China is honing its approach to boosting the domestic semiconductor industry while the annual SEMICON China trade show was held this week. "We should definitely focus on developing high-end chips including core processing units, field-programmable gate-array chips and also memory chips," said Ding Wenwu, president of the China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund, often called the "Big Fund."
Broadcom reported net income of $2.35 billion for the fiscal first quarter ended Feb. 4, compared with $1.63 billion a year earlier, while revenue rose 28%. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan expressed a willingness to pursue new acquisition targets in the wake of the failed Qualcomm bid, saying, "What I would say to this is we're open, we're open, we're open to looking at anything that helps."
ChipMOS Technologies reports chip-on-film production capacity will remain tight this year, while demand for NOR flash memory devices and niche-market DRAM chips will be strong in 2018. The company posted fourth-quarter net profit of $5.58 million, down 73.4% from a year ago due to Micron Technology reducing its orders, while net profit for the full year of 2017 almost doubled.
STMicroelectronics introduced the VL53L1X time-of-flight sensor with a FlightSense detection range of 4 meters. The chip's applications include cliff detection, collision avoidance, hover/landing assistance for drones and mobile robotics for wall following.
Directed self-assembly technology, which lost interest among some chipmaking experts while extreme ultraviolet lithography gained in capabilities, is enjoying new enthusiasm, this analysis notes. Industry sources said Intel never lost interest in DSA.
Register today to take advantage of online registration discounts for the ROCS (Reliability of Compound Semiconductors) workshop on Monday, May 7 in Austin, Texas. ROCS will once again be held with the MANTECH Conference; bringing together researchers, manufacturers and users of compound semiconductor devices. The latest results and new developments in all phases of compound semiconductor reliability will be presented in four sessions.
Medical devices, wearable electronics and other forms of flexible hybrid electronics are made with a variety of substrates, including glass, plastic and even textiles, this analysis notes. "The whole market is getting closer to reality," said analyst Dean Freeman of Freeman Technology and Market Advisors.
President Donald Trump's unprecedented move to block Broadcom's bid to acquire Qualcomm likely won't slow the pace of mergers and acquisitions in the semiconductor industry, analysts say. Rob Lineback of IC Insights asked, "The question is what happens in the future -- will we see more pre-emptive blocking?"
Falling prices on solid-state drives will result in more than half of notebook computers produced in 2018 incorporating SSDs, DRAMeXchange forecasts. The market research firm predicts contract prices for SATA SSDs will drop 3% to 5% during the first quarter, while PCIe SSD pricing will decline 4% to 6%.
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