New Version of Si2 oaScript Expands IC Design Capabilities into the Cloud and AI

Design partitioning and multi-threaded parallel execution are key features of the updated scripting interface to OpenAccess, the industry’s most widely used IC design database. oaScript Version 4.0—developed by programming experts in the Silicon Integration Initiative oaScript Working Group—leverages the powerful enhancements available to OpenAccess in its most recent Data Model 6 upgrade.

Eta Compute Announces Production Silicon of the World’s Most Energy-efficient Edge AI Processor

Eta Compute Inc., a company dedicated to delivering machine learning to mobile and edge devices using its revolutionary new platform, announces the first shipment of production silicon for its ECM3532, the world’s first AI multicore processor for embedded sensor applications. This unique multicore device features the company’s patented Continuous Voltage Frequency Scaling (CVFS) and delivers power consumption of microwatts for many sensing applications.

BrainChip Akida Development Environment Now Freely Available to System Developers

BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN), a leading provider of ultra-low power, high-performance edge AI technology, today announced that access to its Akida™ Development Environment (ADE) no longer requires pre-approval, now allowing designers to freely develop systems for edge and enterprise products on the company’s Akida Neural Processing technology.

SEMI Talent Forum to Help Build Next-Generation Chip Industry Workforce

Post-graduates and onboarding talent will connect with local companies to explore semiconductor industry career paths and employment opportunities at the SEMI Talent Forum, 6 March 2020 in Swansea, UKat the University of Swansea. Sponsored by SEMI, the industry association representing the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, and staged in partnership with European organizations including the University of Swansea, Edwards, Oxford Instruments, and SPTS Technologies, the event will also highlight how technology is reshaping the global workforce. Participation is free of charge and registration is open.

Why AIoT is an Essential Element of Continued Technological Innovation

We’re taking a multiplicity of small steps towards a future where AIoT will be deployed widely, in our cars, cities, factories, and stores — and throughout our lives, for the better.

Presto Engineering Acquires DELTA Microelectronics Business from FORCE Technology

Presto Engineering, an outsourced operations provider to semiconductor and Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers, announced today that it has acquired the DELTA Microelectronics business unit of FORCE Technology, the European leader in ASIC supply chain services. With this acquisition, Presto adds ASIC design to its suite of services for the Industry 4.0, IoT, and autonomous driving market.

2019 Global Silicon Shipments Dip From 2018 Record High But Revenue Remained Stable Above $11 Billion

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in 2019 declined 7 percent from the 2018 record high while revenue remained above the $11 billion mark despite a global silicon revenue slip of 2 percent over the same period, the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) reported in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Silicon wafer area shipments in 2019 totaled 11,810 million square inches (MSI), while the industry logged shipments of 12,732 million square inches in 2018. Revenues in 2019 totaled $11.15 billion, edging down from the $11.38 billion posted in 2018.

SEMI Postpones SEMICON China, Suspends SEMICON Korea in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

In accordance with government guidelines and to protect the health and safety of exhibitors and guests, SEMI announced Tuesday the postponement of SEMICON/FPD China 2020 and related events originally scheduled for March 18-20, 2020. SEMI China is actively working on a contingency plan for rescheduling of the event and will keep you informed as soon as a confirmed plan is in place.

Coronavirus Outbreak Can Drastically Impact the Technology Road Map for 2020, says GlobalData

The coronavirus outbreak is now entering a crucial phase with the WHO declaring it as a global health emergency. While the economic impact of the outbreak will be dependent on how long it ultimately lasts, its impact on technology markets across the world is already beginning to come to the fore, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Several technology companies, including Amazon, Microsoft and Apple have now imposed travel restrictions to and from China, whereas Google has altogether suspended its office operations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Executive Viewpoints: 2020 Outlook

Each year, Semiconductor Digest turns to industry leaders to hear viewpoints on the technological and economic outlook for the upcoming year. Read through these expert opinions on what to expect in 2020.

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