Woodstock Wire: Semiconductor News

January 20, 2021

TrendForce expects 5-10% price hike for LED chips

Media -- Evertiq - While major OEMs such as Apple and Samsung prepare to release their new notebook computers, tablets, and TVs that are fully equipped with Mini LED backlights this year, various companies in the LED supply chain began procuring Mini LED chips...

January 20, 2021 07:39 PM

Ford's Production In India To Be Impacted By Semiconductor Shortage

Media -- ElectronicsB2B - The company is already advancing week-long shutdown to this week at its Chennai factory Ford India, which has two factories in Chennai and Sanand in Gujarat, expects the issue that is affecting the entire automotive sector to continue...

January 20, 2021 07:39 PM

More automotive chipmakers seek foundry support amid tight capacity

Media -- DIGITIMES - More automotive chipmakers have approached Taiwan-based foundry houses TSMC, UMC and Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) seeking capacity support to meet a ramp-up in automotive chip demand from automakers who are recovering from the...

January 20, 2021 07:13 PM

Prices to rise 5-10% for automotive power module leadframes

Media -- DIGITIMES - Taiwan leadframe makers are likely to raise quotes for leadframes for packaging automotive chips and power modules by 5-10% to reflect increased material costs amid increasing demand from international IDMs, according to industry sources.

January 20, 2021 07:13 PM

Highlights of the day: Semiconductor products in serious shortages

Media -- DIGITIMES - As demand for semiconductor products has continued picking up, their supply has also grown tighter. Foundries' supply of automotive MCUs, storage controller chips and power management ICs has already fallen short of demand by 25-40%, while...

January 20, 2021 07:11 PM

Semiconductor firms up investments

Media -- DIGITIMES - The semiconductor industry has seen some major players committing significant sums for R&D, such as TSMC announcing to inject a record-high capex of up to US$28 billion in 2021 mainly for advancing its process node.

January 20, 2021 07:07 PM

Foundries see supply for auto chips fall far short of demand

Media -- DIGITIMES - Pure-play foundries have seen their supply for automotive ICs, including MCUs, storage controller chips and power management ICs, fall short of demand by 25-40%, according to industry sources.

January 20, 2021 07:07 PM

Infineon sets standards with multifunctional employee ID card including Mastercard payment function

Media -- Electronics Maker - Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) is replacing the employee ID cards at its headquarters 'Am Campeon' with the world's first solution that combines highly secured office building...

January 20, 2021 07:02 PM

Intel outsources Core i3 to TSMC's 5nm process

Media -- eeNews Europe - TSMC is to start making Intel's Core i3 on its 5nm process in 2H21 says TrendForce.

Market analyst Trendforce reports that foundry TSMC is to start making Intel's Core i3 process later in the year on a 5nm process. This follows...

January 20, 2021 07:00 PM

ROHM completes new building at Apollo plant in Chikugo

Media -- Semiconductor Today - Power semiconductor maker ROHM of Kyoto, Japan has held an opening ceremony announcing the recent completion (in December) of its new five-storey building at ROHM Apollo's plant in Chikugo, Fukuoka, which will boost the firm's silicon...

January 20, 2021 06:55 PM

January 18, 2021

TSMC Boosts Capital Expenditure Budget on Strong Outlook

Aspencore -- EETimes - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has nearly doubled its capital expenditure budget for 2021 to as much as $28 billion on expectations of strong growth during the next few years.

In 2021, the world's biggest chip foundry...

January 18, 2021 09:07 PM

NXP releases Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band chipset for access devices

Media -- New Electronics - NXP Semiconductors has unveiled the CW641 Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band system-on-chip (SoC), laying the foundation for a new era of Wi-Fi 6 devices that can operate in the 6GHz band.

January 18, 2021 08:39 PM

NXP Unlocks the 6GHz Spectrum with a Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band Chipset for Access Devices

Globe Newswire -- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced it is laying the foundation for a new era of Wi-Fi 6 devices that can operate in the 6GHz band with its new CW641 Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band system-on-chip (SoC). With increasing congestion in the legacy 2.4GHz...

