Most Read – Powertrain Semiconductors, AI Visual Sensing, RISC-V Cores

What are the topics covered? There’s Wolfspeed and Jaguar Land Rover announcing a strategic supply partnership, 16Mbit FRAM (ferroelectric RAM) for automotive applications, Synaptics buying visual sensing specialist AI, SiFive RISC-V processing cores, and the US strategy on China’s advanced chip industry….

5. Jaguar Land Rover secures Wolfspeed silicon carbide for its electric vehicles
Wolfspeed and Jaguar Land Rover have announced a strategic partnership to supply silicon carbide semiconductors for the powertrain of electric vehicles. “Wolfspeed’s silicon carbide technology will be used specifically in the vehicles’ inverter, managing the transfer of power from the battery to the electric motors,” according to the automaker. “The first Range Rover vehicles with this technology will be available from 2024, with the new all-electric Jaguar brand the following year.”

4. 16 Mbit FRAM for automotive and industry
Infineon Technologies takes orders for 8 and 16 Mbit FRAM (Ferroelectric RAM) for non-volatile automotive and industrial data recording. “The memories operate from 1.71V to 3.6V, support up to 54 Mbps throughput over a low pin count interface, and are available in a RoHS-compliant 24-ball FBGA package,” according to the society. “These products combine low-power operation with instantaneous non-volatility and unlimited read/write cycle endurance.” It claimed read and write performance equivalent to that of parallel-interface battery-backed static RAM with an access time of 35 ns.

3. Synaptics acquires Emza Visual Sense
Synaptics has acquired AI visual sensing specialist Emza Visual Sense. The addition expands Synaptics’ position in Edge AI and enables it to immediately serve the PC market with a proven solution for Human Presence Detection (HPD) applications, supporting hijack detection and spectator detection, while ensuring the security and privacy of system users. concerns

2. High performance RISC-V cores from SiFive
SiFive has announced two high-performance RISC-V processing cores. “The P670 and P470 are purpose-built for the most demanding workloads for portable devices and other advanced consumer applications,” said Chris Jones, vice president of SiFive. “We have optimized these RISC-V Vector compatible products to improve performance and efficiency and are being evaluated with a number of high profile customers.” Both are also available in space-saving versions without vector units.

1. A witty strategy [Mannerisms]
The United States has either been very witty or very lucky in its strategy of depriving China of an advanced chip industry. The United States has stood idly by as China spent hundreds of billions of dollars — $170 billion in the National Integrated Circuit Fund alone — to subsidize fabs and startups. Then he proceeded to withdraw these investments one by one for various reasons – stealing intellectual property, selling to the military, providing unauthorized customers, etc. – until the projects failed one by one, with the United States denying them software, machines or qualified people.

Amanda J. Marsh