Smartphone shipments are set to drop globally due to semiconductor shortages, with technology analyst firm Counterpoint Research forecasting that the total units shipped for the calendar year would be about 1.41 billion, an increase of 6% year-on-year.
Australian semiconductor developer BluGlass has appointed James (Jim) Haden as its president.
The market for semiconductors is expected to grow by 17.3% year-on-year globally, against a figure of 10.8% in 2020, the technology analyst company IDC says, adding that the current shortage should be over by the middle of 2022.
American global semiconductor equipment manufacturer Revasum has joined the PowerAmericaInstitute (PowerAmerica) to collaborate in bringing next generation silicon carbide and gallium nitride power electronics to markets faster, “reducing cost and risk factors associated with new generation technologies”.
The existing global shortage of semiconductors is expected to last through this year and into the second quarter of the next, the technology analyst firm Gartner has said, adding that normal levels of supply would resume after that.
Global technology provider IBM has announced it has developed the world's first two nanometer process, a first for the semiconductor industry.
The founder of the world's biggest semiconductor fab says it may be impossible to replicate what has been done in Taiwan in other parts of the world, including the US.
The United Kingdom has announced that it is looking afresh at the proposed deal between GPU vendor NVIDIA and CPU specialist ARM, with the former to buy the latter for US$40 billion (A$51.5 billion), on the grounds of national security.
Global revenue from the sales of semiconductors in 2020 reached US$466.2 billion, an increase of 10.4% year-on-year, the technology analyst firm Gartner says.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei technologies has again managed to record an annual profit despite the US sanctions it faces, with the company announcing a 64.6 billion yuan (A$12.98 billion) profit for 2020, an increase of 3.2% year-on-year. Revenue was 891.4 billion yuan, an increase of 3.8% on the previous year.
The Dutch company ASML, the biggest manufacturer of lithography equipment for making semiconductors, has extended a deal with Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China's biggest chip maker, according to a short statement issued on Wednesday.
The number of Huawei smartphones manufactured this year will be between 70 million and 80 million units, the website Nikkei Asia reports, adding that this would be about a 60% decline from the 189 million units made in 2020.
Sales of electric vehicles increased by 39% year-on-year globally in 2020 to 3.1 million units, the technology analyst firm Canalys says, adding that, in comparison, the total passenger car market experienced a sales decline of 14% for 2020.
The global semiconductor market grew by 5.4% in 2020 the pandemic notwithstanding, pulling in US$442 billion (A$581 billion), a better than expected showing, the technology research firm IDC says.
Global revenue from semiconductors rebounded from a drop of 12% in 2019 to register an increase of 7.3% or US$449.8 billion (A$578 billion) in dollar terms in 2020, the technology research group Gartner says.
ANALYSIS In announcing the departure of Bob Swan as chief executive, Intel has made sure to mention that the announcement has nothing to do with either its financial performance in 2020 or its failure to introduce 7nm CPUs on time.
Australian semiconductor IoT start-up Morse Micro has secured $18 milion in additional funding as it moves to expand its product and technology development teams, both in Sydney and internationally.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has sold its budget smartphone business, Honor, to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology for an unspecified sum.
With the US administration changing next year, it is very likely that Google will be able to get a waiver on selling the proprietary version of its Android operating system to Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei Technologies, something it has been unable to do ever since the Trump administration put in place sanctions on the Chinese firm.
Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies is planning to put up a plant in Shanghai that would be dedicated to producing semiconductors for its telecommunications infrastructure business.
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