Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm, talks about the pending acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, the new Snapdragon 835 mobile processor and other topics in this interview. "Qualcomm has no plans to liquidate NXP's existing fabs and plants after the merger and will let these production lines maintain their original business models," he says.
Mike Murphy, Nokia's chief technology officer in North America, sees the early development of chips for 5G wireless communications happening this year. "There's a lot of devil-in-the-details on this topic: options of implementing what is in the antenna, in the baseband and RFIC chips solutions -- it's a complex topic with a lot of debate on the right approaches," he says in this interview.
The parties possibly interested in buying an equity stake in Toshiba's NAND flash memory chip business include Western Digital, Silver Lake Partners and other foreign investment funds, which may present problems in managing the business, this analysis notes. "Investors would be exposed to the risk of earnings fluctuations that are unique to the memory chip business," Nikkei Asian Review reports.
University of Cambridge researchers used praseodymium cerium copper oxide paired with graphene to enhance the innate conductivity of the 2D carbon material. The discovery could lead to molecular electronics, superconducting components for quantum computers and transistor-type devices for superconducting circuits.
University researchers in Illinois and Nebraska produced atomically precise graphene nanoribbons that could be combined with silicon substrates to make faster and cooler semiconductors. The research team used an ultra-high-vacuum chamber for the dry transfer of nanoribbon stems.
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology researchers report the level of noise in amplified photonic and plasmonic signals in nanoscale optoelectronic circuits can be accurately predicted. "If we know the noise power in a nanophotonic communication channel, as well as its spectral characteristics, it is possible to evaluate the maximum data transfer rate along that channel," said Andrey Vyshnevyy, a researcher.
Three industry experts talk about next-generation technologies for transistors and systems in this roundtable interview. "A nanowire process might look disruptive, but it's an evolution of a FinFET," says An Steegen of imec.
Gartner estimates worldwide semiconductor sales reached $339.7 billion during 2016, a 1.5% gain from 2015's total of $334.8 billion. "Overall, semiconductor revenue for the second half of the year was much stronger than the first half, reflecting the strengthening memory market and continued inventory replenishment, as well as inventory build for both the iPhone 7 and the holiday season," Gartner's Adrian Blanco said.
Tsinghua Unigroup announced it will spend $30 billion on a new wafer fabrication facility in Nanjing, China, where it will make memory chips. The company last year committed $24 billion for a memory-making fab in Wuhan, China.
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