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Friday 31 March 2023
Japan tightens chip gear exports as US seeks to contain China
Japan said it will expand restrictions on exports of 23 types of leading-edge chipmaking technology, as the US ratchets up efforts to limit China's access to key semiconductor knowhow.
Friday 31 March 2023
Chinese fabless chip design sector remains small despite increasing R&D efforts
In the annual China IC Leadership Summit held on March 30, Wei Shaojun, a leading Chinese semiconductor scholar from Tsinghua University's School of Integrated Circuits, shared his observation on Chinese chip design sector.
Friday 31 March 2023
IDMs upbeat about revenue prospects, benefiting Taiwan supply chain partners
Robust demand for Si-IGBT and SiC power modules for automotive and industrial control applications has inspired IDMs such as Infineon to become upbeat about their revenue prospects for 2023, which is expected to benefit their manufacturing partners in Taiwan, according to supply chain sources.
Friday 31 March 2023
NXP supportive of semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem in India
Netherlands-based NXP is looking to support a rapidly developing electronics manufacturing ecosystem in India by encouraging semiconductor manufacturers to invest in the nation.
Friday 31 March 2023
Solomon Systech launches PM microLED DDI
Solomon Systech, which specializes in the design and development of proprietary display IC products and system solutions, has announced the release of what the company claims is the world's first PM-MicroLED display driver. The new SSD2363 enables the next generation of high brightness displays for wearables, home appliances, and industrial applications.
Friday 31 March 2023
Server BMC chipmaker Aspeed aims for flat revenue growth
Server management SoC solution provider Aspeed Technology has set a flat or slight 5% revenue growth target for 2023.
Friday 31 March 2023
GMI upbeat about chip demand for automotive, broadband, and wearable apps
IC distributor GMI Technology expects its customers to start replenishing inventory in the second half of 2023, while eyeing a pick-up in demand from the persistently expanding automotive, broadband, and wearable device markets.
Friday 31 March 2023
ITE Tech sees PC customers start replenishing inventory
Taiwan-based IC design house ITE Tech said its PC customers are starting to replenish inventory, especially inventory for Chromebook and gaming models.
Friday 31 March 2023
Order cutbacks still cast shadow over TSMC revenue prospects
TSMC continues to experience cutbacks in orders from major customers including MediaTek and Apple, according to industry sources. Besides, the foundry has yet to ramp up wafer starts for Nvidia's chips, which enable ChatGPT and other large language models (LLM).
Thursday 30 March 2023
Chinese IC design industry leaders weigh options after US sanctions
At the annual China IC Leadership Summit held on March 30, Wayne Dai, founder and CEO of Chinese IC design house VeriSilicon, observed that chiplet development in China is basically underpinned by three process nodes: 28/22nm, 14/12nm and 5nm, as reported by the Chinese tech media Ijiwei. Though China has achieved the volume production of 14nm, Dai noted the US restrictions on equipment and material would be a hindrance.
Thursday 30 March 2023
Primax announced reference design partnership with Qualcomm in IoT gateway platform
Following Qualcomm's Embedded World 2023 announcement of new IoT processors designed to support four major operating systems, Primax is announcing a reference design partnership for a QCS6490 based IoT gateway platform specifically designed for Fleet and Industrial IoT applications. High compute capabilities and a strong feature set make the QCS6490 a versatile solution for next generation edge processing devices such as cameras, gateways, industrial automation equipment (IPC, PLC), autonomous mobile robotics, and more.
Thursday 30 March 2023
HPC applications most promising future outlet for IC designers in Taiwan
Taiwan's IC design industry has reached a critical crossroads, with an unclear development direction, worsening talent shortage, confusing government policies, and shrinking academic research momentum all requiring cooperation from all sectors to overcome. But in terms of a feasible development direction, datacenter server processors and HPC (high-performance computing) chips are believed to provide the most promising future for Taiwan IC designers, according to Eric Huang, vice president of DIGITIMES and host of the IC Design Industrial Policy White Paper team.
