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Gate-all-around key to 5nm SRAM cell

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A process flow for six-transistor (6T) SRAM suitable for 5nm chips has been created by Belgian research lab Imec working with Unisantis Electronics Singapore. It uses surrounding gate transistors (SGTs) – a vertical gate-all-around architecture developed at Unisantis – to squeeze the cell into foot prints between 0.0184 and 0.0205μm2. “Studies show that the vertical gate-all-around SGT-based cells have a 20-30% reduced ...

German R&D group for connected car security

SecFor Cars, a three year project to provide security for connected cars, has received a €7.2 million grant from the German government. Participants in the project are: Volkswagen, Audi, Infineon, Bosch, ESCRYPT,  Itemis,  Mixed Mode,  SCHUTZWERK, the University of Ulm, the Technical Universities of Braunschweig and Munich, the Free University of Berlin, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, and the ...

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 ...