Western Digital in advanced merger talks with Japanese chipmaker Kioxia Holdings Corp

According to a source familiar with the matter at hand, Western Digital Corp is in advanced talks for a potential $20 billion stock merger with Japanese chipmaker and partner Kioxia Holdings Corp. The talks could potentially conclude in an agreement as early as mid-September in the event of which David Goeckeler, Western Digital’s CEO would…

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…

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…

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…

China Reform Holdings attempting to seize control of British chip designer Imagination

In an exclusive news bulletin, Sky News has revealed that Imagination, which makes graphics processing units (GPUs) for customers including Samsung and Apple and is one of the UK’s most important technology companies, is scheduled to have an emergency board meeting next week in order to discuss the appointment of four representatives of China Reform…

Washington extends Huawei’s trading licenses up to May 15, 2020

The Trump administration has once again allowed U.S. companies to continue to do business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd by extending the trade license until May 15, 2020. The U.S. Commerce Department had previously extended it until April 1. Separately, the U.S. Commerce Department has sought public comments on whether it should issue future…