Thursday 30 March 2023
China to formulate over 30 automotive chip standards by 2025
Automobiles are poised to be one of the major drivers for the semiconductor industry's growth. To boost its automotive chip capacity, China announced it aims to set up more than 30 standards by 2025, encouraging and regulating related technology development.
Thursday 30 March 2023
Holtek, Nuvoton to deepen global deployments
Consumer MCU specialists Holtek Semiconductor and Nuvoton Technology are both looking to expand their deployments in non-Chinese markets, while anticipating overall market demand will gradually pick up later this year.
Thursday 30 March 2023
Structural advantages key to Taiwan IC industry development in next decade, says DIGITIMES president
Taiwan's semiconductor manufacturing sector boasts structural advantages in its next decade of development, but the advantages for its IC design sector are likely to change, according to Colley Hwang, president and founder of DIGITIMES.
Thursday 30 March 2023
China remains committed to chip self-sufficiency
China may fall short of its goal of increasing IC self-sufficiency to 70% by 2025 due to tougher export restrictions imposed by the US, but it stays committed to chip self-sufficiency, according to industry sources.
Thursday 30 March 2023
Phison, Silicon Motion see both challenges and possibilities
Memory device controller suppliers such as Phison Electronics and Silicon Motion Technology are still facing unfavorable macroeconomic conditions as the NAND flash memory industry continues to face oversupply and turbulence. Despite the near-term challenges driving down NAND flash prices, the outlook for memory content per box and demand from non-consumer as well as emerging device applications remains positive, according to market sources.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Infineon expects better outcomes for fiscal 2Q23 and entire year
Infineon Technologies has released a statement updating its revenue and segment result margin expectations for the current second quarter, as well as the entire fiscal year 2023. This is primarily based on resilient business dynamics in its core automotive and industrial segments.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Cerebras releases 7 new GPT models trained on CS-2 wafer-scale systems
Cerebras Systems has trained and is releasing a series of seven GPT-based large language models (LLM) for open use by the research community, according to the company. This is the first time a company has used non-GPU based AI systems to train LLMs up to 13 billion parameters and is sharing the models, weights, and training recipe via the industry standard Apache 2.0 license. All seven models were trained on the 16 CS-2 systems in the Cerebras Andromeda AI supercomputer.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Solutions to talent shortage in Taiwan highlighted at IC design event
Talent shortage has been a big headache to global semiconductor companies and may push them into a long-term scramble for professionals. How to tackle the issue became a core topic of discussion among participants at the recent Taiwan IC Design Industrial Policy White Paper Presentation co-hosted by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA), DIGITIMES Asia, and MediaTek.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
UMC, eMemory expand low-power memory solutions for AIoT and mobile markets with 22nm RRAM qualification
Silicon IP provider eMemory and pure-play foundry United Microelectronics (UMC) have announced that eMemory's resistive random access memory (RRAM) IP has been qualified on UMC's 22nm ultra-low power process, expanding UMC's comprehensive embedded memory offering for AIoT and mobile applications.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Backend firms to see DDI orders pick up soon
Backend houses expect orders for display driver ICs (DDI) to pick up soon, with their fab utilization rates likely to improve in the second quarter, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Phison mulls R&D center in Malaysia
Phison Electronics, which specializes in flash device controllers, is considering opening a R&D center in Malaysia to diversify its operations, according to company CEO K. S. Pua.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
MediaTek chair urges government to focus incentives on talent shortages, tech challenges
MediaTek chairman Tsai Ming-kai urged the Taiwan government to focus its incentives on overcoming challenges such as talent shortages and severe technological competition in the local IC design business at the Taiwan IC Design Industrial Policy White Paper Presentation held by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) and DIGITIMES.
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Baidu invests in RISC-V chip company StarFive
Shanghai-based RISC-V chip technology startup StarFive announced on March 23 that it has received strategic investment from China's search giant Baidu, Reuters reported. In total, the startup has raised over CNY1 billion (US$146 million).