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1/21/2022

Intel plans to build a wafer fabrication complex near Columbus, Ohio, a $20 billion project that will employ 3,000 people to make microchips in the Buckeye State. The chipmaker will initially construct and equip two wafer fabrication facilities on the site, which could accommodate up to eight fabs.

1/21/2022

The worldwide semiconductor industry grew its revenue by 25.1% to more than $500 billion last year, Gartner reports. Gartner's Andrew Norwood attributes the growth to stellar demand, price increases for raw materials and logistics

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TechRepublic
1/21/2022

The European Commission next month will unveil draft regulation legislation focusing on the semiconductor industry in the European Union. "By 2030, 20% of the world's microchips production should be in Europe," says Ursula von der Leyen, the EC president.

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Reuters
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1/21/2022

Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University report developing a sustainable method to recover and recycle neodymium from electronic waste. The research team used anionic hairy nanocellulose to separate the Nd element from calcium, iron and sodium in aqueous media.

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The Chemical Engineer
1/21/2022

Cadence Design Systems brought out software to verify DRAM technology for use in system-on-a-chip device designs for applications in automotive electronics, consumer products, data centers and mobile devices.

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New Electronics
1/20/2022

If Russia attacks Ukraine, there may be export restrictions placed on Russia, the White House is warning the US semiconductor industry. "We have been very clear that if Russia further invades Ukraine, the United States is looking at a range of options -- with allies and partners -- to deliver severe costs to the Russian economy," said a White House spokeswoman.

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Reuters
1/20/2022

Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons, predicts the current favorable conditions for the worldwide semiconductor industry will not last, which will likely lead to a market crash later this year or in 2023. The market analyst forecasts a 10% increase in microchip sales this year to $609 billion.

1/20/2022

China's attempts to keep up with or even overtake the rest of the world in advanced semiconductor technology has yet to reach its goal, according to Mario Morales, group vice president for enabling technologies and semiconductors at the International Data Corporation. "I still believe that [China is] probably three or four generations behind what is considered leading edge," he says in this interview.

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CNBC
1/20/2022

Katherine Derbyshire reports on a battery technology conference and what is coming in that field. "Solid-state electrolytes and metals other than lithium still need to prove they are reliable and manufacturable enough to displace incumbent technologies," Derbyshire writes.

1/20/2022

Advanced Micro Devices brought out the Radeon PRO W6400 graphics processing unit, placed under the chip design company's W6600 and W6800 GPUs. AMD also introduced the RX 6500 XT graphics card with 4 gigabytes of video random-access memory, priced at $199.

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TechRadar, The Verge