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Dialog Semiconductor selected by AST & Science as the Preferred Supplier for Advanced Communication Custom ICs

Electronics - Dialog Semiconductor - Custom designed chipset extending network coverage through Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity, helping to enable the first space-based network for smartphones
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:13:38 - #iot #power #dialogsemi #smartphone #semiconductor

STMicroelectronics and Advantest Collaborate on Advanced Automated Test Cell for IC Testing

Globe Newswire - Semiconductors - STMicroelectronics and Advantest Collaborate on Advanced Automated Test Cell for IC Testing
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:13:37 - #st #semiconductor

Imagination Sells Ensigma Wi-Fi Business to Nordic Semiconductor

Aspencore - EETimes Europe - Imagination Technologies has sold its Ensigma Wi-Fi development operations and Wi-Fi intellectual property (IP) technology assets to Nordic Semiconductor. The sale covers Ensigma's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies, while Imagination will...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:13:26 - #nordicsemi #semiconductor

Bluetooth Technology: The Smart Path to Wireless Reliability

Aspencore - IoT Times - This article originally appeared on EETimes.

One of the biggest challenges in providing reliable data communication for any wireless technology is interference.

Unlike wired data communications technologies, wireless technologies must...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:13:25 - #coronavirus #iot #eewire

Diodes Incorporated Completes Acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor Corporation

Business Wire - Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD) today announced the Company has completed its acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor (TWSE: 5305) ("LSC"). The acquisition was initially announced August 8, 2019, with LSC shareholders approving the transaction on October...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:13:21 - #acquisition #diodesinc #semiconductor

ASML loses its crown in semiconductor manufacturing equipment

Media - eeNews Europe - Applied Materials is set to displace ASML as the leading vendor of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in 2020 says industry analyst Robert Castellano.
ASML, the only supplier of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:13:19 - #ai #samsung #tsmc #semiconductor

Toshiba says its not negotiating with UMC

Media - Evertiq - Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation states that despite certain media reports, the company is not selling two of its fabs to Taiwanese United Microelectronics Corporation.
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 14:13:18 - #semiconductor

Reverse engineering RAM storage in early Texas Instruments calculator chips

EE - Ken Shirriff - Texas Instruments introduced the first commercial single-chip computer in 1974, combining the CPU, RAM, ROM, and I/O into one chip.
This family of 4-bit processors was called the TMS1000.1
A 4-bit processor now seems very limited, but it...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:36:26 - #inverter #power #capacitor #ti #ixys #microcontroller #arduino #eewire

The Trump administration will add SMIC, China's largest chipmaker, to its defense blacklist: report

Tech - TechCrunch - SMIC, one of largest chip makers in the world, is among several companies that the Department of Defense plans to designate as being owned or controlled by the Chinese military, reports Reuters. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 13:13:09 - #maker #tradewar #ti #qualcomm #broadcom #semiconductor

Nordic Semiconductor expands into Wi-Fi by acquiring the entire Wi-Fi development team, core Wi-Fi expertise, and Wi-Fi IP tech assets of Imagination Technologies Group

Media - Design And Reuse - Nordic Semiconductor expands into Wi-Fi by acquiring the entire Wi-Fi development team, core Wi-Fi expertise, and Wi-Fi IP tech assets of Imagination Technologies Group
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:31 - #nordicsemi #semiconductor

DRAM market to reach supply-demand balance in 1H21, says Adata chairman

Media - DIGITIMES - The global DRAM memory market will reach the balance of supply and demand in the first half of 2021, with limited growth in the overall bit supply coupled with a gradual rise in demand arising from the emerging 5G and AI technologies, according...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:30 - #ai #dram #semiconductor #outlook

Novatek driver ICs cut into iPad supply chain, say sources

Media - DIGITIMES - Novatek Microelectronics reportedly has signed a deal with Apple that will allow the Taiwan-based IC maker to begin shipping its LCD driver ICs for iPad devices in the second half of 2021, according to industry sources.
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:29 - #maker #supplychain #semiconductor

