With Kioxia Holdings putting off its planned initial public offering this month, SK Hynix will have to wait on acquiring an equity stake of nearly 15% in the Japanese memory maker, which will create an alliance to strengthen its position in the worldwide memory chip market, this analysis notes. If the IPO had gone forward, SK Hynix was in a position to be the third-largest shareholder in Kioxia, behind Bain Capital and Toshiba.
Huawei Technologies is willing to submit outside examination of its networking systems, especially those for 5G wireless networks, according to Luigi De Vecchis, president of the embattled Chinese company's Italian subsidiary. "We will open our insides, we are available to be vivisected to respond to all of this political pressure," he says.
STMicroelectronics brought out MasterGaN, a platform embedding a silicon-based half-bridge driver with two gallium nitride transistors. The product is meant for power adapters and chargers and used in applications focused on the consumer and industrial sectors.
Huawei Technologies and Intel debuted the FusionServer Pro V6 Intelligent Server, meant for heterogeneous computing. The server has four Gen3 Xeon Scalable processors, 48 DDR4 dual in-line memory modules and 11 PCIe slots for local data storage, and capabilities for artificial intelligence training and inference modules.
At the virtual VMworld conference, Dell Technologies unveiled VMware Site Recovery Manager 8.3, which supports virtual volumes to manage virtual data storage. Pure Storage, a Dell EMC competitor, is supporting VMware's storage management, Tanzu container integration and NVMe-over Fabrics offerings.
Tera operations per second, an industry metric known as TOPS, is often cited as an important measurement for dedicated artificial intelligence processors, Jeremy Horwitz writes. "Simple measures like TOPS have their appeal, but over time, they tend to lose whatever meaning and marketing appeal they might initially have had," he asserts.
The worldwide foundry market will increase 17% this year to reach $70 billion, DigiTimes Research forecasts, noting 2021 will see another 6.8% increase. Demand for 5G smartphones, high-performance computing applications and work-from-home activities due to the coronavirus pandemic are among the factors driving the growth in foundry services, it was said.
Arm brought out the Cortex-A78AE high-performance CPU,
the Mali-G78AE graphics processing unit and Mali-C71AE image signal processor, all of which have security features baked into the core designs. The new cores are aimed at use in autonomous driving and industrial facilities.
This year is shaping as the second-largest year for mergers and acquisitions deals in the semiconductor industry, largely thanks to Nvidia's agreement to buy Arm for $40 billion and the proposed $21 billion acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products by Analog Devices, IC Insights reports. This year, with three more months to go, may possibly top 2015's M&A totals of $107.7 billion.
The Nora-B1 module from u-blox pairs Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2 connectivity and two Arm Cortex-M33 cores, aimed at secure applications in industrial systems and outdoor lighting. The module contains Nordic Semiconductor's nRF5340 radio-frequency system-on-a-chip device.
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