Friday, August 12, 2022

U.S. implements new controls on advanced semiconductor tech

The U.S. Department of Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued an interim final rule that establishes new export controls on four technologies that support the production of advanced semiconductors and gas turbine engines.

The restrictions target two substrates of ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors: Gallium Oxide (Ga2O3), and diamond; Electronic Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) software specially designed for the development of integrated circuits with Gate-All- Around Field-Effect Transistor (GAAFET) structure

The Department of Commerce says GAAFET technology approaches are key to scaling to 3 nanometer and below technology nodes. GAAFET technologies enable faster, energy efficient, and more radiation-tolerant integrated circuits that can advance many commercial as well as military applications including defense and communications satellites.

“Technological advancements that allow technologies like semiconductors and engines to operate faster, more efficiently, longer, and in more severe conditions can be game changers in both the commercial and military context,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan Estevez. “When we recognize the risks as well as the benefits, and act in concert with our international partners, we can ensure that our shared security objectives are met, innovation is supported, and companies across the globe operate on a level playing field.”

“Global commerce is driven by innovation—new ideas, and novel ways to apply old ones. BIS is vigilant in assessing the development of new technology and whether it may be used for civil and military purposes,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Thea D. Rozman Kendler. “We are protecting the four technologies identified in today’s rule from nefarious end use by applying controls through a multilateral regime. This rule demonstrates our continued commitment to imposing export controls together with our international partners. Export controls are most effective when multilaterally imposed.”

SpaceX launches 46 more Starlinks from Vandenberg

SpaceX launched 46 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, August 12, from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

This was the 10th flight for this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched Crew-1, Crew-2, SXM-8, CRS-23, IXPE, Transporter-4, Transporter-5, Globalstar FM15, and now two Starlink missions. 

The mission was SpaceX’s 56th Starlink mission to date. 

It was SpaceX's second Starlink mission in August and 22st Starlink mission this year.

Huawei's first half 2022 revenue drops 5.9% yoy

Huawei reported unaudited revenue of CNY301.6 billion (approximately US$44.73 billion) for the first half of 2022, down by 5.9% compared to a year earlier. There was a net profit margin of 5.0%.

Revenue by business group

  • Carrier - CNY142.7 billion (US$21.1 billion), up 7.5% yoy
  • Enterprise - CNY54.7 billion (US$8.11 billion),  up 25% yoy
  • Device  - CNY101.3 billion (US$15.0 billion), down 25% yoy

Huawei said its 1H2022 overall performance was in line with forecast.

"While our device business was heavily impacted, our ICT infrastructure business maintained steady growth," said Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "Moving forward, we will harness trends in digitalization and decarbonization to keep creating value for our customers and partners, and secure quality development."

Huawei reports Q1 sales of CNY131 billion, down 13.8% yoy

Huawei reported Q1 2022 revenue of CNY131 billion in revenue (approx US$19.80 billion), with a net profit margin of 4.3%."In Q1, our overall business results were in line with forecasts. Our consumer business was heavily impacted, and our ICT infrastructure business experienced steady growth," said Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "We have yet again increased our investment in R&D to harness the momentum of our innovation and create new value...

Huawei reports 2021 revenue of CNY142.7 billion, down 28%

Huawei reported 2021 revenue of CNY636.8 billion (US$99.885 billion), down 28.6% compared to CNY891,368 in 2021.Net profit for amounted to CNY113.7 billion, an increase of 75.9% year-on-year. Revenue for Huawei's Carrier Business dropped 7%, while its Enterprise Business revenues rose 2%.Regionally, sales in its home market of China fell 31% as carrier completed 5G deployments. Sales in dropped in other geographies as well, with EMEA down 27%,...

Huawei's first half 2021 revenue drops 29% yoy - shift to enterprise

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Webinar replay: New Design Considerations for a CPO or OBO Switch

Next generation applications trend toward disaggregation. To meet the requirements for cost, power, latency, and overall bandwidth of each component needs to be considered.  The removal of the optical pluggables from the faceplate provides an opportunity to re-evaluate the faceplate configuration for optical connections, heat management, and power into a network switch or datacenter server.

 The Consortium for On-board Optics (COBO) recently published a detailed 46-page industry guidance document addressing the design options ahead for a Co-Packaged or On-Board Optics Switch.   The guidance document represents the work of 47 COBO Members and took over 2 years to complete.  

This hour-long webinar discusses key engineering topics, including these design options and their potential impacts on optical signal, thermal, and safety criteria.

Presenters include Tiger Ninomiya, Technology and Innovation Manager, SENKO Advanced Components, and Peter Johnson, Staff Scientist, SABIC, and who served as the Chief Editor of COBO CPO Whitepaper.

This was the 11th in a series of webinars presented by COBO, the Consortium for On-board Optics, and sponsored by DuPont’s Silicon Valley Technology Center.