Articles read Nordic nRF52, Kioxia-WD integration, quantum computing

What topics are raised? CXL (Compute Express Link) high-speed connection, Canon replacing EUV litho for 5nm IC manufacturing, Imec reporting on progress towards quantum computing, resuming Kioxia-WD merger talks, and Nordic announcing its 2.4GHz nRF52 successor did Wireless MCU…

5. CXL potential
Yole Development says CXL solutions can turn today’s server memory challenges into a $15 billion opportunity by 2028. By 2028, DRAM will account for the largest revenue share of the CXL market, with over $12 billion in market revenue by 2028. Key players are Astera Labs, Montage and Microchip. High-performance, cost-effective CXL memory expansion controllers and CXL switches will be key to the mass adoption of CXL in the data center space. Servers are currently struggling with memory performance challenges, and deploying CXL provides both short-term and long-term solutions.

4. Canon introduced an alternative to EUV litho for writing 5nm circuits
Canon announced the launch of its FPA-1200NZ2C nanoimprint semiconductor manufacturing machine, an alternative to EUV litho for manufacturing 5nm IC circuits. Unlike EUV, nanoimprint technology creates a circuit by pressing a mask patterned with a circuit onto a resistor on a wafer like a stamp. Since its circuit pattern transfer process is not done through an optical mechanism, the subtle circuit patterns on the mask can be faithfully reproduced on the wafer. Therefore, complex 2D or 3D circuit patterns can be formed in a single print, which may reduce the cost of ownership.

3. Imec reports on advances in quantum computing
Imec has reported progress towards quantum computing. Imec says the long-term vision for quantum computing is the ability to use millions of noise-free qubits to solve selective problems that are difficult to solve with classical computers. Global efforts to scale up from hundreds to millions of qubits are ongoing. Common challenges include well-controlled qubit integration in large-size wafer facilities and the need for electronics to interface with increasing numbers of qubits. Superconducting quantum circuits have emerged as the most developed platform.

2. Kioxia-WD merger talks resume
Another effort is underway to settle Kioxia’s future ownership. Kioxia is 40 percent owned by Toshiba and 56 percent by Bain Capital, which paid Toshiba $18 billion for its 56 percent stake. Western Digital (WD) jointly owns some of Japan’s NAND manufacturing facilities in a JV with Kioxia, with Kioxia and Western Digital sharing output 50-50. A proposal floated earlier this year was for WD to spin off its flash business and merge it with Kioxia, creating a publicly traded US company run by Western Digital.

Nordic nRF54L15 6x6mm QFN48 package1. Nordic introduced the successor to the nRF52 2.4GHz wireless MCUs
Nordic Semiconductor is targeting Bluetooth, Thread, and Matter with a secure wireless microcontroller built around a 128 MHz Arm Cortex-M33 processor with 1.5 MB of non-volatile memory and 256 KB of RAM, capable of simultaneously running multiple protocols and providing It describes enough. Twice the processing power of the nRF52840 SoC while reducing power consumption, with Rx current claimed to be halved at 1.8V. The 2.4GHz radio in the new part, called the nRF54L15, offers up to +8dBm Tx power in 1dB increments and -98dBm Rx sensitivity for 1Mbit/s Bluetooth LE.

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