October’s top articles on eeNews Analog
The topics of job cuts, technology developments and US-China sanctions fuelled the most-read articles on eeNews Analog in October.
The broadening of the sanctions against China by the US government was covered on Oct. 10 (see Advanced logic, memory, YMTC come under China export controls).
The release of the technical program for the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), which takes place in San Francisco in December provided an opportunity to look at a couple of the papers that promise to be highlights of the event (see IEDM: 14nm embedded MRAM has record energy efficiency)
Intel successfully staged an initial public offering of shares in its ADAS and autonomous driving subsidiary Mobileye (see IPO for lossmaking Mobileye values company below $16 billion). Intel only dropped about 5 percent of its ownership and the shares have subsequently climbed by about 25 percent.
China was a theme for the stories ranked five, four and three.
At #5 is a recent story about Germany reportedly being ready to approve the sale of Elmos Semiconductor SE to Silex Microsystems (see Report: Germany to okay sale of wafer fab to China despite opposition).
At #4 a report that reflected the deterrence effect of US sanctions on foundry TSMC and its relations with a Chinese fabless chip company (see Report: TSMC stops work on Chinese AI chip amid sanctions confusion)
At #3 was a tale of communications giant Huawei backing a new foundry in Shenzhen (see Report: Huawei, Shenzhen support creation of local foundry)
At #2 another posting on a paper at IEDM which possibly signposts the way forward for integrated circuits (see IEDM: TSMC to report 2D nanosheet transistor and
And the top article: is an exclusive we posted on September 27 and that gathered ‘hits’ throughout October (see AI ‘unicorn’ Graphcore set to cut jobs). Graphcore was one of the first, but definitely not the last, technology-based company to announce job cuts and it is to be expected that as the market turns more cuts will be announced at many companies.