Applied Materials reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $3.55 billion for the period ended April 30, up 45% from a year earlier, and forecast its fiscal third-quarter revenue will be between $3.6 billion and $3.75 billion. "Applied Materials delivered the highest quarterly revenue and earnings in our history, and we've now set new earnings records for four quarters in a row," President and CEO Gary Dickerson said in a statement.
An Steegen of imec remains optimistic on advancing process technology past the 2-nanometer node, looking ahead to a 14-angstrom node in the next decade. "We're still trying to come up with what goes into that bucket, but how we fill it in may be quite different than what we have done before," she said during the Imec Technology Forum in Antwerp, Belgium.
Researchers at Rice University report resolving the dendrite issue in lithium-ion batteries, which can cause the batteries to fail and sometimes to explode. The research team combined carbon nanotubes and graphene to store the lithium in their battery design, creating a rechargeable lithium-metal battery.
Samsung Electronics introduced the production-ready ARTIK 053 module, featuring an ARM Cortex-R4 core running at 320 megahertz. The module is aimed at internet of things applications in building products, connected home appliances, health care devices and industrial automation.
ServicePower, a supplier of supply chain optimization software, is using research by doctoral candidate Alex Syrichas to provide quantum computing capabilities on conventional computer hardware. The research addresses the non-deterministic polynomial-time problem.
While Renesas Electronics remains a world leader as a supplier of automotive chips, the company is turning its attention to health care, the internet of things and wearable gadgets, this article notes. The chip vendor is touting the use of Silicon-on-Thin-Box process technology, its version of fully depleted silicon-on-insulator tech.
Worldwide shortages in 200-millimeter wafer fabrication equipment and 200mm production capacity are expected to continue for the rest of this year and probably into 2018, this analysis notes. "This situation has been this way since early last year and is expected to remain so into the foreseeable future," said Walter Ng of United Microelectronics.
Texas Instruments has unveiled a development platform for its AWR1x and IWR1x millimeter-wave sensors, enhancing the sensing capabilities of the chips. Both sensor lines are touted for the exacting specifications of automotive electronics.
Broadcom and a group led by private equity firm KKR reportedly have taken the lead in acquiring Toshiba's memory-chip business as the second round of bidding concludes. Bain Capital has teamed up with SK Hynix to bid for the chip unit, which may sell for $18 billion to $20 billion to help alleviate Toshiba's financial woes.
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