The Semiconductor Biz Insight is for the time savvy semiconductor professional interested in the news from the Asian geography - people who do not get the time to update themselves regularly with the semiconductor industry news or those who are overwhelmed with the plethora of numerous websites and spend a considerable time surfing across them to glean the relevant news. It also serves as a comprehensive monthly collation for some who get their news intake daily but would still appreciate a quality monthly snapshot as an efficient roundup.
The newsletter includes a compilation of news-stories that appeared on the internet in leading company and news sites. We provide the links for your ease and urge and encourage you to read the original story at the respective website following the URL/Link of the news-item.
The first edition of Semiconductor Biz Insight was brought about in January 2008.
Below are the editions from January 2016. If you are interested in any of the earlier editions, please contact us :
China is poised to dominate in new fab facilities. As per SEMI’s latest World Fab Forecast, China will account for 42% of the worldwide total (62 new frontend facilities) between 2017 and 2020.
It’s been raining acquisitions. Some of the major ones included Siemens buying Mentor Graphics, Samsung going for Harman and Broadcom acquiring Brocade...
Graphics hardware provider NVidia announced its new SoC, Xavier as the AI super computer for cars. Renesas acquired Intersil upping its ante in power management and automotive sector.
One of the challenges in leveraging IoT is making sense of the humungous amount of data collected from the sensors. I find this a compelling analogy while sifting through a plethora of unstructured data available...
One of the interesting news items last month was E-beam wafer inspection system maker “meeting” EUV lithography equipment manufacturer.
Some snippets from IC Insights rankings: TSMC (of course!) was the leader in the foundry ranking followed by GlobalFoundries and then UMC.
While the “when” of EUV is still unclear, the multi e-beam market saw some action last month. Intel is said to be in the process of acquiring multi e-beam equipment vendor, IMS Nanofabrication.
Alibaba has teamed up with NVidia with a $1B bet on cloud computing, embedded vision chip company Movidius has extended its collaboration with Google for Deep Learning, Google has created a VR arm and then some more.
On the Asian front, the Mattson deal marks one of the first signs that the “Made in China 2025” policy will include targeting semiconductor production equipment as an element in bolstering the domestic chip business in China.
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