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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Silicon Labs delivers 2.4GHz Wireless SoCs for electronic shelf labels

Silicon Labs has announced a family of wireless system-on-chip SoCs designed for power- and size-constrained IoT products powered by batteries or energy harvesting sources. Target applications include electronic shelf labels (ESL), building security, industrial automation sensors and custom modules for commercial lighting. Based on Silicon Labs’ wireless Gecko series 2 platform, the EFR32FG22 (FG22) SoCs ...

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Lens-less microscope-on-a-chip

A diffuser moved randomly over a sample can be the basis of a computational microscope, according to researchers at the University of Connecticut. Lensless computational microscopy is not new – Horiba and French research lab Leti revealed one a couple of years ago. A disadvantage is that a lot of computing power is needed to reverse-engineer diffraction patterns ...

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Dr Nike Folayan MBE joins BrightSparks judging panel

We’re pleased to announce yet another addition to the EW BrightSparks judging panel with Dr Nike Folayan MBE. The final judging panel for BrightSparks, run in partnership with RS Components, comprises eight members including Lindsley Ruth, the CEO of RS, Clive Couldwell, EW’s own group editor, and now Dr Folayan. The competition remains open for ...

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Keeping Pb inside solar cells and out of the environment

Perovskite solar cells show great potential for low-cost large-scale generation, but all the best ones contain lead (Pb), adding an environmental risk if that are to be widely deployed. Now researchers at Northern Illinois University with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory have created a self-sequestering perovskite solar cell – one that binds up over ...

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Mouser Electronics to distribute Sony Spresense dev boards

Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with Sony Electronics to distribute Spresense development boards for edge computing solutions. As part of the agreement, Mouser now offers Spresense development boards, suitable for implementation areas including logistics, robotics, AI, audio, and IoT. The Spresense main board is based on the multicore 156MHz CXD5602 microcontroller with ...

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Ultrasound could make metallic lithium batteries safe, and more

Metallic lithium batteries offer far more performance than lithium-ion cells, and are so dangerous that no one uses them. One of the problems is dendrite growth – long thin crystals of lithium grow from the electrodes – that can short the cell and lead to self-destruction. Now the University of California San Diego has found ...

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XMOS reveals AI processor for IoT

Bristol-based XMOS has developed a processor for artificial intelligence processing in IoT products, combining AI processing, DSP, control and IO. It has been branded xcore.ai and has: 16 real-time logical cores, with support for scalar/float/vector instructions IO ports with nanosecond latency for real-time response Support for binarized (1bit, see below), 8bit, 16 bit and 32bit neural ...

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