|A shortage on 200mm fab. capacity|
Amazingly, 200mm fabs are expected to remain viable at least until 2030 or so. As before, the challenge is to procure 200mm equipment, which is still in short supply.
|STMicro steps up enviromental saving effort|
Absolute energy consumption decreased by 12% compared to 2016 in normalized terms. By the end of 2017, 26% of energy purchased by ST came from renewable sources. More than 91% of waste was reused, recovered or sent for recycling
|Samsung Foundary to setup R&D |
Samsung opened the R&D center under the crucial device solution arm, which oversees the company's critical chip business. The new center is focused on bolstering Samsung's capabilities in the foundry business.
|Facebook agreed to use Qualcomm's 60GHz WiFi|
Facebook has agreed to use 60GHz technology from Qualcomm Technologies that harnesses unlicensed spectrum, and the pair will work with other partners — such as telecom operators and manufacturers — to ready the system for deployment.
|Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake processors debutes|
Intel's first 10nm silicon was originally slated for release in late 2016, but technical challenges encountered in shrinking transistors to ever smaller scales led to the launch being delayed until 2017. The firm confessed that the company was pushing back volume production from the second half of 2018 to some point in 2019 after suffering "yield issues".
|Tsinghua Unigroup to expand cloud center|
Tsinghua Unigroup just signed a strategic cooperation pact with the Tianjin government to build a CNY12 billion (US$1.88 billion) base in the northern Chinese city as its national headquarters for cloud business.