The X100 NVMe™ SSD is Micron’s first product in a new family of high-performance memory solutions based on 3D XPoint™ Technology. With a combination of industry-leading high bandwidth, low latency, high quality of service (QoS) and high endurance, the Micron X100 SSD provides game-changing performance for big data applications and transactional workloads.
Microsoft not the Feds
WASHINGTON — Microsoft organized 35 nations on Tuesday to take down one of the world’s largest botnets — malware that secretly seizes control of millions of computers around the globe. It was an unusual disruption of an internet criminal group, because it was carried out by a company, not a government.
The action, eight years in the making, was aimed at a criminal group called Necurs, believed to be based in Russia. Microsoft employees had long tracked the group as it infected nine million computers around the world, hijacking them to send spam emails intended to defraud unsuspecting victims. The group also mounted stock market scams and spread ransomware, which locks up a computer until the owner pays a fee.
“Rapidly, they (Microsoft) took over or froze six million domain names that Necurs was using or had inventoried for future attacks.” A domain name can be a website — www.nytimes.com is a legitimate one, for example — but Necurs had created an algorithm to spawn millions of new domains, often with deceptive names, for future use against unsuspecting victims. Microsoft engineers had cracked the code.
In 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.
Fueled by the massive growth of the gaming market and its insatiable demand for better 3D graphics, we’ve evolved the GPU into a computer brain at the intersection of virtual reality, high performance computing, and artificial intelligence. NVIDIA GPU computing has become the essential tool of the da Vincis and Einsteins of our time. For them, we’ve built the equivalent of a time machine.
Member of the Trillion $$$$$ Club
Starship ~ Falcon 1
Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) acquires the data storage and management platform for undisclosed terms.SwiftStack’s platform supports public cloud, on-premises, and edge deployments. Recent launches focus on AI and high-performance computing.
Nvidia is among SwiftStack’s list of customers, which also includes PayPal, Snapfish, and Verizon.SwiftStack raised about $23.6M in private funding.
Semi levels attractive after pullback – Mizuho
Mizuho says semiconductor valuations look attractive at the current levels after another coronavirus-related pullback. Vijay Rakesh: “Bottom line, we believe with the pullback semis have definitely corrected some of the valuation excesses.”
Rakesh notes that the June quarter lacks visibility but estimates that a 5-10% topline impact is currently priced into shares.The firm would be buyers of semis with a six to nine month outlook and sees the long-term structural stories as intact despite the near-term headwinds.
Trump Blocking Infineon’s $8.7 Billion Bid – Go Away Trump
Semiconductor maker and designer Cypress Semiconductor plunges amid reports the Trump administration may block Infineon Technologies’ proposed $8.7 billion takeover bid.
Shares of defense-focused chipmaker and designer Cypress Semiconductor (CY) – Get Report plunged another 11% on Friday following reports that U.S. national security officials are recommending President Donald Trump block Infineon Technologies proposed $8.7 billion takeover of the company.
Cypress was down 11.39% at $17 in morning trading on Friday after ending the day Thursday down 17.4% at $19.18 following reports that Infineon’s planned purchase of the company is facing concerns from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS officials are concerned that Infineon’s takeover of the American chipmaker poses a risk to national security, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
It wasn’t clear why CFIUS officials, which review foreign takeovers of U.S. businesses, see a national security risk. The panel, however, is particularly sensitive to any transaction that could allow Chinese buyers to get their hands on advanced U.S. technology. Cypress, based in San Jose, sells components and designs to the defense industry, although its products are not considered particularly sensitive. Infineon, based in Neubiberg, Germany, generates a large portion of its sales from China.
M. COREY GOLDMAN UPDATED:MAR 6, 2020 9:36 AM EST ORIGINAL:MAR 6, 2020
Synopsys Inc., a company that specializes in developing software engineers use in testing semiconductor chips and other products, said profit, on a GAAP basis, fell in its latest quarter.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Synopsys reported earnings of $104.6 million, or 67 cents a share, down from $153.5 million, or $1.01 a share, the year earlier.
Excluding share-based compensation and after other adjustments, the company’s profit of $1.01 a share was 9 cents more than forecasts from analysts polled by FactSet.
Synopsys (/sɪˈnɒpsɪs/) is an American electronic design automation company based in Mountain View, California that focuses on silicon design and verification, silicon intellectual property and software security and quality. Products include logic synthesis, behavioral synthesis, place and route, static timing analysis, formal verification, hardware description language (SystemC, SystemVerilog/Verilog, VHDL) simulators, as well as transistor-level circuit simulation. The simulators include development and debugging environments which assist in the design of the logic for chips and computer systems. In recent years, Synopsys has expanded its products and services to include application security testing. Their technology is present in self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and internet of things consumer products.
ASML: Shrinking Chips, Growing Revenue
ASML dominates the semiconductor lithography market with a 100% share in EUV and a 94.5% share in DUV Immersion. Customers of EUV represent the top 5 capex spenders of all semiconductor companies.
Strategic and Financial Benefits
The strategic and financial benefits of a combination between Xerox and HP are self-evident.
After listening to HP’s shareholders, Xerox has increased its offer to:
$24.00 per share | $18.40 in cash and 0.149 Xerox shares for each HP share*
*Based on Xerox’s closing share price of $37.68 on February 6, 2020.
On a down day for chip stocks, AMD (AMD) – Get Report managed to rise nearly 3% to new highs. Likely helping: Google (GOOGL) – Get Report announced on Tuesday morning that its public cloud services unit — the Google Cloud Platform, or GCP — has rolled out cloud computing instances that rely on AMD’s second-gen Epyc server CPUs (codenamed Rome).
Google’s announcement comes six months after it disclosed (at AMD’s Rome launch event) that it plans to offer Rome-powered instances via GCP, and also that it has begun using Rome for unspecified internal workloads. But while GCP was expected to eventually offer Rome instances, some of the performance claims it has made for the N2D instances have raised eyebrows.
Nonetheless, Google’s N2D performance claims do provide AMD with one more feather in its cap as it tries to wrest server CPU share from Intel. The company estimated it had a mid-single digit server CPU share as of the start of 2019, and has set a goal of having a double-digit share by mid-2020. In addition, CEO Lisa Su forecast on AMD’s Q4 earnings call that her company, which has guided for 28% to 30% total 2020 revenue growth, expects server CPUs to be its fastest-growing business this yea
Advances Next Generation Wi-Fi 6E ~ Down -$3.60 BUY
Developing Future-proof Connectivity Solutions in Alignment with Wi-Fi Alliance(R) IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 11, 2020–
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS), an innovator of high performance analog semiconductors connecting people, places and things, today announced that it is supporting next generation wireless technologies set forth by Wi-Fi Alliance(R) and developing advanced connectivity solutions designed to meet future requirements. Skyworks offers a family of solutions that address all existing Wi-Fi(R) standards and is working in Wi-Fi Alliance to develop its Wi-Fi 6E products that operate in the 5.925 to 7.125 GHz frequency range.
Skyworks’ powerful modules facilitate Wi-Fi functionality with best-in-class linearity and performance in the smallest footprint available. These solutions expedite time-to-market by incorporating the required functionality to deliver maximum performance and contain a logarithmic power detector to support wide dynamic ranges, low power consumption and improved thermal management. Visit Skyworks’ Wi-Fi page for more resources and solutions.