22 May 2024 - General

TSMC accelerates global expansion with new European plant

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's leading chipmaker, has confirmed its plans to begin construction on its first European chip plant in Dresden, Germany, in the fourth quarter of 2024, as announced at a conference in the Netherlands and reported by Reuters. The facility, known as European Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (ESMC), is a joint venture with Infineon, NXP, and Robert Bosch, with each holding a 10% stake, and is expected to commence production in 2027.

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22 May 2024 - General

TSMC accelerates global expansion with new European plant

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's leading chipmaker, has confirmed its plans to begin construction on its first European chip plant in Dresden, Germany, in the fourth quarter of 2024, as announced at a conference in the Netherlands and reported by Reuters. The facility, known as European Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (ESMC), is a joint venture with Infineon, NXP, and Robert Bosch, with each holding a 10% stake, and is expected to commence production in 2027.

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21 May 2024 - Industrial

Electronics industry shows resilience; US manufacturing grows modestly

The electronics industry is showing robust growth and optimism for the remainder of 2024, despite a more cautious outlook for the broader US manufacturing sector.

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20 May 2024 - Industrial

Shoots of recovery in global semicon manufacturing

The global semiconductor manufacturing industry showed promising signs of recovery in the first quarter of 2024, according to the Semiconductor Manufacturing Monitor (SMM) Report released by SEMI, the Semiconductor Industry Association, in partnership with TechInsights. Electronic sales rose by 1% year-over-year (YoY) in Q1 2024, and are forecast to increase by 5% YoY in Q2 […]

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17 May 2024 - General

Italy targets semiconductors with $10 billion investment push

Italy is gearing up for a major role in European semiconductor production with Industry Minister Adolfo Urso announcing plans to invest around €10 billion ($10.7 billion) in the sector this year.

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16 May 2024 - General

Rising obsolescence risks threaten supply chains in the electronics industry

Component obsolescence poses an ever-present and growing threat within the electronics industry. Accelerating innovation shortens component lifecycles, driving more frequent disruptions with costly consequences. Companies must shift from reactive crisis management towards proactive obsolescence strategies to safeguard their supply chains.

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15 May 2024 - Industrial

Surging AI demand shakes up electronics supply chain

The transformative impact of AI is sending shockwaves through the global electronics industry. Demand for high-performance computing, driven by advancements like ChatGPT, is outpacing even optimistic forecasts and fueling a scramble for specialised components.

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14 May 2024 - General

Prison for man who sold fake Cisco gear to US military and hospitals

Onur Aksoy, a Florida-based supplier with dual US-Turkish citizenship, has been sentenced to over six years in prison for orchestrating an elaborate scheme that generated hundreds of millions in illicit revenue. Over nearly a decade, Aksoy established a sprawling network of at least 19 companies in the US, supported by approximately 15 Amazon storefronts and 10 eBay storefronts selling counterfeit Cisco networking equipment. His scheme exemplifies the rising sophistication of counterfeiters and the vulnerability of even robust supply chains to infiltration.

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13 May 2024 - General

Upheaval in DRAM: 15-25% price increase possible

The memory market is experiencing major upheaval under the transformative impact of AI applications. Industry leader SK Hynix reports a staggering 144.3% year-on-year surge in revenue and predicts that this strong demand trajectory will continue. This optimism aligns with predictions from multiple sources that DRAM product prices could rise by 15-25% in the second quarter.

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10 May 2024 - Industrial

MLCC bounce back: Murata and industry expect renewed Growth

The multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) market is signaling a significant rebound, propelled by the Chinese smartphone sector and burgeoning electric vehicle demand. Industry giant Murata reports a 30.8% increase in orders for the first quarter of 2024, a sign that a recent downturn may be reversing course.

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10 May 2024 - Defence

APEM ruggedised control solutions for demanding applications from Astute Group

Complete APEM panel solutions engineered to survive and thrive in the most demanding environments. These highly durable components are essential for systems operating in hazardous conditions where precision, reliability, and intuitive user interfaces are paramount.

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09 May 2024 - Industrial

Global electronics shows recovery signs: demand set to outpace inflation

After a challenging period, the electronics industry appears ready for renewed growth. IPC's April Sentiment survey reveals a third consecutive month of optimism among manufacturers, signaling that the sector is weathering the effects of recent economic headwinds.

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08 May 2024 - Industrial

Microsoft accelerates AI ambitions with new GPT-rivaling model

Software titan Microsoft is poised to intensify the AI arms race with a new, proprietary language model designed to square off against industry powerhouses from Google and OpenAI. Dubbed MAI-1 internally, the project is spearheaded by Mustafa Suleyman, the Google DeepMind co-founder who previously led AI startup Inflection.

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07 May 2024 - General

Kremlin ramps up sabotage efforts; electronics supply chains warned of threats

Western intelligence agencies are sounding the alarm over an intensified Russian campaign of sabotage and covert aggression across Europe. Assessments indicate a shift toward more direct and destructive attacks designed to disrupt critical infrastructure, potentially targeting those involved in military or Ukrainian aid.

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07 May 2024 - General

ESS Technology’s superb ES9039Q2M DAC available from Astute Group

Astute Group offers the ES9039Q2M SABRE® DAC from ESS Technology. This exceptional audio component is ideal for demanding high-performance audio equipment, providing exceptional sound quality and precision for discerning engineers and audiophiles.

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03 May 2024 - Industrial

Veolia targets chipmakers’ sustainability needs

As the semiconductor industry expands, resource management specialist Veolia is stepping up to address the sector's growing sustainability challenges. The company offers tailored solutions for Ultra-Pure Water (UPW) production, water reuse, and environmentally responsible waste management.

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01 May 2024 - General

Astute Group offers Intelligent Memory encrypted SSDs for data security

Astute Group is your trusted partner for robust encrypted SSD data security solutions. 

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30 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Electronics exports surge on AI boom

Taiwan's electronics industry is experiencing a significant resurgence, with exports hitting $41.82 billion in March – the highest figure in 19 months. This impressive 18.9% year-on-year increase signals a decisive rebound, fueled primarily by explosive demand for artificial intelligence (AI) products. The non-tech sector is also displaying renewed strength.

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30 Apr 2024 - Aerospace

Astute Group offers Positronic Space D-Sub connectors for spaceflight

Astute Group is your trusted partner for robust spaceflight connectivity solutions. 

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29 Apr 2024 - Industrial

ARM puts hand in pocket to support India’s chip industry

India's growing semiconductor sector is drawing significant attention from global players like Arm. The company believes India's recent initiatives, skilled workforce, and growing domestic demand create a ripe environment for investment.

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26 Apr 2024 - General

US bets heavily on subsidies to rebuild semiconductor industry

The US government is embarking on a historic intervention in the global semiconductor industry. The CHIPS and Science Act has already resulted in major funding for Intel and TSMC, and now Samsung is poised to receive up to $6.4 billion in subsidies to boost its US manufacturing footprint. This unprecedented financial commitment reflects both a desire to secure America's position as a technological leader and growing geopolitical concerns about reliance on overseas suppliers.

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