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Samsung to set up advanced wafer fab in Texas

Samsung Electronics has announced plans to invest an estimated US$17 billion in the establishment of a new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas. The fab will be dedicated to producing advanced logic semiconductor solutions that power next-generation innovations and technologies......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesNov 25th, 2021

3 Important Points From IDC Semiconductor Forecast & 4 Picks

There were three encouraging points in IDC???s latest global semiconductor sales forecast for 2021. There were three encouraging points in IDC’s latest global semiconductor sales forecast for 2021.First, the research firm now expects global semiconductor sales to grow 17.3% in 2021, on top of the 10.8% growth in 2020. The end markets driving this strength are mobile phones, notebooks, servers, automotive, smart home, gaming, wearables and Wi-Fi access points.5G is clearly the main driver of semi revenues into the mobile phone market. So that segment is expected to grow 128%, with total mobile semiconductor revenues up 28.5%. And that’s still stronger than X86 server chips, which will see revenue growth of 24.6%. Sales into the notebook market will be up 11.8% while game consoles, smart home, and wearable semis will grow a respective 34%, 20% and 21%. And automotive semiconductor revenues will increase 22.8%.Which brings us to the second important takeaway. IDC expects the shortages in the auto market to be mitigated by year-end. We all know how crazy that has been. That has been a major factor holding back the sector, caught in between soaring demand and depleted inventory.Overall, the firm sees front-end manufacturing beginning to meet consumption (which is healthy despite the COVID scare) in the third quarter as foundries step in to fill gaps, but cautions that back-end constraints and material shortages remain. The market is currently not expected to normalize until the middle of 2022 with the possibility of overcapacity by year-end as new fabs come online. Still, the semiconductor market will grow at a CAGR of 5.3% through 2025, which is a good bit stronger than the typical 3-4% growth historically.And third, semiconductor wafer prices increased in the first half of 2021, with further increases in the cards, driven by increased material cost and opportunity cost at mature processes. So stronger pricing and much higher volumes will generate bigger gains for players.Semiconductor stocks worth buying today are-MaxLinear, Inc MXLMaxLinear is a fabless company that designs products incorporating radio frequency (RF), high-performance analog, mixed-signal, digital signal processing (DSP), security engines, data compression and networking layers, and power management for high-speed communication systems.Its communications systems-on-chip (SoC) solutions are used in broadband (51% revenue share in 2020), mobile and wireline infrastructure (16%), connectivity (15%), and industrial and other multi-market (18%) applications.The company has been taking share and growing its silicon content in the broadband segment, as its customers upgrade their infrastructure to support bandwidth-intensive services and accommodate a swelling subscriber base. Supply constraints are expected to improve in the fourth quarter and management expects continued share gains over the next several years.  Overall, its new product pipeline, design win momentum, strategic agreements, lean channel inventories and strong demand should drive continued strength in bookings and sales.  Analysts are also highly optimistic about this company. They currently expect its earnings to grow 169.3% in 2021 and 16.2% in 2020 on the back of revenue growth of 80.3% and 10.4%, in the two years, respectively.The Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock is trading at 19.6X P/E, well below the median value of 30.0X over the past year and the S&P 500’s 21.4X.Semtech Corporation SMTCSemtech is a global supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms. The end applications for its products are in the infrastructure (data centers, passive optical networks, base stations, optical networks, servers, carrier networks, switches and routers, cable modems, wireless local area network and other communication infrastructure equipment), high-end consumer (smartphones, tablets, wearables, desktops, notebooks, and other handheld products, wireless charging, set-top boxes, digital televisions, monitors and displays, digital video recorders and other consumer equipment) and