Broadcom, Google, Intel, Qualcomm and Xilinx are among the American companies shutting off their supply of products and services to Huawei Technologies in the wake of the Trump administration instituting a US shutdown of the Chinese company's supply chain. Infineon Technologies, a chipmaker based in Germany, also is blacklisting Huawei.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology estimates the country's semiconductor industry output was worth $231 billion in 2018, a sign of strength amid trade uncertainty with the US. The China Semiconductor Industry Association says China's 2018 IC industry revenue increased by 20.7% from 2017.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise agreed to acquire Cray for about $1.4 billion, taking over a supercomputing pioneer company that will bolster HPE's profile in high-performance computing technology. Seattle-based Cray currently has 49 supercomputing systems installed, just ahead of HPE's 46 systems.
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich came up with a highly efficient water-splitting catalyst, a double-helix semiconductor structure with carbon nitride that improves efficiencies in producing hydrogen. "From this, we can manufacture flexible semiconductor components in a further technical step," TUM Professor Tom Nilges says.
LG Electronics came up with an artificial intelligence microchip with its proprietary LG Neural Engine for simultaneous localization and mapping, among other AI applications. Products incorporating the AI chip won't require a network connection, the company says.
In-chip monitoring is becoming a requirement for system-on-a-chip devices with 10-nanometer and smaller features, this analysis notes. "In-chip monitoring started out as an insurance policy some years ago, but is now very much part of the SoC architecture, and it enables substantial power savings," says Oliver King, chief technology officer at Moortec Semiconductor.