Magnetic RAM is inching forward, bringing the benefits of nonvolatility with the performance of RAM. Motorola's Semiconductor Product Sector (http://e-www.motorola.com) is sampling 4-Mbit magnetoresistive RAM chips made on its 0.18-micron lines, quadrupling the storage capacity over parts introduced in mid-2002. Honeywell International (www.ssec.honeywell.com) is licensing Motorola's process technology, planning to make radiation-hardened chips for military applications. Honeywell will merge the technology with its silicon-on-insulator IC technology.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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