Taiwan suppliers to play major role in Apple miniLED offerings in 2021

Media - DIGITIMES - Apple reportedly is set to launch its first miniLED-backlit iPad Pro in the first quarter of 2021 and mass produce miniLED-backlit MacBook Pro devices in the second quarter, with Taiwan supply chain partners to build a major preemptive presence...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:28 - #ipadpro #supplychain #semiconductor

Highlights of the day: DRAM market to stabilize in 1H21

Media - DIGITIMES - The DRAM market will see limited bot growth in 2021, but demand from the 5G and AI segments will be gradually rising. A DRAM supply-demand balance will be achieved in the first half of next year, according the chairman of memory module maker...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:27 - #maker #ai #dram #semiconductor #outlook

Power module market growing at 9.1% CAGR over 2019-2025

Media - Semiconductor Today - The market for power modules (one of the key elements in power converters and inverters) is rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.1% over 2019-2025, to $7.6bn, according to the annual power electronics report 'Status...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:25 - #semiconductor #outlook

GlobalWafers confirms takeover discussions with Siltronic

Media - Evertiq - The Taiwanese company says it is in advanced, near to final discussions on a takeover offer of German supplier of silicon wafers, Siltronic AG.
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:23 - #semiconductor

Murata to shut down Chinese production facility

Media - Evertiq - Saitama Murata Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Murata, will close its its coil production subsidiary Sheng Long TOKO Tech, located in Shenzhen, China, during December 2020
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:21 - #murata #ipe

Covid-19 halts Chinese SK Hynix plant

Media - Evertiq - The discovery of an asymptomatic, but infected, employee brought SK Hynix's plant in Chongqing, China to a halt on Sunday.
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:20 - #coronavirus #skhynix #semiconductor

Forward And Backward Compatibility In IC Designs

Media - Semiconductor Engineering - Future-proofing of designs is becoming more difficult due to the accelerating pace of innovation in architectures, end markets, and technologies such as AI and machine learning.
Traditional approaches for maintaining market...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:19 - #ai #machinelearning #rambus #synopsys #onsemi #fpga #semiconductor

Silicon Lifecycle Management

Media - Semiconductor Engineering - How do you track, measure and ensure reliability over the lifetime of a chip, regardless of how or where it is use? Steve Pateras, senior director of marketing for test products at Synopsys, drills down into the impact of hardware-software...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:18 - #synopsys #onsemi #semiconductor

GlobalWafers is in talks to acquire Siltronic AG

Media - SemiMedia - GlobalWafers announced today that it is in the final stage of negotiations with silicon wafer manufacturer Siltronic AG to reach a business combination agreement (BCA). GlobalWafers intends to publicly acquire Siltronic AG's outstanding shares...
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:35:17 - #acquisition #foundry #semiconductor

GaN quells LiDAR's barriers

Aspencore - Power Electronics - Self-driving vehicles are now becoming real. This type of application is made possible by the use of many high-performance smart sensors. The technological progress in the digital and microcontroller fields has made it possible to...
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 18:13:15 - #sic #power #galliumnitride #capacitor #microcontroller #mosfet #eewire

SemiLEDs' quarterly revenue falls 12%

Media - Semiconductor Today - For its fiscal full-year 2020 (to end-August), LED chip and component maker SemiLEDs Corp of Hsinchu, Taiwan has reported revenue of $6.07m, up 3% on fiscal 2019's $5.9m. However, fiscal fourth-quarter 2020 revenue was $1.4m, down...
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:35:20 - #maker #semiconductor

Murata announced the closure of a coil factory

Media - SemiMedia - Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Saitama Murata Manufacturing (formerly: TOKO, INC.) will close its production subsidiary Shenglong TOKO Tech in December 2020.
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:35:15 - #murata #ipe

200mm foundry prices are rising

Media - SemiMedia - According to the semiconductor supply chain, in addition to TSMC and Samsung Electronics, most other foundries have also raised the foundry prices of 8-inch wafers. In 2021, the price of foundry will increase by at least 20%, and the price...
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:35:13 - #power #foundry #samsung #tsmc #supplychain #mosfet #semiconductor #outlook

