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50% of smart speakers use MediaTek Apps processor 5/12/2021
MediaTek increased its share by six percentage points in 2020 and has more than doubled its market share over the past two years.
Samsung unveiled new DRAM memory based on Compute Express Link (CXL) technology 5/12/2021
The memory module based on the new Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect standard will enable server systems to scale memory capacity and bandwidth, accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing workloads in data centers,
Michael Dell predicts semiconductor shortage to last for years 5/12/2021
A surge in demand for electronic devices, coupled with U.S. sanctions against Chinese technology firms, has caused a dearth of the chips, crimping output of items ranging from cars to computers and smartphones.
Tech companies joined together to lobby for semiconductor funding 5/12/2021
The newly formed Semiconductors in America Coalition, which also includes Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services, said Tuesday it has asked U.S. lawmakers to provide funding for the CHIPS for America Act, for which President Joe Biden has asked Congress to provide $50 billion.
UMC plans to expand capacity through collaboration model with its leading global customers 5/11/2021
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) plans to expand capacity at its 300mm Fab 12A Phase 6 (P6) in Taiwan’s Tainan Science Park through a collaboration model with several of its leading global customers. Under this mutually beneficial arrangement, these customers will make a deposit that secures their long-term chip supply at P6 using pre-determined pricing.
SK hynix vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions 5/11/2021
The company managed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions per unit production thanks to efforts such as the recycling of resources across the company, a SK Hynix official said.
South Korea government to announce aid package to grow their semiconductor industry 5/11/2021
As early as Thursday, Seoul is expected to unveil what it calls the “K-Semiconductor Belt Strategy,” which could include drastic increases in tax benefits for chipmakers’ R&D projects and facility investments.
China is encountering difficulties in establishing IC business 5/11/2021
Survey respondents told Nikkei that U.S. trade sanctions against China have made acquiring parts and materials from abroad difficult. Using Chinese parts and materials as substitutes has also led to lower yield rates.
Intel’s first discrete graphics card for gamers could be coming soon 5/10/2021
Pete Brubaker, game development relations specialist at Intel, tweeted a new job listing at Intel that points to an upcoming release of the DG2. The position is for a Senior Game Developer Relations Engineer, who will partner with game developers around the world to help shape the technology that enables video games.
ST announced new family of ST Integrated Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices for automotive applications 5/10/2021
The family combines a monolithic power stage along with drivers and protections in GaN technology as well as System-in-Package (SiP) solutions for application-specific ICs with additional processing and control circuitry.
Profit increased at Winbond 5/10/2021
Winbond credited its positive performance during the first quarter to robust specialty DRAM and NOR flash demand, as well as rising product ASPs.
2021 chip sales forecast to grow 12.5% 5/10/2021
Worldwide semiconductor revenues are forecast to surge 12.5% to US$522 billion in 2021, driven by continued-robust growth in consumer, computing, 5G and automotive semiconductors, according to IDC.
IBM disclosed 2nm design to achieve 45% higher performance or 75% lower power 5/7/2021
IBM has unveiled the world’s first 2 nm chip, built at its R&D facility in Albany, New York. The test chip features gate-all-around transistors built with IBM’s nanosheet technology. Overall, IBM says the new process technology will enable 2 nm chips to achieve 45% higher performance or 75% lower power consumption than state-of-the art 7 nm chips in production today.
South Korea government offer tax incentives for semiconductor investment 5/7/2021
Government will consider expanding tax credit programs for chipmaking-related research and development (R&D) and facility investment to nurture the non-memory chipmaking industry.
Semiconductor equipment vendors hire talents in Taiwan citing "closer to market" 5/7/2021
Applied Materials has been scaling up its workforce in Taiwan since 2020, with plans to hire nearly 1,000 additional engineers locally between 2020 and 2021, while ASML plans to recruit an additional 600 staff in Taiwan this year, according to the companies.
2020 semiconductor revenue exceeds $470 billion 5/7/2021
In 2020, the semiconductor industry marked its third year in the last four of double-digit expansion. 2020 semiconductor revenue grew 10.4% in 2020 over 2019 to finish at $473.3 billion.
Biosensor startup offers respiratory monitoring into the home 5/6/2021
Scottish biosensor startup Altair Medical aims to bring hospital grade respiratory monitoring into the home and avoid premature deaths. It has raised £2.25 million (€2.6 million) of pre-series A funding to continue to develop its respiratory sensor and AI-based real-time monitoring platform.
IC shortage is forcing South Korea to go foreign sourcing 5/6/2021
South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy has confirmed that a collaboration request was sent to NXP on April 30 in the name of trade minister Sung Yun-mo. Although details of the letter were not disclosed, an industry source said the ministry had asked the company to boost chip production to meet the needs of domestic automakers.
Foxconn joint venture with Yageo Corporation to develope, produce and sell low cost IC's 5/6/2021
Foxconn Chairman Young Liu and Yageo Chairman Pierre Chen appeared together Wednesday to sign the contract launching XSemi Corporation, CNA reported. The company will be based in Hsinchu and focus on semiconductor products priced at less than US$2 per unit.
Biden is looking to invoke the Defense Production Act to curb IC shortages 5/6/2021
Numerous automakers have been forced to slow or pause production due to a lack of semiconductors and have spoken with the White House about possibly using the 1950 law that allows the government to force companies to produce materials for national security reasons.
Samsung is in position to regain IC sales leadership 5/5/2021
This unseating marked a milestone achievement not only for Samsung, but also for all other competing semiconductor producers who had tried for years to supplant Intel as the world’s largest supplier.
MediaTek claims leadership in global smartphone chip market 5/5/2021
MediaTek is expected to lead the global smartphone chip market with a 37 percent share in 2021, while Qualcomm will lead the global 5G smartphone chip market with a 30 percent share.
TSMC: Arizona fab might go beyond originally planned 5/5/2021
TSMC is planning to build several more chipmaking factories in the U.S. state of Arizona beyond the one currently planned.
Q1 semiconductor sales up 3.6% 5/5/2021
“Global semiconductor sales remained strong during the first quarter of 2021, topping sales from the previous quarter and substantially outpacing the total from the first quarter of last year,”
Keysight Technologies provides workflow solution for DDR5 5/4/2021
Hardware engineers need to minimize the risk of signal integrity issues in memory bus designs, which requires the ability to predict the signal quality after equalization, prototype the design and test for performance.
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