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SK hynix to spend $1 billion in building a cluster of semiconductor fabs near Seoul 3/29/2019
The project is expected to create some 170,000 jobs. More than 50 subcontractors also plan to move into the cluster, which can energize the regional economy as a whole.
European Central Bank ready to act when bad economy hits 3/29/2019
The bank would take "all the monetary policy actions that are necessary and proportionate" in addition to steps taken at its March 7 meeting, when it extended the earliest date for rate increases and announced new cheap loans for banks.
China’s Tsinghua Unigroup gethers telent to develope DRAM industry 3/29/2019
Tsinghua aims to hire SMIC Co-CEO Haijun Zhao to head up a new DRAM company that would combine China’s fledgling memory makers, which are struggling to survive. Despite China’s multi-billion investment to build a domestic memory industry, it lacks much of the key intellectual property needed to compete in the business.
European Union defies the U.S. ruled not to ban Huawei 3/28/2019
EU have denied. In the recommendation published Tuesday, the European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, left the decision in the hands of the member states.
Qualcomm failed to ban Apple iPhones 7, 8, and X from importing 3/28/2019
The two American companies have been locked for two years in a legal dispute in which Apple has accused Qualcomm of unfair patent licensing practices. Qualcomm has in turn accused Apple of patent infringement.
China agreed to seek fair trade rules with Europe 3/28/2019
European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its business practices —amid trade tensions between the United States and both China and the European Union.
U.S. consumer confidence down in March 3/28/2019
The index, covering through March 14, measures consumers' assessment of current economic conditions and their expectations for the next six months. Both declined in March.
Toshiba to sample automotive UFS Version 2.1 3D flash devices 3/27/2019
Operate from -40°C to +105°C, meet AEC-Q100 Grade2 and come in four capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB[5]..
AMD takes advantage of Inel processor shortage 3/27/2019
A shortage of Intel processors that began last year — particularly at the higher end of the market — has constrained PC OEMs and prompted several of them to introduce systems based on AMD processors. Intel CEO Bob Swan said in January that the processor shortage could last into the second half of 2019.
Advanced packaging represents $3 billion revenue at TSMC 3/27/2019
Advanced packaging net nearly US$3 billion in revenues will be generated from the business in 2019. TSMC's advanced packaging is basically 3D IC packaging.
Congress is gathering momentum to approve the proposed New NAFTA 3/27/2019
President Donald Trump will meet with GOP lawmakers Tuesday to try to kick-start the process for rounding up votes on Capitol Hill. Supporters in Congress and business groups say they have a narrow window to push it through, given that lawmakers tend to avoid tough trade votes during election season.
Europe to kick off a 10 years Battery Research thrust 3/26/2019
BATTERY 2030+ is scheduled for a duration of ten years, with preparation for the project due to start this month.
Hynix's CEO wants to up yield and improve profit 3/26/2019
“(Amid deteriorating market environment) the company will focus on strengthening the fundamentals by raising yields rates of nanotechnology and cost-cutting.”
Semiconductor equipment and tools sales retreated 3/26/2019
After two years of benefiting from massive capital spending by chipmakers — especially memory companies — fab tool vendors are finding it impossible to keep pace with previous sales levels as semiconductor industry growth has sputtered.
Economists see business to slow down 3/26/2019
Economists collectively project that growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, will reach a modest 2.4 this year and just 2 percent in 2020. Among the key factors in their dimmer assessment are a global slowdown and the ongoing trade conflicts between the Trump administration and several major trading partners.
AP processor market projected to decline for the 2nd year in a row 3/25/2019
Shipments of smartphone APs are expected to fall for the second consecutive year in 2019, says Digitimes Research.
European Union cautious on economic relationship with China 3/25/2019
The EU wants to "fully address the distortive effects of foreign state ownership" and "achieve a more balanced and reciprocal economic relationship."
Smartphone interface goes beyond touch screen 3/25/2019
The two latest trends in HMI technologies are voice activation and touchless or gesture control. Voice-controlled products received a lot of attention at Embedded World in Nuremberg; a prominent example was NXP Semiconductor’s new microcontroller featuring integrated Alexa Voice Service (AVS) capability, touchless control went almost unnoticed at MWC Barcelona, but it is equally being pursued aggressively by key players.
New military aircraft design is “attritable” 3/25/2019
For military purposes, “attritable” is defined as a design trait that trades reliability and maintenance for low-cost, reusable and eventually expendable weapons. The approach is akin to the destroyer escorts used by the U.S. Navy in World War II to defend heavily-armored capital ships and convoys.
Micron said memory chip revenue to rebounce by year end 3/22/2019
Micron Technology Inc on Wednesday said it sees a recovery in the memory chip market coming and reported a quarterly profit that beat estimates as cost controls helped offset falling demand and prices.
PCIe SSD market to be on-par with SATA SSD by year end 3/22/2019
Market sources said that unit price for 512GB PCIe SSD has fallen by11% sequentially to US$55 in the first quarter of 2019, compared to a corresponding price drop of 9% for SATA SSD, with price gap between the two types of SSD continuing to narrow from 30% seen in 2018.
U.S. Department of Energy awards contract to build 3 exascale super computers 3/22/2019
Intel said that the system will be running before the end of 2021 using future Xeon processors, Optane DIMMs, and a so-called Xe product, believed to be a member of the GPU family in design under Raja Kodurii.
U.S. court jury found Apple infringed against Qualcomm patents on iPhone 7, 8 and X 3/22/2019
The jury awarded Qualcomm $31 million for damages covering July 6, 2017 — the date the lawsuit was originally filed — through the end of the trial.
Adata reports first loss in 3 years 3/21/2019
The memory module supplier reported losses of NT$178.97 million (US$5.8 million) for last year, reversing net profits of NT$1.86 billion in 2017
Italy to join China's Belt and Road initiative 3/21/2019
Italy's signature would be considered a major legitimation of the project that envisions overland and maritime routes connecting China with Europe. A White House official has warned Italy against joining, calling it a Chinese "vanity project."
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