Surely enough, the main May’s newsmaker in the world of technics is SpaceX with the first in history commercial launch of a rocket having astronauts onboard. Here are some other updates from the world of electronics and hardware design you could miss.
Probably one of the worst months in history for Huawei. One of the top-3 world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers was first cut from TSMC by the US Commerce Department which has literally blocked TSMC (which is planning coincidentally to build a new plant in Arizona) from selling chips to the Chinese giant. Huawei just started considering options when a new issue popped up: the UK decided to replace all the 5G equipment of Huawei within 3 years. What a month!
Raspberry Pi Foundation has ramped up the volume of RAM memory of Pi 4 up to 8GB (4 GB more than before), which is available now for $75 ($20 more than for 4GB version).
NXP appoints Kurt Sievers as a new CEO. Mr Sievers had already worked for more than a decade in the German branch of the holding.
Xilinx developed a new FPGA chip for space application based on 20nm channel length technology, which means basically more capable electronics for satellites consuming less power.
AMD represented the new 7 nm power-efficient CPU series for ultrabooks called Ryzen PRO 4000.
This is a bad joke, but there is a USB stick that, as seller promises, can keep you safe from 5G spectrum. Inside the plastic cover, there is a regular 128 MB jump drive. Unfortunately, anti-5G movement around the world is still damaging minds and cellular towers.
Finally, due to COVID-19, the worldwide decline in electronics shipment (PCs, laptops and tablets specifically) will reach 14% mark in 2020 comparing to 2019. Semiconductor distribution lost 11.7% due to the report of DMASS.