Huawei Technologies has reportedly asked that Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix keep supplying the Chinese company with memory chips in light of the new export controls instituted by the US government, according to the Korea Economic Daily. Huawei reportedly spends about $8 billion a year for memories from the Korean chipmakers.
An international research team reports the development of a biodegradable motion sensor that could be implanted in the human body. The sensor uses triboelectric nanogenerators instead of a battery as a power source.
Samsung Electronics brought out the Exynos 880 mobile processor, aimed at use in mid-range smartphones. The chip is designed to provide such phones with 5G cellular communications capabilities, along with improved gaming performance.
Infineon Technologies crafted a Raspberry Pi audio board designed to provide high-definition audio technology at boombox-power levels. The board is said to work with Raspberry Pi 3 and 4 and theRaspberry Pi Zero W.
Panasonic chose the Synopsys Custom Design Platform for designing next-generation analog and mixed-signal chips. The platform incorporates the Custom Compiler design and layout environment, with other Synopsys design tools.
While Samsung Electronics boasts that it will have volume production of chips with 5-nanometer features during the latter half of next year, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is already fabricating 5nm chips, Matthew Strong writes. Advanced Micro Devices, Apple, HiSilicon Technologies and Qualcomm are now having their 5nm chip designs produced by TSMC.
The goal of 70% domestic semiconductor production under the Made in China 2025 initiative will sharply fall short, achieving just 30% of chip-making equipment in five years, IC Insights forecasts. While China aspires to world leadership in microchip sales, its share of the global chip market will be only around 10% in 2024, the market research firm predicts.
HiSilicon Technologies, the internal chip design unit of Huawei Technologies, now offers smartphone processors that are competitive with mobile processors designed by Apple and Qualcomm, making the Chinese company another target in the Trump administration's campaign against Huawei, this analysis notes. Under new export control rules, the US is cutting off access to electronic design automation software supplied by Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys, while also restricting access to foundry services provided by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.
While artificial intelligence accelerators speed up computing, they also consume large amounts of power, Sally Ward-Foxton writes. David Turek of IBM Cognitive Systems says, "The hierarchy of computational power, from model training to model deployment has a direct impact on the infrastructure, and that has a direct impact on the amount of energy consumed."
Cadence Design Systems brought out 56G long-reach SerDes intellectual property for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing's N7 and N6 process technologies. The IP is said to be useful for 5G infrastructure equipment, such as baseband and remote radio head systems.