Jim Handy of Objective Analysis looks at the basics of nonvolatile dual in-line memory modules and explains why NVDIMMs are in great demand for data storage. JEDEC has designated three types of NVDIMMs -- NVDIMM-N, NVDIMM-F and NVDIMM-P -- and the NVDIMM-N type is offered by a number of vendors, he notes.
In KPMG's annual survey of 150 semiconductor industry leaders, nearly two-thirds said the internet of things will be a key driver of chip sales in 2018, compared with 56% last year. Artificial intelligence and cloud computing were each identified by 43% of the respondents, up from 18% for AI and 27% for cloud in 2017, while wireless communications remained the top application, with 75% in 2017.
Tsinghua Unigroup, the city of Chongqing, China, and Sino IC Capital have established an investment firm with $15.8 billion in registered capital, with a plan to spend up to $100 billion in the next decade in expanding Tsinghua Unigroup's semiconductor operations. Tsinghua Unigroup is currently developing an industrial park in Chongqing, budgeting $9.46 billion for the project.
MIT researchers report development of a public-key encryption chip that is said to be significantly more power-efficient while using less memory and running faster. The hardwired chip would enable internet of things devices to encrypt their data without software execution.
Arm brought out its Project Trillium machine learning platform, which combines processors and sensors to enhance artificial intelligence technology in mobile devices at the network's edge. The company designed a high-end processor to make machine learning calculations.
The reliability of microchips designed for automotive electronics, cloud computing and the industrial internet of things can degrade over a period of years, this analysis notes. Arm CEO Simon Segars says, "Aging is a function of clock speed and power, but in the past, the servers would come on occasionally when there was a job to do, and they sat idle most of the time."
The National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan will collaborate with the Indian Institutes of Technology on research that could see more Indian students studying and working in Taiwan. Their contract calls for 200 dual-degree doctoral students and 60 bachelor's and master's degree students from India to go to the NCTU each year.
The worldwide DRAM market's output value is expected to reach $96 billion this year, a more than 30% year-over-year gain, DRAMeXchange predicts, after 2016's growth of 76%. The market research outfit estimates the output value of DRAMs in the fourth quarter of 2017 was nearly $21.9 billion, up 14.2% from the third quarter, due to seasonal demand for smartphones and increasing prices for mobile DRAM.
Google's artificial intelligence chips, Cloud Tensor Processing Units, are in beta, available to other companies in a cloud computing environment. The chips are being used to accelerate computer learning.
Ampere Computing, a server processor startup funded by the Carlyle Group, in October acquired the AppliedMicro computing business, which was owned by MACOM at the time. Ampere is tilting at Intel's dominant share of the server chip market with an Arm-based processor originally designed by AppliedMicro.