Amazon relocates machine learning tasks to its custom designed chips, away from NVidia Corp

In a development that underscores cost cutting measures adopted by Amazon.com Inc, the e-commerce giant said it has shifted some computing power for its Alexa voice assistant to its own custom-designed chips, away from chips supplied by Nvidia Corp. When consumers ask devices equipped with Alexa, including Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers, a question…

Prices of Huawei phones rising every hour on fears on shortages

Chinese consumers are rushing to purchase Huawei’s smartphone featuring its high-end Kirin chips, fearing that the company’s production of its premium handsets will face punitive curbs by U.S. trade action. According to Huaqiangbei, smartphone vendors in China’s southern city of Shenzhen, are seeing a steady rise in the prices of used and new Huawei phones…

Chipmaker Arm Holdings pauses spin-off of software business to parent SoftBank Group Corp

Chip designer Arm Holdings Ltd stated, it has put on hold the proposed transfer of two of its software businesses to its Japan-based parent SoftBank Group Corp. In July 2020, Arm had said it would transfer two units under its internet-of-things services group to its parent and aimed to complete the transfer by September. Arm…

U.S. Commerce Department further restricts Huawei’s access to U.S. chip design hardware and software

In a significant development, the Trump Administration announced that it will further tighten the screws on Huawei Technologies Co, and crack down on its access to commercially available semiconductors. The development underscores the U.S. Commerce Department’s intent to expand restrictions that were announced in May 2020 which were aimed at preventing the Chinese company from…

Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC stops taking new orders from Huawei following U.S. restrictions

On Monday, as per a report from Japan’s news daily the Nikkei which cites multiple sources familiar with the matter at hand, the world’s biggest chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, has stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies following Washington’s move aimed at further cutting off supplies to the Chinese company. Huawei’s orders…

U.S. industry groups push back proposed changes to U.S. export control regulations

Industry groups are pushing back proposed changes to U.S. export controls regulations which are aimed at curbing the sale of high technology chips to Chinese companies, highlighting the role played by chips in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine industry groups have urged U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to allow public comments before allowing the rules…

U.S. mulls changes to Foreign Direct Product Rule to cut off Huawei from global chip supply chain

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, the Trump administration is mulling options, which includes changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker. These are among the many proposal the U.S. Administration is looking at…