industrial (Internet of Things ("IoT"), analog and digital video broadcast equipment, video-over-IP solutions, automated meter reading, smart grid, wireless charging, military and aerospace, medical, security systems, automotive, industrial and home automation and other industrial equipment) markets.In its 2021 fiscal year ending January, its end market exposure was as follows: Enterprise Computing (31% revenue share), Industrial and Other (26%), High-End Consumer (26%) and Communications (18%).The company is seeing strong momentum in the business with design win momentum, platform strength, growing bookings, and a book-to-bill above 1. Moreover, there is huge demand on the horizon with 5G demand coming out of China as well as buildouts in North America and Europe.A favorable product mix is also driving the gross margin.The Zacks Rank #1 stock is trading at 28.7X P/E, which is not cheap per se but below its median level of 46.0X over the past year. Given its growth prospects (45.7% earnings growth in the current year on revenue growth of 23.6%, followed by 19.5% earnings growth next year on revenue growth of 10.2%) and estimate revision trend, shares are only likely to move higher.Analog Devices, Inc. ADIThe company is an original equipment manufacturer of analog, mixed signal and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits.Its end market exposure is as follows: Industrial applications in instrumentation, defense/aerospace, energy management and healthcare comprises a 53% share; internet infrastructure, broadband and wireless applications making up the communications segment accounts for another 21%; infotainment, electrification, autonomous, ADAS and safety applications in automotive comprise 14% and feature-rich portable devices and prosumer video/audio equipment in consumer accounting for the rest.ADI is seeing strength in consumer, industrial and automotive end-markets and design win momentum. Its acquisition of Maxim will expand its TAM in these markets as well as in communications (5G) while adding to its bottom line this year.The 30.6% earnings growth in its fiscal year ending October is expected to come off revenue growth of 29.9%. Revenue growth is expected to accelerate the following year to 40.6% with earnings growth decelerating to 12.8%.At 24.9X earnings, the shares of this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock are close to its median value of 24.8X over the past year. But given the strong momentum in its business, buying the shares still makes sense.NXP Semiconductors N.V. NXPIThe company offers high performance mixed signal and standard product solutions leveraging RF, analog, power management, interface, security and digital processing technologies for application in the automotive, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing markets.NXP has significant exposure to the automotive end market, which accounted for 44% of its revenue in 2020 and fairly broad exposure to other markets: Industrial & IoT and Communication Infrastructure & Others generated 21% each of its revenue last year while the mobile end market accounted for 14%.The company is currently expected to grow its revenue by 26.7% this year and 6.9% next year. Earnings are expected to grow 31.3% and 10.5%, respectively, in the two years.The Zacks Rank #2 stock trades at a 19.5X P/E, which is below its median level of 23.5X over the past year as well as the S&P 500’s 21.4X. So valuation supports buying the shares.One-Month Price PerfornanceImage Source: Zacks Investment Research Time to Invest in Legal Marijuana If you’re looking for big gains, there couldn’t be a better time to get in on a young industry primed to skyrocket from $17.7 billion back in 2019 to an expected $73.6 billion by 2027. After a clean sweep of 6 election referendums in 5 states, pot is now legal in 36 states plus D.C. Federal legalization is expected soon and that could be a still greater bonanza for investors. Even before the latest wave of legalization, Zacks Investment Research has recommended pot stocks that have shot up as high as +285.9%. You’re invited to check out Zacks’ Marijuana Moneymakers: An Investor’s Guide. It features a timely Watch List of pot stocks and ETFs with exceptional growth potential.Today, Download Marijuana Moneymakers FREE >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI): Free Stock Analysis Report Semtech Corporation (SMTC): Free Stock Analysis Report NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI): Free Stock Analysis Report MaxLinear, Inc (MXL): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 24th, 2021

