ON Semiconductor reached a definitive agreement to acquire a 300-millimeter wafer fabrication facility in East Fishkill, N.Y., from GlobalFoundries for $430 million. IBM transferred ownership of the fab to GlobalFoundries just a few years ago.
After two years of hyper-growth in memory chip revenue, the market's slowdown this year has Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix looking to foundry business and non-memory chip markets. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in wants the government and private industry to diversify beyond memory chips to strengthen the country's semiconductor exports.
Taiwan's technology industry could benefit from the end of the legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm. Apple's expected launch of 5G iPhones in 2020 would benefit Taiwan semiconductor companies, printed-circuit board manufacturers and companies in Apple's supply chain.
SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won sees a bright future for SK Innovation, a chemicals business that makes rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles. SK Innovation plans to increase its manufacturing output to 60 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2022 through plants in China, Hungary and the US, including a new facility in Georgia that will produce EV batteries for Volkswagen.
Consumers are buying more battery-powered electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles, yet that market remains a small portion of the worldwide automotive industry. "It's absolutely taking off with high compound annual growth rates, but it comes from a very small base," Guy Moxey of Wolfspeed said about the EV/hybrid segment.
Helena Handschuh, chair of the RISC-V Foundation's security standing committee, touts the System Security Integration Through Hardware and Firmware program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as one way to make intelligent devices more secure. Galois, a RISC-V Foundation member company, is developing baseline processors using the SSITH guidelines, with some of those chips going into voting systems as a demonstration vehicle, she notes.
Nvidia signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan's National Applied Research Laboratories on developing an autonomous driving technology program, using the chip company's Drive Constellation and Drive Sim platforms in the new Taiwan Car Lab. The Ministry of Science and Technology will work to cultivate an autonomous driving ecosystem in Taiwan, taking in academic research groups, local firms and startups.
Huaxintong Semiconductor, a joint venture established in 2016 between China's Guizhou province and Qualcomm, will shut down by the end of this month, The Information reports, citing employees of venture. HXT was developing chips for servers.
University of California at San Diego researchers report developing a method to recycle the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries and regenerate those degraded cathodes. "This work presents a solution to reclaim the values of end-of-life lithium-ion batteries after 5-10 years of operation," said Zheng Chen, a professor at UC San Diego.