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Q4 NAND revenues up 8.5%

Driven by strong demand from data centre 4Q19 NAND revenue grew 8.5%, Says TrendForce, while 4Q19 NAND flash bit shipment increased by nearly 10% QoQ. On the supply side, contract prices made a successful rebound due to shortages caused by the power outage at Kioxia’s Yokkaichi production base in June. In sum, 4Q19 NAND flash revenue ...

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IQD launches OCVCSOs

IQD Frequency Products has launched a range of high frequency Oven Controlled Voltage Controlled SAW Oscillators (OCVCSOs). Three frequencies are currently available in the OCVCSO series, 400MHz, 800MHz and 1.2GHz and they are packaged in a 25.4 x 22 x 13.2mm industry standard SMD package. These OCVCSOs have a noise floor of 10dB to 15dB ...

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Xerox vs HP

The M&A battle resumes this morning.  Xerox has issued this statement: “The HP board clearly adopted a poison pill because our offer is receiving overwhelming support from their shareholders,” says Xerox, “regardless of what the company and its army of advisors announce Monday, we believe HP shareholders appreciate that the value we could create by ...

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Semi industry unaffected by coronavirus

The coronavirus has had little effect on the semiconductor industry says Omdia – a newly set up  tech analyst company formed by IHS Markit and Informa Tech. The semiconductor industry appears to have escaped the direct impact of the coronavirus crisis so far, but the market is likely to suffer the repercussions as the outbreak ...

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ISSCC2020: Energy harvesting ICs

Leti has made two energy harvesting chips: ·        Self-Tunable Phase-Shifted SECE Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting IC with a 30nW MPPT achieving 446% Energy-Bandwidth Improvement and 94% Efficiency. ·        Electromagnetic Mechanical Energy Harvester IC with no off-chip Component and One switching period MPPT achieving up to 95.9% end-to-end Efficiency and 460% Energy Extraction Gain.  In the first one, ...

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SI expects 7% semi growth

Bill Jewell’s Semiconductor Intelligence expects to see 7% semiconductor market growth this year. For Q1, SI points out that, of  the eight top companies providing 1Q 2020 revenue guidance, six expect a revenue decline versus 4Q 2019, ranging from -3% from TI to -14.3% from ST. Qualcomm expects a 4.4% increase in revenue and Infineon ...

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Revenue per wafer up at TSMC; down at other foundries

Revenue per wafer is on the increase at TSMC as processes move to 7nm and 5nm, says IC Insights, but are declining at other leading foundries. The success and proliferation of  ICs has largely hinged on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money. Driving down the cost of ...

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PCIe 4.0 NVMe enterprise SSDs shipping

Kioxia’s CM6 and CD6 Series PCIe 4.0 NVMe enterprise SSDs are now shipping. The CM6 and CD6 include in-band NVMe-MI, persistent event log, namespace granularity, and shared stream writes. Both drives are SFF-TA-1001 conformant (also known as U.3), which allows them to be used in tri-mode enabled backplanes, which can accept SAS, SATA or NVMe SSDs. ...

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X-FAB adds two medium voltage transistors

X-FAB Silicon Foundries has availability of two new medium-voltage transistors – complementing the company’s  180nm BCD-on-SOI technology platform (XT018). The new medium voltage devices cover voltages from 12V to 32V. With that customers now have access to a complete portfolio of different voltage options – covering a 10V to 200V voltage range. These NMOS/PMOS devices ...

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