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19 Apr 2018
The company signed the preliminary agreement with South Chungcheong Province to invest some KRW480 billion (US$449 million) for the expansion of its plant in Cheonan, some 80 kilometers south of Seoul, for 300mm silicon wafer, the provincial government said.
Though Qualcomm first evaluated non-headcount expense reductions, it concluded that a workforce reduction is needed to support long-term growth and success, a company spokesperson said.
17 Apr 2018
Facebook is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel and Qualcomm.
China's economy grew at an annual pace of 6.8% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to official data, beating forecasts for the period. The growth figures for January to March were also above Beijing's 2018 annual growth target of "around 6.5%".
16 Apr 2018
China's Alibaba Group has been testing its own autonomous vehicle technology, the South China Morning Post reports, and is looking to hire an additional 50 self-driving vehicle experts. Alibaba's rivals Baidu and Tencent have also been working on autonomous technology.
China is slowing reviews of multibillion-dollar takeover deals being pursued by Qualcomm and Bain Capital, people familiar with the matter say, as US-China trade tensions escalate.
Wall Street Journal
13 Apr 2018
7nm+ design libraries are not available yet, and thus design engineers at Apple, Nvidia or Qualcomm (to mention a few) are not expected to have a holistic (to borrow the terminology from ASML) view on cost/ benefits of 7nm+ with EUV.
US President Donald Trump has said he will only join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) if the deal is "substantially better" than the one offered to President Barack Obama. The TPP is the free trade pact with primarily Asia-Pacific nations that Trump backed out of last year.
Global foundries and Toppan Photomasks have announced a multi-year extension to their Advanced Mask Technology Center (AMTC) joint venture in Dresden, Germany.
Paul Jacobs, the ousted chairman of Qualcomm, is making progress in lining up enough funding to offer to take the chipmaker private, and could make the bid within a few months, according to a person familiar with his plans.
Qualcomm's vision intelligence platform features the company's first family of system-on-chips (SoCs) purpose-built for the Internet of Things (IoT) using 10nm FinFET process technology.
Nvidia cracked the list of top 10 semiconductor vendors by sales for the first time in 2017, joining Qualcomm as the only other strictly fabless chip supplier to attain that distinction last year, according to market research firm IHS Markit.
Samsung is producing ASIC chips for upstart mining hardware manufacturer Halong Mining, at least according to one mining rig distributor.