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New silicon structure opens the gate to quantum computers
środa, 13 grudnia 2017 10:00

In a major step toward making a quantum computer using everyday materials, a team led by researchers at Princeton University has constructed a key piece of silicon hardware capable of controlling quantum behavior between two electrons with extremely high precision. The team constructed a gate that controls interactions between the electrons in a way that allows them to act as the quantum bits of information, or qubits, necessary for quantum computing. The demonstration of this nearly error-free, two-qubit gate is an important early step in building a more complex quantum computing device from silicon, the same material used in conventional computers and smartphones.

więcej na: www.princeton.edu

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$55.9B semiconductor equipment forecast
środa, 13 grudnia 2017 07:56

SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 35.6 percent to US$55.9 billion in 2017, marking the first time that the semiconductor equipment market has exceeded the previous market high of US$47.7 billion set in 2000. In 2018, 7.5 percent growth is expected to result in sales of US$60.1 billion for the global semiconductor equipment market - another record-breaking year. The SEMI Year-end Forecast predicts a 37.5 percent increase in 2017, to $45.0 billion, for wafer processing equipment. The other front-end segment, which consists of fab facilities equipment, wafer manufacturing, and mask/reticle equipment, is expected to increase 45.8 percent to $2.6 billion.

więcej na: www.semi.org

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 may not be unveiled in January
wtorek, 12 grudnia 2017 19:57

The upcoming handset had been expected to make its first official appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, but that has now been thrown into doubt. Instead, it appears that we’ll have to wait until March to get our first glimpse of the S9. A spokesperson for the South Korean firm has said it is “unlikely” that the S9 will be shown off at CES, the Korea Herald reports. That suggests Samsung is yet to make up its mind, which is somewhat bizarre considering CES is just weeks away. The rumoured Las Vegas appearance had been expected to be little more than a sneak preview, but it’s still slightly disappointing to hear that it might not happen. The S9 is likely to look very similar to the S8, but with one potentially very important design change.

więcej na: www.independent.co.uk

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NAND Flash oversupply could lead to Q1 2018 price drops
wtorek, 12 grudnia 2017 18:01

NAND flash is used in everything from our smartphones to our tablets to our notebook computers to numerous IoT devices that float in and out of our everyday lives. For the past year, demand has outstripped supply with regards to NAND flash, which has resulted in higher prices. However, DRAMeXchange is forecasting that that trajectory is set to change during the first quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter is traditionally the hottest selling period in tech, while the first quarter is traditionally one of the slowest periods. Thanks to increased production and the seasonal downturn, DRAMeXchange estimates that overall demand will fall by 15 percent in Q1 2018 compared to Q4 2017. The one caveat is that demand in the server market is expected to remain relatively flat.

więcej na: hothardware.com

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Pegatron sees 27% monthly revenue dip
wtorek, 12 grudnia 2017 16:05

Pegatron Corp reported a nearly 27 percent monthly fall in revenue to NT$121.83 billion last month from the previous month’s NT$166.47 billion, as the peak season waned and smartphone shipments declined. On an annual basis, the NT$121.83 billion represented a 3.19 percent contraction from last year’s NT$125.84 billion, a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange showed. “The monthly decline was due to the seasonal effect, which is in line with Pegatron’s estimate and matches the company’s historic pattern,” a Pegatron investor relations official said by telephone. The official said Pegatron remained optimistic that overall performance this quarter would outpace last quarter’s results on rising demand for communications products and notebook computers.

więcej na: www.taipeitimes.com

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Chipmaker NXP worth 23 percent more than Qualcomm's offer
wtorek, 12 grudnia 2017 14:07

Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday NXP Semiconductors NV is worth about 23 percent more than Qualcomm Inc’s $38-billion offer to buy the chipmaker. Elliott, which has a stake of about 6 percent in NXP, said NXP was worth $135 per share on an intrinsic standalone basis, compared with Qualcomm’s offer of $110 made in October 2016. NXP shares were up 0.6 percent at $116 in morning trading, while Qualcomm’s shares were up about 1 percent at $64.87. Elliott, a New York-based hedge fund, said Qualcomm’s offer had taken advantage of NXP’s depressed stock price last year and has acted as a ceiling on its valuation.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

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Microsoft releases free preview of Quantum Development Kit
wtorek, 12 grudnia 2017 11:57

Microsoft is releasing a free preview version of its Quantum Development Kit, which includes the Q# programming language, a quantum computing simulator and other resources for people who want to start writing applications for a quantum computer. The Q# programming language was built from the ground up specifically for quantum computing. The Quantum Development Kit, which Microsoft first announced at its Ignite conference in September, is designed for developers who are eager to learn how to program on quantum computers whether or not they are experts in the field of quantum physics. It’s deeply integrated into Visual Studio, Microsoft’s suite of developer tools, so aspects of it will be familiar to people who are already developing applications in other programming languages.

więcej na: blogs.microsoft.com

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Notebook ODMs see rising shipments in November
wtorek, 12 grudnia 2017 09:59

Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have announced their November shipments with Quanta Computer shipping 3.9 million units, up from 3.5 million in October. Quanta's notebook shipments reached 38.7 million in the period from January to November. Quanta also reported consolidated revenues of NT$94.7 billion for November, down 5.7% on month, but up 2.34% on year. Combined consolidated revenues for the first 11 months of 2017 were NT$934.64 billion, up 18.46% on year. The company's annual consolidated revenues for 2017 are also expected to surpass NT$1 trillion, about the same as 2016. Quanta shipped 11.5 million notebooks in the third quarter, up 8.5% sequentially and volumes in the fourth quarter are expected to remain at a level similar to that of the third.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

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AMEC wins injunction in patent infringement dispute with Veeco
wtorek, 12 grudnia 2017 07:54

Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. announced that the Fujian High Court in China has granted AMEC’s motion for an injunction against Veeco Instruments Co. Ltd. The injunction prohibits Veeco Shanghai from importing, manufacturing, selling or offering for sale to any third party any MOCVD systems and wafer carriers used in the MOCVD systems that would infringe AMEC’s patent CN 202492576 in China. The patent covers AMEC’s proprietary wafer carrier and spindle-locking and synchronization technology. The injunction covers Veeco’s TurboDisk EPIK 700 system, EPIK 700 C2 system, and EPIK 700 C4 system, as well as the related wafer carriers used in the MOCVD systems.

więcej na: www.amec-inc.com

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TSMC November sales hit 2nd-highest monthly high
poniedziałek, 11 grudnia 2017 20:09

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said its sales for November hit the second-highest monthly high, with market analysts attributing the strong showing to solid demand for the company's chips made on the advanced 10 nanometer process. The launch of Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones in the global market in September helped to boost TSMC's shipments of chips built on the 10nm technology in November, as the company is believed to be the sole supplier of the A11 processor for iPhone production, analysts said. In November, TSMC said in a statement that the chipmaker posted NT$93.16 billion (US$3.11 billion) in consolidated sales, down 1.4 percent from October, when sales stood at NT$94.52 billion, the highest monthly level for the company.

więcej na: focustaiwan.tw

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