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9/21/2021

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest silicon foundry by revenue, has been reducing its use of water, which is vital to making microchips, and it now plans to be net-zero carbon by 2050. "As a world-leading semiconductor company, TSMC must shoulder its corporate responsibility to face the challenge of climate change," Chairman Mark Liu said in a statement.

9/21/2021

Microsoft is providing a $100 million grant to the Breakthrough Energy Catalyst initiative as part of its efforts to address the effects of climate change; Bill Gates founded Breakthrough Energy. The company earlier pledged to invest $1 billion over four years to support the work of the Climate Innovation Fund.

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ZDNet
9/21/2021

Cerebras is making its ACS-2 second-generation wafer-scale engine available for large-scale artificial intelligence workloads in public use. The ACS-2 system is installed at the Cirrascale facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

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EE Times
9/21/2021

As 3DIC technology advances and there is wider industry adoption of 2D semiconducting materials, Intel is ditching the standard nomenclature for microchip features, such as 10 nanometers and below, this analysis notes. "If successful, the 2D options will help 2D scaling move forward by one or two generations but more importantly provide the basis for far more extensive 3D integration," Chris Edwards concludes.

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New Electronics
9/20/2021

Silicon Laboratories launched its Custom Part Manufacturing Service and the Long-Term Software Development Kit Support Service, aiming to make microchips more secure, especially for internet of things devices. Matt Johnson, president of Silicon Labs, says, "Our new Security Services make it easier for developers to implement custom hardware identities and trusted over-the-air security stack updates to reduce the risk of software, hardware and wireless access vulnerabilities."

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New Electronics
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Silicon Labs
9/20/2021

Yole Developpement forecasts the semiconductor value in automotive vehicles will increase to $78.5 billion in 2026, following a compound annual growth rate of 14.75%. The average vehicle in five years will have $700 worth of microchips, compared with $450 at present.

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Yole Developpement
9/20/2021

Leaders in Australia, India, Japan and the US agreed on a draft proposal to develop more secure and robust supply chains for semiconductors, the Nikkei daily reports, and President Joe Biden will host those leaders next week in Washington, D.C. The draft statement calls for respecting human rights in adopting next-generation technologies, an apparent swipe at the government of China.

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Reuters
9/20/2021

Electric vehicles, solar arrays and wind turbines all operate with many integrated circuits, promoting a more sustainable economy and environment, while those microchips are made in wafer fabrication facilities that need great amounts of water for semiconductor manufacturing, and also produce hazardous waste, this analysis notes. "Recently, I started seeing our effects on the environment completely come to the forefront," says Sohini Dasgupta, principal design engineer at ON Semiconductor.

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The Guardian (London)
9/20/2021

GlobalFoundries and Synopsys collaborated to develop two reference design flows for the foundry's 22FDX process. The Synopsys reference design flow is qualified to run on Amazon Web Services, and an automotive design reference flow complies with the Automotive Safety Integrity Level D-Compliant standard.

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New Electronics
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Synopsys
9/20/2021

Silicon carbide semiconductors are seeing greater usage in electric vehicles, among other applications, due to higher voltages available, Patrick Waurzyniak writes. "There is a price to pay for any new materials in terms of yield, defectivity and various manufacturing processes, but SiC has enough benefits for carmakers to start designing it into various components in an electric vehicle," he concludes.

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Silicon Carbide, SiC