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7/31/2020

People give different definitions of open-source design verification technology, Brian Bailey writes. "With open-source hardware intended for an integrated circuit (IC), the same issues are faced as with commercially licensed IP or in-house design work," says Roddy Urquhart of Codasip.

7/30/2020

The US needs to have more semiconductor manufacturing plants, since it now produces around 12% of global microchips, compared with 37% in 1990, writes Bob O'Donnell, president and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research. Congress has passed legislation to provide incentives to GlobalFoundries, Intel and Micron Technology to build more wafer fabrication facilities in the US, and it needs to approve the funding for such projects, he notes.

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Technalysis Research
7/30/2020

The use of environmentally friendly memory device technology could help the government of South Korea realize its goals for a low-carbon economy under the Green New Deal program, according to Samsung Electronics. Substituting solid-state drives for hard-disk drives in servers for data centers and using DDR5 DRAMs instead of DDR4 memories would yield significant savings in energy use, the company says.

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7/30/2020

MediaTek brought out the MT3729 product line of MACsec retimer PHY offerings. The line uses the chip design company's 56G PAM4 serializer/deserializer technology.

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New Electronics
7/30/2020

Infineon Technologies unveiled the Smart Entrance Counter Solution, using its XENSIC 60GHz radar sensor and integrated software to count individuals, while accounting for social distancing in buildings and rooms. Andreas Urschitz of Infineon said in a statement, "On the one hand, it prevents overcrowding; on the other hand, it enables businesses to keep their operations running."

7/30/2020

The electronic design automation industry needs to look beyond the Universal Verification Methodology standard to verify advanced chip designs, this analysis notes. "Verification always tries to rise up to agnosticism, and for any new verification project, it always starts in the weeds," says Neil Hand of Mentor, a Siemens Business.

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Siemens Business
7/29/2020

For the second quarter, Advanced Micro Devices reported revenue that is higher than analysts expected and forecast its 2020 revenue would increase 32% from last year, better than its April guidance of 25% for the full year. The chip design company intends to ship on time the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X chips, the RDNA 2 graphics processing units and the Zen 3 processors.

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CNBC, The Verge, CRN (US)
7/29/2020

Under China's 14th five-year plan for 2021-25, the country seeks to increase foundry production capacity by 40%, Digitimes Research reports. China also plans to implement 7-nanometer process technology in the upcoming five years.

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DigiTimes
7/29/2020

University of Michigan researchers report the development of an ultra-low-power brain implant that promises to provide greater accuracy. These implants could treat neurological disease and offer mind-controlled prosthetics and machines.

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SlashGear
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University of Michigan
7/29/2020

NXP Semiconductors brought out the eIQ Machine Learning software, meant for use with the open-source Glow neural network compiler. "We're seeing pickup on the MCU side as more and more people are realizing that with a 600-megahertz or one-gigahertz processor, you can do a lot of ML," NXP's Markus Levy says.

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New Electronics, EE Times
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