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12/6/2018

Nvidia brought out the Titan RTX desktop graphics processing unit, intended for use in artificial intelligence research, creative applications and data science. Based on the chip design company's new Turing architecture, the Titan RTX is said to provide 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance.

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12/6/2018

Internet-of-things sensors take in a lot of data, not all of which can be useful, creating the need for regular data cleaning, Susan Rambo writes. MbientLab CEO Laura Kassovic says, "My issues are with those who blame their failures on our sensors instead of their methodology and failure to solve the real problem."

12/5/2018

Stricter export requirements proposed by the US government could hurt the Chinese economy and its nascent semiconductor industry, Tony Huang of Digitimes Research writes. Those export controls could also have a negative effect on American vendors of advanced semiconductors, chipmaking equipment and semiconductor materials, he notes.

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12/5/2018

While Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology dominate the world market for DRAMs, China is moving ahead with its ambitious plans for the memory chip business. The legal dispute between Micron, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit and United Microelectronics continues, yet Yangtze Memory Technologies and Innotron Memory are preparing for commercial production next year of 3D NAND flash memory devices and LPDDR4 DRAMs, respectively.

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12/5/2018

Intel is collaborating with researchers at the University of California at Berkeley to develop spintronics technology, which promises to shrink IC dimensions by 80% while reducing power consumption by 10 to 30 times. "Basically, this is the first time we found a technology architecture -- memory, interconnect and logic -- that works for integrated circuits beyond [complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor]," said Sasikanth Manipatruni of Intel's Components Research group.

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12/5/2018

The Microsemi subsidiary of Microchip Technology brought out a PolarFire field-programmable gate array with a microprocessor subsystem based upon the open-source RISC-V instruction-set architecture. The PolarFire system-on-a-chip could help developers of embedded devices use Linux-based operating systems for applications in 5G, the internet of things and machine learning.

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12/5/2018

The development of advanced system-on-a-chip devices is creating demand for new methods in IC design verification, this analysis notes. Assertion-based verification and formal verification, along with the new Portable Stimulus standard, are being used to supplement the traditional functional and structural coverage.

12/4/2018

The US Bureau of Industry and Security has proposed to control exports of 14 critical technologies, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and system-on-a-chip devices. While US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day truce on raising tariffs at the G-20 meeting in Argentina, these proposed export restrictions may have a more profound effect on trade between China and the US than higher tariffs, writes Tony Huang of Digitimes Research.

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12/4/2018

The smartphone market is expected to see more all-screen handsets during 2019, a trend that promises to drive higher demand for touch and display driver integration chips, industry sources say. Android smartphones are expected to lead the push for more bezel-less screens, those sources note.

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12/4/2018

Worldwide semiconductor sales hit $41.8 billion during the month of October, a 12.7% increase from a year earlier and a 1% gain from September, the Semiconductor Industry Association reports. The SIA endorses the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics program's latest forecast of $477.9 billion in 2018 microchip sales, up 15.9% from 2017's $412.2 billion total.

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