Samsung Electronics invested $1 billion in an Austin, Texas, facility as part of the company's plans to produce faster, more efficient chips. Samsung's three-year development plan includes 8-nanometer process technology in 2017, 7nm by next year and 4nm by 2020.
Western Digital and KKR & Co. are continuing efforts to purchase Toshiba's flash memory chip unit by resubmitting their offer for the unit. Toshiba, however, is expected to sign a deal Wednesday with its preferred bidder, which includes a US-based private equity firm and a group led by the Japanese government.
Sales of American semiconductor companies to China-based companies have stalled as US officials say they don't want US technology capabilities headed there. The US Treasury Department continues to block the $1.3 billion sale of Lattice Semiconductor to Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, which has funding ties to the Chinese government.
Marc van der Woude, vice president of the EU's General Court, expects the court to rule next year on Intel's appeal of the antitrust charges brought against it by the European Commission. The decision could have a major impact on other tech companies doing business in the EU.
The semiconductor industry is entering a period where it can no longer rely on Moore's Law to estimate gains in transistor density, said panelists at a recent event. "Moore's Law gave us a free ride, and that's just about over, so we are entering a wild, messy time, and it sounds like a lot of fun," Microsoft engineer Doug Burger said.
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