January 18, 2021 08:16 PM

Semiconductor market shakes off 2020 Covid-19 gloom

Media -- eeNews Europe - The global chip market grew by 7.3 percent in 2020, shrugging off Gartner's gloomy forecast that the market would fall due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The 2020 market ended up 7.3 percent at $449.8bn (€372.2bn) despite the Covid-19...

January 18, 2021 08:13 PM

Allegro launched a new Power Monitoring IC integrates power, voltage and current monitoring through reinforced isolation

Media -- SemiMedia - Allegro MicroSystems announced the launch of the ACS37800, a Hall-effect power monitoring IC for single-phase AC and DC solutions in a small PCB footprint. Another industry-first innovation, Allegro's ACS37800 is an integrated power monitoring...

January 18, 2021 08:12 PM

Intel outsources 15-20% of its non-CPU chip production

Media -- New Electronics - Intel has outsourced the production of about 15-20% of its non-CPU chips, with most of the wafer starts for these products assigned to TSMC and UMC, according to TrendForce.

January 18, 2021 08:12 PM

UMC on track to expand 12-inch foundry capacity

Media -- DIGITIMES - United Microelectronics (UMC) is on track to expand its foundry capacity for 12-inch wafer fabrication services in response to staggering demand for 28nm products, according to industry sources.

January 18, 2021 08:10 PM

TSMC, UMC to see full capacity utilization for 28nm node through 3Q21

Media -- DIGITIMES - Both TSMC and UMC are expected to sustain full capacity utilization for 28nm manufacturing process at their 8-inch and 12-inch fabs throughout third-quarter 2021, with gross margins from the mature node hitting new highs and clients' race...

January 18, 2021 08:10 PM

Semiconductor-flinger SK Hynix raises $1bn to green up its act

Enterprise -- The Register - Toxic wastewaster and resource hungry - wafer-fabbing's a mucky biz

South Korean memory biz SK Hynix has issued a $1 billion "green bond" with the funds intended for pay for projects designed to reduce the ecological impact of its manufacturing...

January 18, 2021 07:41 PM

SPACs Begin to Infiltrate Semiconductor Industry

Aspencore -- EETimes - Achronix' recent announcement that it plans to merge with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) ACE Convergence Acquisition Corp. was one of the first of this type of deal in the semiconductor industry, but it is unlikely to be the last.


January 18, 2021 03:21 AM

Maxim Integrated's Secure Authenticator Enhances Safety and Security in Automotive

Aspencore -- EETimes - Maxim Integrated released during CES the DS28E40 Deep Cover Certificate AEC-Q100 Grade 1 for automotive applications. It ensures only genuine components can be used in ADAS devices, EV (electric vehicle) batteries, and other electronic systems.


January 18, 2021 03:14 AM

TSMC's massive capital spending plans for 2021 could pressure its earnings, analyst says

Media -- CNBC - Tech - The world's largest contract chipmaker said it expected to spend between $25 billion to $28 billion in 2021 to make advanced chips.

January 18, 2021 02:25 AM

Someone had a very good 2020, and that someone is semiconductors

Think -- Gartner Blog Network - Semiconductor revenue topped $449 billion in 2020, not quite hitting its 2018 high but still up 7.3% on 2019. Revenue from Chromebooks, tablets and smartphones made up for the decline in automotive and industrial, but it was memory...

January 18, 2021 01:58 AM

Exciting times for efficient, heavy-atom-free OLEDs

Life -- Phys.org - Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays are now very popular features of many mainstream products including smartphones and televisions. OLEDs have the advantages of being low cost, light, flexible, and easy to modify, making them ideal...

January 18, 2021 12:00 AM

January 17, 2021

Three considerations for automotive powertrain safety and security

Electronics -- TI - Behind the Wheel - Jurgen Belz, senior consultant, functional safety and cybersecurity at PROMETO co-authored this technical article.

