Semiconductors


Chips are down as US works to block China’s semiconductor plans 

Chips are down as US works to block China’s semiconductor plans

(ATF) With a small microchip held between his fingers US President Joe Biden has sent some sections of Chinese media and government into a form of apoplexy. “Is this little thing Biden’s best weapon against China?” asked The Global Times.The question comes with the United States and Japan looking to …

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China derails Applied Materials’ $3.5bn bid for Kokusai Electric

China derails Applied Materials’ $3.5bn bid for Kokusai Electric

(ATF) Applied Materials has terminated its $3.5-billion deal to buy Japanese peer Kokusai Electric Corp from KKR & Co as it failed to get timely approval from China’s regulator.California-based Applied Materials said it “did not receive confirmation of timely approval from the regulator in China,” according to a statement on …

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Global chip supply chain can’t take a punch, industry admits 

Global chip supply chain can’t take a punch, industry admits 

The global semiconductor supply chain is far from robust, a new study has revealed, and is especially vulnerable to natural disasters and escalating trade disputes.The paper from the US industry group says the vital sector is susceptible because suppliers have become concentrated in distinct regions, leaving not just the tech …

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Fridge-makers feeling the chill of worldwide microchip shortage 

Fridge-makers feeling the chill of worldwide microchip shortage 

The global shortage of chips that has halted car production lines and hit stockpiles at gadget makers is now hampering home appliance makers.US-based Whirlpool, one of the world's largest white goods firm, saw chip deliveries fall short of its orders by about 10% in March, Jason Ai, the firm’s president …

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Hyundai Motor production hit as chip shortage worsens

Hyundai Motor production hit as chip shortage worsens

(ATF) South Korea's Hyundai Motor is expected to see production disrupted starting in April because of the widespread chip shortage affecting automakers worldwide, according to reports on March 24.Hyundai's inventory levels have become tight and the problem will soon start to slow production, the Financial Times reported.The company had been …

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TSMC share price short-circuits over Intel’s $20 billion expansion plan 

TSMC share price short-circuits over Intel’s $20 billion expansion plan 

Shares in the world’s largest contract chip maker – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) – fell by just under 4% on Wednesday after American rivals Intel unveiled a $20 billion expansion plan.Taiwan's economy minister sought to downplay the impact of Intel’s announcement but TSMC’s stock dropped 3.9% over news …

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SMIC and Shenzhen govt to invest $2.35 billion in new foundry

SMIC and Shenzhen govt to invest $2.35 billion in new foundry

(ATF) China’s largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) said on Wednesday it planned to jointly invest in a $2.35-billion project with the government of Shenzhen to make 40,000 wafers per month in the southern Chinese city from 2022. SMIC said in a exchange filing that Shenzhen government company Shenzhen …

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EU plans to take on US and China for semiconductor supremacy 

EU plans to take on US and China for semiconductor supremacy 

(ATF) US tech giant Apple said on Wednesday it plans to invest more than a billion euros ($1.2 billion) in Germany and will open the biggest research facility in Europe next year on computer chips and mobile software. Apple said it would make Munich its "European Silicon Design Centre". The …

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Biden sends warning to China on chips and rare earths

Biden sends warning to China on chips and rare earths

(ATF) President Biden sent an effective warning to China on Wednesday February 24 as he signed an executive order for a review of supply chains that will cover semiconductor chips and rare earths.Biden signed the executive order after a meeting with both Democratic and Republican politicians that he hailed as …

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Huawei chip stockpile 'can't meet demand' for new premium phone

Huawei chip stockpile 'can't meet demand' for new premium phone

(ATF) The chip inventory that Huawei stockpiled before US sanctions hit full force and reserved for its new Mate X2 smartphone is likely not enough to cover consumer demand, judging by the phone’s pre-sale booking volume. Huawei launched the Mate X2 on Monday, which highlights the Chinese tech firm’s continued …

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