Semiconductor manufacturers in China are responding to the government's call for higher quality standards and paying attention to market demand, industry executives note. "We will move Chinese industries up to the medium-high end of the global value chain, and foster a number of world-class advanced manufacturing clusters," Party General Secretary Xi Jinping said Wednesday at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Maxim Integrated has introduced the MAX77734 power management IC, an ultra-low-power chip that can help to extend the battery life of wearable gadgets and other products. The PMIC combines an analog multiplexer, a dual-channel current sink driver, a linear-mode lithium-ion battery charger and a low-dropout linear regulator.
Infineon Technologies brought out a new line of custom metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors that pair the safe-operating area characteristics of planar MOSFETs with the low on-resistance of trench FETs. The Linear FET line is aimed at battery, e-fuse and hot-swap protection.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore say they used plasmons to develop a converter that could enable high-frequency data processing and transmission for nanoelectronics. "By bridging plasmonics and nanoscale electronics, we can potentially make chips run faster and reduce power losses," Associate Professor Christian Nijhuis said.
Optical inspection of photomasks for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems may not be adequate in detecting tiny defects that would compromise chips made with that mask, this analysis notes. The semiconductor industry has wanted to implement actinic pattern mask inspection, yet that technology remains in development.
Cisco is building out its data-driven corporate strategy and plans to expand AppDynamics with the addition of Perspica, an analytics startup. The Perspica purchase, slated to finalize in the second quarter, will "help AppDynamics add a real-time intelligence layer to surface more data, more quickly," Ron Miller writes.
Shifting operations to the cloud provides critical cybersecurity, and selling cloud services has become extremely good business for Oracle, CEO Mark Hurd said. Oracle's cloud revenue, which accounts for 16% of total revenue, increased 51% year over year in the latest quarter to $1.47 billion.
Smart initiatives in Amaravati, India, will transform the city into a "highly futuristic city," says development agency Commissioner Sreedhar Cherukuri. The biggest initiatives will include deploying drones to identify new slums that can be cleared, plus mobile apps and payment systems to prevent residents from avoiding property tax and utility payments.
Many smart cities today are focusing their sights on autonomous and connected vehicles, but opportunities are also available through other forms of transportation, such as connected bikes, analyst Jack Gold writes. GPS and analytics used by companies such as Mobike let the company track bikes and usage while providing a convenient mode of transportation for city residents.
An augmented reality test using Apple's ARKit last month turned up problems with the device and viewing, issues that will be addressed with Parle Innovation's introduction of eyeQ. These binoculars -- which were made available this week for preorder -- are designed to use AR to enhance viewing, provide stats and improve the sports experience.