With functional safety and security concerns in automotive electronics gaining attention, including in standards...

January 17, 2021 11:46 PM

Qualcomm's Latest Flagship Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform to Power the New Samsung Galaxy S21 Series

Electronics -- Qualcomm - Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced that its latest flagship Qualcomm(r) Snapdragon(tm) 888 5G Mobile Platform is powering Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.'s latest and most cutting-edge smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy...

January 17, 2021 11:45 PM

Note from Pat Gelsinger to Intel

Electronics -- Intel - Pat Gelsinger, who today was named chief executive officer of Intel Corporation, effective Feb. 15, 2021, sent the following note to all Intel employees:

I am thrilled and humbled to be returning to Intel as CEO. I was 18 years old when I joined...

January 17, 2021 11:43 PM

Qualcomm to Acquire NUVIA

Electronics -- Qualcomm - Augmenting its leading technology roadmap to redefine computing performance

Accelerating successful partnerships with OS providers for next-generation computing devices

Enabling Samsung and the mobile ecosystem to redefine premium performance...

January 17, 2021 11:41 PM

Xilinx 2021 Industry Predictions Part II: 5G, Data Center, AI and Software, IIoT and Healthcare

Electronics -- Xilinx Xclusive - Last week, we took out our crystal ball and looked at some of the trends, technologies and changes that we expect to be embraced by the auto industry in 2021. Today, we are shining a light on technologies and trends that we predict will...

January 17, 2021 11:39 PM

Functional safety-relevant wireless communication in automotive battery management systems

Electronics -- TI - Behind the Wheel - A wireless BMS allows vehicle designers can remove heavy, expensive, maintenance-prone cabling and improve the reliability and efficiency of hybrid and electric or hybrid vehicles (HEV/EV). TI's solution for wireless BMS empowers...

January 17, 2021 11:38 PM

Intel has to be better than 'lifestyle company' Apple at making CPUs, says new CEO

Tech -- The Verge - Intel's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, doesn't start his new role until February, but he's already prepping the company to take on Apple's M1 chips. The Oregonian, a local newspaper in Oregon where Intel maintains a large presence, reports that the...

January 17, 2021 09:19 PM

Chip shortages hit global car makers

Media -- eeNews Europe - Car makers across the world are having to shut plants and reduce production as a result of chip shortagesChip shortages have hit car makers around the world, with production in Europe and the UK hit.

eeNew Automotive highlighted...

January 17, 2021 08:48 PM

Daimler To Cut Production Over Chip Shortage: Report

Media -- ElectronicsB2B - The report added that the company will reduce production in Bremen, the Handelsblatt daily reported citing unnamed company sources Recently, Volkswagen and its subsidiary Audi said that they would temporarily cut production and...

January 17, 2021 08:46 PM

January 16, 2021

ARM CEO points to Apple M1 chip as 'real innovation' for the PC industry

Tech -- Digital Trends - In an interview at CES 2021, Arm chief executive Simon Segars noted that ARM-based Apple's M1 processors are driving new innovation in the PC market.

January 16, 2021 02:16 AM

Intel, Under Pressure to Rethink Its Business, Ousts Its Chief Executive

Tech -- NY Times Technology - Robert Swan, who has held the job for two years, is leaving the Silicon Valley chip giant after an activist investor pressed for change.

January 16, 2021 02:11 AM

Lack of Tiny Parts Disrupts Auto Factories Worldwide

Tech -- NY Times Technology - Carmakers can't buy the semiconductors they need because home electronics are taking all the supply.

January 16, 2021 01:38 AM

Samsung just announced the chip that will power the Galaxy S21

Tech -- BGR - Samsung announced the Exynos 2100 mobile platform, a system-on-chip that will power Galaxy S21 models in certain parts of the world.

The processor will compete directly with the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 phones and the Snapdragon 888 that will...

