Bits + chips
Highlights of the day: SMIC sees opportunities from mature nodes

The US trade ban may be blocking SMIC from advancing its semiconductor manufacturing processes, but the China foundry is looking to expand its presence in the mature node segments amid industry-wide tight capacity. Qualcomm reporedly has had to extend lead times for its mobile chips. Also in short supply have been Nvidia's RTX 30 series discrete graphics cards, which have been keenly sought after by cryptocurrency miners. Now cryptominers are turning to RTX 30-equiped gaming notebooks to serve their mining purposes.

SMIC to enhance presence in mature process segment: Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to further grow its mature process business segment, after receiving US licenses to import equipment and materials for use in mature-node processes, according to industry sources.

Qualcomm chip supply reportedly tight: Qualcomm reportedly has extended the delivery lead times for its mobile chips as the global semiconductor supply chain remains under pressure amid tight capacity, according to industry sources.

Gaming notebook suppliers see surge in demand from cryptominers: Gaming notebook specialists have seen demand surge for cryptocurrency mining applications, according to industry sources.

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