Qualcomm stepping up cooperation with Taiwan semiconductor firms

Media - DIGITIMES - Qualcomm has strengthened its ties with Taiwan's semiconductor sector in the wake of the US-China trade war, resulting in increased orders and strong sales for related supply chain makers in 2020 despite the pandemic-induced impacts, according...
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:35:11 - #tradewar #supplychain #qualcomm #semiconductor

EV market to see 10-year boom with bright future for PCB makers

Media - DIGITIMES - The EV market is poised to enter a decade of robust growth starting 2021 amid the maturing infrastructure for new energy vehicles, prompting Taiwan's automotive PCB vendors including Chin-Poon industrial to step up deployments in the segment,...
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:35:09 - #pcb #eewire

5G Chipset Market Size $22,929 Million by 2026: Valuates

Media - ElectronicsB2B - Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. North America is expected to hold the largest 5G chipset market share The global 5G Chipset market size is expected to be worth USD 2,120 Million...
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:35:06 - #semiconductor #outlook

Global NAND flash output value to drop in 4Q20, says TrendForce

Media - DIGITIMES - Output value for the global NAND flash memory industry will register a sequential decrease in the fourth quarter of 2020 following a mere 0.3% growth in the prior quarter, according to TrendForce.
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:13:05 - #flash #semiconductor #outlook

AcBel expects growth in 2021 revenues

Media - DIGITIMES - Power supply maker AcBel Polytech expects consolidated revenues for2021 to increase 10-13%, driven by shipments for several new products.
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 16:13:04 - #powersupply #maker #ipe

TSMC to remain No. 3 IC supplier, MediaTek 11th

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Thu, 26 Nov 2020 23:36:00 - #tsmc #mediatek #semiconductor

TSMC Wins Approval From Phoenix for $12 Billion Chip Plant

Enterprise - Data Center Knowledge - The nod is a step toward bringing high-tech manufacturing to the US, addressing national security concerns over the industry supply chain.
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 23:35:47 - #tsmc #supplychain #datacenter #semiconductor

Covid-19 Accelerates IoT Adoption in Hospitals

Aspencore - EETimes Europe - The healthcare sector has been under constant pressure to reduce costs, increase staff productivity, prevent errors, and maximize equipment usage.

During the Covid-19 crisis, these needs have become even more pressing. There may not...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:27 - #coronavirus #iot #eewire

Modeling and Simulation of Power Electronics

Aspencore - Power Electronics - Several aspects must be taken into account when dealing with power electronic design. Within a system we can identify different elements such as thermal dissipation, electrical characteristics, control systems and protections. The...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:26 - #machinelearning #eewire

Digital camera design, part 4: How charge transfer pixel helps avoid image degradation

Aspencore - EDN - In part 3, we learned how the basic 3T Pixel architecture works and is used in arrays to develop CMOS image sensors. We learned why the electronic rolling shutter has different exposure start and stop times for every scanline in the sensor, leading...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:25 - #powersupply #imagesensor #eewire

Review: Tool measures power-line EMI

Aspencore - EDN - Ever since we've switched from incandescent to LED lighting and from linear to switch-mode power supplies, EMI on power lines has started to become an issue, especially for those of us who still enjoy AM broadcast radio and amateur radio in the...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:24 - #power #hamradio #oscilloscope #eewire

Motor Controller for Space Applications

Aspencore - EETimes Europe - Microchip Technology has announced a radiation-hardened mixed-signal motor controller belonging to its Space System Manager (SSM) product family. Space and weight are always challenging in space missions. With this new product, Microchip...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:23 - #robotics #microchip #semiconductor

Podcast: An AI ecosystem practically made from scratch

Aspencore - IoT Times - A neat little project that IBM started last year is finally beginning to produce some fruits from its labor. 12 months ago, the company launched a project to build an AI ecosystem from open participation from a wide range of companies that...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:21 - #iot #ai #hybridcloud #ibm #samsung #redhat #synopsys #semiconductor

