Semiconductors
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4/3/2020

SK Hynix plans to start volume production of DDR DRAMs this year, enabling the introduction of DDR5-8400 modules in the near future. SK Hynix's Sungsoo Ryu says, "In the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is represented by 5G, autonomous vehicle, AI, augmented reality, virtual reality, big data and other applications, DDR5 DRAM can be utilized for next-gen high performance computing and AI-based data analysis."

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4/3/2020

Samsung Electronics is expected to report $44.9 billion in sales for the first quarter, an increase of 5.5% year-over-year, while the Q1 operating profit will be down 0.09% compared with last year, analysts predict. Meanwhile, Samsung suspended production at its home appliance factory in Newberry County, S.C., after two employees tested positive for coronavirus; following cleaning and disinfection, production is expected to resume on Monday.

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4/3/2020

The UK's Royal Society wants to see digital technologies used in the pursuit of "net zero" carbon emissions around the world. Artificial intelligence and machine learning could be used toward this goal, says the Royal Society's Andy Hopper, who also serves as a professor of computer technology at Cambridge University.

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4/3/2020

Murata Manufacturing worked with Google to produce the Coral Accelerator Module, an artificial intelligence module in a very small form factor. The module is paired with the Google Edge TPU, a custom application-specific integrated circuit for AI applications at the network edge.

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New Electronics
4/3/2020

NXP Semiconductors and Microsoft are collaborating on wider adoption of the Azure RTOS, a real-time operating system that works with NXP's microcontrollers. The companies enable the use of Azure RTOS within NXP's MCUXpresso software development kit.

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New Electronics
4/3/2020

Achieving system-level security requires more than the incorporation of a secure processor in a system-on-a-chip device, this analysis notes. The writers tout the use of Tortuga Logic's Radix-S security verification platform with Synopsys' DesignWare ARC Processor intellectual property.

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4/2/2020

Micron Technology plans to start volume production of 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory devices in the current fiscal quarter, using its replacement gate technology. Commercial shipments of those memory chips will commence in the following quarter, the chipmaker told analysts.

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AnandTech
4/2/2020

Mobile devices and the internet of things can provide data useful in combating the coronavirus pandemic, Susan Rambo writes. "The location trackers in smartphones help us see who is moving around really, when we are supposed to be sheltering in place," she notes.

4/2/2020

In recent years, ON Semiconductor has developed a variety of energy-saving microchips, some of which are used in electric and hybrid vehicles, Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy writes. "We should all feel good about the fact that ON Semiconductor's energy-efficient semiconductors are likely going to be inside many of tomorrow's connected devices and likely to be somewhere in your possession as the company shipped a staggering 8 semiconductors per person in the world last year," he concludes.

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4/2/2020

Intel brought out its 10-generation Core "Comet Lake-H" mobile processors, capable of operating at 5.3 gigahertz. The chips are meant to provide greater speed for playing games and uploading videos on laptops.

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