"IoT is a conceptual framework, not a market," says Jenalea Howell of IHS Technology. The market research firm forecasts there will be more than 120 billion internet of things devices installed around the world in 2030.
IBM and Nvidia collaborated on linking Big Blue's new Power9 microprocessors to Nvidia's graphics processing units through the PCI Express 4.0 high-speed serial bus. The combination is aimed at artificial intelligence and machine learning applications, which require the fast transfer of data.
Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and other suppliers of metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors are turning to companies in China and Taiwan to bolster their production capacity for MOSFETs going into electric vehicles, industry sources say. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Vanguard International Semiconductor are among the companies expected to pick up the MOSFET supply shortfall, according to those sources.
MediaTek, Qualcomm, Spreadtrum Communications and other vendors of smartphone chips anticipate that their gross margins will improve in 2018 as phone manufacturers add features to their products, industry sources speculate. Pricing competition lowered MediaTek's margins from more than 47% to less than 33%, those sources note.
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 845 flagship processor, which will be found in high-end Android smartphones and Windows 10 laptops in 2018. Xiaomi has committed to using the chip in an upcoming handset.
STMicroelectronics unveiled its PWD13F60 single-phase metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor full bridge in a system-in-package containing four power MOSFETs in a single package measuring 13 millimeters by 11mm. The PWD13F60 will be used in converters, industrial motor drives, inverters, lamp ballasts and power supplies.
Five industry experts talk about suitable verification engines in this roundtable interview. Frank Schirrmeister of Cadence Design Systems says, "There is a big difference between a single vendor flow and a continuous use of engines."
Samsung Electronics has developed an embedded Universal Flash Storage device for smartphones, capable of storing 512 gigabytes of data. The eUFS would allow a smartphone to hold up to 130 10-minute UHD videos, the company said.
GlobalFoundries and Ayar Labs are collaborating to use Ayar's complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor optical I/O technology. The foundry will use the Ayar tech with its 45-nanometer CMOS process, providing an on-chip alternative to copper I/O.
IHS Markit predicts demand for the worldwide NAND flash memory market will hit 244.1 billion gigabytes in 2018, a 39.6% increase from 2017. Citigroup Global Market Securities, Morgan Stanley and some other industry observers, however, are expecting NAND flash demand to wane next year.