China is proceeding with its plans to bolster its domestic semiconductor industry, without purchasing additional chip-related companies in foreign countries. "We have to be prepared for more failures when it comes to overseas acquisitions," said Sun Yuwang of China Fortune-Tech Capital.
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering and Qualcomm signed a memorandum of understanding two weeks ago with the government of Brazil on building an IC assembly and testing plant in that country. ASE says the deal, however, is not binding and requires further discussion before a formal investment agreement is concluded.
Flash memory-based products are upending the traditional dominance of hard-disk drives with their speed. "It has reached a point in its technology development to be able to scale hugely to drive a transformational shift in computing and information processing, as it is radically faster than a traditional spinning disk, with much higher capacity," says Mike Pilbeam of Dell EMC.
Princeton University researchers report the discovery of a different type of germanium selenium, which they have dubbed beta-GeSE. The compound material is similar to graphene in structure and is analogous to another 2D material, black phosphorus, per the team.
Samsung Electronics has collaborated with Rambus and eSilicon on designing and taping out a chip that will be made with Samsung's 14-nanometer FinFET process. The Interposer-Cube application-specific integrated circuit design will link a network processor with a HBM2 memory chip.
Cadence Design Systems' Anirudh Devgan discusses verification challenges in this interview. "We've always focused on emulation, which is doing very well, but we historically didn't focus enough on FPGA prototyping," he says.
Mythic, a company that provides technology for artificial intelligence-based programs, has raised $9.3 million, partly via a Series A round of funding. The company will use the funds to move to commercial production of its software and chips.
Semiconductor manufacturing is the latest area turning to advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve design, production and testing efficiency, McKinsey reports. Motivo CEO Bharath Rangarajan says, "With advanced data analytics, we have the potential to alter the current paradigm dramatically."
Bidders for Toshiba's chip business may need to partner with other potential buyers to finance the pricey acquisition, the Nikkei Asian Review reports. Toshiba could realize a total of $13.3 billion to $17.8 billion from the proposed sale, bids for which are due on March 29.
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