BMW i Ventures and Delta Group Electronics have invested in GaN Systems, which provides gallium nitride-based power semiconductors for industrial motors, notebook travel adapters and servers. The Ottawa, Canada-based chip company will use the funding to accelerate product development and to expand worldwide sales.
Redpine Signals brought out the RS14100, a multiprotocol wireless microcontroller, which is said to have a Wi-Fi standby associated power of less than 50 microamperes. The MCU is based on an Arm Cortex-M4F core and is fabricated with a 40-nanometer process.
Toshiba is sampling embedded NAND flash memory devices that comply with JEDEC's Universal Flash Storage release 2.1 standard. The embedded memory chips are meant for automotive applications and meet AEC-Q100 Grade 2 requirements.
Matrix multiplication, an operation of conventional neural networks, could be realized by using a crossbar array with elements of resistive RAM or phase-change memory at the intersections of column and row electrodes, this analysis notes. One example of what is needed is IBM's TrueNorth processor, which has 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses.
The new JC-70 committee will initially have two subcommittees: Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC) and will focus on Reliability and Qualification Procedures; Datasheet Elements and Parameters; and Test and Characterization Methods. Interested companies worldwide are welcome to join JEDEC to participate in this important standardization effort. JC-70 will next meet on Jan. 25, 2018 and on March 5, 2018. Visit the JEDEC website for more information.
Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su called for closer collaboration in the semiconductor industry to realize the next generation in computing technology. "The next level of computing power, especially for consumers, is really around immersive computing and the idea that we all have many, many devices connected to us," she said in a keynote address at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco.
Trendforce estimates China's IC design companies will realize total revenues of $30 billion this year, while forecasting 2018 revenues of $36 billion. Leading design houses in China are aiming at artificial intelligence and 5G wireless communications, with less growth seen at firms focusing on low-end and midrange smartphone chips.
Micron Technology's US lawsuit against United Microelectronics and Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit, alleging the theft of DRAM trade secrets and intellectual property, may slow the progress of memory manufacturers in China, industry sources say. Taiwan's Nanya Technology has similarly accused two former employees of stealing confidential information while accepting jobs at a DRAM company in China, which resulted in indictments against those ex-employees.
Taiwan-based providers of semiconductor packaging and testing services could likely benefit from increased shipments of the Apple Watch 3 during 2018. Universal Scientific Industrial, part of the Advanced Semiconductor Engineering group, posted November revenue of $482.81 million, a record for the company, filling system-in-package orders for the Apple wearable gadget.
A research team led by MIT is redesigning gallium nitride power converter devices to handle up to 1,200 volts, an improvement that could benefit electric vehicles and other products. The goal is to make the electrical power grid more energy efficient, especially if those power converters can be further improved to deal with 3,300 to 5,000 volts.