The escalating trade war between China and the US is causing some Taiwanese manufacturers to pull back production from plants in China, says TH Tung, chairman of Pegatron. His company has acquired facilities in Taiwan to expand its manufacturing services, although Taiwan presents a number of resource challenges, such as electrical power, land and water, along with workforce issues, he acknowledges.
The Science Based Targets initiative, launched four years ago, attracted more than 130 companies during 2018, with those firms committing to reduce their carbon emissions. "This is a pivotal year for global climate action," says Mahindra Group CEO Anand Mahindra.
Ampere Computing brought out its first processors for servers used in data centers, Arm-based chip designs that will be used by Lenovo Group and other server manufacturers. The chip startup is led by Renee James, the former president of Intel, which dominates the server processor market.
Mentor debuted LightSuite Photonic Compiler, an automated layout system for developing integrated photonic designs, paired with its Calibre RealTime Custom verification tool. The new system is aimed at optical applications in high-performance computing, high-speed networking and lidar chips for autonomous vehicles.
NXP Semiconductors' Steve Owen says the chip company is looking forward to fielding competitive products for 5G cellular communications, artificial intelligence, automotive electronics and the internet of things, now that the drama over Qualcomm's proposed acquisition of NXP has ended. "Every major change to NXP is making the company stronger," he says in this interview.
Industry confidence in the progress of extreme ultraviolet lithography is still high, while the technology's fitness for volume semiconductor manufacturing is a concern, a survey by the eBeam Initiative shows. The photomask market will see a compound annual growth rate of at least 4.1% into 2020, survey respondents forecast, although turnaround times for advanced masks continue to be resistant to improvement.
Renesas Electronics brought out an open image signal processor bundle, meant to be integrated with its R-Car V3M and R-Car V3H system-on-a-chip devices for automotive smart camera applications. The offering includes Sony's IMX390 image sensor and the Automotive Camera Development Kit from MM Solutions.
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology report development of a new, improved method for transferring nanowires to a flexible substrate. Using physical vapor deposition technology, the team was able to place nanowires on flexible substrates with a nanosacrificial layer and nanowires on a nanograting substrate.
Release 3 of the oneM2M standard for the internet of things addresses 3GPP interworking, providing greater support for cellular IoT connectivity. "The ultimate goal of oneM2M is to open up the IoT ecosystem and improve the business case for players looking to launch services," said Omar Elloumi of Nokia.
After the microcontroller market hit a rough patch in 2016, growth resumed last year and is expected to continue through 2022, largely thanks to the internet of things and increasing use of sensors, IC Insights says. The market research firm forecasts MCU sales will have a compound annual growth rate of 7.2% over five years, hitting almost $23.9 billion in 2022.