Richard Chang, the founder and former CEO of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., is sanguine about China's ambitious plans to match the world in advanced semiconductor technology, telling a livestream forum, "I am optimistic and believe we can catch up." Meanwhile, the Chinese government gave the green light to tax incentives for mature domestic semiconductor suppliers, including a decade-long exemption from corporate income taxes if the chip companies turn out products with 28-nanometer features or are made with more advanced process technologies.
Eta Compute brought out a compiler for its ECM3532 ultra-low-power artificial intelligence/internet of things chip, introduced in February. It also provides the Tensai Sensor Board, an evaluation board for using the ECM3532 for applications in accelerometers, embedded microphones, temperature and pressure sensors, gyroscopes and smart sensors, using Bluetooth connectivity.
SiTime introduced the Cascade line of microelectromechanical system clock chips, meant for use in 5G, data center infrastructure and wireline telecommunications. The initial product is the SiT9514x clock-system-on-a-chip, which combines clock generators, jitter cleaners, MEMS resonators and network synchronizers.
Microchip Technology introduced the Flashtec NVMe 3108, a PCIe 4.0-capable solid-state drive controller for low-power and entry-level enterprise SSDs. The chip supplier is currently sampling the 3108, with production set for the first six months of 2021.
Analog components in system-on-a-chip devices are the leading cause of production test failures, this analysis notes. "In analog design, we've never had the equivalent of fault simulation, so we don't even have the first step in place that's required," says Art Schaldenbrand of Cadence Design Systems.
Cryptocurrency trading platform Bitfinex is offering up to approximately $400 million to anyone who can return up to 119,756 bitcoin -- now worth $1.335 billion -- that were stolen in 2016. The company is also offering 5% of the bitcoin recovered to anyone who puts them in contact with the hackers who stole the bitcoin.
HaystackID, which offers e-discovery and forensic services, is merging with enterprise data provider NightOwl Global. The combined company will be run by Haystack ID CEO Hal Brooks and retain that name, with NightOwl Global chief Andrea Wallack joining the board and becoming president of the combined company.
The future is barreling down the tracks, and many legal professionals question whether they are prepared, finds the "2020 Future Ready Lawyer: Performance Drivers" survey from Wolters Kluwer. The three changes most expected: Using technology to increase productivity (83%); more specialization (80%) and increased innovation (75%).
Almost 2 in 3 respondents to a survey from EY Law use alternative legal service providers for "discrete tasks," such as e-discovery, or not at all. John Knox, EY Law's global leader for legal managed services, says external events such as COVID-19 or a recession might drive more business for ALSPs.
InfoTrack, a legaltech company based in Australia, has bought a majority interest in Denver-based LawToolBox, which makes software for deadline management and legal calendaring. The owners of LawToolBox, Carol Lynn Grow and Jack Grow, say they will be staying with InfoTrack and running their old business as an independent unit.