Semiconductor investments in India increasing despite absent manufacturing ecosystem in place

Credit: DIGITIMES As the strategic significance of chips increases, India has won multinational companies’ investments in creating a local semiconductor supply chain, with the US’s CHIPS Act likely benefiting India in the future. Michael Hurlston, CEO of Synaptics, told ...

Car OEMs become actively involved in semiconductor purchases

Car OEMs have become more active in securing sufficient ICs, and are exploring more diverse ways of cooperation with chip suppliers, according to a consensus among forum speakers at the ongoing SEMICON Taiwan 2022. McKinsey & Company partner Denise ...

SiFive launches RISC-V automotive CPU portfolio to address unmet performance and feature needs

SiFive, the leading RISC-V computing startup, has launched three automotive solutions – E6-A, X280-A, and S7-A – to meet the critical needs for current and future applications such as infotainment, cockpit, connectivity, ADAS, and electrification as manufacturers require the ...

Former TSMC R&D chief expresses optimism as Samsung and Intel intensify competition

Burn J Lin, a former TSMC vice president best known for his pioneering work on immersion lithography, has lately offered a dose of optimism towards the Taiwanese foundry’s future, even as it faces continuous competition from Samsung and a ...

Kioxia intros industrial-grade 3D NAND flash memory

Kioxia has introduced an industrial-grade series of its 3D flash memory BiCS FLASH. Sampling commenced earlier this year, with mass production expected late in the fourth quarter of 2022. The new lineup utilizes Kioxia’s latest-generation BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory ...

Automotive chips, heterogeneous integration in spotlight at SEMICON Taiwan 2022

SEMICON Taiwan 2022 has kicked off in Taipei and will run through September 16, with this year’s theme focusing on automotive chips, heterogeneous integration, and other semiconductor industry topics including advanced manufacturing, compound semiconductors, semiconductor cybersecurity, and smart and ...

With high inventory and low demand, PC supply chain may need another year to recover

After enjoying explosive growth in 2020 and 2021, the global PC market quickly encountered a lack-of-demand crisis in 2022, caused by the stacking impact of fewer WFH benefits, the Russian-Ukrainian war, the China lockdown, and inflation pressure. The supply ...

Avalanche and UMC announce 22nm production of high-density MRAM-based devices for aerospace applications

US-based Avalanche Technology, a developer of next-generation MRAM technology, and Taiwan-based foundry house United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), have jointly announced the immediate availability of new persistent SRAM (P-SRAM) memory devices through the latter’s 22nm process technology. Based on Avalanche’s ...

We are bridge, coach, matchmaker for partners in open innovation: Q&A with RISC-V International CEO Calista Redmond

RISC-V is becoming a mainstream architecture to share the market with Intel’s X86 and Arm. Being an open platform, it is especially attracting extraordinary attention from semiconductor industry participants as well as investors amid rising geopolitical tensions that are ...

Apple's potential partnership with YMTC alerts US lawmakers

In response to the recent news that Apple is to source 3D NAND flash produced by the Chinese company Yangtze Memory Technologies Corp. (YMTC) for its latest iPhone 14 smartphones, US lawmakers have warned that the California-based company will ...

India may have to make a choice for semiconductor investments

India strives to build a self-reliant semiconductor supply; however, the opinions of industry insiders vary when it comes to developing a country where the chip supply chain is almost absent, and everything has to start from scratch. After India ...

Samsung Exynos APs gaining penetration in lower-end smartphones

Samsung Electronics has seen its Exynos mobile SoCs gain significant ground in the lower-end smartphone segment after losing application momentum in its high-end flagship handsets. Market statistics show that Samsung’s second-quarter 2022 shipments of lower-end handsets mainly adopting Exynos ...

IC inspection labs see demand for network chips remain strong

Taiwan’s IC inspection and certification labs including Sporton International, Audix and BTL continue to enjoy strong demand for Wi-Fi and other network chips, with order visibility extended to the first quarter of 2023, according to industry sources. Despite terminal ...

