The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday approved ON Semiconductor's proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor International, with the proviso that ON must sell its Ignition insulated-gate bipolar transistor business. ON has agreed to sell that IGBT business to Littelfuse.
Intel brought out new models in its 3D NAND flash-based solid-state drives, including the SSD 600p Series for consumer PCs, priced at $69 for a 128-gigabyte drive. The SSD Pro 6000p Series for business laptops is $79 for 128 GB of data storage.
The Holographic Processing Unit inside Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality headset has 24 Tensilica digital signal processor cores and 8 megabytes of cache memory, the company disclosed at this week's Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, Calif. The chip is fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with a 28-nanometer process.
IBM is releasing Storwize V7000F and Storwize 5030F, a "Flash In" migration system for small and midsized buisnesses. With the product, which touts starting costs of $19,000, IBM hopes to target Dell and EMC customers, Larry Dignan writes.
Nvidia detailed its "Parker" mobile processor for autonomous vehicles in a presentation at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, Calif. Two of the chips are packaged in the company's Drive PX 2 platform, along with two Pascal-based graphics processing units, to accommodate the deep-learning tasks involved in the electronics of self-driving cars.
Samsung Electronics posted semiconductor sales of $10.3 billion in the second quarter, compared with $12.9 billion for Intel, IC Insights noted. Samsung enjoyed an 11% increase in Q2 chip sales from the first quarter.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has developed microscopic lasers directly on silicon substrates, an advance that could lead to faster and lower-power microprocessors. "Putting lasers on microprocessors boosts their capabilities and allows them to run at much lower powers," said Kei-may Lau of HKUST.
The speedy Power9 processor from IBM will feature up to 24 cores and will have the capability to quickly solve complex calculations, the company said at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, Calif. Power9 chips will go into servers priced in excess of $6,000.
Norm Jouppi of Google discusses the company's Tensor Processing Unit in this interview. "TPU offers an order of magnitude better performance per watt than standard solutions you can buy today (more energy efficient)," he says.
Michael Jamiolkowski, Coventor's president and CEO, talks about chip design optimization and ramping up yield in semiconductor manufacturing in this interview. "If companies get to market three to nine months faster, that’s a big deal," he says.
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