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Intel Ousts Chief Engineer, Shakes Up Technical Group After 7nm Chip Delay

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By Reuters | Updated: 28 July 2020

Intel’s Chief Engineering Officer Murthy Renduchintala is departing, part of a move in which a key technology unit will be separated into five teams, the chipmaker said on Monday.

Intel said it is reorganising its technology, systems architecture, and client group. Its new leaders will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Bob Swan.

Ann Kelleher, a 24-year Intel veteran, will lead development of 7-nanometer and 5-nanometer chip technology processes. Last week, the company had said the smaller, faster 7-nanometer chipmaking technology was six months behind schedule and it would have to rely more on outside chipmakers to keep its products competitive.

Renduchintala, who was president of the wide-ranging group before its reorganisation and widely seen as a No. 2 to Swan, joined Intel in 2015. He was executive vice president of Qualcomm, and has been on Accenture’s board since April 2018.

Renduchintala was one of several key hires from outside Intel, which had been famous in Silicon Valley for developing and promoting talent from within. He was hired as part of a strategy to go after broader markets than the central processing units, or CPUs, the company became known for in the PC era.

One major effort, creating modem chips to connect smartphones to mobile data networks, ended last year. Intel sold the business to Apple for $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,485 crores), a fraction of what it had invested in the effort.

Renduchintala eventually took responsibly for turning around Intel’s process technology, which struggled with years of delay for its current 10-nanometer process. CEO Swan told investors in November that Intel was set start catching up to rivals with its 7-nanometer process in early 2021, but was forced to reverse himself last week because of the delays.

Intel said Renduchintala will depart August 3.

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Apple Awards Grants Worth $5 Million for Computer Chip Courses to Historically Black Schools

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By Reuters | Updated: 18 June 2021

Apple said Thursday it will give $5 million (roughly Rs. 37.09 crores) to four historically Black universities to help expand their engineering programs for designing the chips that power electronic devices.

Apple said the $5 million (roughly Rs. 37.09 crores) will be spread across Alabama A&M University, Howard University, in Washington, DC, Morgan State University, in Baltimore, and Prairie View A&M University, in Texas, over three years. The money comes from Apple’s broader racial justice initiative, which it announced last year with $100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores) in initial funding.

The grants will support each school’s engineering departments and seek to focus expanding course work in fields like computing architecture and designing chips. The money will also support fellowships and internships in hardware technologies, Apple said.

Apple custom designs many of the chips in its flagship devices, including central processors in its Mac computers and iPhone handsets and special chips in its AirPods headphones that help them work smoothly with other Apple devices.

“We know many jobs of the future will be in innovative areas like silicon engineering and we want to help ensure the leaders of tomorrow have access to transformational learning opportunities,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said in a statement.

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Chinese Apps Said to Face Subpoenas or Bans Under US President Joe Biden’s Order

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By Reuters | Updated: 18 June 2021

President Joe Biden’s executive order aimed at safeguarding Americans’ sensitive data would force some Chinese apps to take tougher measures to protect private information if they want to remain in the US market, according to people familiar with the matter.

The goal is to keep foreign adversaries like China and Russia from gaining access to large amounts of personal and proprietary business information.

The US Department of Commerce may issue subpoenas to collect information about certain smartphone, tablet, and desktop computer software applications. Then the agency may negotiate conditions for their use in the United States or ban the apps, according to people familiar with the matter.

Biden’s June 9 order replaced former President Donald Trump’s 2020 bans against the popular Chinese applications WeChat, owned by Tencent, and ByteDance’s TikTok. US courts halted those bans.

US officials share many of the concerns Trump cited in his order banning TikTok, according to one person familiar with the matter. Notably, they fear that China could track the locations of US government employees, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail and conduct corporate espionage.

While the new order does not name companies, it could end up capturing more apps than the Trump bans and hold up better if challenged in court. Reuters is the first to report details on how the Biden administration plans to implement the order, including seeking support from other countries.

US officials have begun speaking with allies about adopting a similar approach, one source said. The hope is that partner countries will agree on apps that should be banned.

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will decide which apps to target for US action, but they must meet certain criteria. For instance, they must be owned, controlled or managed by a person or entity that supports the military or intelligence activities of a foreign adversary such as China or Russia.

WeChat, TikTok may be reviewed

If Raimondo decides an app poses an unacceptable risk, she “has the discretion to notify the parties” directly or publish the information in the government’s official daily publication, the Federal Register, a Commerce Department spokesman said.

Companies will then have 30 days to object or propose measures to secure data better, the Commerce spokesman said.

The process stems from a May 2019 Trump executive order for reviewing information and communications technology from foreign adversaries.

Apps from China are most likely to find themselves in the Commerce Department’s crosshairs given escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing, the Chinese government’s ability to exert control over companies and the number of Chinese apps used by Americans.

WeChat, TikTok and eight other apps targeted by the Trump administration in its last months are eligible for review by Biden’s team, one source said.

The Trump targets also included Ant Group’s Alipay mobile payment app, WeChat Pay, Tencent’s QQ Wallet, Tencent QQ, CamScanner, SHAREit, VMate published by Alibaba Group subsidiary UCWeb and Beijing Kingsoft Office Software’s WPS Office.

Some of the apps named by Trump have serious data protection issues, while it’s unclear why others pose a heightened risk to national security, according to another person familiar with the matter.

