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7/2/2020

The worldwide market for gallium nitride and silicon carbide power semiconductors will be worth more than $1 billion next year due to demand from electric vehicles and hybrids, photovoltaic inverters and power supplies, Omdia forecasts. In 2020, the GaN/SiC power chip market will hit $854 million, compared with $571 million in 2018, and growing to more than $5 billion by 2029, the market research firm predicts.

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New Electronics, DigiTimes
7/2/2020

Citing the coronavirus pandemic, Samsung Electonics decided against exhibiting at the upcoming Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) trade fair, but it will have an online press conference at the event. LG Electronics says it will participate in IFA, likely without setting up a booth on the show floor.

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Samsung
7/2/2020

Samsung Electronics captured half the global market for memory chips going into smartphones during the first quarter of this year, followed by SK Hynix and Micron Technology, Strategy Analytics estimates. Those three vendors accounted for nearly 84% of the market revenue, it was said.

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DigiTimes
7/2/2020

Renesas Electronics brought out the R7F0E01182xxx line, part of its RE01 Group product line, featuring the company's silicon-on-thin-buried-oxide process and now in volume production. The embedded controller is meant for use in environmental sensing, smart buildings, smart homes, structure monitoring, trackers and wearable electronics.

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Renesas Electronics
7/2/2020

An academic research team reports manipulating magnetic skyrmions through voltages, a development that could lead to production of skyrmion memory chips. "Our finding demonstrates the possibility of controlling skyrmion states using electric fields, which could ultimately lead to more compact, energy-efficient nanomagnetic devices," says Dhritiman Bhattacharya, an engineer at Virginia Commonwealth University, which collaborated with the University of California at Los Angeles.

7/2/2020

Researchers are honing new approaches to the training of machine learning systems, Bryon Moyer writes. Elias Fallon of Cadence Design Systems says, "The one [training method] that everyone's looking at is supervised learning."

7/1/2020

Intel temporarily suspended shipping chips to Inspur, China's largest manufacturer of servers and the third-largest server supplier in the world. "Intel has temporarily paused shipments to this one customer in order to make a few changes to our supply chain as required by US law," the chipmaker said in a statement.

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Global Times (China)
7/1/2020

American companies lead the world in semiconductor technology innovation, yet just around 12% of microchip manufacturing is done in the US, writes Keith Jackson, president and CEO of ON Semiconductor. "America's economic growth and national security rely on cutting-edge semiconductors to stay ahead of global competitors," he asserts.

7/1/2020

Computing at the network edge and other edge applications have yet to see any dominant suppliers, this analysis notes. Ron Lowman of Synopsys says, "The edge device companies are playing around with more advanced technology, like spiking neural networks that are highly compressed and act more like the brain."

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Ron Lowman
7/1/2020

Texas Instruments brought out the BQ25790 and BQ25792 buck-boost battery charger chips. The ICs are meant to provide faster charging and longer life for batteries used in building automation systems, portable medical devices and small personal electronic equipment.