Foundry customers of MagnaChip Semiconductor are able to obtain Hall-effect sensors from the company. The South Korean chipmaker has fabricated Hall switches and electrical compasses in volume production since 2014, using the planar-type Hall-effect sensor.
Internet of things devices and embedded systems can now harvest energy from solar, thermoelectric, wind, radio-frequency and vibration sources. Those power technologies are being combined with energy-efficient battery storage and low-power platforms to enable edge devices to be installed in remote locations.
Technologists report making progress in resolving various issues in designing chips with 5-nanometer features, this analysis notes. "For logic, the challenge at 5nm is to properly manage the interaction between the standard cells and the power grid," said Jean-Luc Pelloie of Arm.
Researchers at the UK's University of Sheffield report generating very rapid single-photon light pulses, using the Purcell Effect to produce the photons. With each photon representing one bit of binary code, this technique could bring about complete data security, researchers say.
Samsung Electronics has created a mobile DRAM chip for use with 5G cellular communications and artificial intelligence technology in smartphones. The 8-gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM, made with 10-nanometer-class process technology, can move data at up to 6,400 megabits per second.
Shahriar Rabii, who helped to lead a chip-design team at Google, was hired by Facebook this month to serve as a vice president and head of silicon, Bloomberg reports. Rabii is expected to report to Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's head of virtual reality and augmented reality.
Semiconductor Manufacturing International began moving new production equipment into its 8-inch wafer-fabrication facility in Tianjin, China. Production capacity at the Tianjin fab will increase from 45,000 wafers per month to 150,000 wafers per month in the expansion, enabling more output of automotive semiconductors, fingerprint sensors, internet of things devices, power management ICs and mixed-signal chips.
Applied Materials, Lam Research, Nanotronics and other suppliers of semiconductor production equipment are worried that the heightened trade tensions between the US and China will dampen demand for American-made products in China's bustling semiconductor industry, this analysis notes. SEMI forecasts worldwide shipments of semiconductor equipment will increase 10.8% this year and 7.7% next year.
RS Components is offering more XinaBox xChip hardware modules for use with BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and other single-board computers. The modules are useful in prototyping internet of things devices and other IoT-related functions.
Microchip Technology introduced the MGC3140 3D gesture-recognition controller for use in automotive human-machine interfaces. The 3D sensor chip meets the AEC-Q100 specification for automotive applications and can operate in temperatures from minus-40 degrees C to 125 degrees C.