Facebook is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers, according to Bloomberg, citing job listings and people familiar with the matter.
Apple is designing and producing its own device displays using a secret manufacturing facility near its California headquarters to make small numbers of the screens for testing purposes, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the situation.
STMicroelectronics is developing chips that can tackle features like night vision, micro-mapping and 360-degree detection, in a bid to meet demand from car manufacturers racing to build driverless autos, according to Bloomberg.
Samsung announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s largest capacity Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD), the PM1643, for use in next-generation enterprise storage systems.
Samsung announced that it has begun mass production of a 256-gigabyte (GB) embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) solution with advanced features based on automotive specifications from the JEDEC UFS 3.0 standard, for the first time in the industry.
Samsung SDI, a battery supplier to carmakers, plans to recycle cobalt from used mobile phones as companies around the world scramble to secure supplies of the metal amid surging prices, according to Bloomberg.
A growing number of big U.S. credit-card issuers are deciding they don’t want to finance a falling knife. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. said they’re halting purchases of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on their credit cards. JPMorgan, enacting the ban Saturday, doesn’t want the credit risk associated with the transactions, company spokeswoman Mary Jane Rogers said, according to Bloomberg.
Samsung announced that it has started mass production of the industry’s first 16-gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory for use in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence systems.
Intel, trying to defuse concern that fixes to widespread chip security vulnerabilities will slow computers, released test results showing that personal computers won’t be affected much and promised more information on servers, according to Bloomberg.
At CES in Las Vegas, Intel has revealed 8th generation of its Core processors. They come with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics and are packed with features and performance crafted for gamers, content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality.
The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be shown this week at CES in Las Vegas and are manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant’s growing devices division, according to Bloomberg.
Apple is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the plan.