SAP released the global Cloud Accelerator program, aimed at helping channel partners expand their cloud offerings. The program offers participants marketing guidance and financial assistance for business development.
IBM's fourth-quarter earnings report showed that the company's overall revenue increased 3.6% to $22.54 billion, with cloud-computing revenue reaching $5.5 billion.
Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons, asserts that the development of artificial intelligence processors is a field where young startups can contend with the established leaders in the semiconductor industry. He says, "Because it's a new market with a huge potential demand for this new kind of processing power, it represents one of those rare opportunities when startups have a chance against entrenched industry giants."
Scotten Jones, president of IC Knowledge, says extreme-ultraviolet lithography equipment is capable of fabricating chips with 10-nanometer and 7nm features in volume production, yet photoresist issues could prove troublesome at the 5nm process node. ASML reports it shipped 10 EUV systems to customers during 2017 and expects to ship 20 to 22 systems in 2018.
National University of Singapore researchers report development of a small vision processing chip that uses 20 times less electrical power than existing chips currently in the field. The research team sees the chip being used in internet of things applications, such as safety surveillance in airports and critical infrastructure.
Placing a thin layer of germanium on top of a gold film with nanoimprinting lithography produces a semiconducting material capable of absorbing more light, researchers in Spain claim. The discovery could boost optoelectronics applications, such as telecommunications and photovoltaics, they say.
Electron-beam inspection tools are being used to detect tiny defects in microchips, even as IC features continue to shrink, this analysis notes. Gartner estimates the patterned wafer inspection market -- including e-beam and optical technology -- will be worth about $1.65 billion this year, compared with $1.43 billion last year.
Progressing to the 7-nanometer process node will increase the costs of designing and manufacturing chips with those features, Ed Sperling writes. Gartner's Samuel Wang says, "With 7nm, you have a high design cost, so a new chip requires more than a $200 million investment."
Smart city connected technology is expected to grow from $25 billion last year to $62 billion by 2026, an ABI Research study reveals. Internet of things-connected electric vehicle charging stations, environmental sensors and microgrids, are among the fastest-growing technologies in the industry, the study indicated.
Google's Cloud AutoML tool will allow users who are unfamiliar with coding to create custom machine learning algorithms for image recognition. Urban Outfitters is one company testing the tool, determining how Cloud AutoML could be used to identify clothing from its website and catalog.