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4/17/2018

Microsoft will embed the open-source Linux operating system in chip designs in an effort to make processors more secure from cyberattacks. Microchips with a Linux kernel will go into household appliances, industrial systems, toys and other internet-connected devices.

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Microsoft
4/17/2018

Five industry experts talk about technical challenges in advanced lithography and photomasks in this roundtable interview. "The complexity essentially goes up geometrically in the world of multiple patterning," says Harry Levinson of GlobalFoundries.

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Harry Levinson
4/17/2018

Rambus brought out the CryptoManager Root of Trust block, based on its RISC-V core, for use in application-specific integrated circuits, microcontrollers and system-on-a-chip devices intended for embedded electronics. Sami Nassar of NXP Semiconductors, however, argues that the root-of-trust function should be in a stand-alone microchip, rather than integrated into a chip design.

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EE Times
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Rambus, NXP Semiconductors
4/17/2018

JEP95 is a compilation of some 3,000 pages of outline drawings for microelectronic packages. An annual updating service and complete hard copies are available for purchase in addition to the downloads available on the JEDEC website. Recent updates include: MO-317C, Registration - Upper PoP Ball Grid Array Family, Square, 0.40 mm Pitch, and MO-153G, Registration - Plastic Thin Shrink Small Outline Package.

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JEDEC
4/16/2018

China is reportedly delaying antitrust reviews as trade issues with the US escalate, according to people familiar with the matter. The tactic is of greatest concern to Qualcomm, which is waiting on China to give its regulatory approval to the chip design company's proposed $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors.

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China, Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductors
4/16/2018

Intel, Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. are trying to outdo each other in implementing advanced manufacturing processes, keeping ahead of United Microelectronics, GlobalFoundries and Semiconductor Manufacturing International, this analysis notes. Industry sources say they also compete in getting next-generation fabrication equipment from Applied Materials, ASML and other vendors.

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DigiTimes
4/16/2018

Artificial intelligence and related technologies are on top of the priority list for large technology companies, such as Alibaba Group, Foxconn Group, Qualcomm, Intel and Nvidia, with many of these companies making moves to acquire AI startups or making substantial investments in the smaller firms.

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DigiTimes
4/16/2018

Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia stand to get fewer orders for their graphics processing units from customers involved in cryptocurrency mining, Dan Gallagher writes. This might not be a negative development for those companies, because GPUs are meant to provide greater performance in playing video games, and are also used in enabling artificial intelligence technology for automotive vehicles and data centers.

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Nvidia, Advanced Micro Devices
4/16/2018

Nanjing University researchers came up with a 3D hollow-cone device that promises to provide greater solar-thermal conversion efficiency. The conic device, made with a graphene oxide film, is said to boost the efficiency rate to 85%, compared with 40% from other devices.

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Nanjing University
4/16/2018

AMD has begun taking preorders for its second-generation Ryzen desktop processors and will begin shipping Thursday. AMD says the new Ryzen provides speed and efficiency improvements over the first-generation processor that AMD introduced last year as a step back into the high-performance desktop market.

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Ars Technica, Engadget
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AMD, AMD, Ryzen