TrendForce forecasts MediaTek's revenue will increase 17.6% this year to $8.9 billion, up from $7.59 billion in 2015. The chip design firm counts Xiaomi, Oppo Mobile Telecommunications and Vivo Electronics among its smartphone IC customers.
GlobalWafers has completed its $683 million acquisition of SunEdison Semiconductor. The purchase puts GlobalWafers in the position of being the third-largest supplier of silicon wafers in the world, with a 17% market share, trailing Shin-Etsu Chemical and Sumco Techxiv.
The Semiconductor Industry Association forecasts worldwide chip sales will reach $346.1 billion in 2017, a 3.3% increase from this year's $335 billion. Chip sales will grow another 2.3% in 2018 to $354 billion, the SIA reports.
Nordic Semiconductor has introduced the nRF52840 system-on-a-chip device, which supports the forthcoming Bluetooth 5 standard. The chip is meant for applications in the internet of things, including smart homes and wearable electronics.
Transition metal dichalcogenides are being touted as an alternative to graphene as a 2D material for fabricating transistors. "TMDs have something graphene does not have -- an energy gap that allows the flow of electrons to be controlled, for the current to be switched on and off," said Armin Khamoshi, a University of Texas at Dallas researcher.
Automotive vehicles aren't as open to hacking as many internet of things devices, this analysis notes. They are more likely to be the target of ransomware than cyberterrorism, says Robert Bates of Mentor Graphics.
Memristor devices promise to become a valuable electronics part in the field of passive components, Roger Franz writes. "The many possible applications for memristors have yet to be defined, and a new type of memory is just one of them," he writes.
President Barack Obama is following a recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US to scuttle the $714 million acquisition of Aixtron by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund.
Intel is testing its line of Optane solid-state drives, based on the 3D XPoint memory technology, with customers in data centers as the chipmaker remains quiet about when the product will ship to retailers. Stacy Smith of Intel said at an investment conference that Optane SSD manufacturing will ramp up in 2017.
DRAMeXchange estimates Samsung Electronics sold $3.74 billion worth of NAND flash memory devices during the third quarter, taking 36.6% of the worldwide market, compared with 36.3% in the second quarter. Trailing Samsung in sales and market share were Toshiba, Western Digital, SK Hynix and Micron Technology.
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