Samsung: Seeking better customer structure and node process breakthroughs

TSMC, Intel and Samsung continue to compete for the leadership in more advanced technologies beyond 7nm node. Samsung has already foretold that it will mass produce for 4nm technology in 2021, with the 3nm process likely to be available in 2023. In the future, Samsung will produce its own chips with its 3nm GAAFTE process. As we all know, Samsung has a lot of contracts from its internal system design center. Only when Samsung wins orders from external customers can there be structural improvements. But many external customers are wary of Samsung's dual role as player and referee which leverages its technology, production capacity and market operations against its customers. Samsung has considered spinning off its wafer foundry business to endorse its credibility, but has not made a move because semiconductor is a highly capital-intensive industry. TSMC has announced that between 2021 and 2023 it will invest US$100 billion or an annual capital expenditure of US$30 billion for capacity expansions. The budget is more than double Samsung's sales from wafer foundry business. A spun-off Samsung foundry business wouldn't be able to afford such big investments all on its own, and would face enormous challenges trying to make profits......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesSep 24th, 2021

Top 5 High-Flying Stocks That Have Survived September Mayhem

We have narrowed down our search to five large-cap stocks that have gained nearly 5% or more than 5% month to date. These are: AVTR, PWR, ON, KLAC, and MRNA. September – historically the worst-performing month on Wall Street – is likely to maintain its trend this year too. The broad-market rally has stopped completely this month, with just seven days of trading left.The three major stock indexes — the Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite — have tumbled 4.1%, 3.7%, and 3.4%, respectively. The small-cap-centric Russell 2000 is down 3.9%. The U.S. stock markets are currently suffering from several near-term concerns.Fed’s FOMC MeetingThe two-day FOMC meeting of the Federal Reserve started on Sep 21. The outcome of this meeting will impact financial markets immensely. At present, economists and financial researchers are divided whether the central bank will give any definite sign, if not the timeline, related to the tapering of its existing $120 billion per month bond-buy program.After its last FOMC meeting in June, Fed chairman Jerome Powell gave a signal that the Fed may start tapering this year although he maintained an extremely cautious view.However, the rapid spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus and a possible slowdown of U.S. economic growth, highly disappointing job additions in August, and a marginal decline in inflation rates in the last couple of months have compelled many experts to believe that the Fed may restrain itself from shifting from its ongoing ultra-dovish monetary policies.Evergrande CrisisGlobal stock markets including the U.S. stock markets fell sharply on Sep 20 following the news that a large China-based property developer, the China Evergrande Group, is in possible bankruptcy. The company faced a debt payment on its offshore bonds last week and said that it is suffering from unprecedented difficulties. It has more than $300 billion of offshore bonds.U.S. markets continued to suffer on Sep 21 due to the news as a section of investors believe that the default on debt servicing may have a rippling effect on the global financial sector. Moreover, a recession in the Chinese property development market will significantly reduce demand for metal and industrial products.Government Debt Ceiling in FocusOn Sep 21, the House of Representatives passed a bill in majority voting that will prevent a government shutdown and suspend the debt limit to prevent an economic disaster. However, the Republicans have threatened to block the bill in Senate.The Congress needs to pass a funding plan by Sep 30 to prevent a government shutdown. The clearance of the bill in the House will enable the government to run up to Dec 3 and suspend the debt ceiling till December 2022.Spread of the Delta VariantThe spread of the Delta variant remains a threat to the robust U.S. economic recovery. Some recently released economic data has shown that the Delta variant has taken a toll on the economy and it may get worse in the upcoming winter months. Investors remain concerned although the infection rate has dropped marginally this month.Not All Stocks Have Suffered This MonthDespite several immediate concerns and the historical downtrend of September, a number of stocks have popped this month. Among those winners, there are a handful of large-cap (market capital > $15 billion) stocks with a favorable Zacks Rank. Large-cap stocks generally have a solid business foothold. Investment in these stocks may be fruitful going forward.Our Top PicksWe have narrowed down our search to five large-cap stocks that have gained nearly 5% or more than 5% month to date. These stocks have strong growth potential for the rest of 2021 and have seen positive earnings estimate revisions in the past 60 days. Each of our picks carries either a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.The chart below shows the price performance of our five picks in the past month.