Chip shortage likely to impact nearly 1M vehicle production during Q1: IHS Markit

In a significant development, data firm IHS Markit stated, the shortage of chips in the auto semiconductor sector is likely to impact around 1 million units of global light vehicle production during the first quarter. The announcement sees a major jump from its previous forecast. On February 3, in a report HIS Markit had stated,…

TSMS helps Washington overcome auto chip shortage

On Friday, the United States thanked Taiwan for helping to resolve an auto chip shortage that impacted production. Both countries reportedly did not discuss prioritising production of making these chips, said Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua after a high-level meeting. Car factories across the globe have been significantly affected and have been forced to shutter…

TSMC will prioritize auto chips if possible

On Monday, in a statement Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) stated, it will prioritize production of auto chips if it is able to further boost production, said Taiwan’s Economics Ministry after Minister Wang Mei-hua spoke to senior company executives. On Sunday, TSMC had told the ministry that they will “optimise” the production process of…

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…

Autonomous cars to hit the market after 2025: VW CEO Herbert Diess

In an interview, to Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche weekly magazine, Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s CEO stated the carmaker expects autonomous vehicles to be ready for sale between 2025 and 2030. Improvements in artificial intelligence, as well as improvements in the performance of computer chips are speeding up the development of autonomous vehicles. “It is foreseeable that the systems…

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…

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…