Kazan Networks, a startup developing solid-state memory for servers in cloud data centers, received $4.5 million in private funding from Intel Capital, Samsung Ventures and Western Digital, with Samsung leading the round of financing. "Raising money these days is not trivial, yet we ended up with an over-subscribed round, which I think speaks to the strength of both the team and our product direction," Kazan CEO Joe Steinmetz said.
Samsung Electronics acquired an equity stake in BYD for $449 million as part of a private-funding round for the Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles. BYD will use the funds to expand battery production and for research and development in new-energy vehicles, while Samsung hopes to get more sales of sensors and displays for automotive electronics.
Advanced Micro Devices reported net income of $69 million for the second quarter ended June 30, compared with a net loss of $181 million a year ago, as revenue increased 9% to $1.03 billion. The company forecast revenue in the third quarter would be up 15% to 21% from Q2, largely on the strength of sales for semi-custom chips and graphics processing units for game consoles.
Gartner predicts capital expenditures in the semiconductor industry will total $64.3 billion during 2016, an almost 1% decline from last year, after earlier forecasting decreases of 2% and 5%. China's ambitious program to bolster its domestic semiconductor industry is behind the increase in capital spending, Gartner said Thursday.
ASML Holding received orders for four extreme-ultraviolet lithography systems in the last quarter and expects to sell a dozen EUV scanners in 2017, stoking expectations that the technology is about to make its mark in volume production. "The real starting point for true production of EUV is at 5 nanometer in the 2020 timeframe," Robert Maire of Semiconductor Advisors said.
Advanced Micro Devices is the first semiconductor company to have its current climate-protection targets verified by the science behind climate change. AMD says it is ahead of schedule on its 25x20 initiative, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of its mobile accelerated processing units by 25 times by 2020, compared with a 2014 baseline.
CEA-Leti recently reported developing a cleanroom-compatible process for stacking logic devices made with a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor process. "Because the first transistor tier imposes stringent thermal requirements, this kind of device stacking probably will have to overcome a performance penalty," Katherine Derbyshire writes.
The 3D XPoint memory technology developed by Intel and Micron Technology, which is claimed to be significantly faster than DRAMs and NAND flash memories, is being shipped in Optane solid-state drives for industry testers to try out. Optane SSDs will go on sale by the end of the year, followed next year by 3D XPoint dual-inline memory modules, according to Intel.
Aart de Geus, chairman and co-CEO of Synopsys, talks about multiple topics in this interview, including the progress of hardware and software co-design. "Verification capabilities in the last three to four years have made unbelievable steps forward, mostly because many different techniques that were at different levels of abstraction have come together in a much more integrated platform-based way," he says.
Intel reported net income of $1.3 billion for the second quarter that ended July 2, compared with $2.7 billion a year earlier, as revenue increased to $13.5 billion from $13.2 billion. The company posted growth in chips for servers, the internet of things and security technology, while the PC chip business continued to slump.
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