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchModerna Inc. MRNA is a biotechnology company, which develops therapeutics and vaccines based on messenger RNA for the treatment of infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and auto-immune diseases.The company’s COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated strong uptake in multiple countries where it received authorization for temporary use in the past few months. It expects more than $19 billion in vaccine sales in 2021. Advance purchase agreements with several countries worth $20 billion in aggregate for 2022 are already in place.This Zacks Rank #2 company has an expected earnings growth rate of more than 100% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 0.4% over the past 30 days. The stock price has jumped 15.2% month to date.Quanta Services Inc. PWR is a leading national provider of specialty contracting services, and one of the largest contractors serving the transmission and distribution sector of the North American electric utility industry.The company expects utility, communications certain pipeline and industrial infrastructure services — which currently account for approximately 80-90% of revenues — to remain robust in 2021. Quanta Services’ optimism stems from healthy backlog levels which are expected to grow further. Also, rising renewable energy generation and associated demand bode well for the company.This Zacks Rank #2 company has an expected earnings growth rate of 19.9% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 0.4% over the past 30 days. The stock price has climbed 12.5% month to date.Avantor Inc. AVTR provides products and services to customers in biopharma, healthcare, education and government, advanced technologies, and applied materials industries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.The company offers materials and consumables, such as purity chemicals and reagents, lab products and supplies, formulated silicone materials, customized excipients, customized single-use assemblies, process chromatography resins and columns, analytical sample prep kits, education and microbiology products, and clinical trial kits.This Zacks Rank #1 company has an expected earnings growth rate of 51.7% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 7.1% over the past 60 days. The stock price has appreciated 8.6% month to date.ON Semiconductor Corp. ON is seeing strengthening demand across most end markets as evident from its booking trends over the last few quarters. It has a well-diversified business generating a significant percentage of revenues from each of the computing, consumer, industrial, communications, and automotive end markets.ON Semiconductor continues to gain traction among electric vehicle manufacturers. It witnessed a solid demand environment in the second quarter, particularly for its power and sensing products, which it expects will continue in the near term.This Zacks Rank #2 company has an expected earnings growth rate of more than 100% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has improved 0.4% over the past 30 days. The stock price has advanced 7.5% month to date.KLA-Tencor Corp. KLAC designs, manufactures, and markets process control and yield-management solutions for the semiconductor and related nano-electronics industries worldwide. KLA is benefiting from solid momentum across the process control market. Moreover, growing Foundry and Logic investments remain major positives.Its transition to advanced nodes and the insertion of EUV lithography are expected to drive growth in the near future. Enhanced wafer cleanliness and geometry specifications in the bare wafer market are driving demand for the company’s wafer products. Additionally, the Services business is likely to grow, driven by expanding installed base and higher utilization rates. High exposure to 5G infrastructure and the smartphone market is another positive.This Zacks Rank #2 company has an expected earnings growth rate of 32.7% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has improved 12.5% over the past 60 days. The stock price has risen 4.9% month to date. Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. Discover 7 special companies that look to gain the most from construction and repair to roads, bridges, and buildings, plus cargo hauling and energy transformation on an almost unimaginable scale.Download FREE: How to Profit from Trillions on Spending for Infrastructure >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Quanta Services, Inc. (PWR): Free Stock Analysis Report KLA Corporation (KLAC): Free Stock Analysis Report Moderna, Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacksSep 22nd, 2021

Intel may face challenges in providing foundry services

Intel has advanced chip manufacturing technologies, but it may still experience challenges in its bid to provide wafer foundry services to third-party companies, according to sources from the semiconductor industry......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesApr 30th, 2021

TSMC could set up advanced wafer fab in Europe, DigiTimes reports

See the rest of the story here. Theflyonthewall.com provides the latest financial news as it breaks. Known as a leader in market intelligence, The Fl.....»»

