SK Hynix signs 5 year procurement contract worth $4.34 billion with ASML Holding N.V.

On Wednesday, the world’s second-largest memory chip maker SK Hynix stated, it has agreed to a five-year procurement contract worth $4.34 billion (4.8 trillion won) with ASML Holding N.V. to secure extreme ultraviolet (EUV) scanners that are used to manufacturing chips. In a regulatory filing, SK Hynix said, the deal is for its planned mass-production…

DoD bolsters domestic chip production through incentives

Going by the posting on a government contracting site, the U.S. Defense Department will soon commence soliciting proposals for a program to provide incentives to boost the production of chip in the country. Currently large American chip companies, including Nvidia Corp, Apple Inc, and Qualcomm Inc outsource the fabrication of semiconductors to companies such as…

Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor halts production following cyber attack

On Sunday, Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor said, some of its systems have been hit by a cyber attack as a result of which it has placed on hold some of its manufacturing operations. “Tower has notified relevant authorities, and is working closely with law enforcement organizations and with a leading team of worldwide experts,…

Japanese carmaker taps Xilinx for driver assisted hands free car driving experience

In a joint statement, Japanese carmaker Subaru Corp and chip maker Xilinx Inc said, the Japanese automaker will use Xilinx’s chip to power a new driver-assistance system which will enable drivers to go hands-free during traffic jams, among other new features. Subaru’s upcoming midsized hatchback Levorg will use Xilinx’s “Zynq” chips to provide a new…

U.S. chip firm Xilinx Inc wins 5G network equipment contract from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

In a statement, Xilinx Inc, an American semiconductor firm stated, it had won a deal to supply chips to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for 5G networking equipment. It did not disclose the financial terms of the deal. Xilinx makes programmable chips used in telecommunications equipment including those used in base stations made by Ericsson, Nokia…

Radio-frequency chip maker MaxLinear stops chip shipments to Huawei

Going by its revenue forecasts, MaxLinear’s revenues have not been materially affected by this disruption. In a significant development, MaxLinear Inc, a radio-frequency chip maker disclosed it has stopped shipping its semiconductors to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and its affiliates. MaxLinear stated it cannot predict when shipments to Huawei will resume. The company has revised…

Taiwan’s Pegatron to sink upto $1 billion in Indonesian chip making factory for Apple

Pegatron is partnering with Indonesia’s PT Sat Nusapersada to produce chips for Apple smartphones. According to a statement by Indonesia’s deputy industry minister, Warsito Ignatius, Pegatron, a Taiwanese electronics company has signed a letter of intent stating it aims to invest $695 million to $1 billion (10 trillion to 15 trillion rupiah) in an Indonesian…

TSMC’s semiconductor shipments to Huawei not affected by U.S ban

TSMC, formally known as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, is the world’s biggest contract chip manufacturer. On Thursday, TSMC, the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, stated, its shipments to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd have not been affected by U.S. regulatory trade action against the Chinese telecom maker. These comments was made by TSMC’s spokeswoman Elizabeth Sun…

Semiconductor ties between Taiwan and China comes under scrutiny

The development is likely to make a significant dent in China’s ambition to become a global player in the semiconductor industry. The decision by the United States to cut off U.S. supplies to a Chinese chip-maker underscores growing tensions between the two countries over China’s ambition to become a global player in the computer chip…