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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18 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Optimism returns to the US electronics sector

Renewed positivity is sweeping through America's electronics manufacturing sector, marking a sharp turnaround from the pessimism of 2023.

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15 Apr 2024 - General

Taiwan chipmakers eye Japan as security, costs rise

The sun is rising again in the semiconductor industry as Taiwanese powerhouses forge a strategic partnership with Japan. This alliance, fueled by geopolitical tensions, escalating production costs, and the search for stability, is set to transform global supply chains and promises a potential renaissance for Japan's chip manufacturing sector.

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15 Apr 2024 - General

Memory price hikes loom after Taiwan quake

The recent earthquake in Taiwan continues to be felt throughout the electronics industry, especially the memory market. Major manufacturers like Micron, Samsung Electronics, and SK Hynix have halted publishing contract DRAM prices, a move that signals further price increases are on the horizon. This disruption comes as the industry was already poised for price adjustments to stem ongoing losses.

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11 Apr 2024 - General

Semiconductor sales maintain upward momentum

The global semiconductor industry continues its resurgence, with sales in February registering an impressive 16.3% year-over-year increase. This positive trajectory follows a temporary slowdown fueled by the unique post-pandemic economic landscape. Despite a slight month-on-month dip from January's peak, the $46.2 billion in sales underscores the sector's resilience.

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09 Apr 2024 - Industrial

TSMC gears up for 2nm chip dominance

Taiwanese tech giant TSMC is accelerating its push into next-generation chipmaking, with its Baoshan plant set to begin 2nm equipment installation in April. This move signals a major escalation in the advanced chipmaking race as TSMC aims to maintain its technological edge over rivals Samsung and Intel.

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05 Apr 2024 - General

Intel shooting for gold in competition for global semiconductor production

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is on a mission to bring advanced semiconductor manufacturing back to the West. He’s candid about the risks of the current Asian dominance, stating, “chips are… the most important resources in the world” and emphasising the need to regain control. The worrying picture emerges: only 12% of today’s chips are made […]

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03 Apr 2024 - EV

EV push collides with supply chain realities

The aggressive push for electric vehicles (EVs) in the US is slamming into a harsh reality: critical supply chains controlled by China pose major risks to both the auto industry and consumers, writes Larry Bell, on Newsmax.

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02 Apr 2024 - Defence

US systems open to vulnerabilities via Chinese PCBs, warns former DoD expert

The widespread use of Chinese-made printed circuit boards (PCBs) poses a critical threat to US military systems and essential infrastructure like the power grid, warns former DoD official Al Shaffer in EETimes. These seemingly innocuous components could contain hidden backdoors and kill switches, giving China devastating leverage in a conflict.

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01 Apr 2024 - Industrial

US chip push fuels tech war with China

Intel's massive $20 billion US CHIPS Act windfall marks the opening salvo in the US government's bid to revive domestic chipmaking and challenge China's industry dominance. But experts warn that even this unprecedented subsidy won't be enough to ensure America regains its semiconductor crown.

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29 Mar 2024 - General

UN report exposes e-waste crisis

The world is accumulating mountains of e-waste. A staggering 62 million tons were generated in 2022 alone – enough to fill over a million heavy-duty trucks. Yet, despite containing billions of dollars' worth of precious metals, only 22% of this toxic tide is properly recycled, reveals a damning new UN report.

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27 Mar 2024 - General

Micron foundry sell out from AI-powered demand

Memory chip giant Micron Technology has defied expectations with a strong quarterly profit and an exceptionally bullish forecast, propelled by the insatiable demand for AI-powered technologies. Shares skyrocketed over 16%, potentially setting the stage for a record-breaking close.

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26 Mar 2024 - General

China ramps up exclusion on Intel and AMD, impacting TSMC

China is escalating the tech war. New reports in The Financial Times indicate Beijing has ordered state entities to phase out Intel and AMD chips, along with Microsoft’s Windows OS, in favor of domestically produced alternatives. This move underscores a deepening drive for technological self-reliance as tensions with the US soar. The potential impact is […]

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25 Mar 2024 - Aerospace

Spate of safety issues has airlines under the microscope – Bloomberg

A string of alarming incidents involving United Airlines planes has cast a harsh spotlight on the aerospace industry's safety standards, raising questions about the lingering effects of pandemic-era workforce upheavals. From missing panels and blown tires to emergency landings, Bloomberg reports on a spate of safety issues that have airlines under intense scrutiny. While air travel remains remarkably safe thanks to technological advancements, the recent incidents are a worrying reminder of the industry's inherent risks.

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22 Mar 2024 - Industrial

US on mission for microchip self-sufficiency

The US has set its sights on a bold and ambitious goal: to transform its position in the global semiconductor market. Currently absent in the production of advanced logic chips, the nation aims to capture a 20% market share by the end of the decade, as outlined by Secretary of State Gina Raimondo. This marks a dramatic shift in strategy, aiming to secure domestic control over critical components that power everything from smartphones to advanced military systems.

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19 Mar 2024 - General

Bridging the electronics skills gap: Why companies are looking to outsource electronics design

The electronics industry is facing a persistent skills shortage, fueled by the rapidly expanding semiconductor sector and bolstered by initiatives like the US CHIPS Act. To bridge this gap and meet surging demand, many companies are increasingly looking to outsource electronics design. This approach offers several key advantages as a solution to the talent crunch.

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18 Mar 2024 - Aerospace

Aerospace supply chain under severe strain

The aerospace industry continues to grapple with a fragmented and stressed supply chain, causing significant delays and headaches for manufacturers like General Electric. Despite the rebound in air travel, suppliers remain unable to keep pace, hamstrung by labour shortages and financial constraints.

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15 Mar 2024 - Defence

A&D sector looks to AI to navigate growth and disruption

The Aerospace and Defence (A&D) industry is in a pinch, facing surging demand fueled by geopolitical uncertainty and a renewed focus on military readiness. As the recent Deloitte 2024 Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook highlights, “supply chains remain one of the most persistent [challenges]” threatening to hinder the sector’s ability to capitalise on this growth. […]

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13 Mar 2024 - Aerospace

Space electronics face extreme challenges

Space exploration demands electronics that can withstand extraordinary conditions – radiation, extreme temperatures, and the relentless force of launch. Microchip Technology is a key player, providing an array of space-grade components, from robust microcontrollers to highly integrated FPGAs.

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12 Mar 2024 - Defence

Japan considers UNICORN antenna export to India

Japan is set to further its security partnership with India by considering the export of cutting-edge naval communications antennas. The potential sale of the NORA-50 ‘UNICORN’ antenna would mark just the second export of Japanese defense equipment since restrictions were eased in 2014, demonstrating a significant shift in the country’s defence industry.

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11 Mar 2024 - Industrial

Electronic component sales outlook turns positive

The electronic components industry is seeing a welcome shift in sentiment as the latest Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) survey reveals a return to positive territory for the first time in 21 months. This marks a significant turnaround after a prolonged period of stagnation, with February’s index score reaching 100.8, reports the ECIA. The uptick […]

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