The microchip shortages that are affecting Apple, Volkswagen Group and many other companies are likely to remain in place for about 18 more months, the CEO of STMicroelectronics predicts. "Things will improve in 2022 gradually, but we will return to a normal situation...not before the first half of 2023," ST's Jean-Marc Chery said in an interview this week.
Intel Foundry Services could be competitive with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in the silicon foundry business by 2025 given the American microchip company's process technology roadmap, industry sources say. IFS has already attracted Qualcomm, a longstanding TSMC customer, as a client for Intel's 20-angstrom process node, for use in fabricating chips going into mobile computing platforms.
Sims Lifecycle Services, a US company specializing in recycling electronics products, can recycle or repurpose up to 6 million pounds of electronics waste every month. Jim Puckett of Sims says, "It's very hard to recycle electronics. They're not designed to be recycled."
Micron Technology reports initiating volume shipments of its 176-layer Universal Flash Storage NAND memories for use in smartphones and other mobile devices. "5G delivers multigigabit speeds to mobile devices, and a high-performance hardware foundation is critical to powering these lightning-fast mobile experiences," Micron's Raj Talluri said.
Huawei Technologies brought out the P50 and P50 Pro smartphones, which are not equipped for 5G internet service, due to US sanctions on the Chinese company and the worldwide shortages in crucial components. The two new handset models run on a Qualcomm 4G chipset.
JEDEC and the JC-42.6 Subcommittee for Low Power Memories published the JESD209-5B standard, which improves on the LPDDR5 technology and serves as an extension for the standard in the form of the new LPDDR5X. Data rates with the new standard are said to improve by 33% to 8533 Mbps.
Samsung Electronics reports its net profit for the second quarter reached $8.3 billion, 73.4% higher than a year ago, on robust demand for memory chips, which is expected to continue for the rest of 2021. The Q2 operating profit rose 54.3% on year, while sales were up more than 20%, a record for Q2.
Rohm Semiconductor brought out the RGWxx65C line of hybrid insulated-gate bipolar transistors, featuring an integrated 650V silicon carbide Schottky barrier diode. The IGBTs are meant for use in automotive electronics, such as converter and inverter circuits for electric vehicles.
Infineon Technologies bowed the EZ-PD PMG1-S3 microcontroller, offering USB Power Delivery 3.1 for embedded systems. The MCU contains a USB PD stack and a 48MHz Arm Cortex-M0+ core.
Cadence Design Systems introduced Xtensa processors from its Tensilica unit, independently certified by SGS-TÜV Saar to comply with the ISO 26262:2018 standard to ASIL-D, the highest level for automotive electronics. "Higher levels of autonomy require more intelligent computing at the edge in automotive applications, which is driving the need for higher levels of functional safety," Cadence's Larry Przywara said.
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