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…

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…

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,…

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…

US Senate sees bipartisan support for sweeping legislation to strengthen US R&D, tech production

In a significant development, the U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to approve a sweeping legislative package aimed at boosting the country’s ability to compete with China, with the U.S. Congress seeking to take a tough line on Beijing. The bipartisan measure authorizes around $190 billion in provisions to strengthen U.S. technology and research spending; it will…

Huawei forays into designing chips for the smart vehicle sector

According to four sources with knowledge of the matter at hand, embattled Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies is expanding its smart car partnership with state-owned Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd to include the design and development of semiconductors for the auto sector. In the last 6 months both companies have been collaborating informally on designing…

Samsung boosts investments in non-memory chips to $151 billion

On Thursday, in a statement Samsung Electronics stated, it has raised its planned investment in non-memory chips to $151 billion (171 trillion won) through 2030, in a development that sees the company joining its peers in ramping up investments in the sector midst a global shortage in semiconductors. Samsung’s has increased its investment target from…