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Renault teams with STMicroelectronics on EV 6/29/2021
Both companies said that they will work together with the objective of improving the power performance of Renault’s Group’s applications for electric and hybrid vehicles, based on ST’s wide bandgap semiconductor technologies and products.
Industry is generally OK with the Nvidia/ARM take over 6/29/2021
Broadcom Corp., MediaTek Inc. and Marvell Technology Group Ltd. are the first customers of the Cambridge, U.K.-based Arm to publicly support the takeover, which has raised concerns on national security grounds.
29 fabs are coming online to plug IC shortage 6/28/2021
19 fabs along with another ten expected to be built in 2022 respond to insatiable demand for semiconductors, fueling an equally vibrant chip equipment sector expected to surpass $140 billion over the next several years, according to a SEMI forecast.
Nexperia has enabled its new 8-inch wafer line in Manchester, UK 6/28/2021
The new production line will expand Nexperia’s capacity with immediate effect, and the new PSMN3R9-100YSF (100 V) and PSMN3R5-80YSF (80 V) devices will feature the industry’s lowest Qrr Figure of Merit (RDS(on) x Qrr).
Brazil' government approved SK hynix Inc.'s deal to acquire Intel Corp.'s NAND business 6/28/2021
Last October, SK hynix, South Korea's No. 2 chipmaker, signed a deal to buy Intel's non-volatile business for US$9 billion, which includes the U.S. firm's solid state drive business and a NAND flash chip plant in Dalian, China. Following the deal, the South Korean firm had to obtain approval from antitrust regulators in major countries.
Toshiba Corporation, votes out its short-running board chairman 6/28/2021
Toshiba former chairman Osamu Nagayama was under fire for his extra-curricular activities with the government -- the Toshiba government collusion.
Memory manufacturers seen unexpected seasonal gain 6/25/2021
Market forecaster Omdia reported this week that semiconductor revenues rose a modest but unexpected 0.5 percent over the previous quarter during the three months ending March 31. The gains mark only the third time chip makers have logged first quarter revenue growth since 2002.
Siemens confident on delivery admit shortage 6/25/2021
“We believe we can secure supplies and will be able to deliver,”
Kioxia, formerly known as Toshiba Memory, plans an initial September IPO 6/25/2021
The Tokyo bourse is expected to give its approval in July, the report said, citing sources.
Foxconn gets deeper into semiconductor 6/25/2021
Foxconn (Hon Hai) Technology Group has recently acquired a 5.03% stake or 120 million shares in Malaysia-based Dagang NeXchange (DNeX) for around NT$720 million (US$25.78 million) from existing DNeX shareholders, which will help further deepen its deployments in the semiconductor and electric vehicle (EV) sectors.
ON Semiconductor offers first power controller chip for ultra high density offline supplies 6/24/2021
In conventional PFC circuits the rectifier bridge diodes account for around 4W of losses in a 240W power supply, which represents around 20% of total losses. In contrast, PFC stages are typically 97% efficient and the LLC circuit achieves similar performance.
Wave of new IC fabs to boost semiconductor equipment sales 6/24/2021
"Equipment spending for all 29 fabs is expected to surpass US$140 billion over the next few years as the industry pushes to address the global chip shortage,"
U.S. blocked China's acquisition of Magnachip 6/24/2021
the United States (CFIUS) issued an interim order on June 15 blocking the Chinese private equity fund Wise Road Capital from acquiring Magnachip Semiconductor Corp. of Seoul, South Korea. The regulatory step puts the deal on hold.
COVID-19 infections postponed SEMICON Taiwan 6/24/2021
SEMICON Taiwan 2021, which was originally slated to take place in Taipei this September, will be rescheduled to either December this year or January 2022. An official announcement will be made in mid-August.
Intel offers 5G wirless silicon with associated support 6/23/2021
The vendor introduced its Intel Network Platform, which includes system-level reference architectures, drivers and software building blocks.
New record registered for IC equipment orders 6/23/2021
The billings figure is 4.7% higher than the revised billings level of US$3.43 billion in April, and is 53.1% above the May 2020 billings level of US$2.34 billion.
SK Siltron and Silicon Works to develop gallium nitride (GaN)-based chips 6/23/2021
SK Siltron, the country’s exclusive wafer producer, is looking to enter GaN chip business, according to industry sources on Sunday. The company has been conducting research and development (R&D) for GaN semiconductors at the request of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
Huawei failed appeal to overturn FCC's 5G barring 6/23/2021
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday (June 18) found that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was within its power and competence to issue the rule barring “Universal Service Fund” subsidies recipients from purchasing equipment or services from firms designated as national security risks.
SMART Modular offers space qualified products 6/22/2021
SMART is targeting the aerospace, defense and industrial application with the new T5EN PCIe/NVMe M.2 2280 and U.2 flash drives.
Winbond offers SPI NOR Flash clocks up to 166 MHz 6/22/2021
Apart from the existing 3V 512Mb W25Q512JV, the new 1.8V W25Q512NW SPI NOR Flash also features pin-to-pin compatibility, enabling customers to upgrade to higher flash storage capacities without having to change the footprint of their designs.
Foxconn and TSMC to purchase Covid-19 vaccine for Taiwan Government 6/22/2021
Taiwanese government said on Friday it would allow both companies to negotiate on its behalf with German-based vaccine maker BioNTech. While negotiations are ongoing, both companies said they are looking to purchase 5 million doses each, before donating them to the government.
Pure-play foundries to invest heavily into automotive IC 6/22/2021
Despite smartphones and other mass-market applications still playing a main role in foundries' revenue, the foundries may see sales generated from the auto sector grow substantially over the next two to three years.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicts some good years of growth ahead 6/18/2021
“I predict there’s 10 good years in front of us, because the world is becoming more digital, and everything digital needs semiconductors.”
Semiconductor material prices increased 6/18/2021
Spot market prices for polysilicon have recently risen by over 20% to US$36-37 per kilogram from the level early this year, but silicon wafer makers will be little affected by the price hikes as they have inked long-term contracts with suppliers of the material.
Rambus acquires PLDA and AnalogX to boost its IP portfolio 6/18/2021
Both acquisitions are intended to address what the company has called a ‘generational shift’ in the data centre space and the development of next generation systems and new architectures.
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