IC designers positive about market equilibrium prospects

The semiconductor industry has entered a downward phase of the cycle due to the worsening of the overall economic conditions, and how the future supply and demand will evolve has become a great market concern. But industry researchers and ...

Taiwan PCB firms post increased revenues for August

Flexible PCB specialists Zhen Ding Technology, Flexium Interconnect and Career Technology, and rigid board maker Compeq Manufacturing have reported sequential increases in August revenues of 25.4%, 32.7%, 17.9% and 4.4%, respectively. Zhen Ding posted August revenue of NT$16.54 billion ...

Qualcomm intros new midrange, entry-level smartphone APs

Qualcomm has introduced two new application processors (AP) designed for entry-level to mid-range smartphones, with one built using 4nm process technology and the other 6nm. Devices powered by the new APs, the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 (on 4nm process) ...

SiFive to provide core CPU for NASA's next-generation HPSC processor

SiFive, the founder and leader of RISC-V computing, announced on September 6 that it has been selected by NASA to provide the core CPU for NASA’s next-generation High-Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC) processor. HPSC is expected to be used in ...

Raimondo vows to ensure Chips Act money is used to build chips 'only for America'

The US secretary of commerce Gina Raimondo outlined how the Chips Act funding will be used in a White House briefing on September 6, giving new information about how the subsidies will be implemented and enforced to make sure semiconductor ...

CCL firm Iteq upbeat about server, automotive demand

Iteq remains upbeat about high-speed and high-frequency CCL demand for server and automotive applications, despite macro headwinds, according to the Taiwan-based company. Demand for consumer electronics device applications has been dampened by unfavorable macro conditions, affecting Iteq’s near-term operations, ...

Huawei's latest satellite capability launches China's BeiDou into the global smartphone race

Launching the Mate 50 smartphone series on September 6, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu, confirmed earlier speculations that the latest product could support satellite-based short message service (SMS). A day earlier, Huawei had already released ...

SK Hynix to break ground for new memory fab in October

SK Hynix has disclosed plans to break ground in October for a new memory fab in South Korea, with construction scheduled to complete in early 2025. SK Hynix will invest a total of KRW15 trillion (US$10.9 billion) in the ...

SEMI: Semiconductor material market to increase nearly 9% to US$69.8 billion in 2022

In a press release promoting the Strategic Material Summit scheduled to be held in September during the week of SEMICON Taiwan 2022, Terry Tsao, President of SEMI Taiwan and the association’s global chief marketing officer, cited a SEMI report ...

Flexium becomes first Taiwan PCB maker to join RE100 Initiative

Taiwan-based flexible PCB maker Flexium Interconnect has recently announced its official entry into R100, a global renewable energy initiative led by Climate Group and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), pledging to use 100% renewable energy by 2040 to help ...

TSMC hiring staff for new office in Japan

TSMC has started hiring employees for its new office in Osaka, Japan, according to the Taiwan-based pure-play foundry. The new office will be set up through TSMC Design Technology Japan by the end of this year. The Osaka office ...

Nanya posts over 20% revenue fall in August

DRAM maker Nanya Technology has reported revenue fell 22.2% sequentially to NT$3.42 billion (US$111.3 million) in August 2022. Nanya’s monthly revenue went down on a sequential base for the fifth consecutive month in August. The revenue for August 2022 ...

Automotive IDMs raise prices

Automotive IC IDMs including Rohm Semiconductor will reportedly raise their prices to reflect rising raw material costs, according to industry sources. On September 1, IT companies were reportedly notified via a letter signed by Raita Fujimura, chairman of Rohm’s ...

China may step up purchases of AI GPUs from Nvidia, AMD prior to export ban

The fresh US ban on exports of AI GPUs to China has sparked market speculation that the restriction may prompt Chinese clients to accelerate and increase shipment pull-ins for advanced GPUs from major suppliers Nvidia and AMD before a ...

