Semiconductor equipment maker MKS negotiating acquisition of specialty chemicals group Atotech Ltd: Sources

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, MKS Instruments Inc, a semiconductor equipment maker, has approached Atotech Ltd, a specialty chemicals group, with an acquisition offer. The potential deal will see MKS expand it’s offerings in chip manufacturing through the addition of Atotech’s plating chemicals. The offer comes a few months after Atotech…

Big impact expected from new U.S. export control rule targeting Huawei’s chip division HiSilicon

In the latest U.S. move that strategically targets Huawei, the U.S. government is targeting the Chinese company’s HiSilicon chip business, which is key to Chinese ambition of dominating the semiconductor sector. With the latest U.S. strategic move, Huawei is set to lose access to chip making tools. In what could be the most damaging move…

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…