Nexperia took a big step in March, moving from its established business of discrete logic and transistors to power management ICs. A new design centre in Dallas, its first in North America, taps a pool of established power and analog designers. The Chinese-owned company says it is not competing with NXP, its fellow Ditch spinout of Phillips Semiconductors.
At the same time, the fallout of Nvidia’s failed takeover bid for ARM continues with layoffs in preparation for a flotation on the stock market. However another route is being suggested, as SK Hynix looks to build a consortium to buy the processor IP designer from Softbank. A similar move was proposed by Samsung before Nvidia’s bid.
But March also saw some good news for the UK semiconductor market with the first 300mm fab. While this is not 300mm silicon wafers, the PragmatIC Semiconductor fab in Durham will use the same back end equipment with 300mm glass wafers to make billions of plastic chips.
March also saw the return of large scale exhibitions in person to the region, with Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 seeing 60,000 attendees from 200 countries meeting in Barcelona, Spain. While this is a long way from the 109,000 attendees in 2019, the event could still highlight Europe’s strengths in radio, AI and quantum technologies as well as emerging 6G technologies.
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