Developments in artificial intelligence and 5G applications will require chipmakers to develop solutions beyond Intel and Nvidia's current chipsets, according to industry sources. Chipmakers and firms such as Intel, Nvidia, Google and Microsoft are among the companies currently developing AI chipset solutions.
Chinese memory firms Yangtze Memory Technologies, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit and Innotron Memory plan to begin commercial production next year. YMTC has received orders for more than 10,000 32-layer 3D NAND flash chips, while Jinhua and Innotron expect to focus on DRAM production and 8-gigabyte LPDDR4 chips, respectively.
Analog Devices has debuted a wideband synthesizer with an integrated voltage-controlled oscillator that can be used in aerospace, wireless infrastructure and other applications. ADI's ADF5610 features 50% less power dissipation and simpler architecture than alternative solutions.
FD-SOI has left the realm of niche technology, thanks to its applications in IoT, 5G, edge computing and other areas, according to Soitec Chief Technology Officer Carlos Mazure. "FD-SOI is really driving new uses for older technology," said Screen Semiconductor Solutions Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Olivier Vatel, adding, "It's not at the cutting edge like finFETs, but it's still interesting enough to semiconductor makers."
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology is soliciting information regarding hiring challenges, upcoming changes in staffing levels, ideas regarding apprenticeship programs and how to stimulate workforce growth in the semiconductor industry. NIST has set an Aug. 15 deadline for replies to its questionnaire.
Texas Instruments announced CEO Brian Crutcher has resigned over code of conduct violations. Chairman Rich Templeton will return to the president and CEO roles indefinitely, the company said.
South Korea plans to increase its support for in-country development of advanced memory chips, said Paik Un-gyu, the nation's minister of trade, industry and energy. The government-backed efforts stem from a growing rivalry between South Korean and Chinese chipmakers.
Aggressive electrodes can be stabilized with fluorinated electrolytes to improve the capacity of electric vehicle batteries, say researchers from the University of Maryland, the US Army Research Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory. "We have created a fluorine-based electrolyte to enable a lithium-metal anode, which is known to be notoriously unstable, and demonstrated a battery that lasts up to a thousand cycles with high capacity," say Xiulin Fan and Long Chen, postdoctoral researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Six industry executives discuss artificial intelligence, processing and architecture. The chasm that exists between good ideas that feature AI and scalable deployment of machine learning-based products exists "because a lot of the solutions are very deterministic, and I think the key to success is being able to build in flexibility and adaptability and learning into these approaches," said David White, an engineer at Cadence.
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