Category: blogSource: theflyonthewallFeb 18th, 2021

Highlights of the day: TSMC to faces challenges from political pressure

Following the setup of an advanced wafer fab in the US because of the US government's pressure, TSMC is now facing pressure from g.....»»

Category: topSource: digitimesFeb 12th, 2021

China fab toolmaker ACM enhances offering for local demand

China-based ACM Research, a supplier of advanced wafer-level packaging equipment and other fab tools, has been expanding its product portfolio to satisfy the growing needs of China's local chipmakers and device vendors......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesMay 15th, 2020

TSMC intros new-gen IPD technology for 5G mobile devices

TSMC's in-house developed wafer-level integrated passive device (IPD) technology has been advanced to a new generation, which will be ready for high volume manufacturing this year, according to the foundry......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesMay 13th, 2020

No specific plans yet for US fab, says TSMC

TSMC has always been evaluating potential locations for an advanced wafer fab overseas, including the US, but no specific plans have been put in place yet, according to the pure-play foundry......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesMay 12th, 2020

Highlights of the day: TSMC keen on packaging technology

TSMC is unqestionably the global leader in the pure-play foundry, but it is also gearing up efforts expanding its presence in the backend sector. Its advanced wafer-level packaging capacity is set to enjoy rising utilization in second-quarte.....»»

Category: topSource: digitimesMar 4th, 2020

TSMC advanced packaging capacity utilization to climb

Pure-play foundry TSMC has been expanding its presence in the advanced wafer-level packaging field, and is set to enjoy rising utilization of its backend capacity starting the second quarter of 2020, according to sources at dedicated OSAT companies......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesMar 3rd, 2020

Revenue per wafer rising as demand grows for sub-7nm processes, says IC Insights

Many IC companies are now designing high-performance microprocessors, application processors, and other advanced logic devices based on 10nm and 7nm process technology, according to IC Insights......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesFeb 20th, 2020

SJSemi strengthens presence in wafer-level 3D packaging segment

SJ Semiconductor (SJSemi), a joint venture between China-based foundry SMIC and backend house JCET, has started implementing its second-phase development looking to strengthen its presence in the advanced wafer-level packaging field......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesJan 7th, 2020

SJSemi strengthen presence in wafer-level 3D packaging segment

SJ Semiconductor (SJSemi), a joint venture between China-based foundry SMIC and backend house JCET, has started implementing its second-phase development looking to strengthen its presence in the advanced wafer-level packaging field......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesJan 3rd, 2020

TSMC to accelerate 3nm fab construction

TSMC is expected to step up the construction of its advanced 3nm wafer fab after securing 30 hectares of land in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) by the end of 2019, according to industry sources......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesOct 24th, 2019

TSMC to get land for 3nm fab by year-end 2019

TSMC is expected to step up the construction of its advanced 3nm wafer fab after securing 30 hectares of land in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) by the end of 2019, according to industry sources......»»

Category: topSource: digitimesOct 24th, 2019

Boeing"s most controversial plane is being used to fight climate change. See inside the new Boeing 737 Max ecoDemonstrator.

