Cypress Semiconductor incorporated Arm's Cortex-M0 core in the new Semper NOR flash and Excelon F-RAM device lines, adding greater functionality and security to those memory microchips, which can be used in automotive applications. The Arm technology enables secure-boot services.
With the emergence of applications in 5G, artificial intelligence and the internet of things, the memory chip market should recover during 2020, market observers say. Applied Materials, one of the world's largest suppliers of semiconductor equipment, sees DRAM device investment picking up next year.
As wireless carriers begin to roll out 5G services in China, South Korea, the US and other markets, sales of 5G smartphones are seen slowly gaining momentum. Some chip vendors will benefit sooner rather than later as 5G adoption grows, this analysis notes.
Arrow Electronics is stocking and shipping SIGFOX-MOD1-certified Sigfox modules created by XoverIoT for internet of things applications using Sigfox's low-power wireless connectivity. There are two versions of the modules: the SIGFOX-MOD1-C and the SIGFOX-MOD1-E.
While there are a number of emerging memory device technologies, the DRAM is expected to survive as a workhorse technology for some years to come. Graham Allan of Synopsys says, "It's a very resilient technology," adding, "The biggest change in the DRAM market is the amount of non-DRAM logic for other functions that is now on the die."
Qualcomm will pay $3.1 billion to TDK to buy out the Japanese company's ownership in RF360 Holdings, a joint venture in radio-frequency front-end development. The purchase will enable the chip design company to tightly integrate Snapdragon processors, antennas, RF front-ends and 5G modems in one package, according to Qualcomm.
Sony is rejecting a proposal by Third Point, an activist hedge fund that has invested $1.5 billion in the consumer electronics company, to spin off its semiconductor business segment as an independent, publicly held venture. The chip unit, which makes image sensors for smartphones and digital cameras, is a "crucial growth driver" for the company, Sony said in a letter to shareholders.
Chinese chipmakers will buy more than $14 billion in semiconductor equipment next year, an increase of about 21% from 2019, outpacing Taiwan and South Korea, which will spend $11.64 billion and $10.47 billion, respectively, in 2020, SEMI forecasts. China's expenditures in 2020 will be led by Tsinghua Unigroup and other silicon foundries, the trade organization says.
Researchers at Germany's University of Goettingen report replacing metal films in high-resolution microscopes with single layers of graphene, improving the resolution by a factor of 10, they say. This resolves an issue with single-molecule localization super-resolution microscopy, which previously could locate molecules only in two dimensions.
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