January 16, 2021 01:36 AM

SemiLEDs' quarterly revenue halves

Media -- Semiconductor Today - For its fiscal first-quarter 2021 (ended 30 November 2020), LED chip and component maker SemiLEDs Corp of Hsinchu, Taiwan has reported revenue of $719,000, approximately halving from $1.4m last quarter and $1.563m a year ago...

January 16, 2021 01:07 AM

January 15, 2021

Vishay Intertechnology Delivers Best in Class On-Resistance Automotive Grade AEC-Q101 Qualified -100 V P-Channel MOSFET

Media -- ELE Times - Vishay introduced a new AEC-Q101 qualified p-channel -100 V TrenchFET(r) MOSFET designed to increase power density and efficiency in automotive applications. Not only is the Vishay Siliconix SQJ211ELP the industry's first such device in the...

January 15, 2021 08:40 PM

Chip shortages hit car makers

Media -- eeNews Europe - Car makers across the world are having to shut plants and reduce production as a result of chip shortages

Chip shortages have hit car makers around the world, with production in Europe and the UK hit.

eeNew Automotive highlighted...

January 15, 2021 08:40 PM

AMD Announces World's Best Mobile Processors In CES 2021 Keynote

Globe Newswire -- Semiconductors - AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors, designed for the most demanding professional workloads, coming to retail channel

January 15, 2021 08:31 PM

AMD President and CEO Lisa Su Showcases a Digital-First World at Consumer Technology Association's Consumer Electronics Show

Globe Newswire -- Semiconductors - - Dr. Su's keynote highlights the acceleration of digital transformation at home, work and in entertainment with appearances from Microsoft, HP, Lucasfilm, Lenovo and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team - - Dr. Su's keynote highlights...

January 15, 2021 08:31 PM

AKHAN Semiconductor Awarded Additional Major Patents in Taiwan & South Korea

Business Wire -- AKHAN Semiconductor, a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of lab-grown, electronic-grade diamonds, announced today that it has been issued additional patents for invention by the Taiwan and Korean Intellectual Property...

January 15, 2021 08:29 PM

Intel Appoints Tech Industry Leader Pat Gelsinger as New CEO

Business Wire -- Intel Corporation appoints tech industry leader Pat Gelsinger as new CEO.

January 15, 2021 08:26 PM

Toshiba Introduces 5 New Groups of TXZ+(tm) Family Advanced Class Microcontrollers That Realize Low Power Consumption, Support System Cost Reduction and Motor Control

Business Wire -- Toshiba introduces five groups of new 32-bit microcontrollers that realize low power consumption, support system cost reduction and motor control.

January 15, 2021 08:20 PM

Worldwide semiconductor revenue increases 7.3% in 2020, says Gartner

Media -- DIGITIMES - Following a decline of 12% in 2019, worldwide semiconductor revenue rebounded in 2020 to total US$449.8 billion, an increase of 7.3% from 2019, according to preliminary results by Gartner.

January 15, 2021 07:22 PM

TSMC on track to move 3nm process to risk production in 2021

Media -- DIGITIMES - TSMC is on track to move 3nm process technology to risk production in 2021 followed by volume production in the second half of 2022, according to the pure-play foundry.

January 15, 2021 07:21 PM

Chip shortage forces German carmakers to cut production

Media -- eeNews Europe - The bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductor components are widening: Now Daimler (Mercedes) and Audi are also experiencing production disruptions because not enough chips are being delivered.

According to various media reports,...

January 15, 2021 07:03 PM

Opinion: No quick fix for re-engineering Intel

Media -- eeNews Europe - Activist investors have pushed a change at the top of Intel with the appointment of Pat Gelsinger as CEO after a series of mis-steps but there is no quick fix

Pat Gelsinger is an industry veteran with 30 years experience at Intel,...

January 15, 2021 07:02 PM

Intel names Pat Gelsinger as new CEO

Media -- Electronics360 - The former Intel CTO will take over for Bob Swan at a time of crossroads for the American chipmaker.

January 15, 2021 07:01 PM