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TSMC to build new facilities at its 12-inch fab in Nanjing 11/24/2020
Monthly capacity at TSMC's Nanjing fab has come to 20,000 wafers, which is in line with the foundry's target set previously, the report indicated. The fab is engaged in the manufacture of chips using the foundry's 12nm and 16nm FinFET process technologies.
Trade talk between U.K. and E.U. delayed 11/24/2020
The talks were shifted to a videoconference last week when an EU official tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing Barnier into a quarantine until at least Thursday. Both sides have indicated that to reach an agreement on key issues the negotiators need to meet in person.
On coming vaccine from AstraZeneca is effective and cheap 11/24/2020
AstraZeneca's vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals.
Amazon axed numerous employees at its drone division 11/24/2020
Amazon will expand its partnerships with 3rd party manufacturers to help produce components for the company’s drones. These include, currently, Austria's FACC Aerospace and Spain's Aernnova Aerospace, though Amazon says it’s requesting proposals from other suppliers as well.
China champions the world in filing patents 11/23/2020
Huawei Technologies filed 8,607 wireless patents in the January to October period, ahead of US chip maker Qualcomm with 5,807 patents, according to a report released on Thursday by Beijing-based database provider incoPat, which ranked the top 100 companies. Chinese smartphone vendor Oppo was in third place with 5,353 patents.
Lisa Su received the Robert N. Noyce Award 11/23/2020
The SIA presents the Noyce Award annually in recognition of a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the semiconductor industry in technology or public policy.
Toshiba said it has "no definitive decision." to sell fab 11/23/2020
Toshiba announced previously plans to dissolve its system LSI business, with an estimated 770 employees set to be affected. Toshiba is reportedly negotiating the sale of subsidiary Japan Semiconductor's Iwate and Oita Operations to UMC.
GM has breakthrough battery technology to bring EV prices to gasoline car level 11/23/2020
The company’s product development chief promised a small electric SUV that will cost less than $30,000 and pledged to roll out 30 battery-powered models worldwide by 2025. Nearly all current electric vehicles cost more than $30,000.
Trend Force says Foundry revenue to increase 23.8% in 2020 11/20/2020
TrendForce believes that demand for TSMC’s 5nm process technology will remain relatively strong and stable, and the 2H22 mass production of the 3nm process will further increase TSMC’s market share.
Latest surge of pandemic help researchers to get sufficient data for vaccine test 11/20/2020
research was slowed by low infection rates over the summer, but the Phase III trials are now accumulating the data needed to report results as a renewed surge of the pandemic hits countries around the world. Oxford is developing its vaccine in conjunction with the drugmaker AstraZeneca.
Apple to pay $113 million for iPhone battery settlement 11/20/2020
Apple alleged to have duped consumers by deliberately slowing down older iPhones to help extend the life of their batteries and thus to gain more sales on new iPhone models.
National Association of Manufacturers urge Trump to work with Biden in transition 11/20/2020
“The next two months are critical to our nation’s ability to successfully deal with twin crises: controlling the spread of COVID-19 and rebuilding the U.S. economy. Manufacturers have been on the front lines throughout this pandemic—producing protective equipment, stabilizing the food supply, encouraging safe practices and developing vaccines and treatments.
U.K.'s ban on gasoline cars will create new classes of energy jobs 11/19/2020
The government said a "green industrial revolution" could create up to 250,000 jobs in energy, transport and technology.
Former Raytheon engineer get 38 months for selling classified technology 11/19/2020
From December 2018 to January 2019, Sun traveled to China on a personal trip and brought along unclassified defense-related technical information in his company-issued computer.
Pfizer to trial cold storage vaccine delivery in Texas, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Tennessee 11/19/2020
Pfizer has selected Texas, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Tennessee based on their size, diversity, immunization infrastructure, and need to reach rural and urban citizens alike.
Boeing Max 737 clear to fly again 11/19/2020
Federal Aviation Administration chief Stephen Dickson signed an order Wednesday rescinding the grounding. U.S. airlines will be able to fly the Max once Boeing updates critical software and computers on each plane and pilots receive training in flight simulators.
Amazon pharmacy officially opened 11/18/2020
The potential impact of Amazon's arrival in the pharmaceutical space rippled through that sector immediately. Before the opening bell, shares of CVS Health Corp. fell almost 9%. Walgreens and Rite Aid both tumbled more than 10%.
Tesla stock to be added to the S&P 500 index list 11/18/2020
Tesla became eligible to join the S&P 500 after posting its fourth consecutive profit in the second quarter of this year. However, it was not selected for inclusion in the index in September by the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Government to use trial data to determine who to get vaccine first 11/18/2020
Once a vaccine gets a green light from the Food and Drug Administration, the panel will look at clinical trial data on side effects and how people of various ages, ethnicities and health statuses responded. That will determine the panel's recommendations to the CDC on how to prioritize shots.
Huawei divest its low end smartphone brand 11/18/2020
The sale announced Tuesday is aimed at reviving Honor by separating it from Huawei’s network equipment business, which Washington says is a security threat, an accusation Huawei denies. It is under sanctions that block access to most U.S. processor chips and other technology.
TSMC employees to get a 20% pay raise 11/17/2020
TSMC said the salary hike is part of wage structure adjustments in which the chipmaker will raise the ratio of regular salary as part of total earned income relative to non-regular wages, such as bonuses.
Apples' iPhone tracking comes in as a legal question 11/17/2020
NOYB says the iOS operating system creates unique codes for each iPhone that allow Apple and other third parties to “identify users across applications and even connect online and mobile behaviour.”
15 countries signed Asian Trade Pack skipping the U.S. 11/17/2020
The accord will take already low tariffs on trade between member countries still lower, over time, and is less comprehensive than an 11-nation trans-Pacific trade deal that President Donald Trump pulled out of shortly after taking office.
SpaceX launched with 4 NASA astronauts 11/17/2020
The Dragon capsule on top — named Resilience by its crew in light of this year’s many challenges, most notably COVID-19 — reached orbit nine minutes later. It is due to reach the space station late Monday and remain there until spring.
Biden's plan to fight off semiconductor competitions from China 11/16/2020
Biden plans to, “take aggressive trade enforcement actions against China or any other country seeking to undercut American manufacturing through unfair practices, including currency manipulation, anti-competitive dumping, state-owned company abuses, or unfair subsidies.”
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