Monday 15 April 2024
Renesas revamps old plant, powers up semiconductor production for EVs
Renesas has repurposed an old wafer fabrication facility in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, into a power semiconductor plant.
Monday 1 April 2024
Mitsubishi Electric's US$6 billion green tech push: next-gen semiconductors
In Mitsubishi Electric's latest strategic vision, the conglomerate pledged a staggering investment of JPY900 billion (equivalent to around US$6 billion) towards green technology over...
Wednesday 6 March 2024
Japanese startups on track to make low-cost SiC power semiconductors
Semiconductor companies in Japan have been trying to reduce the costs of silicon carbide (SiC) and other power semiconductors. Startups Gaianixx and UJ-Crystal are part of the effo...
Wednesday 6 March 2024
Mitsubishi Electric says banzai to SiC semiconductors, strengthens market leadership
In 2023, Japan's Mitsubishi Electric announced a new investment in SiC power semiconductors.
Wednesday 6 March 2024
Power chip and MCU price increases: reflecting costs or market recovery?
Power semiconductors and MicroController Units (MCU) have started a new wave of price hikes; however, it is unclear if this signals a market rebound or merely cost increases.
Wednesday 21 February 2024
Japanese semiconductor equipment makers bet big on generative AI and power semiconductors for growth
Several Japanese semiconductor equipment manufacturers are witnessing a surge in sales, particularly in equipment catering to generative AI and power semiconductors. Despite a downturn...
Friday 26 January 2024
Several new wafer fabs in Japan to come online in 2024
In 2024, numerous Japanese and foreign semiconductor manufacturers will commence mass production at newly constructed wafer fabrication facilities in Japan. Industry sources claim...
Tuesday 23 January 2024
Chinese power component makers yet to see demand pick up
Chinese power component manufacturers have raised prices for medium and low-voltage MOSFETs and diodes; however, demand has yet to increase as anticipated, according to industry so...
Tuesday 26 December 2023
Rebuilding and expanding: Toshiba revs up MOSFET production after delisting
Toshiba is ramping up its capabilities in the power semiconductor industry. Apart from merging with Rohm Semiconductor and securing subsidies from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade,...
Tuesday 26 December 2023
Fuji Electric to increase power semiconductor investment, driven by the EV market
The demand for power semiconductors is being driven by the electric vehicle (EV) market, leading several semiconductor companies to respond accordingly. In addition to partnerships...
Friday 10 November 2023
Onsemi to launch in-house production of CMOS image sensors in 2024
Onsemi, a prominent US IDM, has unveiled its strategic shift, planning to initiate in-house production of CMOS image sensors (CIS) in 2024, marking a significant departure from its...
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Rohm acquires factory site for SiC power device production
Rohm Semiconductor has announced the acquisition of the assets of Solar Frontier's former Kunitomi plant in Japan. The plant will be operated by Lapis Semiconductor, a Rohm group...
Friday 20 October 2023
Infineon signs multi-year chip supply contract with Hyundai, Kia
A multi-year supply deal for silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon (Si) power semiconductors has been struck by Infineon Technologies, Hyundai Motor Company, and Kia. Infineon will build...
Tuesday 17 October 2023
Chongqing rises to be power semiconductor hub
Avatr 12, an EV developed by Huawei, CATL and Changan Automobile, has been rolled off the production line in Chongqing, China. Huawei plans to deepen ties with carmakers with Chongqing's...
Wednesday 20 September 2023
Samsung's NAND plant in China faces process upgrade dilemma; shifting capacity to power semiconductors could be viable solution
As the US-China conflict continues to intensify, Samsung Electronics' NAND Flash plant in Xi'an, China, is increasingly stuck in a process upgrade dilemma. On the one hand, with the...