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TSMC plans to open a chip factory in Japan in 2023

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TSMC expects to commission its first chip factory in Japan in 2023, the source said.

The planned plant at Kumamoto on Kyushu Island in western Japan will be built in two phases. The TSMC board is expected to make an investment decision in the current quarter.

When the plant reaches full capacity, it will be able to produce about 40,000 wafers per month using 28nm technology, which is widely used for various types of microcircuits, including image processors and microcontrollers for automotive and consumer electronics.

The plant is expected to be primarily used to produce image sensors for Sony, TSMC’s largest customer in Japan.

According to Nikkei whistleblowers, TSMC’s final decision on the plant continues to depend on a number of factors, including incentives and support from the Japanese government, as well as the commitment of local suppliers to build infrastructure for chips and develop supply chains.

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New York State to distribute 800 companion robots to the elderly as part of the fight against social isolation and loneliness

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The New York State Administration for the Elderly (NYSOFA) has decided to distribute 800 companion robots to the elderly. The devices are called ElliQ. They will not be able to help with some physical tasks (for example, cleaning at home or going to the pharmacy), but they will help you monitor your health and medication, and if a person is bored, they will entertain them with a conversation.

New York State to distribute 800 companion robots to the elderly as part of the fight against social isolation and loneliness

The problem of social isolation and loneliness among the elderly population of the United States is now acute: about 14 million Americans over 65 live alone. And their number is projected to grow over the next 10 years. However, studies have shown that prolonged loneliness is just as harmful to human health as smoking.

New York State to distribute 800 companion robots to the elderly as part of the fight against social isolation and loneliness

NYSOFA director Greg Olsen notes that ElliQ, created by the Israeli firm Intuition Robotics, can help solve this problem. “We were attracted to ElliQ by a lot of features – it is a proactive tool. It focuses on what is important for people: memories, communication with friends and family, and promotes better health.”Olsen said. The robot remembers the key moments of the user’s life and adapts to his character. For example, ElliQ will joke more if the user tends to laugh a lot.

New York State to distribute 800 companion robots to the elderly as part of the fight against social isolation and loneliness

New York State to distribute 800 companion robots to the elderly as part of the fight against social isolation and loneliness

ElliQ consists of two parts attached to a single base. The first is a lamp-shaped “face” with a microphone and speakers that lights up and turns to face the people it’s talking to. The second is a touch screen tablet. It is used to display pictures, additional information and make video calls.

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Alfa-Bank disables outdated iPhone app from May 27

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Alfa Bank disables outdated iPhone app from May 27

The Alfa-Bank team began to warn users of the mobile application on the iOS platform about the upcoming shutdown of outdated versions.

Alfa-Bank disables outdated iPhone app from May 27

As reported in the Alfa-Bank application, it will stop working from May 27, 2022. We are talking about application users who did not have time to upgrade to version 12.13 and higher. Now the update will no longer work, because the application has been removed from the App Store.

The explanation says the following:

Your version of the app is out of date and you can’t update it yet. Manage money in Alfa-Online – just like in the application.

According to representatives of Alfa-Bank, the notification was sent to “a small part of customers who did not have time to upgrade.” Version 12.13 and later will continue to work correctly.

Recall that the Alfa-Bank application was removed from Google Play and the App Store due to sanctions in April 2022.

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Engineers came up with a way to increase the cooling efficiency of processors by 700%

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Engineers came up with a way to increase the cooling

US engineers have come up with a new way to cool semiconductor products, which does not involve the use of a thermal interface. Conformal coating in laboratory conditions has demonstrated its high efficiency in comparison with traditional methods of heat removal.

Engineers came up with a way to increase the cooling efficiency of processors by 700%

Electronic devices heat up during operation, and the greater the power, the stronger the heating, all other things being equal. This problem is especially acute with the miniaturization of devices. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have come up with a new efficient way to remove heat from semiconductor products.

Usually, a radiator is connected to the hottest places of the microcircuit through a thermal interface. For example, thermal paste. Instead, American scientists proposed to cover the entire device with a thin layer of polymer insulator, and “fill” it with a layer of copper on top, completely repeating the shape of the device. This conformal coating is in close contact with the device and effectively removes heat from it.

Engineers came up with a way to increase the cooling efficiency of processors by 700%

“We compared our coatings to standard heat dissipation methods. It turned out that our method dissipates 740% more power per unit volume.one of the researchers explained.

It is expected that in the future this invention will make electronic devices, including telephones and computers, more powerful and compact.

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US military space intelligence to spend ‘billions of dollars’ buying satellite imagery from commercial companies

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US military space intelligence to spend billions of dollars buying

The US National Space Reconnaissance Office announced the largest ever contracts worth “billions of dollars” for the purchase of satellite imagery from commercial companies. There are three such companies – BlackSky, Maxar and Planet.

US military space intelligence to spend 'billions of dollars' buying satellite imagery from commercial companies

“These contracts, which are valued in the billions of dollars and will run for the next 10 years, represent a historic expansion of commercial imagery purchases by the National Space Intelligence Agency.”the agency said in a statement.

The exact amount of contracts is not called. It is noted that they are concluded for five years with the possibility of an additional extension until 2032.

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