Technology being tested on the 737 Max ecoDemonstrator may be found on Boeing aircraft, both new and existing, for decades to come. An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/Insider Boeing and Alaska Airlines are teaming up to test new technologies that aim to make the aviation industry more sustainable.  A Boeing 737 Max 9 has been outfitted with experimental technology for engineers to test.  The most viable technology may soon be found on Boeing's future aircraft.  The aviation industry is working towards a more sustainable future as airlines and aircraft manufacturers alike are being forced to examine and improve their environmental impact.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Andrew Mauro/Shutterstock.comAirlines are limited in how they can reduce their carbon footprint owing to a lack of availability of sustainable aviation fuels. But what airlines and aircraft manufacturers can control, to a degree, is the carbon footprint of their aircraft.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBoeing's ecoDemonstrator program aims to test new technologies that can maximize aircraft efficiency. It's a win-win for airlines that get to reduce their emissions and costs while also helping Boeing make its aircraft more attractive to prospective buyers.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBoeing and Alaska Airlines have teamed up to test new technologies onboard a Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft that is Boeing’s new ecoDemonstrator. Take a closer look at the aircraft.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe Boeing 737 Max is a prime example of how existing aircraft can be upgraded with new technology that both lowers emissions and reduces costs for airlines.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderTwo CFM International LEAP-1B engines power the 737 Max using longer fan blades made from composite materials to reduce the rate of fuel burn by 14% compared to previous-generation engines.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAnd on the wings, new "advanced technology" winglets increase the aerodynamic efficiency of the aircraft using laminar fuel that also contributes to a reduction in fuel burn.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBut Boeing is looking to get granular with its aircraft as even a 20-pound weight reduction can have a big impact on performance and efficiency.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderOne seemingly minor but useful innovation is the low-profile anti-collision light to replace the convention anti-collision light that's a required feature on airliners.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderLocated on the belly of the aircraft, the anti-collision light is a minor fixture of the aircraft that extends a mere four inches from the fuselage. Its presence, however, disrupts the smooth flow of air under the aircraft ever so slightly and causes drag.An aircraft landing at night.motive56/Shutterstock.comBoeing wants to make the light almost flush with the fuselage to improve airflow and reduce drag along the airframe, as well as keep the light's infrastructure on the inside of the aircraft to shield it from the extreme conditions of flight.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe change might seem minor but will have an impact on how much fuel an aircraft will burn in a given flight, as well as how often an airline might need to repair anti-collision lights.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/Insider"It's a very minor drag reduction but it all adds up to a more efficient airplane," Chad Lloyd, Boeing's manager for the ecoDemonstrator program, said.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderInside the engine, Boeing is testing acoustic treatments that aim to reduce the noise levels of an aircraft for the benefit of people on the ground.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/Insider"We're testing new technologies to put acoustic treatments in parts of the engine that have never been able to accommodate those treatments before," Addison Salzman of the ecoDemonstrator program said. A large microphone array the size of a football field is then used to test the noise levels.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBoeing is also testing alternatives to halon as an engine fire extinguisher, as liquefied gas has been banned in the US and can no longer be produced. The ecoDemonstrator has been leading the charge on testing new extinguishing agents.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderRows of traditional airplane seats fill the ecoDemonstrator's cabin in part to match the weight of an airliner and also to fly Boeing's test engineers around the world.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBoeing is testing the use of carbon fiber sidewalls that are lighter than traditional materials. The carbon fiber is recycled from the production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and is 20% lighter than current materials, resulting in 20 to 30 pounds of weight savings.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/Insider"One of our goals as an airframe manufacturer is to make aircraft lighter," Lloyd said. "Lighter airplanes result in less fuel burn, which results in less emissions into the atmosphere."An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMicrophones in the cabin also test the noise-reducing capabilities of carbon fiber compared to traditional materials.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMonitoring stations in the front half of the aircraft allow flight test engineers to monitor and review data, while also monitoring the safety of the flight test aircraft during missions.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/Insider"The things that we do here through airline partners and others help inform things that will go on our next airplanes and also improvements that will go on our existing airplanes," Chris Raymond, Boeing's chief sustainability officer, said.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBoeing launched the EcoDemonstrator program in 2012 with the goal of testing multiple technologies using a single plane, replacing the prior practice of using one aircraft to test one technology at a time.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAlaska Airlines's Boeing 737 Max 9 is serving as the eighth aircraft in the role. The previous ecoDemonstrators include the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Boeing 757, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777 Freighter, and Boeing 737 aircraft.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe ecoDemonstrator program in its 10-year history has already yielded results that can be found on Boeing aircraft. The advanced technology winglet that is found on all 737 Max aircraft originated from the ecoDemonstrator program.A Boeing 737 Max aircraft.AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenBoeing has tested around 225 technologies on ecoDemonstrator aircraft, with around a third being implemented by the manufacturer on new aircraft as well as service solutions it offers.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderTechnology that's tested on the ecoDemonstrator might not see deployment on a new Boeing plane for years to come. Though, some technologies have been able to make it from ecoDemonstrator to a new aircraft in as little as two years.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBut the findings that Boeing makes will enable next-generation aircraft to offer additional fuel savings and reduce the harmful emissions that impact the environment.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe real breakthrough will come once the code is cracked on alternative and sustainable aviation fuels.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/Insider"If we can move to 100% sustainable aviation fuel, we can see an 80% reduction in [carbon dioxide] emissions," Lloyd said.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderDespite the Boeing 737 Max being a fully certified aircraft, the ecoDemonstrator is classified as "experimental" because of the non-standard technology being treated onboard.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAnd once this aircraft's time as the ecoDemonstrator is finished, it will join the Alaska Airlines fleet flying passengers around the US, Caribbean, and Central America.An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 ecoDemonstrator.Thomas Pallini/InsiderRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 23rd, 2022

