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8/15/2018

Semiconductor acquisitions valued at over $40 billion are less likely to be completed amid greater regulatory scrutiny and international trade tensions, predicts IC Insights. Announcements of semiconductor acquisitions totaled $28.3 billion last year.

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8/15/2018

Intel's Core and Xeon processors are among those that have three potential flaws that could put certain computer-stored data at risk. "We are not aware of reports that any of these methods have been used in real-world exploits, but this further underscores the need for everyone to adhere to security best practices," wrote Intel in a blog post.

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8/15/2018

An international team led by University of California at Berkeley chemists have discovered a method of creating schwarzites, which are carbon atoms with negative curvature. "These negatively-curved carbons have been very hard to synthesize on their own, but it turns out that you can grow the carbon film catalytically at the surface of a zeolite," said Efrem Braun, one of the authors of the study.

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8/15/2018

Marvell has designed a controller that can convert NVMe solid state drives into NVMe-oF SSDs. The new 88SN2400 controller should help improve SSD scalability and versatility within data centers, Marvell said.

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8/15/2018

Toshiba has designed a second line of M3H microcontrollers for consumer and industrial applications. The new line will include 64 to 144-pin packages, an operating frequency of 80 megahertz, from 256 to 512 kilobytes of flash memory and 32KB of data flash memory.

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8/15/2018

Hermetic packaging and sealing have allowed the semiconductor industry to produce smaller, more durable microchips. Substrate-like printed circuit boards have also helped allow greater miniaturization of microchips and electronics.

8/14/2018

Infineon Technologies will collaborate with China's JD Group to develop an internet of things ecosystem for more efficient and more secure IoT offerings. The JD.com website is the largest online retailer in China.

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8/14/2018

Samsung Electronics and Seoul National University will work together on semiconductor research projects, while providing funds for scholarships. The Korean company this month pledged to invest $158 billion over a three-year period, with the lion's share of the funds being earmarked for local institutions.

8/14/2018

Micron Technology and Mouser Electronics completed a worldwide distribution agreement. Mouser will carry Micron's full line of memory products, including DRAMs, NAND flash memory devices, DRAM modules, multichip packages and Hybrid Memory Cubes.

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8/14/2018

The worldwide DRAM industry increased its output value 11.3% in the second quarter to $25.69 billion, compared with the first quarter, DRAMeXchange estimates. The record figure was achieved through rising DRAM prices, especially for graphics DRAMs used in cryptocurrency mining.

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