Friday 18 August 2023
ASE: auto SiP module increases computing capabilities in smart cockpits
The era of software-defined automobiles is approaching, and while electronic control units (ECUs) are becoming more streamlined, the computing and integration capabilities of the center console of the vehicle computer will become stronger. The use of various types of peripheral sensor chips will increase dramatically.
Monday 21 August 2023
DC microgrid on track to thrive in EV charging, says DIGITIMES Research
The adoption and application of DC microgrid is rising. The grid combines renewable energy, energy storage systems and end devices, enhancing energy conversion efficiency. It will see more application in EV charging.
Monday 21 August 2023
Weekly news roundup: China is 5 generations behind US and other top stories
These are the most-read news stories in the week of August 14-18, 2023 on DIGITIMES Asia website:
Thursday 17 August 2023
Bosch urges Taiwanese government to specify hydrogen policy
Hydrogen economy has become the goal that Bosch will pursue in the following years. Andreas Schmidt, managing director of Bosch Taiwan, said Taiwan still needs more time to mature in the sector. The company also wants the government to detail its hydrogen policy to help the industry grow.
Thursday 17 August 2023
Sunplus cautious about near-term prospects
IC design house Sunplus Technology has expressed concerns regarding its business prospects for the remainder of 2023 and the first half of 2024, citing low order visibility.
Wednesday 16 August 2023
Computing power enabled by Taiwanese electronics companies appeals to international carmakers
TSMC has become a critical supplier for major automakers in the US, Japan and Europe. According to Jerry Wang, chairman of the Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), Taiwan boasts leading electronics components and ability in system integration in addition to a complete semiconductor ecosystem. The companies' mastery will benefit future car development.
Wednesday 16 August 2023
PCB maker Dynamic expects flat or slight revenue growth in 2H23
PCB manufacturer Dynamic Electronics expects to post flat or slight revenue growth in the second half of this year compared to the first, with a higher gross margin thanks to improved product mix.
Wednesday 16 August 2023
SiC to be the new gold in power semiconductors
Despite inventory adjustments in the global semiconductor industry, companies are adjusting or expanding their production to include silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors, a kind of compound semiconductor that exhibits high potential in power components and EVs.
Tuesday 15 August 2023
TSMC's fab in Germany may only half address major concerns of European carmakers
TSMC has officially entered the European automotive supply chain with plans to establish a joint venture fab in Dresden, Germany, relieving European automakers' concerns about chip shortages. However, this may addresses only half of their concerns, because only when the self-production of lithium batteries is successfully achieved as planned can the overall transition to vehicle electrification and automation (VEA) in the European automotive sector proceed more smoothly, according to industry observers.
Tuesday 15 August 2023
Heterogeneous integration for automotive AI chips reportedly driving IC analysis demand
AI chips reportedly being developed by Tesla using heterogeneous integration are driving up demand for IC verification analysis services, according to industry sources.
Tuesday 15 August 2023
CIS backend houses express caution about 2H23
Tong Hsing Electronic Industries, VisEra Technologies, and Xintec, all of whom are in the CMOS image sensor (CIS) backend sector, have expressed caution regarding their market prospects for the second half of 2023, as demand for handsets has yet to pick up and demand for automotive applications has slowed.
Tuesday 15 August 2023
Auto chip prices unlikely to drop in Europe
Automotive-grade IC prices are unlikely to drop in the short term, as production costs are rising and major European suppliers are increasing investments in expanding their manufacturing capacity, including a joint venture with TSMC for the Taiwanese chip maker to set up its first wafer fab in Europe, according to industry sources.
Monday 14 August 2023
IDM said to offer fast-track services for automotive mmWave radar entrants
Millimeter wave radar sensors hold significant potential in future cars. Therefore, the competition between major IDMs has become more intense, even with chip shortages. Supply chain sources said an IDM is offering "fast-tracked" technique services to companies that want to enter the mmWave radar field but have limited knowledge of the technology, aiming to gain more customers.
Monday 14 August 2023
Rising Chinese mmWave radar industry spurs intense market competition
With the progress in intelligence and stricter vehicle safety regulations, carmakers are facing a surging demand for sensors. In Level 2 self-driving and beyond, the market for automotive mmWave (millimeter-wave) radar is witnessing intense competition. Recently, Chinese contenders have entered the mmWave market, focusing on advancing the 77GHz mmWave radar. However, they are also grappling with price competition, resulting in a reshaping of the market landscape.
Monday 14 August 2023
Himax says gross profit rate will improve in Q3 but sales need more time to rebound
Taiwan-based display driver IC company Himax Technologies saw its sales and gross margin decrease in the second quarter of 2023. The company said demand from automotive electronics has been recovering, expected to bring its gross margin back to over 30%. However, its sales will likely keep declining slightly in the third quarter due to the sluggish consumer electronics market.
Friday 11 August 2023
China's SiC semiconductor development grows into polarization
As the Chinese government becomes cautious about how it subsidizes the country's SiC semiconductor development, the gap between leading SiC companies and those falling behind has widened. Sources said the former will likely receive the government's support more quickly, while the latter is expected to struggle.