Toshiba is considering discussions with Western Digital about the sale of its chip unit, but it does not expect to add the US company, its memory manufacturing partner, to the preferred bidding group of Bain Capital and Japanese investors. Toshiba hopes to sew up the chip-unit sale by its annual shareholder meeting on June 28.
Imagination Technologies has been placed up for sale after losing 70% of its business value when Apple decided to produce its graphics chips in-house. "I would expect the company to be sold either in pieces or at a discount," said Jim McGregor of Tirias Research.
Foxconn Technology Group could invest $10 billion or more in creating US manufacturing jobs, beginning with the $7 billion display factory it plans to build in the US, Chairman Terry Gou said. The new factory and its supply chain will likely be located in the Rust Belt of the US, he told shareholders and reporters.
Micralyne and Microplex are collaborating to offer custom wafers with metal through-silicon-vias. The two companies, aiming at semiconductor and sensor applications, plan to begin full production next month.
ROHM Semiconductor is working with the Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore to jointly develop an artificial intelligence chip that will improve predictive maintenance for internet-connected factories. Predictive maintenance helps manufacturers anticipate machinery breakdowns, reducing downtime for repairs.
Seven industry experts discuss how formal verification technology will work with the proposed portable stimulus standard in this roundtable interview. "A big value to formal, if it can be pulled off, is that PS is designed for mortal engineers to be able to code scenarios," said Adnan Hamid of Breker Verification Systems.
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