The order will apply to business apps, including those used in banking and telecommunications, as well as consumer apps, the first source said.

Apps linked to other adversaries such as Iran or Venezuela are already blocked under broader sanctions.

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Nvidia to Invest at Least $100 Million in UK Supercomputer, CEO Jensen Huang Says

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By Reuters | Updated: 18 June 2021

Nvidia’s chief executive on Thursday said the company will spend at least $100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores) on a supercomputer in the United Kingdom.

Speaking at The Six Five Summit, CEO Jensen Huang said Nvidia will spend “$100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores), just as a starting point” on the Cambridge-1 supercomputer.

Nvidia had said in October it planned to spend about $55.6 million (roughly Rs. 410 crores) on the project.

Nvidia is in the process of acquiring UK-based chip technology firm Arm for $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,96,840 crores) from Japan’s SoftBank. The deal faces pushback from Nvidia’s rivals and is under regulatory scrutiny in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe.

To show its commitment to Arm’s UK operations, Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia said in October it was building the UK’s most powerful supercomputer in Cambridge, where Arm is headquartered, to focus on solving healthcare and artificial intelligence problems.

At The Six Five summit, Huang was asked about Nvidia’s investment plans in the United Kingdom during a joint interview with Arm Chief Executive Simon Seagars.

“Cambridge-1, that supercomputing centre is, call it a $100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores), just as a starting point,” Huang said. “I mean, it’s a big investment. It is the most powerful supercomputer in the UK, and researchers are super excited about it.”

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CES 2022: Samsung, LG Electronics Confirmed to Participate in Las Vegas Event

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By ANI | Updated: 17 June 2021

Samsung and LG are going to participate in the CES 2022 offline event, which will be held in Las Vegas early next year. Two companies previously participated online in this year due to COVID-19, however, they will showcase their own booths to display their cutting-edge technologies next year.

Samsung and LG announced on the 16the that they are going to participate in CES 2022 from January 5th to 8th next year. Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics will participate in CES” offline event after 2 years since 2019.

The event’s organiser, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in the US, recently posted on its website saying “CES will be back in Las Vegas next year,” and hinted at the offline event. “About 1000 companies have promised to show their innovative technologies at CES next year,” said CTA. “More companies continue to want to participate.”

Other than those two companies, Hyundai Motor has confirmed its participation among Korean companies. Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are planning to showcase various new technologies including TV, new home appliances, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots in Las Vegas next year.

Global companies such as Amazon, AMD, AT&T, Google, Qualcomm, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony, and Daimler AG also announced that they intend to participate in this event.

Industries expect that Samsung will unveil its next-generation QD TV at the CES 2022. Samsung previously showed the micro LED and Neo QLED TV at the previous event this year. Samsung Display, which produces QD panels, is planning to introduce prototyping panels to customers starting from this month, and will begin producing panels in 4th quarter (October-December) of this year.

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Amazon to Invest $3 Billion to Open Data Centres in Spain in 2022

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By Reuters | Updated: 8 June 2021

Amazon plans to invest EUR 2.5 billion (roughly Rs. 22,175 crores) in new data centres in the Spanish northern region of Aragon that will open in mid 2022, the company said on one of its websites on Monday.

The cloud computing service unit of Amazon, Amazon Web Services, will invest the amount over a period of ten years, the company said.

The investment includes capital expenditure, the construction of the centres, imports of equipment, and operating expenses such as the salaries of the 1,300 employees the company will hire there.

Amazon Web Services has had a presence in Spain since 2012 and is building more infrastructure to be able to host data in Spain for its customers who require it.

Back in April, Amazon Web Services and Google was chosen by Israel for a more than $1-billion (roughly Rs. 7,530 crores) project to provide cloud services for the country’s public sector and military.

Amazon and Google beat out Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM in the tender for the four phase project known as “Nimbus”, the Finance Ministry said.

They will establish local cloud sites in Israel with an initial investment of ILS 4 billion (roughly Rs. 9,180 crores). These sites will keep information within Israel’s borders under strict security guidelines.

The four phases of the project include acquisition and construction of cloud infrastructure, formulating government policy for migrating to the cloud, integration, and migration, and control and optimisation of cloud activity.

Nimbus is a multi-year flagship project intended to provide a comprehensive solution for the provision of cloud services to the government, the defence system, and other groups in the economy, the ministry said.

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Nvidia Asks Chinese Regulators to Approve $40 Billion Arm Deal: Report

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By Reuters | Updated: 8 June 2021

Nvidia has submitted an application to Chinese competition regulators to review a $40-billion (roughly Rs. 2,91,290 crores) takeover of UK chip designer Arm, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The application was made in recent weeks and sets in motion a period of scrutiny that could take up to 18 months, according to Chinese antitrust lawyers, the report added.

Nvidia said last month it expects to close the Arm acquisition by March 2022, after having struck a deal with Japan’s SoftBank in September 2020.

In February, Bloomberg News reported that the US Federal Trade Commission had opened an in-depth probe into Nvidia’s agreement to buy Arm.

In April, the UK government said it will look into the national security implications of Nvidia’s purchase. Digital minister Oliver Dowden said he had issued a so-called intervention notice over the sale of Arm by Japan’s SoftBank to Nvidia.

“As a next step and to help me gather the relevant information, the UK’s independent competition authority will now prepare a report on the implications of the transaction, which will help inform any further decisions,” he said.

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