Google is turning to a custom processor design for its forthcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones, quitting Qualcomm as its main phone chip supplier. The Google Tensor chip will go into the company's flagship phones, while Qualcomm will provide processors for the A Series budget product line.
Taiwan's fabless semiconductor companies are reportedly making alliances to maintain their rising revenues, industry sources say. Several IC design houses, including MediaTek, Novatek Microelectronics and Realtek Semiconductor, are allying with United Microelectronics as their foundry partner, while others are lining up with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., those sources note.
Infineon Technologies was caught short when its wafer fabrication facility in Austin, Texas, had to shut down during a severe winter storm earlier this year, and a fab in Malaysia had to close in June due to an increase of COVID-19 infections, leaving automotive manufacturers without sufficient supplies of critical components. Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss is supporting the idea of having a Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. fab in Germany.
The worldwide market for lithium-ion batteries will see a compound annual growth rate of 23% over the next five years, reaching $105.6 billion by 2026, Yole Developpement estimates. Sales of lithium-ion battery cells for electric vehicles are predicted to hit $86 billion by 2026, per the market research firm.
SMART Modular Technologies brought out DDR5 DRAM modules suitable for industrial applications. The modules are specified to operate in temperatures ranging from negative 40 degrees C to 85 degrees C.
Tsung-Tsong Wu, Taiwan's Minister of Science and Technology, says the digital transformation of industry can take lessons from pandemic-related innovations. "The pandemic posts a challenge, but also creates an opportunity for Taiwan to highlight outstanding tech professionals and industry chains," Wu says.
During the second quarter of this year, Samsung Electronics took in $19.7 billion in revenue, just slightly ahead of Intel's Q2 revenue of $19.6 billion, Jiyoung Sohn and Asa Fitch write. Samsung is buoyed by robust sales for memory chips in 2021, while Intel's actual Q2 revenue was $18.5 billion, not including a nonvolatile memory business which the company is selling to SK Hynix.
Taiwan's Environmental Review Committee gave its approval for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to move ahead with construction of a wafer fabrication facility that will make microchips with 2-nanometer features, while the government's Investment Commission allowed the giant foundry to proceed with its proposed expansion of the TSMC fab in Nanjing, China. Separately, TSMC reports that heavy rainstorms and flooding over the weekend did not disrupt production at the company's fab in Tainan.
Researchers at Kansas State University propose producing supercapacitors through graphene printing, providing an alternative to batteries in power sources and enabling the proliferation of flexible electronics. "We showed that we can very well print a number of devices in any kind of architecture we want," said KSU's Suprem Das, an assistant professor.
Amkor Technology will reportedly collaborate with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to make integrated passive devices that could be used in Apple's iPhones and other iOS-based products, industry sources said. Amkor alone could realize revenue of $150 million to $200 million for Apple's demand for IPDs, those sources note.
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