Chinese regulators have approved the sale of a majority stake in Toshiba's microchip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital. Toshiba confirmed that it has collected "all required antitrust approvals" for the sale.
Foundries are expanding 200-millimeter radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator technology fab capacities in response to growing demand, while GlobalFoundries, TowerJazz, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. are focusing on 300mm RF SOI fab processes. Original equipment manufacturers are adding more RF components in smartphones, leading to higher demand that is currently outpacing supply in the RF SOI supply chain, writes Mark Lapedus.
Taiwan's strategy of sending promising individuals in high-tech industries to the US and other nations to study and learn new skills has helped the country keep up with the fast pace of the semiconductor industry, reports the Minister of Science and Technology Liang-Gee Chen. "For rising stars to be born in Taiwan, we need to create opportunities where our young people can build connections with companies in different countries," Chen says.
Tsinghua Unigroup will partner with the Tianjin government to construct a $1.88 billion headquarters for its cloud business in the Chinese city. Meanwhile, the company has started construction on a chip and cloud center in northwestern China.
Dialog Semiconductor's GreenPAK configurable mixed-signal IC solutions help designers easily change circuit layouts and handle testing, said Mark Tyndall, general manager of Dialog's emerging business group.
The Lenovo Ideapad 330 will be the first products to feature Intel's 10-nanometer processors. The 10nm chip boasts 4 megabytes of smart cache, supports up to 32 gigabytes of memory and includes two cores.
The fully depleted silicon-on-insulator process offer lower design costs and fewer masks to provide design optimization while allowing for radio frequency integration on the same chip, said GlobalFoundries Chief Technology Officer Gary Patton. FD-SOI doesn't compete with finFET, as "planar devices are far superior to finFET devices in RF," said Patton.
Intel has rolled out a toolkit for the rapid deployment of computer vision for edge computing. Open Visual Inference & Neural Network Optimization is designed to be compatible with other popular frameworks such as TensorFlow and Caffe.
Chipmakers in South Korea will continue to post high sales totals this year as the global chip market maintains its growth, IC Insights reports. The SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group said, "Reaching their highest recorded quarterly level ever, worldwide silicon wafer area shipments jumped to 3,084 million square inches during the first quarter 2018."
Global chip resistor demand is greatly outpacing supply, reports Anglia Components. Higher chip resistor demand is said to be mostly related to an increase of electronic features in automotive, industrial and consumer products.
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