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…

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…

Samsung Electronics breaks ground for 6th domestic contract chip manufacturing facility

On Thursday, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd stated, it has broken ground for its sixth domestic contract chip production line which will produce logic chips. The development comes in the wake of Samsung’s efforts to reduce its reliance on the volatile memory chip sector. With this move, Samsung will be taking on bigger rival Taiwan Semiconductor…

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…

Taiwan’s TSMC to build $12 Billion chip facility in Arizona

On Friday, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd announced it will build a $12 billion chip factory in Arizona with the company saying it reflects a “strong partnership” with the U.S. government. The development coincides with the Trump Administration’s efforts to bring in more manufacturing activity to the United States. The chip factory will create 1,600…

Venture capital arm of Intel Corp invests in 2 Chinese startups

On Wednesday, the venture arm of U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp, Intel Capital stated it has invested in two Chinese startups in the semiconductor sector. The fresh investments comes at a time when there is heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over chip manufacturing. One of the Chinese startups, Intel Capital has invested is ProPlus. It…

Trump Administration in talks with chipmakers on building semiconductor factories in the U.S.

May 10, 2020 – On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported, the Trump’s administration is holding talks with semiconductor companies on building chip factories in the United States. As per the WSJ report, which cites sources familiar with the matter at hand, the Trump administration is in talks with Intel Corp and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing…

Newly proposed rule in U.S. Foreign Direct Product Rule will cut off supply of sophisticated chips to Huawei

Senior administrators in the Trump administration have agreed to further tighten restrictions of semiconductors on Huawei Technologies. Under the newly proposed rules, foreign companies that use U.S. chipmaking equipment will now have to obtain a U.S. license before supplying certain chips to Huawei. According to one of the sources, rule will slash the supply of…