Sanjiv Kaul, president and CEO of Calypto Design Systems, believes dynamic power analysis is attracting the notice of even senior executives. "The biggest challenge the semiconductor industry will deal with is the dynamic power in FinFETs," he said, adding, "Power is something now sitting at the desk of people right at the top."
IBM is delving deeper into the wearables industry in a partnership with ARM that will integrate IBM's Internet of Things platform with ARM technology. Devices powered by ARM mbed-enabled chips will now be directly connected to IBM's IoT Foundation analytics, allowing data from these wearables and IoT devices to be gathered and analyzed.
A research team at North Carolina State University says it has developed power converters that are not only more energy-efficient but will be less expensive to manufacture. "Our second-best prototype had 90% efficiency," says Alex Dean, an associate professor.
Intel said Wednesday it is developing a wireless charging system capable of handling up to 20 watts, which it plans to bring to market next year. That would be about four times the power currently available from wireless charging mats for smartphones.
Foxconn Electronics and SK Group will collaborate on chips and telecom services following a recent meeting in Taipei between Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou and SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-Won, industry sources say. The two conglomerates came together in July 2014 when Foxconn invested nearly $345 million in SK C&C, and formed FSK Holdings to provide IT services in China.
The production of power transistors will move from silicon wafers to silicon carbide and gallium nitride substrates, Yole Development predicts. Electric vehicles and hybrid EVs will largely drive the transition to SiC/GaN substrates, according to the market research firm.
Knowm says it is able to provide artificial neural-network chips made with bidirectional learning memristor technology. "We have been dreaming about this device and developing the theory for how to apply them to best maximize their potential for more than a decade," Knowm CEO Alex Nugent said.
Chip firms are putting more focus on smaller buyers, which collectively spend almost $80 billion within the market, Dylan McGrath writes. "I strongly recommend that chip vendors think about how they can gain more market share in the small customer market. The small customer market is big enough to stabilize their businesses," Gartner's Masatsune Yamaji says.
Intel has announced the "Skylake" architecture for its Core chips, fabricated with a 14-nanometer process, and hopes they can revive its PC-chip business. "How 'Skylake' does will determine the glide path of the PC industry," says Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.
Solid State Supplies is providing Alliance Memory's AS4C512M16D3L 8-gigabit DDR3L synchronous DRAM for aerospace, industrial, medical, networking and telecom applications. The company is also offering the AS4C32M16SM-7TCN, AS4C32M16SM-7TIN and 6 MT48LC64M8A2P-75:C 512-megabit SDRAMs discontinued by Micron Technology.
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