19 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Power electronics: past to future

The future of power electronics is undergoing a radical transformation driven by cutting-edge materials like Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC). These wide-bandgap semiconductors bring game-changing advantages, outperforming traditional silicon and redefining performance benchmarks.

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17 Apr 2024 - General

India’s semiconductor sector riding wave of global demand

India's semiconductor industry is experiencing a boom, with a recent wave of global investment focused on tapping into the country's skilled engineering workforce. As geopolitical tensions reshape supply chains, India's talent pool is positioned to become increasingly integral to the global chip industry.

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16 Apr 2024 - Defence

China’s complex trade with Russia fuels war effort

China's deepening trade relationship with Russia is proving a major lifeline for Moscow, allowing it to defy Western sanctions and rapidly rebuild its military capabilities following significant losses in Ukraine. US officials warn that China is supplying vital electronics components, drone technology, microchips, and materials crucial for Russia's weapons production, effectively undermining sanctions designed to cripple its war machine.

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08 Feb 2024 - General

Japan’s semiconductor rebirth: chip fab boom in 2024

The electronics industry in Japan is poised for a significant boost with the anticipated mass production from several new chip fabrication facilities (fabs) across the country. This surge in domestic production is expected to bolster Japan's semiconductor supply chain and enhance its chip-making capabilities.

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15 Jan 2024 - General

China’s chip output may double in five years – Barclays analysts

Is the global electronics industry on the cusp of a seismic shift as China embarks on a remarkable expansion of its chip production capacity? Analysis by Barclays reported by Bloomberg reveals that China’s chip manufacturing capacity is expected to more than double within the next 5 to 7 years, surpassing market expectations significantly. The graphic […]

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15 Jan 2024 - General

Taiwan election: Implications for electronics industry

Saturday's Taiwanese presidential election has drawn global attention, particularly in light of its potential impact on the electronics industry and Taiwan's semiconductor sector, a crucial component of the global technology supply chain.

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11 Jan 2024 - General

Taiwan’s election: A tectonic shift for the world’s chips?

Taiwan’s presidential election will be resolved on January 13th with far-reaching implications beyond the island nation’s borders. While domestic politics will take center stage, the vote carries significance for the global electronics industry, a sector heavily reliant on Taiwan’s advanced chipmaking capabilities. The two main contenders present distinct visions for Taiwan’s relationship with China, a […]

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04 Jan 2024 - General

Can Mexico sustain rise in electronics manufacturing?

Is Mexico becoming the next big destination for electronics manufacturing? The consensus among industry experts suggests a resounding ‘yes’. Over recent years, Mexico’s concerted efforts in logistics infrastructure, trade agreements, and manufacturing development are paying dividends, particularly in its ballooning role within U.S. supply chains. Figures published by the US International Trade Commission reveal that […]

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03 Jan 2024 - General

US Senate passes Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains Act

Is the U.S. on the brink of a semiconductor revolution? The U.S. Senate's unanimous passage of the 'Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains Act' indicates a decisive step towards enhancing domestic semiconductor chip manufacturing. This bipartisan legislation, championed by Senators Rick Scott, Gary Peters, Marsha Blackburn, and Jon Tester, aims to strengthen federal efforts in expanding the U.S. semiconductor industry.

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02 Jan 2024 - General

Can India grow its 3% share of global electronics manufacturing?

India is aiming to become a hub for electronics system design and manufacturing. This move may be pivotal for the electronics sector, particularly for semiconductor manufacturing, an area where India currently holds a 3% share of global production, reports The India Times.

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28 Dec 2023 - General

Vietnam ascends as electronics manufacturing hub

Vietnam is rapidly establishing itself as a major player in global electronics manufacturing, capitalising on the shift of production bases away from China. This transformation is driven by the country's advantageous use of free trade agreements, attractive tax incentives, and competitive labour costs, making it an attractive destination for international investment.

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18 Dec 2023 - Defence

National Grid ousts Nari Technology over China cybersecurity concern

Britain's National Grid has initiated the removal of components supplied by Nari Technology, a unit backed by China, from its electricity transmission network, reports Reuters. This move is driven by cyber security fears and follows advice from the National Cyber Security Centre, a segment of GCHQ, the UK's signals intelligence agency. The Financial Times reported this development, noting that the decision was made in April.

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12 Dec 2023 - General

Japan’s semiconductor industry advances to the forefront

Japan is making significant strides in semiconductor manufacturing, positioning itself at the forefront of this critical industry. This progress is highlighted by developments at Rapidus and Taiwan's TSMC, showcasing Japan's commitment to leading-edge technology without the financial, social, and political difficulties experienced in countries like Germany, the US, and China,

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05 Dec 2023 - General

Expanding U.S. export controls: double-edged sword?

In the dynamic world of international trade and electronics, the U.S. Government's recent expansion of export controls on foreign-produced electronics has stirred a complex debate. As of current date, 2023, these controls, which now extend to electronics produced outside the U.S. using certain American technology, software, or equipment, have raised concerns about their potential to backfire.

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04 Dec 2023 - General

Europe’s tech sector: navigating the rise in discrete semiconductor demand

In a dynamic twist, Europe's tech sector is currently riding a wave of escalating demand for discrete semiconductors, a scenario offering both potential and pitfalls.

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30 Nov 2023 - General

U.S. Government invests $3B to boost semi packaging tech

In a strategic move to bolster its position in the semiconductor industry, the U.S. Government has committed $3 billion to advance its leadership in semiconductor packaging technologies, reports The Register. This investment, part of the CHIPS for America funding, aims to enhance the U.S.'s capabilities in advanced packaging, a critical aspect of the semiconductor sector's future.

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29 Nov 2023 - General

Uncertainty looms over German chip fab funding for Intel and TSMC

Germany's ambitious plans to become a hub for semiconductor manufacturing, involving major players like Intel and TSMC, have hit a significant roadblock following a recent ruling by the country’s Federal Constitutional Court. The court deemed the government's reallocation of €60 billion from pandemic support measures to its Climate and Transformation Fund in 2022 unconstitutional. This fund, intended to cover about €210 billion for 2024 to 2027, included subsidies for setting up local chip factories by Intel and TSMC.

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27 Nov 2023 - General

Japan invests $13 billion to revitalise its chip industry

In a strategic move to revive its position in the global semiconductor market, the Japanese government has announced a substantial investment of approximately 2 trillion yen ($13 billion). This funding, aimed at rejuvenating Japan's chip industry, forms part of a wider strategy to restore the nation's former prominence in this critical sector, according to Bloomberg.

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10 Nov 2023 - Defence

Russians arrested in New York for sending military equipment to Russia

Russians with ties to the Russian military illegally exported more than $7 million worth of semiconductors, integrated circuits, and other electronics, reports the US Justice Department.

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09 Nov 2023 - General

China set to dominate SiC wafer market by 2024

China's compound semiconductor sector experienced a monumental evolution in 2023, particularly in the domain of silicon carbide (SiC) crystal growth. This feat saw China earning respect from renowned international IDMs, which consequently propelled a substantial rise in production by local manufacturers. Historically, China's contribution to the global SiC material market was a mere 5% however, Nikkei reports that more than half of the world's SiC wafers might come from China in 2024.

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02 Nov 2023 - General

U.S. plans gradual chip separation from China over five years

The U.S. has chosen to extend export waivers, enabling South Korean and Taiwanese semiconductor producers to further equip Chinese plants with American technology, reports Nikkei.

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