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Laser-Cutting the Cost of Silicon Carbide Wafers

Startup Halo Industries is among a growing list of companies seeking to boost SiC wafer yields with laser tools.
Valeo Lidar's production

Valeo Sits Atop Lidar Market – So Far

Startups tout whizzy technologies, but they lack the ability that automotive OEMs demand to industrialize, verify and validate their products.
China Eastern crash 737-800 Boeing

China Crash Shrouded in Mystery

Airline crash investigations are laborious and detailed. The latest could be even more so.

AMD/Xilinx: Chipmakers Bulk Up as AIoT Cycle Heats Up 

AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx ushers in a new era of technology integration and stiffer competition among chip vendors.
Nvidia AV Hyperion Ominiverse

Nvidia’s Automotive Playbook: Hyperion 9, Drive Map, Omniverse

A new sensor suite, more computing horsepower and mapping software are among the key components of an expanding AV ecosystem.
Xinlix automotive semiconductors

AMD/Xilinx Automotive Chips Must Go Beyond FPGAs

AMD needs an auto semiconductor road map that tightly integrates Xilinx’s FPGAs with its own embedded expertise.
FPGA primer

Just What is an FPGA, Anyway?

Neither programmable nor an array of gates, FPGAs can sometimes go where ASICs fear to tread.
China sanctions Russia

Wary China Clings to Neutrality Over Ukraine Invasion

Beijing’s fence-sitting appears to be a case of keeping its friends close and its enemies closer.
semiconductor supply chain

Surviving the Semiconductor Supply Chain Crisis

Companies with deep pockets are stockpiling components as a hedge against future shortages, in essence hoarding devices.
Who is the Driver?

Who’s Driving — and Crashing — My Robocar?

The question of driver accountability is muddied in the age of autonomous vehicles.
semiconductor supply chain

Semiconductor Inventories Surge Despite Shortages

Two years of supply chain disruptions have shifted the balance of power from buyers to sellers.
Alan Turing machine intelligence

The Turing Dilemma in Machine Learning

The machine brain can’t deviate from its program or think up new stuff. If it is a mind, it’s a mind that can’t wander.
Russia Tech ICs

Silicon Screen Descends on Russia

The West’s technology blockade of Russia is also aimed at Chinese chipmakers skirting technology restrictions.
AlphaICs AI accelerator

AlphaICs: How to Stand Out in the AI Startup Crowd

A growing list of AI startups must identify underserved markets, then stick to their knitting.
AV legislation

Avalanche of AV Bills Slams U.S. State Legislatures

State-by-state approach brings laws favoring AV companies to life with little oversight and scant attention to safety, legal and regulatory issues.
Mobileye Road Experience Management

If HD Maps Make Driving Safer, They May Make Walking More Dangerous  

Technology that improves car safety for drivers can introduce new hazards for pedestrians and cyclists. High-definition maps offer one example of potential unintended consequences.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger

CHIPS Act: Feeding Frenzy Begins

Intel and its rivals are dispatching legions of lobbyists to DC, all circling a $52-billion honey pot authorized by Congress for semiconductor R&D.
Russia, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Germany political war conflict

That Semiconductor Forecast? Toss It!

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the scourge of war in Europe adds another layer of uncertainty as chip makers enter a twilight zone.
what autonomous vehicles see

A Blurred Line: AV Capability and Human Responsibility

Drivers left holding the bag as autonomous vehicles fail to live up to automakers’ hype. Trade secrets are in, transparency is out.

Startups Lead Hot Power-GaN Market…for Now

Fast chargers for power-hungry mobile phones are among the applications creating opportunities for GaN entrants.

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