The supply of high-end electronic power semiconductors, such as automotive MOSFETs and IGBTs, continues to be tight with delivery times still at 50 weeks or more. These power components can be produced using mature silicon-based (Si-based) semiconductor manufacturing processes, especially by 8-inch wafer fabs.
With the ongoing automotive electrification, Canada's Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) has devoted to Project Arrow to build an EV from the ground up. The collaborative project will bear fruit when unveiling a concept car at the end of this year, demonstrating local companies' competence.
Chinese chipmakers are keen on developing homegrown automotive power semiconductors, particularly IGBT chips and modules long in shortage, looking to replace part of foreign supplies from Infineon and other international IDMs, and their efforts are gradually paying off, according to industry sources.
Honda Motor has picked up the pace for electrification to fulfill a goal of making zero-emission vehicles only by 2040. On September 6, it announced a strategic partnership with trading company Hanwa to guarantee stable procurement of critical battery materials such as nickel and cobalt.
Mitsubishi Fuso, a subsidiary of Daimler Truck, unveiled on September 7 the Next Generation eCanter, an upgraded version of Japan's first series-produced electric truck eCanter. Sales of the new model is scheduled to kick off in Spring 2023.
Officials from the Information Technology Electronics and Communication (ITE&C) Department of India's Telangana State recently made another trip to Taiwan to woo investment in the southern Indian state including its capital Hyderabad, home of some tech giants' R&D centers.
Rohm Semiconductor has announced that it is partnering with SemiDrive Technology, a China-based SoC manufacturer of next-generation cockpits, to develop automotive solutions. The pair has signed an advanced technology development partnership for the automotive field.
Volkswagen Group has moved forward with its plan to list Porsche, its sports car manufacturer, on September 5. The Group aims for an initial public offering (IPO) later this month or early October, despite the war in Europe and the high inflation continuing to challenge the global economy.
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 indicating that the overall semiconductor material market size is likely to grow 8.6% in 2022 and reach US$69.8 billion, a new record high.
Plug-in electrical vehicles (PHEV) are expected to regain significant growth momentum for sales in the US market, as American consumers buying such vehicles will enjoy equal investment tax credit (ITC) for battery EVs (BEV) under the newly legislated Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), according to industry sources.
ProLogium, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of solid-state battery for electric vehicles (EV), is working with consulting firm Accuracy to evaluate the feasibility of setting up ProLogium's first gigafactory in Europe, according to ProLogium.
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has seen strong demand for car-use LED devices and expect orders to remain strong until the end of 2022, becoming the main source of growth in 2022 consolidated revenue.