Foxconn Technology Group could invest $10 billion or more in creating US manufacturing jobs, beginning with the $7 billion display factory it plans to build in the US, Chairman Terry Gou said. The new factory and its supply chain will likely be located in the Rust Belt of the US, he told shareholders and reporters.
ROHM Semiconductor is working with the Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore to jointly develop an artificial intelligence chip that will improve predictive maintenance for internet-connected factories. Predictive maintenance helps manufacturers anticipate machinery breakdowns, reducing downtime for repairs.
Seven industry experts discuss how formal verification technology will work with the proposed portable stimulus standard in this roundtable interview. "A big value to formal, if it can be pulled off, is that PS is designed for mortal engineers to be able to code scenarios," said Adnan Hamid of Breker Verification Systems.
Chuck Grindstaff of Siemens described what attracted the German company to acquire Mentor Graphics. "The driving force behind the acquisition has to do with the speed of change and where many of our customers are in the cycle," he said while speaking at the annual Design Automation Conference in Austin, Texas.
Japan's trade ministry is trying to convince Western Digital to join the government's preferred bidding group to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business, Reuters reports. Western Digital is a manufacturing partner with Toshiba in the NAND flash memory business and has raised contractual obligations as an issue in opposing the auction of the Toshiba chip unit.
The transition from planar processes to 3D NAND flash technology, product shortages and supply-chain issues are the industry concerns in the robust NAND flash memory market, Mark LaPedus writes. Jim Handy of Objective Analysis says, "We are expecting to see shortages until the middle of 2018."
Researchers at China's Zhejiang University report developing a graphene-based aerogel inspired by the stem structure of Thalia dealbata, the powdery alligator-flag plant. The resulting material could be used in bendable tablet computers, wearable sensors and other flexible electronics.
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