Most read articles on eeNews Europe in July
Naturally, the news that the world’s biggest foundry was looking to build a fab in Dresden, Germany was of key interest. The aim would be to build a 12nm fab, rather than the 2nm proposal favoured by the European Commission, in the face of Samsung taping out its first chip at 3nm.
- TSMC looks to 12nm Dresden fab
- Samsung Foundry tapes out 3nm GAA chip
- 2nm Eurofab talks with TSMC, Intel and Samsung
The continuing chip shortage is helping deliver record results for semiconductor companies. Samsung, UMC and STMicroelectronics are all filing record results for the first half of the year as they rush to keep up with demand. Texas Instruments buying Micron’s memory fab in Utah is also part of the move to provide more capacity.
- Boom quarter for the top 10 semiconductor companies
- Samsung ups foundry prices to fund capacity expansion
- Boom time for foundry UMC despite drop in US business
- ST heads over $12bn this year
- TI buys Micron’s Utah fab for $900m
But not everyone has been a winner. Sony has been losing market share to Samsung for its imaging sensors, and Intel was reported as considering taking a bigger leap into the foundry business by buying Global Foundries.
Dutch discrete chip maker Nexperia has been in the news with its takeover of Newport Wafer Fab in the UK and boosting its capacity in Manchester and Hamburg, but it was the spinning out of the semiconductor equipment business ITEC that was a popular article. The business was part of Philips and naturally stayed with chip maker Nexperia as NXP took a more fab lite approach.
Plastic transistors are also making the news, with dramatically higher performance and levels of integration. Researchers in Germany took vertical complementary plastic devices up to GHz speeds, while ARM and PragmatIC in the UK developed a full processor using lateral NMOS plastic transistors and are working on complementary devices and healthcare systems
- First complementary vertical organic transistors reach GHz speeds
- ARM shows first plastic M0+ microcontroller
- Taking plastic chips into healthcare
- Flexible fab could slash chip shortage
A survey by the US Patent Office (USPO) has also been popular (although not with patent attorneys), looking at the role of patents and its processes in innovation.
At we can’t leave July without flagging the launch of the first quantum processor. A Dutch startup is shipping the 5 qubit devices in a direct parallel with the shipment of the first 4004 4bit microprocessor chips 50 years ago this year (in November).
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