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H1 foundry rankings stay stable

The 1H18 top ten ranking of foundries is expected to be almost the same as a year ago, except for X-Fab surpassing Dongbu HiTek to rank tenth, reports TrendForce. TSMC is expected to hold 56.1% market share with GloFo second. UMC is third with limited growth due to pressure from TSMC’s dominant market share in advanced processes. UMC focuses on ...

Europe should lead the world on internet regulation, says Macron

Europe should lead the world in Internet regulation, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, told a tech audience in Paris yesterday. “For me, the U.S. model is not sustainable because there’s no political accountability,” said Macron, “on the other side, you have a very strong Chinese model. But this model has not the same values as the ones we have.”  Macron ...

Autonomy ex-CFO appeals against fraud conviction

Autonomy’s former CFO Sushovan Hussain (pictured) has filed to have his US conviction of fraud overturned before his sentencing on August 24th and a $5 billion civil suit in London in March. Hussain was accused of making fraudulent statements about Autonomy’s value during the 2011 sale of the company to HP for $11.7 billion. 12 months after the deal HP ...

Switching with molecules

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have used a single molecule to switch light signals. The TUM-developed molecules can be switched between two structurally different states using an applied voltage. Such nanoswitches can serve as the basis for a class of devices that could replace silicon-based components with organic molecules. Switching with just a single molecule brings future electronics one step closer ...

40mΩ silicon carbide transistor switches 1,200V and 50A

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New Jersey-based UnitedSiC has introduced a 40mΩ silicon carbide transistor that can switch 1.2kV and 47A at 100degC. Unusually for SIC transistors, the gate is fully compatible with existing IGBT drivers, and has a 5V gate threshold – avoiding accidental turn-on issues associated with the lower thresholds of SiC mosfets. Called UJ3C120040K3S, its gate characteristics come from the cascode-connected pair ...

EMI-optimised automotive PoL dc-dc buck

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Maxim is claiming “industry’s lowest EMI performance for automotive infotainment and ADAS applications” for a pair of buck converters intended to produce 0.5-3.8V from 2.7-6V. There are two devices, the MAX20073 which outputs up to 2A and the MAX20074 which has a 3A output. Pin-compatible ASIL variants are available. The company also claims “ultra-low quiescent current” and “higher efficiency than ...

Uber and Tesla in self-drive hot water

Uber has stopped testing self-driving cars on public roads after the Arizona fatality, while Tesla is under fire for naming its driver assistance function Autopilot. The Governor of Arizona banned the testing of Uber self-driving cars on public roads after the fatality. Uber was also testing its cars in Pittsburgh and California. Uber has decided not to apply to the ...