Semiconductors
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8/16/2018

The sheer number of technology conferences have made it difficult for organizations to differentiate their events, write Ed Sperling and Katherine Derbyshire. Within the semiconductor industry, new markets that cut through a number of segments make it harder to group events under one theme, they add.

8/16/2018

Infineon has announced its plan to deliver internet of things chips to JD Group through a partnership with the e-commerce firm. The supplied chips will be used in JD Group's IoT products and server solutions.

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JD Group, Infineon
8/16/2018

The Center for Process Innovation and OXIS Energy are working on the Lithium Innovations for Future Electric vehicles project together, with CPI using OXIS coating technologies and running protective coating trials on lithium-metal cells.

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Oxis Energy
8/16/2018

Square has reduced the processing time of its chip readers and registers to just two seconds. Square implemented Visa's Quick Chip and Mastercard's M/Chip Fast technologies to reduce the speed from 3.6 seconds, which was achieved in 2017.

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Square, MasterCard
8/16/2018

FD-SOI allows more versatility for developers who can decide to reduce the power in ways that aren't possible with finFETs, says STMicroelectronics Director of Technical Marketing Giorgio Cesana. Meanwhile, FD-SOI appears to boast more long-term reliability and functionality at multiple temperature ranges than standard complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors, said James Lamb of Brewer Science.

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James Lamb
8/16/2018

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium is setting benchmarks for power consumption for Bluetooth and security internet of things functions. The SecureMark calculates scores from 1,000 to 100,000 based on joules consumed and microseconds required for 11 functions, while the Bluetooth benchmark will be announced in about a month.

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EE Times
8/15/2018

Semiconductor acquisitions valued at over $40 billion are less likely to be completed amid greater regulatory scrutiny and international trade tensions, predicts IC Insights. Announcements of semiconductor acquisitions totaled $28.3 billion last year.

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DigiTimes
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IC Insights
8/15/2018

Intel's Core and Xeon processors are among those that have three potential flaws that could put certain computer-stored data at risk. "We are not aware of reports that any of these methods have been used in real-world exploits, but this further underscores the need for everyone to adhere to security best practices," wrote Intel in a blog post.

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Intel
8/15/2018

An international team led by University of California at Berkeley chemists have discovered a method of creating schwarzites, which are carbon atoms with negative curvature. "These negatively-curved carbons have been very hard to synthesize on their own, but it turns out that you can grow the carbon film catalytically at the surface of a zeolite," said Efrem Braun, one of the authors of the study.

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Efrem Braun, UC Berkeley
8/15/2018

Marvell has designed a controller that can convert NVMe solid state drives into NVMe-oF SSDs. The new 88SN2400 controller should help improve SSD scalability and versatility within data centers, Marvell said.

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Marvell, NVMe