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Semiconductor Industry News - July 2022 Update

Several European Union member states and chipmakers have made moves recently to reshape the global semiconductor supply chain by significantly expanding the region’s research and production resources.

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Western Digital and Kioxia NAND output curtailed by materials contamination

Western Digital and Kioxia faced materials contamination at two jointly operated NAND factories in Japan. As a result, the flash memory market will likely see availability and pricing changes soon.

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Global Electronic Component Shortage - July 2022 Update

Here is a comprehensive update on the global electronic component shortage, components lead times, and a forecast of when the parts crunch will end.

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Semiconductor industry kicks off 2022 with COVID production disruptions and rising chip prices

The semiconductor industry has started 2022 by facing new COVID-related manufacturing disruptions and component price increases. But this year also looks to be the start of the sector's recovery phase.

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Qualcomm launches new gaming console processor, pursuing supplier diversity

Qualcomm recently moved to break into the gaming market with its Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 mobile device SoC. The chipmaker is also working to diversify its supply chain to prevent future component shortages.

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BMW, Stellantis make deals with chipmakers for supply chain stability

BMW and Stellantis recently signed deals with component manufacturers and foundry service providers to ensure they had a steady supply of microelectronics. Other major carmakers, including Ford, have adopted the same strategy to combat the global chip shortage.

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Samsung selects Taylor, Texas as location for $17 billion chip factory

Samsung announced it would establish a $17 billion cutting-edge chip fab in Taylor, Texas. Once operational in 2024, the plant will produce 5G, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, and mobile device components.

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Bosch investing $451M to expand capacity amid chip shortage

Bosch revealed it would spend €400 million ($451 million) to expand its semiconductor manufacturing resources in three locations. The conglomerate is committed to producing silicon carbide (SiC) components at volume, which has big implications for the auto industry.

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Chinese semiconductor production fell in October due global chip shortage

In October, Chinese component output dropped by several hundred million units, likely due to the impact of the global chip shortage. However, local leaders and manufacturers are working on expanding regional production capacity significantly.

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Texas Instruments to build 300mm multi-fab complex in home state next year

Texas Instruments recently announced plans to establish a large 300mm chip complex in its home state. The firm wants to invest around $30 billion to establish four fabs on-site, with production to commence in 2025.

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