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1/24/2022

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is contemplating an advanced IC packaging plant to be built in southern Taiwan for microchips that have 5-nanometer and finer features, industry sources say. The foundry currently has four packaging plants in Taiwan, with a fifth facility under construction at Chunan in northern Taiwan.

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DigiTimes
1/24/2022

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger says the chipmaker is considering sites in the European Union for wafer fabrication facilities. Similar to the company's choice of a site in Ohio, where eight wafer fabs will ultimately be built, the European fab site will have multiple fabs, according to Gelsinger.

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Reuters
1/24/2022

ROHM brought out wireless charger modules with the BP3621 transmitter and the BP3622 receiver. Smaller devices, such as PC peripherals and smart tags, could be powered from the modules.

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Rohm
1/24/2022

Unisoc reports licensing Series3NX neural network accelerator intellectual property from Imagination Technologies, meant for use in its Tanggula T770 and T760 system-on-chip devices aimed at 5G smartphones. The SoCs can handle artificial intelligence workloads, while addressing performance, power and area issues in the chips, it was said.

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DigiTimes
1/24/2022

Digital health care systems and medical devices are constantly facing cyberattacks, John Koon writes. Black Book Research reports more than 93% of health care organizations have experienced cyberattacks since the third quarter of 2016, and 57% of those organizations have experienced multiple data breaches in that period.

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John Koon
1/24/2022

Nvidia's Drive Orin system-on-a-chip device is used by Pony.ai in a self-driving computing unit. Pony.ai says the unit will accelerate development of Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities.

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Electronics360
1/21/2022

Intel plans to build a wafer fabrication complex near Columbus, Ohio, a $20 billion project that will employ 3,000 people to make microchips in the Buckeye State. The chipmaker will initially construct and equip two wafer fabrication facilities on the site, which could accommodate up to eight fabs.

1/21/2022

The worldwide semiconductor industry grew its revenue by 25.1% to more than $500 billion last year, Gartner reports. Gartner's Andrew Norwood attributes the growth to stellar demand, price increases for raw materials and logistics

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TechRepublic
1/21/2022

The European Commission next month will unveil draft regulation legislation focusing on the semiconductor industry in the European Union. "By 2030, 20% of the world's microchips production should be in Europe," says Ursula von der Leyen, the EC president.

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Reuters
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Ursula Von der Leyen
1/21/2022

Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University report developing a sustainable method to recover and recycle neodymium from electronic waste. The research team used anionic hairy nanocellulose to separate the Nd element from calcium, iron and sodium in aqueous media.

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The Chemical Engineer