Israeli firm develops an infantry drone that can fire machine guns and sniper rifles at targets while flying

The next-generation fighting drone armed with infantry weapons is called The Smash Dragon and was designed by the Israeli company Smart Shooter. Smart Shooter's SMASH Dragon allows rifles to be mounted on drones.Smart Shooter An Israeli company has developed an armed drone system that can fire infantry weapons while flying. The Smash Dragon can strike static and moving targets while hovering above. The next-generation fighting drone was designed by the company Smart Shooter. An Israeli arms manufacturer has developed a robot weapon that can fire infantry weapons at static and moving targets while flying.The Smash Dragon, designed by Israeli company Smart Shooter, can be mounted on different forms of unmanned aerial platforms, such as drones, and can strike targets while hovering over them.An assault or sniper rifle can be mounted to the system and remotely triggered by an operator.The weapon is "extremely lightweight" and uses a "unique stabilization concept," which allows it to precisely hit targets no matter how fast the drone is traveling, the company said in a press release shared with Insider.The system has sophisticated computer vision capabilities and works during the day and the night.The SMASH Dragon has completed successful live firing tests and is in the advanced stages of development but is not yet operational, the company said.The system will utilize the company's Smash 2000 technology, which uses built-in targeting algorithms to track and strike targets with precision.The technology has been used to take down Hamas drones and incendiary balloons launched from Gaza, The Jerusalem Post previously reported."Smart Shooter's SMASH technology offers precise elimination of threats at ground, air, and sea," Smart Shooter CEO Michal Mor said in a statement shared with Insider."We are now happy to offer the same precise, combat-proven target engagement technology mounted on an unmanned aerial platform that can be controlled from a distance," he said. Mor said it was critical to keep the system lightweight as weight impacts mission endurance and cost when it comes to drones.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 23rd, 2022

Florida lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow parents to sue schools if staff speak to students about gender identity or sexuality