Designing with WBG semiconductors requires more dedication

Aspencore - Power Electronics - Engineers are conversant with electromagnetic interference, paralleling, and layout, but when transitioning from silicon-based chips to silicon carbide or wide-bandgap devices, it requires a little more attention.
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:20 - #igbt #power #sic #siliconcarbide #galliumnitride #powersupply #inductor #infineon #mosfet #eewire

Neural stimulator device combines two "effects" for implantable energy transfer

Aspencore - EDN - Engineers are used to dealing with diverse "effects" ranging from well-known to lesser-known ones. In the former category, for instance, there's the piezoelectric effect and the skin effect; in the latter category, there are ones such as the Coanda...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:36:19 - #power #iot #parkinsons #eewire

DoD Expands Trusted Chip Deal with GlobalFoundries

Aspencore - EETimes - The Pentagon continues to ramp up its investment in a secure semiconductor supply chain, most recently adding another $400 million line of credit to acquire advanced and legacy chips from a trusted supplier.
Earlier this month, the Defense Microelectronic...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:13:17 - #maker #ai #ibm #supplychain #globalfoundries #semiconductor

MIT Project Helps ALS Patients Communicate Using Sensors

Aspencore - EETimes - Researchers at MIT (Cambridge, Mass.) have developed thin, wearable, piezoelectric sensors that can reliably decode facial strains and predict facial kinematics.
The technology is being tested on patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:13:16 - #wearables #semiconductor

Name the 'Mobileye' of Driver Monitoring Systems

Aspencore - EETimes - The automotive and tech industries have worked feverishly on safety technologies that can sense, detect and steer clear of objects on the road. But is anybody working as hard on similar technologies that would watch drivers and be effective...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:13:13 - #elonmusk #maker #ai #machinelearning #ti #xilinx #qualcomm #renesas #nvidia #onsemi #semiconductor

Industry association tackles engineering of PCBs

Aspencore - EDN - As electronic circuits have become faster and denser, the PCB has become more than just a convenient carrier for them. Today's designs need to treat PCBs as passive components equally critical to a circuit's successful operation as any capacitor,...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:13:12 - #capacitor #inductor #pcb #ema #eewire

Maxim Integrated Appoints Yu-A Sophie Han as Country Manager and Managing Director of Maxim Korea

PR Newswire - Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) has appointed Sophie Han as the company's country manager and managing director of Maxim Korea, effective immediately. In this role, she will oversee all sales, business and...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:13:11 - #semiconductor

Strain engineering of 2-D semiconductor and graphene

Life - - Strain engineering usually refers to a kind of material processing technology which aims to regulate the properties of materials or optimize related devices' performance by inherent or external strain. In recent years, with the development...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 19:14:19 - #eewire

1200 V level-shift three-phase SOI EiceDRIVER(tm) offers superior robustness

Electronics - Infineon - Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) broadens its level-shift EiceDRIVER(tm) portfolio with a 1200 V three-phase gate driver. It is based on the company's unique silicon-on-insulator (SOI)...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 19:13:45 - #inverter #power #infineon #semiconductor

STMicroelectronics and YTO Establish Joint Laboratory for Intelligent Agricultural Equipment Development

Globe Newswire - Semiconductors - STMicroelectronics and YTO Establish Joint Laboratory for Intelligent Agricultural Equipment Development
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:35:59 - #st #semiconductor

Faraday Supplies 28eHV Memory Compilers for Mobile OLED Display Driver IC

Business Wire - Faraday Technology (TWSE:3035) today announced its memory compilers based on UMC's 28nm eHV technology have been used for mobile OLED driver ICs.
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:35:57 - #semiconductor

SK Telecom Shares AI Semiconductor Business Plan

Media - ElectronicsB2B - SK Telecom has reveiled its self-developed artificial intelligence (AI) chip named SAPEON X220 From next year, the company will apply SAPEON X220 to its AI service NUGU to improve the voice recognition capability SK Telecom has...
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 18:35:54 - #ai #semiconductor