This is a guest post from Mike Montemorra, who is a technology guru with long and successful career in computer industry. Mike keeps an eye on the latest developments in computer and storage technology and publishes his observations weekly. Below is his brief summary of what was important in the past week.
What did we learn last week?
Happy Easter to everyone! Enjoy the first big holiday of the spring season…
Here are some technology bits for you to chew on this weekend!
According to our friends at TrendFocus, overall HDD volumes are down again this quarter, but the little shiny spot in this news is that nearline shipments (and total shipped exabytes) continue to rise. Since nearline is the most profitable segment for HDD’s, it bodes well for their future… if they can get those next gen products and technologies out the door, that is. The clock is ticking!
With all the companies getting into the video distribution game, it made sense that somebody was going to have to rethink content distribution. Tom Coughlin discusses this in more detail in this Forbes article. It’s all about getting data to the user as rapidly as possible…
Here’s an interesting development that may lead to nano-memories using single domains, skyrmions or other. I need to read this one further, but am putting this out for your info and comments.
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Are organic semiconductors the future of electronics? They look promising because they work in both small signal and higher power applications… This development in the field of organic semis and their possible application to memristors in either a digital or analog configuration points to a possible new avenue in compute. This article discusses recent developments and possible applications.
If you ever had any trepidation about flying, this might throw you over the edge and redefine the meaning of ‘hot flights’. In any event, if you do travel, my advice to you is don’t sweat that next dental x-ray!
The settlement of the Qualcomm – Apple suit is good news for the entire semi business, especially 5G. It was clear (to me and apparently to Apple) that Qualcomm had the upper hand with their strong patent portfolio for mobile devices and their dominant position in 5G modems. In a sign of relief, Intel responded by saying they will exit the 5G modem biz (which they entered partly because Apple wanted them to).
EUV is (relatively) slow, but it ROCKS! It is getting a little difficult to keep up with all the new semi process announcements, but this week was eventful with TSMC announcing are mass-production ready using N7 (7nm EUV) process, and announcing they will be releasing a N6 (6nm EUV) process in early 2020. Samsung responded that they are ready to sample their 5nm EUV process as well. I suppose one man’s 5nm is another man’s 6nm process, but single digit nm with EUV seems ready to deliver!
A few weeks ago, we discussed optical tweezers and optical propulsion, but there is news on the acoustic front as well. Selective optical twezzers might ultimately enable interesting applications like directional spoofing and other fun stuff.
Well, depending on your perspective, this could be either good new or bad news but it looks like there will be a horserace for the top semiconductor producer in coming years.