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Samsung's Q2 earnings beats estimate 7/8/2020
In its earnings guidance, the South Korean tech giant expected its operating profit at 8.1 trillion won (US$6.7 billion) for the April-June period, up 22.7 percent from 6.6 trillion won a year ago.
China’s SMIC to raise fund for expansion by issuing new stock 7/8/2020
SMIC, a Chinese contract chip manufacturer already listed in Hong Kong, plans to raise up to $7.5 billion—including an overallotment option—by selling new shares in Shanghai worth the equivalent of around a quarter of the company.
Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $35 billion in May 2020 7/8/2020
“The global semiconductor market in May remained largely resistant to the widespread economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is still significant uncertainty for the months ahead,”
Taiwan's Research Institute to transfer memory technology to chip makers 7/7/2020
The technology transfer is meant to assist Taiwan's chipmaking industry in making progress in the development for AI-enable IoT products, said ITRI. FRAM enables low-power consumption for IoT and portable electronics devices, while MRAM provides a strong performance advantage for applications such as self-driving vehicles and data centers.
Nanya posts DRAM revenue growth in Q2 7/7/2020
Revenue for the second quarter climbed 14.4% sequentially to NT$16.49 billion. Nanya's cumulative 2020 revenue through June totaled NT$30.91 billion, rising 29.8% on year.
Intel resumes shipment of server chips to China 7/7/2020
Today Inspur told Chinese press that Intel had resumed shipments, an important development given that the company bought $2.5 billion in chips from Intel in 2019, and we followed up with Intel. We also pinged Nvidia and AMD for comment on the status of their business with Inspur.
Germany is the first major country to phase out coal and nuclear power 7/7/2020
Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision shutting down the last coal-fired power plant by 2038 and spending some 40 billion euros ($45 billion) to help affected regions cope with the transition.
Taiwan's semiconductor industry set 10 year goal to NT$5 trillion (US$169.76 billion) 7/6/2020
U.S.-China trade war and COVID-19 pandemic are triggering a major restructuring of global supply chains. As a result, more Taiwanese businesses abroad are considering moving high-end product manufacturing back to Taiwan.
Samsung to skip this year's Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) 7/6/2020
"We've decided to cancel our participation in the IFA exhibition due to COVID-19," a Samsung Electronics official said. "However, our regional branches will promote our products through online events as well as other small-scale events."
Slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe 7/6/2020
The IAEA said the higher level of isotopes “is likely related to a nuclear reactor that is either operating or undergoing maintenance, when very low radioactive releases can occur.” It added in a statement that “the geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.”
U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June 7/6/2020
President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back,” though he acknowledged there are still areas where “we’re putting out the flames” of the virus.
Researchers are fining ways to new skyrmion memory 7/3/2020
Magnetic skyrmions are self-contained stable spin fields that share some characteristics with particles. They can be only a few nanometres across, and in certain circumstances can be created, destroyed and manipulated with very little energy, leading to them being studied as a possible memory technology.
Samsung leads smartphone memory market with 50% revenue share 7/3/2020
Followed by SK Hynix and Micron Technology, Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron captured almost 84% revenue share in the global smartphone memory market during the quarter.
June PMI turns around 7/3/2020
Manufacturing index rose to 52.6 last month after registering 43.1 in May and 41.5 in April. Any reading below 50 signals that U.S. manufacturers are contracting.
Elon Musk is working on a vaccine printer to to address the COVID-19 outbreak 7/3/2020
Tesla is working to produce a molecule printer in conjunction with German vaccine maker, CureVac.
SpaceX launched the military’s newest 3rd generation GPS satellite 7/2/2020
This is the third in the most advanced line of GPS satellites, and joins a constellation of 31 GPS spacecraft in orbit, according to the Space Force.
FCC blocked Chinese vendors from receiving subsidies from a government fund 7/2/2020
U.S. regulators say Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest global maker of telecom switching equipment, and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp. are controlled by the ruling Communist Party and say they might facilitate Chinese spying.
Airbus to trim 15,000 jobs 7/2/2020
“With air traffic not expected to recover to pre-COVID levels before 2023 and potentially as late as 2025, Airbus now needs to take additional measures,” the company said in a statement.
Amazon forms Counterfeit Crimes Unit to gain customer confidence 7/2/2020
Amazon said it’s anti-counterfeit efforts have ensured that 99.9 percent of all Amazon products viewed by customers did not have a valid counterfeit complaint.
Demand for household appliances chips increased 7/1/2020
The coronavirus pandemic has brought changes to people's daily life, spurring demand for notebook, 4K TVs and STBs creating stable flip-chip packaging business for backend firms.
Micron forecast current-quarter revenue to exceed estimates 7/1/2020
The company said sales of the drives hit a record in its fiscal third-quarter and that three-quarters of its NAND chips were sold as part of higher-value products rather than raw chips.
Tesla warn of Q2 outlook 7/1/2020
Tesla is trying to avoid a quarterly loss despite its Fremont, California, factory being shut down for nearly two months due to coronavirus restrictions. The company also has a plant in China.
U.S. firework sles is on “unprecedented” boom 7/1/2020
Many families have cancelled summer trips and continue to stay home, desperate for a source of entertainment.
FED to buy corporate bonds as a stimulus 6/30/2020
The Fed announced in March that it would, for the first time in its history, purchase corporate bonds as the intensifying viral outbreak caused panicked investors to dump most types of securities in a rush to hold cash. That pushed up a range of interest rates and made it nearly impossible for companies to borrow more by issuing new bonds.
Amazon buys autonomous technology firm to project future package delivery 6/30/2020
Amazon has used autonomous technology to get orders to shoppers: self-driving robots shuffle products around its warehouses and a cooler-sized robot with six wheels has delivered orders in a Seattle suburb. It’s also working on self-piloted drones that fly small goods to customers’ homes.
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