Automotive manufacturers are reducing their production of vehicles because of the worldwide shortage in critical microchips, partly caused by the Trump administration's restrictions on doing business with Chinese companies, according to industry officials. Peter Wennink, the CEO of ASML, the world's largest supplier of advanced lithography systems for chip fabrication, sees Washington's hostile stance toward trade with China continuing with the advent of the Biden administration.
QuantumScape and other companies are competing to improve the longevity and performance of batteries going into electric vehicles, Scott Patterson and Ben Foldy write. Fixing the dendrite issue in lithium-ion batteries will go a long way in achieving that goal, they note.
Intel brought out four new systems in its Next Unit of Computing product line. The Phantom Canyon NUC pairs a "Tiger Lake" CPU with Nvidia's RTX 2060 graphics card, while the NUC 11 Enthusiast system updates the NUC 8 Hades Canyon release from 2018.
Seagate Technology introduced a hard-disk drive capable of storing up to 20 terabytes of data, with the possibility of expanding the HDD to store 30TB and 50TB. The HDD uses heat-assisted magnetic recording technology and is meant for use in enterprises as an alternative to solid-state drives.
Functional verification in the IC design process faces a number of technical challenges in the near future, Brian Bailey writes. Neil Hand of Siemens EDA (formerly known as Mentor Graphics) says, "Verification today utilizes a whole suite of tools, including data analytics, where you are looking at how to take this big sea of data and make it actionable for the verification engineer."
Data stolen from the recent SolarWinds hack is now being sold online by a website called SolarLeaks, and that data includes the source code from Cisco, Microsoft and FireEye. SolarLeaks is offering to prove the validity of the source code through a file-hosting service.
A guide released by the National Security Agency encourages enterprise networks to use internally hosted DNS servers instead of turning to third-party DNS resolvers. The agency says this measure guarantees "proper use of essential enterprise security controls, facilitates access to local network resources and protects internal network information."
We knew Nvidia had some big laptop graphics news for CES 2021, but we didn't expect such a deluge of information, with some 70 GeForce RTX-equipped laptops coming this year. At its "GeForce RTX: Game On" virtual event at CES, Nvidia also took the covers off the much-anticipated GeForce RTX 3060. Check out the highlights from the event.
Tresl Analytics has introduced a Shopify data analytics app to provide small retailers with insights on par with those large stores can produce. Segments Analytics has resulted in 40% more monthly sales, Tresl reports.
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