Rafael Lizardi, corporate controller of Texas Instruments, is being promoted to chief financial officer. Kevin March, who has been with TI for 32 years and has served as the chipmaker's CFO for 13 years, plans to retire by October.
Internet of things technology is expected to play a big role in making cities operate more smoothly while reducing power consumption. "The engineer's challenge is integrating all of these devices using common communication links, ubiquitous GPS technology, algorithms that make sense of the data collected, and central repositories for relevant data," writes Gale Morrison.
DRAMeXchange estimates worldwide sales of NAND flash memory devices reached $10.23 billion during the third quarter, up 19.6% compared with the second quarter. "The NAND flash market outlook for the fourth quarter of 2016 indicates that NAND flash supply will be under greater strain with the advent of the peak shipment season for end devices," said Sean Yang of DRAMeXchange.
More than 300 people attended a workshop on the open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture this week in Mountain View, Calif. "RISC-V is the Linux of processor architectures," said Ron Minnich, a software developer at Google.
Mike Muller, ARM's chief technology officer, covers a variety of topics in this candid interview. About internet of things security, he says, "You can do everything you can to try to prevent losing control, but if there is a flaw you need to be able to securely re-flash a device even if you've lost control of the application at the top level."
ChipMOS Technologies has abandoned plans to sell an equity stake of 25% to Tsinghua Unigroup after running into opposition by the government of Taiwan. The companies instead intend to establish a joint venture in Shanghai.
The average selling price for smartphone system-on-a-chip devices continues to decline while the costs of developing and fabricating such chips with 10-nanometer or smaller features are on the rise. While Apple, Huawei Technologies and Samsung Electronics will press ahead next year with 10nm application processors, the trends could discourage LG Electronics, Sony, Xiaomi and other smartphone vendors from proceeding with plans for their own in-house chip designs, sources say.
The University of Minnesota led an international research team that developed a method for manipulating graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, black phosphorus and other 2D materials, exciting the polaritons in those nanomaterials. By changing the optical properties of the materials, there is the potential to make better, faster and smaller electronic and photonic devices, the team reports.
Spain's Barcelona Supercomputing Center is building the MareNostrum 4 supercomputer, which will have three high-performance computing clusters, each containing ARM-based, Power9 and x86 processors. The clusters are together expected to provide a computing capability of up to 13.7 petaflops.
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