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11 May 2021
Apple is awarding US$45 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning, a supplier of precision glass for iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.
7 May 2021
India's health authorities warned about a fungal infection seen in some Covid-19 patients which can disfigure facial features and even kill, as the country continues to grapple with the world's fastest-growing coronavirus outbreak.
India has held up approvals for import of wifi modules from China for months, driving companies such as US computer makers Dell and HP and China's Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo to delay product launches in a key growth market, two industry sources said.
IBM has unveiled a breakthrough in semiconductor design and process with the development of the world's first chip announced with 2-nanometer (2nm) nanosheet technology.
5 May 2021
Infineon Technologies has concluded a supply contract with Japan-based Showa Denko for an extensive range of silicon carbide material (SiC) including epitaxy. The German semiconductor manufacturer has thus secured more base material for the growing demand for SiC-based products.
German chipmaker Infineon expects supply constraints in its automotive segment to only ease in the second half of this year, CEO Reinhard Ploss said on Tuesday, with lost volumes only likely to be made up in 2022.
4 May 2021
The US Commerce Department is pressing TSMC and other Taiwanese firms to prioritise the needs of US automakers to ease chip shortages in the near term, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said.
3 May 2021
TSMC is planning to build several more chipmaking factories in the U.S. state of Arizona beyond the one currently planned, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
While more and more chips are needed in the US, fewer and fewer are manufactured here.
Supply issues could affect products that feature its own M1 chip, which include the new iPad Pro and iMac 2021, said Apple chief executive Tim Cook.
Nintendo will ramp up output of the Switch to about 30 million units this fiscal year, Nikkei has learned, marking an all-time high for the flagship gaming device in a bid to capitalize on continuing stay-at-home demand.
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Intel said on Sunday it will invest another $600 million in Israel to expand its R&D and confirmed it was spending $10 billion on a new chip plant.
1 May 2021
The global semiconductor shortage roiling a wide range of industries likely won't be resolved for a few more years, according to Intel's new CEO Pat Gelsinger.
LG Electronics' net profit rose 7.6% in the first quarter, driven by solid demand for televisions and home appliances. Market analysts largely view the company's pullout from its smartphone business as improving its business and financial health in the long run despite a near-term revenue setback.
The global shortage of semiconductors that's plaguing automakers, data center owners and electronics manufacturers has turned into a "fight" that risks dragging on until 2023, according to the chief executive of Nokia.
Chipmaking equipment supplier BE Semiconductor said on Friday it planned to boost its operations in the United States and Taiwan as its top customers ramp up investment to meet a surge in chip demand.
Export controls against China will not only fail to halt its technological progress but also hurt the US economy, ASML CEO Peter Wennink said, after trade tensions between Washington and Beijing led to restrictions on the sale of the Dutch company's advanced chip equipment to Chinese firms.
30 Apr 2021
Samsung Electronics beat analyst estimates for profit in the first quarter, but warned of continued fallout from semiconductor shortages as the global economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Intel wants EUR8 billion (US$9.7 billion) in public subsidies towards building a semiconductor factory in Europe, its CEO was quoted as saying on Friday, as the region seeks to reduce its reliance on imports amid a shortage of supplies.