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UltraSoC extends on-chip analytics architecture for the age of machine learning, artificial intelligence and parallel computing

02/15/2019  Addresses complex multicore systems for automotive, storage, at-scale computing.

eSilicon builds momentum as a strong tier one FinFET ASIC supplier

02/15/2019  eSilicon, a provider of FinFET ASICs, market-specific IP platforms and advanced 2.5D packaging solutions, announced today the achievement of multiple milestones related to the company's growth in the tier one FinFET ASIC market, serving high-bandwidth networking, high-performance computing, AI and 5G infrastructure.

Samsung SDS and IBM collaborate to strengthen open source hyperledger fabric and blockchain ecosystems

02/15/2019  During IBM THINK 2019, IBM’s annual conference focused on technology and business, Samsung SDS announced it is continuing its collaboration with IBM in support of advancing Hyperledger Fabric, an open source cross-industry blockchain technology, with recent code contributions, research and a new white paper.

Cadence selected as primary EDA tool vendor by GLOBALFOUNDRIES

02/15/2019  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced that GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) has chosen Cadence as the primary EDA tool vendor for use in Avera Semi, a GF subsidiary, for advanced node chip design projects.

Molecular Lego blocks

02/15/2019  Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors.

Spintronics by 'straintronics'

02/15/2019  Switching superferromagnetism with electric-field induced strain.

Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors

02/14/2019  Organic semiconductors are lightweight, flexible and easy to manufacture. But they often fail to meet expectations regarding efficiency and stability. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are now deploying data mining approaches to identify promising organic compounds for the electronics of the future.

NRL, AFRL develop direct-write quantum calligraphy in monolayer semiconductors

02/14/2019  Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have developed a way to directly write quantum light sources, which emit a single photon of light at a time, into monolayer semiconductors such as tungsten diselenide.

Advanced packaging: At the heart of innovation

02/14/2019  The semiconductor industry showed impressive figures in 2017: +21.6% YoY growth to reach about US$ 412 billion.

Soitec becomes strategic partner of Silicon Catalyst start-up incubator

02/14/2019  Silicon Catalyst, the world's only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, today announced Soitec, a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor materials, as its first European Strategic Partner.

Sensor accuracy: Critical metric in automotive, industrial, consumer markets

02/13/2019  As group vice president of the Analog & MEMS Group and general manager of the MEMS Sensor division at STMicroelectronics, Andrea Onetti brings nearly three decades of experience in MEMS, sensors and audio systems to his leadership role at one of the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor manufacturers.

Who is leading the RF GaN IP landscape?

02/13/2019  The RF GaN industry is showing an impressive growth with a 23% CAGR between 2017 and 2023, driven by telecom and defense applications. By the end of 2017, the total RF GaN market was close to US$380 million and 2023 should reach more than US$1.3 billion with an evolving industrial landscape.

New approach improving stability and optical properties of perovskite films

02/13/2019  Enabling perovskite LEDs longer lifetime.

SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019 to showcase smart manufacturing, IoT, and workforce development

02/13/2019  Registration opens for Southeast Asia's premier electronics manufacturing supply chain event.

Penn engineers develop room temperature, two-dimensional platform for quantum technology

02/12/2019  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science have now demonstrated a new hardware platform based on isolated electron spins in a two-dimensional material.

Phase transition dynamics in two-dimensional materials

02/12/2019  Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs) such as monolayer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) are atomically thin semiconductors in which a layer of transition metal atom is sandwiched between two layers of chalcogen atoms, in the form MX2.

200mm fabs to add 700,000 wafers through 2022, SEMI reports

02/12/2019  Robust demand for more content for mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive and industrial applications will drive production of 700,000 200mm wafers from 2019 to 2022, a 14 percent increase, reports SEMI.

Maryam Cope joins Semiconductor Industry Association as Government Affairs Director

02/11/2019  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced Maryam Cope has joined the association as government affairs director.

Four Chinese OEMs were among the top 10 global semiconductor customers in 2018

02/11/2019  Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2018, representing 17.9 percent of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner, Inc.

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