China's new fabrication plants part of "Made in China 2025" plan | Qualcomm to unify AI research under new division | Samsung reveals upcoming process technology plans
May 25, 2018
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China's new fabrication plants part of "Made in China 2025" plan
China will construct new semiconductor fabrication plants as part of President Xi Jinping's "Made in China 2025" plan, which includes a goal of turning China into a technological leader. "As China embarks on the 'Made in China 2025' plan with electronics and semiconductor technology as one of the Top 10 focus areas, [its] semiconductor industry has an unprecedented growth opportunity," SEMI China President Lung Chu said.
Asia Times (5/24) 
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ICs, Memory & More
Qualcomm to unify AI research under new division
Qualcomm to unify AI research under new division
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Qualcomm has created Qualcomm A.I. Research, a division that will unify the company's efforts to research embedded artificial intelligence. The new unit will also work to improve data efficiency in machine learning and device personalization.
Electronic Design (5/24) 
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Samsung reveals upcoming process technology plans
Samsung has discussed its upcoming process technology plans, including updates on 7-nanometer Low Power Plus, 5nm Low Power Early, 4nm Low Power Early/Plus and 3nm Gate-All-Around Early/Plus technologies.
DigiTimes (5/24) 
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Going Green
Analysis: Green labels alone won't reach consumers
Shoppers are unlikely to notice and understand sustainability logos and labels without education on how brands are committed to sustainability, Julie Rice writes. The best approach is to use marketing messaging on various platforms to inform customers before they shop, she says.
GreenBiz (5/24) 
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Semiconductors in Action
Clariant's Humitector cards now available
Clariant's Humitector Type 2 nonreversible humidity indicator cards are now available, providing protection for moisture-sensitive devices. The cards have been approved by JEDEC to be used in surface mount devices' dry packing.
Packaging Business Review (U.K.) (5/24) 
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Researchers use inexpensive silicon to generate microwaves
Researchers claim that they can generate microwaves using silicon, which carries about one-twentieth the cost of gallium arsenide and could allow for reduced costs in sensors and other devices. Chalmers University of Technology's Daryoush Shiri used computational nanotechnology to demonstrate that silicon nanowires can emit microwaves when exposed to increased voltage.
New Electronics (5/24) 
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Testing & Standards
Verification 3.0 will provide opportunities to startups
The move to Verification 3.0 will provide new challenges and opportunities in the electronic design automation space, writes Brian Bailey. While traditional EDA firms will plan an important role, "startups have much more innovative ideas and the ability to turn on a dime in response to market needs and business models," he writes.
Semiconductor Engineering (5/24) 
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JEDEC News
JEDEC welcomes new member companies to the Association
JEDEC is the global leader in developing standards for the microelectronics industry, bringing together thousands of member company volunteers in over 100 technical committees and task groups to meet the needs of every segment of the industry. JEDEC is pleased to extend a warm welcome to new member companies Ampere Computing, Biwin Storage Technology Co., Clarke Bowers Consulting, Introspect Technology, and Mercury Systems - MSS. Interested in JEDEC membership for your company? Find out more and join today.
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