Chinese GPU industry in spotlight as US tightens restrictions

Following the revelation on September 1 that the US are restricting Nvidia’s and AMD’s AI GPUs to China, Nvidia has followed up with an update that the US government has already greenlighted the export of A100 GPUs to China. ...

India roundup: Renesas to acquire India-based fabless startup

Renesas will acquire India-based 4D radar technology provider to complement its ADAS offering, and Reliance’s upcoming 5G rollout may repeat its history of disrupting the Indian mobile industry. Renesas to acquire India-based fabless Steradian Renesas has announced the acquisition ...

Memory vendors offloading entry-level DDR5 chip inventories

Memory chip vendors have started offloading their entry-level DDR5 chip prices, according to industry sources. At channel distributors, consumer DDR5 module prices have also fallen below the levels offered by memory module houses. Entry-level DDR5 prices are poised to ...

Micron announces US$15 billion in new fab investment in Idaho following Chips Act

Micron Technology has announced plans to invest approximately US$15 billion through the end of the decade to construct a new fab for leading-edge memory manufacturing in Boise, Idaho. This will be the first new memory manufacturing fab built in the ...

CanSemi starts capacity expansion for analog chips at 12-inch fab

China foundry CanSemi Technology has recently kicked off its third-phase expansion plan at its 12-inch wafer fab in Guangzhou, southern China with total investment of CNY16.25 billion (US$2.355 billion), aiming to build specialty process platform for analog chips for industrial ...

Nvidia and AMD impacted as US restricts GPU sales to China

The US has once gain tightened the loop around China’s semiconductor industry, and this time it is specifically targeting China’s high-performance computing, especially machine learning infrastructure. As Nvidia revealed on August 30, the US government has begun to impose ...

Arm files lawsuit against Qualcomm and Nuvia

Arm announced that it filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc, two of its subsidiaries and Nuvia for breach of certain license agreements with Arm and trademark infringement on August 31. Qualcomm acquired Nuvia in 2021, which was founded by ...

IC design houses pessimistic about PC demand prospects

IC design houses are generally pessimistic about PC demand for the rest of 2022, with recovery not expected until the first half of 2023, according to industry sources. Many IC designers expect overall notebook shipments to be flat in ...

DDR5 prices to approach sweet spot

DDR5 contract prices, which fell as much as 20% in July alone, are expected to continue trending downward through the end of this year, according to sources at memory module houses. DDR5 prices may come close to the market’s ...

Intel launches Pathfinder development kit for RISC-V

Intel launched the Pathfinder development kit for RISC-V on August 30 to transform the way SOC architects and system software developers define new products. Vijay Krishnan, general manager, RISC-V Ventures from Intel said in a statement, “Intel Pathfinder for ...

Memory chip vendors to see inventory return to healthy levels in 1H23

Memory chip suppliers will be engaged in inventory adjustments throughout the second half of this year, but are expected to see their inventories return to a healthy state in the first half of 2023, according to market sources. The ...

Commodity MLCC, chip resistor inventory swelling

Passive component makers have seen their commodity MLCC and chip resistor inventory swell since the second half of this year, as a result of sluggish demand for consumer electronics products, and they are eyeing automotive applications as growth driver, ...

AMD launches 5nm desktop processors

AMD has launched what the company claims is the world’s first 5nm desktop PC processors combined with its new AMD Socket AM5 platform. The AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop processor series is powered by the new Zen 4 architecture, ushering ...


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Nvidia fiscal 2Q23 results disappoint due to gaming business slump

Cadence, UMC team up for 22nm analog and mixed-signal IC design flow certification

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Qualcomm's diversification strategy: back to datacenter?

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Tong Hsing building new plant in Taiwan

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Micron announces US$40 billion investment plan despite gloomy revenue forecast

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CEOs meet in summit before Chips Act signed into law

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