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China to reduce semiconductor equipment purchase in 2019 5/17/2019
Many market watchers originally expected the proportion of China-based semiconductor players' equipment purchases to rise on year in 2019, but have recently revised their views, estimating the percentage to slip in 2019.
EDA companies diversified during down turn 5/17/2019
Synopsys has for several years been making inroads into the market for software security and software tools, snapping up more than 10 firms in this arena, from the acquisition of Coverity in 2014 to the acquisition of Black Duck Software in 2017. Cadence has been broadening its reach into the embedded software space, as evidenced by a strategic partnership with Green Hills Software in February that included Cadence taking a 16% stake in the firm.
IDC predicts IC market to start turn around Q3 5/17/2019
Sales this year are set to reach $440 billion compared with $474 billion in 2018, IDC said in a May 15 press statement. This year may mark the first decline after three years of growth.
Intel to hire 300 at New Mexico plant 5/16/2019
"The Rio Rancho site continues to be an important part of Intel’s global manufacturing network, and is manufacturing semiconductor products that are critical to Intel’s ability to secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world,"
China's factory output weakens 5/16/2019
Wednesday's unexpectedly weak data prompted suggestions Beijing needs to boost stimulus spending and bank lending to hit this year's official economic growth target of 6 percent to 6.5 percent.
Samsung to offer 3nm at its foundry service 5/16/2019
Samsung plans to begin risk production of one of two 3-nm GAA processes it plans to offer by the second half of next year, with mass production expected in 2021. The company plans to begin risk production of the next 3nm GAA process in 2021, with mass production expected in 2022.
Trump signed executive order to ban Huawei network equipment 5/16/2019
The order would appear to ban companies from buying equipment made by China's Huawei Technologies, which has come under fire for suspected ties to the Chinese government that raise the specter of espionage.
3D Printing to be an $8 Billion Market for Auto Industry by 2024 5/15/2019
3D printing (or Additive Manufacturing) will grow by 25% annually from 2018 to 2024, making it worth more than $8 billion by 2025, according to forecasts by Global Market Insights Inc.
Western Digital offers 64 layer TLC NAND for automobile applications 5/15/2019
The latest automotive storage devices are needed to address a range of applications, from digital clusters to V2X communications. ADAS systems and self-driving vehicles have massive storage requirements, and they require devices that can stand the heat… and cold.
Toshiba post $9 billion profit thanks to sale of memory unit 5/15/2019
Toshiba's net profit jumped 26.0 percent to 1.01 trillion yen ($9 billion), chiefly because of "profit from completion of the sale of the Memory business,"
U.S. electronic production up 6.2& admit trade war 5/15/2019
China electronics production is decelerating, with March 2019 3/12 growth of 8.2%, similar to 8.3% in February.This marks the first time China electronics production growth has slowed below 10% since November 2016.
YOur next iPhone to include A13 chip, new cameras and reverse charging 5/14/2019
September is when Apple typically unveils its new line of iPhones. There is little definitive news about the new flagship smartphone, but rumors say it'll have three rear cameras and reverse charging. No one is expecting to see a 5G version of the iPhone 11.
Taiwan's IC sector to grow 8.6% on Q2 5/14/2019
While the global semiconductor sector continues to work through inventory adjustments in the second quarter, the looming peak season for the consumer electronics industry should rekindle demand and boost the local semiconductor industry, which experienced a slow first quarter, with output falling 17.9 percent to NT$564.3 billion from the previous quarter.
SK Telecom to team with Microsoft on latest technologies 5/14/2019
SK Telecom CEO Park Jung-ho and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (pictured) have signed an MOU for cooperation in ICT, including 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud.
U.S. want enforcible trade deal 5/14/2019
Fed up with China for breaking past promises, the administration is insisting on provisions designed to force the Chinese to live up to any commitments they make in trade talks that entered an 11th round of talks.
Texas Instruments remains the top bird in the analog IC market 5/13/2019
TI’s analog chip sales grew by $900 million to reach $10.8 billion in 2018, giving the company 18% of the total analog IC market, according to the firm. ADI, meanwhile, increased its analog IC sales by 7% to reach $5.5 billion last year, good for 9% of the market.
Shipment rising with prices falling at the memory market 5/13/2019
Taiwan memory module makers all expect the price falls to slow down and shipments to pick up gradually in the second quarter as clients are making preparations for the high season in the third quarter.
Tariff war poses big challenges to China's president Xi 5/13/2019
The U.S. effort to win concessions from China on strategic industrial policies has put Xi's own prestige on the line. It also has cast into question the ruling Communist Party's social contract with the Chinese people: keeping authoritarian, one-party rule and ruling class privileges in exchange for delivering robust economic growth, better living standards and a higher global profile for China.
AI enabled X-ray machines deployed at U.S military base entry-control points 5/13/2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) platform that can integrate with the X-ray machines currently deployed at U.S military base entry-control points (ECPs) in order to detect threats like Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
SK Hynix samples 96 layer 1Tb quadruple-level cell (QLC) memory 5/10/2019
"We plan to launch our own QLC-based SSD from next year when demand for enterprise QLC NAND is expected to become meaningful,"
TrendForce predicts price drop for SSD 5/10/2019
Average contract prices for 512GB and 1TB SSDs have a chance to plunge below $0.1 per GB by the end of this year, hitting an all-time low. This change will cause 512GB SSDs to replace their 128GB counterparts and become market mainstream, second only to 256GB SSDs.
Fall of April export puts China under pressure at negotiation table 5/10/2019
April exports sank 2.7 percent from a year ago to $193.5 billion, a reverse from March's 14.2 percent growth, customs data showed. That was well below private sector forecasts of growth in low single digits. Imports rose 4 percent to $179.6 billion, rebounding from the previous month's 7.6 percent decline.
DuPont opens new Aerospace Technology Center 5/10/2019
The site includes both a design showcase and collaboration spaces that aims to help engine designers to drive toward the goals of improved fuel efficiency, reduced noise, and reduced emissions.
Infineon put 1200V MOSFET module into production 5/9/2019
Infineon addresses the fast growing demand for energy-efficient SiC solutions in power conversion schemes such as battery charging infrastructure, energy storage solutions, photovoltaic inverters, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), motor drives as well as server and telecom switched-mode-power supplies (SMPS).
Taiwan memory manufacturers reported sequential increases in April revenues 5/9/2019
Memory chipmakers Nanya Technology, Macronix International and Winbond Electronics have reported sequential increases in April consolidated revenues of 10.5%, 6.2% and 4.5%, respectively.
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