As system-on-a-chip devices find their way into automotive electronics for advanced driver-assistance systems, the standard definition of excessive heat for such chips is changing, says Oliver King, chief technology officer of Moortec Semiconductor. "One thing that is interesting now with the growth in ADAS and infotainment sectors within automotive, is we are starting to see that even 125°C is not high enough," he says in this interview.
Toshiba introduced the TCK401G and TCK402G charge pump driver chips for applications in high-current mobile charging. When paired with n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors, the ICs can provide such safety functions as auto output discharge, inrush current reduction and overvoltage protection.
MC Chiu, chairman of Gudeng Precision Industrial, predicts the wafer fabrication facilities in China will meet the needs of the domestic electronics industry once they catch up to the technological prowess of wafer fabs around the world. China's foundries are now working on making chips with 28-nanometer features, while other chipmakers have progressed to the leading edge of 14nm, 10nm and 7nm chips.
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers report developing nanosheets coated in graphene oxide that may advance the creation of new lithium-metal batteries. Such batteries could hold up to 10 times the charge of lithium-ion batteries, if properly developed.
Eta Compute has come up with a system-on-a-chip platform IC with an Arm Cortex-M3 processor core and other elements for machine intelligence applications using neuromorphic computing technology. The chip is fabricated with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s 55-nanometer ultra-low-power process.
While extreme ultraviolet lithography continues to make progress toward becoming a production-worthy technology, stochastic effects are causing problematic variations in patterning chips, Mark LaPedus writes. Harry Levinson of GlobalFoundries says, "Looking ahead towards second-generation EUV lithography, resist stochastic effects are definitely one of the top concerns."
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China is honing its approach to boosting the domestic semiconductor industry while the annual SEMICON China trade show was held this week. "We should definitely focus on developing high-end chips including core processing units, field-programmable gate-array chips and also memory chips," said Ding Wenwu, president of the China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund, often called the "Big Fund."
Broadcom reported net income of $2.35 billion for the fiscal first quarter ended Feb. 4, compared with $1.63 billion a year earlier, while revenue rose 28%. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan expressed a willingness to pursue new acquisition targets in the wake of the failed Qualcomm bid, saying, "What I would say to this is we're open, we're open, we're open to looking at anything that helps."
ChipMOS Technologies reports chip-on-film production capacity will remain tight this year, while demand for NOR flash memory devices and niche-market DRAM chips will be strong in 2018. The company posted fourth-quarter net profit of $5.58 million, down 73.4% from a year ago due to Micron Technology reducing its orders, while net profit for the full year of 2017 almost doubled.