saying the 2D carbon material has greater current conductivity than previously known to scientists. The team used a high-resolution form of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to scan the band structure of bilayer graphene.

11/12/2018

Microchips can fail and die for a variety of reasons, this analysis notes. These failures can be traced to design flaws, manufacturing issues, poor handling of the chips and other conditions.

11/9/2018

"Compute is going to happen in a lot more places than it does today," Mike Muller, Arm's chief technology officer, says in this interview. He adds, "Basically, the server is moving out of the cloud, into the network and down into the device."

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11/9/2018

Suppliers of power metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors in Taiwan are looking warily at demand for their products for the rest of this year and in 2019, although foundries are making more capacity available for production of MOSFETs and other chips, industry sources say. MOSFET supply tightened in 2017, which led to vendors raising their prices; it's unclear whether those higher prices will continue next year, those sources note.

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11/9/2018

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley developed a flexible organic light-emitting diode array that can measure blood oxygen levels differently than the oximeter finger clips in use at present. The research was financially supported by Cambridge Display Technology and by Intel through a Semiconductor Research Corp. grant.

11/9/2018

Infineon Technologies, Microchip Technology, NXP Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics are among the chip vendors designing cybersecurity into components that will go into automotive electronics, making it possible for over-the-air updates of software code in the chips. Microcontrollers and other auto chips are getting more secure, too, since they move messages through Ethernet, the controller area network bus and similar technologies.

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Electronic Design
11/9/2018

ON Semiconductor will demonstrate new FAM65xxxx power modules at next week's Electronica conference and trade fair in Munich, Germany. The modules are meant for use in autonomous vehicles, lighting and vehicle electrification.

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11/9/2018

A China Advisory Committee was established by the RISC-V Foundation, with the aim of promoting a Chinese ecosystem for the open-source instruction set architecture. Tangram Technologies CEO Jesse Zhixi Fang, who established Intel Labs China, serves as chairman of the new committee.

11/8/2018

Advanced Micro Devices, Apple, Huawei Technologies, Xilinx and other Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. customers have eagerly made use of the foundry's 7-nanometer process technology. TSMC is expected to finish more than 50 tape-outs with the 7nm process by the end of this year, and to tally 100 tape-outs by the end of next year.

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11/8/2018

Xilinx is reportedly interested in acquiring Mellanox Technologies, which offers networking hardware for data centers and cables to connect switches with other hardware, and has hired Barclays for advice on a possible approach, people familiar with the matter say. CNBC reported late last month that Mellanox had received takeover interest and hired a financial adviser for the sale process.

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