The chip shortage is of course one of the major issues facing the industry. Initial analysis suggested that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic would be wearing off by now, but the semiconductor business is also facing a cyclic capacity crunch, as Malcom Penn of Future Horizons explained.
Those shortages are also a risk for payment cards, warns the German industry association
Those shortages are also driving a boom quarter for chip makers
Adding more capacity in Europe is of course a key area of focus, even if its takes several years to bring that capacity on-line. Intel is reported to be discussing sites in Bavaria that would support the local automotive industry, while ST and Tower has signed a deal to share ST’s latest fab in Agrate. And a senior executive from ST has taken over as CEO of Ferrari, highlighting the increasingly important role of chips in automotive.
- Intel eyes Bavaria for wafer fab
- ST, Tower to share 300mm Agrate fab
- Chip exec takes over at Ferrari
In the midst of all this, Micron has been sued for patent infringement by a company that has acquired a number of AMD patents. Distributor Mouser is also included in the court case.
A new system-on-module from a German board maker using a RISC-V processor on an FPGA has gained significant interest. The interest in RISC-V is reflected in a new project for a European supercomputer chip, while another ARM-based project is taping out a test chip
- RISC-V FPGA SoM module starts production
- €8m project for Europe's first RISC-V supercomputer chip
- European supercomputer test chip tapes out
Apple also published its supplier list for 2020 after a year’s gap, which made for intersting reading.
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