April 20, 2021
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The UK government will look into Nvidia's proposed $40 billion acquisition of Arm to ascertain whether there are national security considerations. The Competition and Markets Authority, the UK's competition regulator, plans to investigate and prepare a report with its findings set to be released this summer.
Full Story: Reuters (4/19),  The Verge (4/19) 
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ICs, Memory & More
IC makers face a tough task to end chip shortages
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The semiconductor shortages plaguing the automotive industry and other markets will take some time to eliminate, this analysis notes. Building and bringing up new wafer fabrication facilities will take several years, even for the less-advanced microchips that are presenting the current issue, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (4/19) 
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Going Green
Next-generation connectors will be crucial to the use of photovoltaic solar panels, writes Roger Franz of TE Connectivity. "Tandem cells that can independently capture two different regions of solar spectrum using both silicon and perovskite technology continue to improve efficiencies," Franz notes.
Full Story: Electronic Design (4/20) 
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Semiconductors in Action
Taiwan's AAEON Technology developed a 3.5-inch land grid array 1200 socket motherboard to accommodate Intel's "Comet Lake" Core, Celeron and Pentium processors. The motherboard is meant for artificial intelligence applications in edge computing.
Full Story: Electronics Weekly (UK) (4/20) 
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Dell Technologies brought out the PowerStore 500, an entry-level model in the company's line of enterprise storage systems. The system's software is said to boost the speed of data processing while supporting NVMe-over-Fibre Channel technology.
Full Story: TechTarget (free registration) (4/20) 
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Testing & Standards
The Pegasus Verification System from Cadence Design Systems is certified by Samsung Foundry for the chipmaker's 5-nanometer and 7nm process nodes. The Korean company offers a process design kit to go with the 5/7nm process technologies.
Full Story: New Electronics (4/20) 
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