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General Motors to assemble big SUV in Texas 12/12/2019
The length of the Tahoe will grow nearly 7 inches (18 centimeters) to almost 211 inches (536 centimeters). The Suburban gains just over an inch (2.5 centimeters) in length to nearly 226 inches (676 centimeters). The extra length, though, enabled engineers to raise the Tahoe's cargo space behind the third row by 67% to 25.5 cubic feet (0.72 cubic meters). Suburban rear cargo space rose about 5% to 41 cubic feet (1.2 cubic meters).
Toyota JV with Denso to develope chips for autonomous driving 12/11/2019
The new company Mirise Technologies will conduct research and advanced development of in-vehicle semiconductors, which are believed to "play a key role in technology innovation for electric vehicles and automated driving vehicles.
Nissan Motor to get fined $22 million for under-reporting compensation for its former chairman 12/11/2019
Nissan Motor Co. said it accepted the penalty and had corrected its securities documents in May, although its final decision will come after it receives official notice.
House Democrats okay'd revised NAFTA 12/11/2019
“There is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA," Pelosi said in announcing the agreement, saying the pact is “infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."
U.S. productivity fell 0.2% in the July-September quarter 12/11/2019
Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, is crucial to boosting living standards. Rising output means that employers can pay their workers more with the increased production without having to raise their prices, a move that can trigger higher inflation.
Small business hiring still lags the strong job growth 12/10/2019
ADP said its customers with up to 49 employees added 11,000 jobs in November, one of the weakest showings this year. ADP's numbers are often revised, but the November count followed a trend; it was preceded by gain of 12,000 in October and a still-weak 39,000 in September.
Final toll is 43 dead at Indian factory fire 12/10/2019
43 people were killed in a devastating fire at an illegal factory there. Dozens of workers who were asleep when the fire broke out were trapped Sunday in the burning four-story building with little ventilation and only one exit.
General Dynamics get $22.2 billion contract to build modern subs 12/10/2019
The company's Electric Boat subsidiary will manufacture the Virginia-class submarines. Electric Boat has more than 17,000 employees in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Houston chemical plant fire likely caused by electrical equipment 12/10/2019
The report by the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives concluded the failure took place within a piece of equipment that holds an electric motor and a pump next to the storage tank.
Global memory chip market to rebound next year 12/9/2019
The NAND flash market in 2020 is expected to grow 19 percent, the largest sales growth rate among 33 integrated circuit (IC) products, according to market researcher IC Insights. DRAM, a type of volatile memory, ranked third with 12 percent growth, just behind a 13 percent gain for auto special purpose IC.
Panasonic suggest a Lithium-ion batteries recycling and monitor system 12/9/2019
Panasonic Corp. has developed a new battery management solution that measures electrochemical impedance, allowing it to assess the residual value of lithium-ion batteries in the devices.
Intel eye Habana Labs as its next AI acquisition 12/9/2019
“Nervana brought a rich set of AI software, which is a durable asset for Intel,”
Nissan U.S. factory to take no-pay leave on Jan. 2 and 3 12/9/2019
Nissan says nearly all of its 21,000 U.S. workers must take Jan. 2 and 3 off without compensation. A company statement says the furloughs will “optimize business performance and competitiveness."
More Taiwan IC designers to use foundries in China 12/6/2019
Top executives of Taiwanese IC designers have recently paid intensive visits to not only foundry fabs operated in China by TSMC and UMC but also fabs run by China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) and Hua Hong Semiconductor, aiming to increase their chipset production ratios in the country in line with the Chinese government's efforts to boost semiconductor self-sufficiency and reduce reliance on US suppliers.
Qualcomm announce all out support for 5G next year 12/6/2019
Qualcomm announced its new top-tier chip for 2020, Snapdragon 865, which it sells to phone makers for use in high-end Android phones like Samsung’s Galaxy or Google’s Pixel. Qualcomm says the 865 will be shipped only in new 5G devices and will be bundled with a separate 5G modem.
Lucid Motors to challenge Tesla in electric car production 12/6/2019
The Lucid Air is expected to serve as an alternative to Tesla’s luxury sedans, the Model S and Model 3. The company calls this investment “just a start” of what it has planned for its Arizona investments
GM joint venture with LG to build battery cell factory near Lordstown 12/6/2019
The new plant will create more than 1,100 jobs in the area around Youngstown, Ohio, and the joint venture plans to invest $2.3 billion in the plant and for battery development. GM says it will be among the largest battery factories in the world.
Chevy shows all electric pickup truck concept 12/5/2019
The E-10 has 450 horsepower and a zero-to-60 time of five seconds, thanks to two 400-volt batteries.
Mexico President rejects plan to allow U.S. inspectors to check Mexican factories for labor law compliance 12/5/2019
Mexico countered with an idea of panels that would include representatives of both countries and a third nation to rule on controversies.
Two top Google founders to step down 12/5/2019
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as CEO and president, respectively, of Google parent company Alphabet. The move caps more than two decades during which the pair have shepherded the one-time startup they founded in a Silicon Valley garage.
Shenzhen ChangXin Memory (CXMT) claim success in DRAM production 12/5/2019
The company has completed its Fab 1 and R&D facility in Hefei, the capital of Anhui province, and is currently running 20,000 wafers per month. It is scheduled to double its capacity to 40,000 wafers per month in the second quarter of 2020. Using a 19-nm process technology, ChangXin has begun producing this fall LPDDR4, DDR4 8Gbit DRAM products.
Trump suggested that China trade talk might last till after 2020 election 12/4/2019
Speaking in London, where he is attending a NATO summit, Trump said he had “no deadline’’ to end the 16-month trade war between the world’s two largest economies, which has caused economic damage for both sides.
German top automaker maker to let go 10,000 12/4/2019
The company had said Nov. 14 that it plans to slash costs by 1.4 billion euros ($1.54 billion) by cutting every tenth managerial position and through other measures.
Cadence Design move to integrate RF expertise from acquired AWR 12/4/2019
AWR specializes in design tools for millimeter wave (mmWave) and microwave products, largely at the board and system level, while Cadence’s heritage is in chip design and IP. AWR also has more experience with III-V semiconductors that out-perform silicon in high-frequency devices.
Apple doubles AirPods production in China 12/4/2019
AirPods anticipating a boom during the holiday period, it is reported that Apple has asked its suppliers in China to double shipments.
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