Qualcomm’s chips will power Renault’s dashboards and infotainment systems in its upcoming Mégane E-TECH Electric

On Monday, in a statement Qualcomm Inc said, it will supply a key chip for the dashboard of Renault SA’s new electric vehicle. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest supplier of key semiconductors in mobile phones, has expanded into vehicles with chips that can power dashboards and infotainment systems at the same time. Earlier this year Qualcomm Renault…

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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…

Ford Motor Co shutters Kansas City assembly plant citing chip shortage

In a statement Ford Motor Co said, it will temporarily close its Kansas City assembly plant which builds its best-selling F-150 pickup truck because of a shortage of semiconductor-related parts. The shortage is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. Production is slated to resume in August 23, said the U.S. automaker while adding, it…

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…

Intel, Apple are first adopters of TSMC’s latest chips

On Friday, in a report Nikkei Asia said, Apple Inc and Intel Corp have emerged as the first adopters of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s next-generation chip production technology ahead of its deployment in 2022. Both tech companies are testing their chip designs with TSMC’s 3-nanometer production technology, said sources briefed on the matter. These chips will be available…

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…