Microsoft intends to be carbon negative by 2030 and is launching a Climate Innovation Fund to pick up the pace of development for carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. The fund will support innovative work with equity and debt investments.
While most data is in digital form, the analog nature of the world must be addressed at times, Brian Bailey writes. Mick Tegethoff of Mentor, a Siemens Business, says, "This is one of the large challenges for 5G or the ecosystem around automotive."
GigaDevice Semiconductor signed a worldwide supply chain agreement with Mouser Electronics to distribute the company's serial NOR flash memory, serial NAND flash memory and parallel NAND flash memory devices. The memories are used in automotive, consumer, industrial, internet of things, mobile computing, networking and telecommunications applications.
Seattle-based Xnor, a startup developing artificial intelligence technology that can run on embedded processors, has reportedly been acquired by Apple for $200 million. The startup was spun out of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence three years ago and had raised $14.6 million in private funding.
Dan McNamara was selected to head up the EPYC server processor business at Advanced Micro Devices, reporting to Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group. McNamara led Intel's Network and Custom Logic Group before leaving the chipmaker in October and previously worked at Altera, which Intel acquired in 2015 for $16.7 billion.
Manufacturers of memory modules are currently replenishing their inventory levels in anticipation of rising prices this year for memory chips, industry sources say. Order visibility has strengthened for the module firms, which expect average selling prices to increase by 20% to 30% compared with 2019, sources note.
Future Horizons CEO Malcolm Penn predicts the worldwide semiconductor market will realize sales of about $451.6 billion this year, a 10.2% increase from 2019. Semiconductor sales rebounded in the third quarter of last year, with average sale prices rising, even for memory chips, he notes.
STMicroelectronics struck an agreement with SiCrystal to acquire silicon carbide wafers worth more than $120 million over multiple years. ST will procure 150-millimeter SiC wafers from the Rohm Group unit for producing automotive and industrial chips.
Eaton's Taiwanese subsidiary will advise local manufacturers on complying with the country's Renewable Energy Development Act, which requires domestic factories to internally generate renewable energy or purchase green power from outside parties. Howard Kung, Eaton's country manager in Taiwan, says his company will provide power management offerings to Taiwanese factories.
Silanna Semiconductor brought out the SZ1101 and SZ1105 active clamp flyback controllers for use in designing high-power-density AC/DC power adapters. The SZ1101 33-watt version is designed for mobile phone travel chargers and the SZ1105 65W version can be used in compact adapters for multi-port wall chargers, notebook computers and video game consoles.
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