Known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, the legislation says it protects a parent's "right to make decisions" on "the upbringing and control of their children." The US flag and an LGBTQ pride flag on the front facade of the US Embassy in Moscow.Valery Sharifulin/Getty Images A Florida House committee passed a bill designed to prevent the discussion of gender identity in schools. The Parental Rights in Education bill says it protects a parent's "fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children." Advocates for the LGBTQ slammed the bill and said it would be harmful to LGBTQ youth. Florida lawmakers earlier this week passed a bill designed to prevent the discussion of gender identity and sexuality in the classroom. The Parental Rights in Education bill, voted on largely along party lines by Florida House committee members on Thursday, "is about defending the most awesome responsibility a person can have: being a parent," said Florida state Rep. Joe Harding, who introduced the bill, according to a report from Florida Politics. The legislation, which advocates call a "Don't Say Gay" bill, says parents can take legal action against a school district if Florida teachers speak about LGBTQ topics like identity and sexuality that do not fall under "age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate" guidelines for students. The bill says it protects a parent's "fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing and control of their children."Advocates for the LGBTQ community slammed the bill, saying it would create additional barriers for LGBTQ students.  The Trevor Project, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth, said in a report published in August that schools can play a significant role in supporting LGBT youth. Students who learned about LGBTQ issues or people in the classroom had "23% lower odds" of reporting a suicide attempt in the last year, according to the report."This bill will erase young LGBTQ students across Florida, forcing many back into the closet by policing their identity and silencing important discussions about the issues they face," said Sam Ames, director of advocacy and government affairs at the Trevor Project. "LGBTQ students deserve their history and experiences to be reflected in their education, just like their peers.""This will kill kids," said Chasten Buttigieg, LGBTQ rights advocate and the husband of transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg.—Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) January 20, 2022 "You are purposefully making your state a harder place for LGBTQ kids to survive in," said Buttigieg, calling out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 22nd, 2022

Investors trying to navigate tech volatility should focus on the "ABCs" - AI, big data, and cybersecurity, says UBS

Investors should consider rebalancing their portfolios to avoid overexposure to mega-caps, advised UBS Global Wealth Management. Morsa Images/Getty Images Tech volatility should prompt investors to focus on the ABCs of the sector - AI, big data and cybersecurity stocks, says UBS.  Those themes within tech offer high-potential, long-term growth, said the global wealth manager. The Nasdaq Composite has dropped into a correction, down more than 10% from its all-time high.   Investors should adopt a "thematic approach" to investing in the technology sector in the face of sharp volatility that's left the Nasdaq Composite in a correction as shares of behemoths such as Apple and Microsoft have been battered, UBS Global Wealth Management advised clients on Friday. Investors are asking whether it's time to buy into the group in the face of the Nasdaq Composite's tumble, said UBS. The index through Thursday has lost 12.7% from its all-time intraday high of 16,212.23 on November 22. A correction is considered a loss of 10% or more from a recent high. Tech stocks have been stung in part from a surge in Treasury yields on expectations of a fast pace of interest-rate hikes by the Federal Reserve this year. The Nasdaq sold off during Friday's session and among big names on the index, Apple this year has dropped about 8% and Microsoft has declined by roughly 11%. The moves follow big gains in 2021 when Apple charged up about 35% and Microsoft soared 52%. "Instead of relying on another period of mega-cap outperformance, investors should take a thematic approach, including foundational technologies such as AI, big data, and cybersecurity—the ABCs of tech," Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management, said in a note. Investors would serve themselves well to seek the "high potential long-term growth" from AI, big data, and cybersecurity stocks and to rebalance their portfolios to avoid overexposure to mega-caps, he said. Haefele noted the PHLX Semiconductor Sector index dropped by more than 10% this week despite "mounting tailwinds" from the potential passage of a $52 billion bill in Congress aimed at increasing chip supplies, Intel's plan to spend at least $20 billion to build a manufacturing facility in Ohio, and "strong" next-gen lithography sales for ASML. "Alongside semi equipment makers, we like select chip foundries, with the largest players poised to enjoy a structural uplift in demand, widening margins, and low double-digit revenue gains over the next few years," he said. UBS also highlighted the potential for growth in the electric vehicle market with the expected entrance of more companies. Sony executives told Reuters it will likely add new technology partners to its EV project, and UBS said Apple is widely expected to enter the EV market in the near future. The wealth management group sees smart mobility growing into a $450 billion market by 2025, or three to four times its current size. "The path to smart mobility will be enabled by a raft of tech innovators, including advanced chip and sensor makers, camera leaders, AI and cloud providers, and next-gen EV battery makers. We like select names across the global EV supply chain, as well as select global automakers with EV exposure," wrote Haefele.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 22nd, 2022