Semiconductors
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5/24/2018

Intel has announced the impending release of Nervana Neural Net L-1000. The commercial neural network processor chip will be three to four times faster than Intel's previous NNP chip, Intel's Naveen Rao said.

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5/24/2018

Qualcomm will release Snapdragon XR1, a dedicated chip for use in virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, sources say. The chip is expected to feature a main processing unit, security capabilities, a graphics processor and artificial intelligence power.

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5/24/2018

Electronic design automation companies must understand the architecture their products will run on and the implications of a move to the cloud before they make the transition, per Michal Siwinski of Cadence. EDA companies must also keep in mind that pulling data back from the cloud is more expensive than accessing data from within a data center, DellEMC's Richard Paw said.

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5/23/2018

Apple partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has reportedly started manufacturing next-generation A12 chips for new iPhone models. The processor uses a 7-nanometer design to run faster and more efficiently than the iPhone 8 or iPhone X.

5/23/2018

STMicroelectronics "will assess and evaluate the potential for acquisitions" as it works to maintain its leadership position, CEO Jean-Marc Chery says. While the company will continue to focus on the European automotive and industrial markets, ST also sees China as a location that can provide growth opportunities.

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EE Times
5/23/2018

Samsung Electronics said it is planning to begin production on its 7LPP 7-nanometer chip this year. The company also said that it will soon have five artificial intelligence research hubs and plans to expand its roster of AI experts.

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5/23/2018

Intel is constructing a water recycling plant in Oregon that will help the company recycle roughly 1 billion gallons of water per year and reach its goal of restoring 100% of its global water use by 2025, the company's latest sustainability report says. Meanwhile, Intel runs its US and European businesses on 100% renewable energy, while its global operations boast a 75% renewable energy mix.

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5/23/2018

Unisantis partnered with Imec to create 0.0205-square-millimeter and 0.0184-square-millimeter 6T-static random-access memory cells. The SRAM cells use a Unisantis-designed vertical gate-all-around transistor.

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5/23/2018

Toshiba has begun production of the TC78B025FTG, a three-phase brushless motor driver integrated chip that boasts a rotation speed control function that makes it ideal for small fan applications. The IC operates in power supply ranges of 4.5 volts to 16 volts while including thermal shutdown, over current and motor lock detection protections.

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5/23/2018

While it's unclear how quantum effects will impact 5-nanometer and smaller chips, it's likely that developers will have some sort of effects to work around, writes Ed Sperling. While quantum effects could potentially be harnessed, they also could become annoyances that require management as designs progress, Sperling writes.

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