Intel blames production shortfall on strong demand

The additional billion dollars of capex will be spent at 14nm manufacturing sites in Oregon, Arizona, Ireland and Israel.

The letter acknowledges "the challenge" of supplying processors for personal computers but puts it down to a "surprising return to PC TAM growth." It also states that Intel is prioritizing the high-performance part of the market and accepts that at the entry-level "supply is undoubtedly tight." Swan adds that Intel is still on track to meet full-year revenue expectations.

Smart LED enables dynamic in-car lighting scenarios

“In the future, the interior of vehicles will be more than simply a cabin for the driver and passengers. It will be an extension of our living space in which we will be able to work and relax”, explained Stephan Pawlik, Marketing Manager Automotive Interior at Osram Opto Semiconductors: “Light sources in car interiors will provide ambient lighting and perform a number of additional functions. For example, they could use dynamic and colour effects to draw the driver’s attention back to the traffic in good time.”

AMD takes 65% of desktop CPU market

Sales data from Mindfactory, reported in HotHardware publication, showed AMD with 45 percent share by units in June, parity with Intel in July and 51 percent market share in August. In September AMD's share by units went to 65 percent.

AMD's prices have been trending downwards while Intel's have been trending upwards, presumably due to undersupply. As a result Intels' ASPs are higher than AMD's. As a result the market share in September by value was 52 percent to AMD and 48 percent to Intel, according to HotHardware.

DRAM prices to drop 5 percent

This is a steeper decline than the 1 to 3 percent previously quoted by the market research firm and is partly being driven by a shortage of Intel CPUs for notebook computers and weak demand due to uncertainty over US-China trade war.

"DRAM products have begun to see a weak price trend since 3Q18 after the price growth of nine consecutive quarters," said Avril Wu, a senior research director at DRAMexchange.

China, cryptocurrencies drive pure-play foundry growth

Of the $4.2 billion annual increase, 51 percent will be generated by Chinese business with a lot of that being cryptocurrency ASICs, the market research firm said. China's total share of consumption of the 2018 pure-play foundry market is expected to rise to 19 percent up from 14 percent in 2017. As a result China's market share will exceed that held by the rest of the Asia-Pacific region for the first time.

Imagination ports connectivity IP to FDSOI

This can be used to provide baseband and radio frequency circuits for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and IEEE 802.15.4 applications. Ensigma provides analog RF and analog-front-end circuits as a hard macro with a synthesizable baseband IP for applications such as wearable computing, health care, and home control.

An ultra-low power Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 solution is in development with lead customers, with silicon due early in 4Q18.

Alibaba forms chip subsidiary Pingtouge

The subsidiary, called Pingtouge Semiconductor Co. Ltd., will be a vehicle for embedded processor IP licensor C-Sky Microsystems, which Alibaba acquired in 2017 (see Alibaba buys Chinese processor company). C-Sky was founded in 2001 and approximately 600 million chips have shipped with C-Sky embedded CPUs, mostly in China. Pingtouge will develop proprietary ICs to support Alibaba's cloud computing and IoT activities.

In-series charging stations enclosure for wearables

The new mountable stations can be grouped on any flat surface to enable induction charging in series. They are similar to Body-Case’s existing stations but feature an open base. An IP 54 seal is available to help protect against dust or water ingress.

IEEE wants to push Wi-Fi further on throughput and low latency

The IEEE 802.11 Extremely High Throughput Study Group has been established to initiate discussion on new IEEE 802.11 features for bands between 1 and 7.125 GHz. The group is identifying requirements for a possible amendment to IEEE 802.11 that would increase peak throughput to support demanding applications such as video over wireless local area networks (WLANs), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

Europe's largest independent semiconductor testing facility now ISO 9001:2015 certified

"We have an extensive and comprehensive range of semiconductor test equipment," said Dr Alban Colder, Presto's Site Director at Caen. "This includes testing at every stage from wafer, through die, to final packed device. As part of the ISO 9001: 2015 quality standard, we have a comprehensive range of equipment for non-destructive analysis such as X-Ray to check packaging and bondings, and ultrasound to see inside a device to check for delamination, voids and cracked silicon.

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