Researchers at Sweden's Linkoping University boosted the speed of the fast Fourier transform algorithm to optimize the operation of field-programmable gate arrays. "This advance will save huge sums for demanding calculations in industry, and will make it possible to implement new functionality without needing to replace the hardware," senior lecturer Oscar Gustafsson said.
Infineon Technologies plans to sample a high-performance, low-noise microphone chip based on a microelectromechanical system device during the fourth quarter, with volume production set for the first quarter of 2018. This marks the company's first entry into the packaged silicon microphone market.
The vending machine company Three Square Market has launched a new program to insert microchips into 50 of its employees to make snack-buying at work more efficient. The employees will be able to purchase snacks without using a credit card or smartphone at any of the workplace's "micro markets."
Jerome Svigals, who led the development of magnetic stripe card technology at IBM, has come up with a security technique for the internet of things, which is described in a book he wrote, as well as in three US patents. The technique would place a small solid-state device between every chip on an IoT network to verify legitimate transmissions of data.
The transition to design and manufacturing chips with 7-nanometer features at Advanced Micro Devices represents the biggest technical challenge to the IC design firm in decades, believes Mark Papermaster, AMD's chief technology officer. "It's the toughest lift I've seen in a number of [process] generations," he says.
ARM CEO Simon Segars forecasts about 100 billion chips containing ARM designs will be shipped in the coming four years, largely driven by demand for internet of things applications, especially in server processors. "We are looking to build this platform of technologies," he says in this interview.
Samsung Electronics aspires to hold 25% of the global foundry market within five years, per Samsung's E.S. Jung, taking second place behind Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which snatched Apple away from Samsung and currently controls about half of the foundry market. Samsung will have to overtake GlobalFoundries and United Microelectronics to achieve that goal.
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2063 operational amplifier, which is said to draw only 1.3 microamperes on a supply of 1.8 volts. Applications include high-temperature automotive and industrial electronics, along with portable and wireless sensors networks.
SK Telecom heralded its development of a Quantum Random Number Generator prototype, which it said could be used in autonomous vehicles, drones and smartphones. This kind of chip, previously used in military security, was typically very expensive to fabricate and very large in size. Now, it has been reduced to less than $10 in price and can fit into electronic devices measuring 5 square millimeters in size.
FinFETs may theoretically make it to the 5-nanometer process node, but chipmakers are hedging their bets on the process technology to be used after the 7nm node, Mark LaPedus writes. Under consideration are hexagonal FETs, nanorings, nanosheets, nanoslabs and nanowires.