Semiconductor companies have struggled to adopt agile development methods because of the high costs associated with making minor design changes, experts say. Some companies are looking to overcome this challenge by offering more organizational control to development teams and by implementing IP reuse strategies.
Qualcomm officials introduced Snapdragon Wear 1200 on Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in China. The low-powered chipset offers real-time location tracking in a variety of regions and has standby battery life of about 10 days.
Graphics cards for digital cryptocurrency mining are in the works from Nvidia. No date has been set for the sale of the cards.
Western Digital and KKR & Co. are continuing efforts to purchase Toshiba's flash memory chip unit by resubmitting their offer for the unit. Toshiba, however, is expected to sign a deal Wednesday with its preferred bidder, which includes a US-based private equity firm and a group led by the Japanese government.
Samsung Electronics invested $1 billion in an Austin, Texas, facility as part of the company's plans to produce faster, more efficient chips. Samsung's three-year development plan includes 8-nanometer process technology in 2017, 7nm by next year and 4nm by 2020.
Sales of American semiconductor companies to China-based companies have stalled as US officials say they don't want US technology capabilities headed there. The US Treasury Department continues to block the $1.3 billion sale of Lattice Semiconductor to Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, which has funding ties to the Chinese government.
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