SMIC to invest $8.87 billion in chipmaking plant in Shanghai

On Friday, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp said, it will invest $8.87 billion to build a chip plant in Shanghai. The development underscores Beijing’s efforts to boost its independence in the chip manufacturing sector. The development comes at a time when global chipmakers are struggling to fulfill orders from the electronics and automotive industries triggering new…

Biden Administration approves Huawei to buy auto chips

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, the Biden Administration has approved license applications worth hundreds of millions of dollars for blacklisted telecom company Huawei to buy chips for its growing auto component business. While the Trump Administration had imposed trade restrictions on the Chinese company following non-compliance of US sanctions, the…

Baidu starts mass producing 2nd generation Kunlun AI chips

On Wednesday, Chinese tech giant Baidu said, it has started mass-producing its second-generation Kunlun artificial intelligence (AI) chips, as it races to become a major player in the chip industry with Beijing’s backing. In a statement Baidu said, the second-generation Kunlun AI chips, using 7 nm process technology, produced computational speeds of two-to-three times faster…

China’s Volvo Cars stop production citing chip shortage

China’s Geely Holding-owned Volvo Cars will temporarily stop production at its Swedish plant in Gothenburg because of a shortage of semiconductors. A global crunch of chips has hit carmakers hard, with many forced to cut down on production. Electronic device makers are also struggling to keep up with a pandemic-led demand for gaming consoles, phones,…

Ericsson grabs Nokia’s market share in China

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Ericsson has won a 3% share in a joint 5G radio contract from China Telecom and China Unicom. Tender documents published by these Chine companies show, Nokia, which was expected to grab Ericsson’s market share in China, did not receive any share. The tender document doesn’t disclose percentage wins,…

Britain cuts off funding to microchip factory after its sale to China’s Nexperia

In a report the Telegraph said, British ministers have cut off funding to Britain’s biggest microchip factory following its sale to a Chinese-owned technology company. UK Research and Investment (UKRI) has suspended funding to Newport Wafer Fab following government instructions after it was sold to China’s Nexperia. Earlier this month, when asked whether the sale…

China biggest cryptocurrency mining machines Bitmain suspends sales

In a statement China’s biggest maker of cryptocurrency mining machines Bitmain said, it had suspended sales of its products in the spot market to help ease selling pressure. The development comes after Beijing imposed a ban on mining bitcoins. Bitmain said, it is looking for “quality” power supplies abroad and is looking for foreign clients…

China-based WeRide deepens tech partnership with Nissan Motor

On Wednesday, in a statement, China-based autonomous driving startup WeRide, said will deepen its autonomous driving technology partnership with Nissan Motor and aims to raise $310 million in a new funding round which chasing a valuation of $3.3 billion. Guangzhou-headquartered WeRide, which is testing vehicles in California, did not disclose details on the size of the…