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9/25/2018

Renesas Electronics is offering a microcontroller-based approach to implementing artificial intelligence technology on the factory floor. The chip company is proposing "real-time continuous AI" for operational technology, making it easier to develop embedded AI for fault detection and predictive maintenance in OT.

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9/25/2018

Ampleon brought out the BLF189XRA high-power, radio-frequency transistor, meant for use in FM radio applications. The rugged device is said to be capable of operating at 88 megahertz to 108MHz.

9/25/2018

STMicroelectronics partnered with Leti and IRT Nanoelec to develop a gallium nitride-on-silicon process that ST will use to fabricate power transistors. The GaN-on-Si chips will be used in power conversion applications, including automotive on-board chargers for electric vehicles and hybrids, servers and wireless charging.

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9/25/2018

The Electronic Components Industry Association came up with the AC7403 audit checklist for certifying electronics distributors through the Performance Review Institute. ECIA's Don Elario said, "The audit checklist verifies that there is a system in place which should prevent counterfeit parts from getting into the supply chain."

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9/25/2018

Researchers at Australia's Curtin University report development of nanocrystals that don't contain noble metals or toxic materials, such as cadmium, for use as catalysts converting solar energy into hydrogen. "These nanomaterials may be of great interest to the energy industry, as they are made from cheap and near-abundant elements and offer industries a potential cleaner and cheaper fuel source," said Guohua Jia, the lead researcher in the project.

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9/24/2018

Asian manufacturers are relocating their production from China while the Trump administration increases tariffs on products made in China, with another $200 billion in goods targeted in the latest round. Intel, which fabricates its microchips in the US yet relies on Chinese plants to assemble them into IC packages, says it would be impractical to move those facilities, since "it is too expensive to relocate established and integrated supply chains."

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9/24/2018

Taiwan-based AP Memory Technology says it will license some of its memory chip intellectual property, offer more IC design services and reduce its reliance on sales of low-power DRAM products. The fabless semiconductor company hopes to improve its gross margins and profits during the fourth quarter and the first six months of next year.

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DigiTimes
9/24/2018

Paper-based electronics can help reduce the tide of toxic electronic waste, since it is biodegradable, and it can be folded to fit into small form factors, this analysis notes. Flexible bio-batteries, which can use bacteria to produce an electrical charge, are another element in reducing e-waste.

9/24/2018

Huawei says its Kirin 980 artificial intelligence chip, made with a 7-nanometer process, will be in consumer devices for sale in India before the end of 2018. The chipset is fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing from a Huawei design.

9/24/2018

Graphcore, ThinCI, Wave Computing and Habana are among startups providing early silicon to potential customers, offering field-programmable gate arrays and system-on-a-chip devices that are optimized to perform machine learning tasks. Tractica forecasts the deep-learning chipset market will grow to $66.3 billion by 2025, up from $1.6 billion in 2017.

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