Advanced Micro Devices posted a 40% gain in revenue to reach $1.65 billion for the first quarter, higher than expectations, which indicates the chip design company is taking processor market share away from longtime rival Intel. AMD CEO Lisa Su told analysts that Ryzen chips represented 60% of the company's Q1 client processor revenue, up from the low 40s in the previous quarter.
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is looking toward its national semiconductor industry to provide breakthroughs in core IC technology. Chen Yin, the ministry's chief engineer, told reporters, "To further boost the IC industry, China will stick to the path of innovative development, opening-up and cooperation, and strengthen industrial cooperation with international partners."
Researchers at Canada's Waterloo University used dehydration to produce conjugated polymers, a plastic material that conducts electricity. These poly(hetero)arenes could be used to make flexible electronics, such as biochemical and chemical sensors, light-emitting diode displays and solar cells, they say.
Panasonic's LP-Series power choke coils and ZE-Series conductive polymer hybrid aluminum surface-mount capacitors can be obtained from TTI in Europe. The parts are said to have a high ripple current of up to 2 amperes.
XP Power brought out four high-power-density DC-DC converters for applications in railway traction, rolling stock and harsh environments. The converters can be used in access and ticketing machines, radio/communication systems, video surveillance, drive and power control and warning and protection systems.
Advanced process nodes are gaining adoption faster than anticipated, while presenting new challenges, this analysis notes. "Design rule manuals are now thousands of pages, and the layout teams are pulling their hair out figuring out how to make changes without impacting another layer," said Deepak Sabharwal of eSilicon.
Samsung Electronics is initiating volume production of a 16-gigabit LPDDR4X DRAM for automotive applications and other uses that involve extreme temperatures. The low-power memory chip will be made with a 10-nanometer process.
China's National Integrated Circuit Investment Fund will welcome overseas investors to participate as it raises a second fund to support the nation's domestic semiconductor industry, said Chen Yin of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The reversal in investment policy comes as China engages in a trade spat with the US, which has banned American companies from selling microchips to ZTE.
Micron Technology is upgrading the DRAM production capabilities at its plants in Taiwan, taking on around 1,150 new employees as it boosts DRAM output to meet market demand. The facility in Taichung will widen its offerings in high-end IC packaging and testing services for automotive DRAMs, company officials said.
University of Michigan researchers report developing a method to stack solution-processed organic solar cells atop vacuum-processed cells. These tandem solar cells are capable of 15% energy-conversion efficiency, they say.
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