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Alibaba acquires Chinese chipmaker C-SKY Microsystems

Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has acquired Chinese chip maker Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems to underpin its cloud-based “internet of things” business, an Alibaba spokeswoman said on Friday. “Alibaba aims to empower different industries through our cloud-based IoT solutions, in which chips play a significant role. The acquisition of Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems, a leading Chinese supplier of embedded CPU cores, underlines our commitment to driving the development of the chip industry,” the spokeswoman said in a statement, referring to central processing units.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

Korea moves to limit crypto mining chip imports

Cryptocurrency miners in South Korea may soon find it more difficult to get foreign-made mining chips imported to the country. According to data published by the Korean Customs Service, cryptocurrency mining chips have been added to the current list of items that must meet certain legal requirement for importation, such as safety and sanitation certifications. The new measure arrives after the border control agency noted the increasing amount of cryptocurrency miners imported into South Korea, according to a report from local media outlet Kyunghyang.

więcej na: www.coindesk.com

TI, Taiwan makers team up to develop car electronics solutions

Texas Instruments and member firms of a new generation driver platform R&D alliance set up in Taiwan three years ago have jointly developed a spate of automotive electronics solutions particularly including ADAS, which are expected to enter the supply chains of first-tier automakers in the near future through integration of the R&D resources. TI is now a leading supplier of chip solutions for ADAS millimeter wave radars with a wide range of operating frequencies, placing it in a good position to tap the lucrative global market for such radars. The market scale is estimated to see a 40% CAGR during 2017-2022 to reach US$22 billion by 2022, Digitimes Research estimates.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

Nexperia secures $800M financing to fund future growth plans

Nexperia announced the successful completion of a refinancing of its current facilities with USD 800 million equivalent of senior credit facilities. This includes a significant proportion of Revolving Credit facility. The proceeds will be used to refinance existing outstanding debt and for Capex expenditure to fund future growth. The facilities were arranged by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC, acting as Global Coordinators, and were syndicated by a group of nine global banks. The refinancing is fully supported by JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital, Nexperia’s two main shareholders, and provides a flexible financing package at very attractive terms to support the further growth of Nexperia going forward.

więcej na: www.nexperia.com

The three major chinese memory companies arrange trial production to begin in 2H18

According to DRAMeXchange China has entered the semiconductor sector and focused on the development of domestic memory industry. The three key players are YMTC, Innotron and JHICC, which work on NAND Flash, mobile DRAM and specialty DRAM respectively. All three companies have arranged trial production to begin in 2H18 and mass production to begin in 1H19. This will make 2019 the first year of China’s domestic memory chip production. As for the schedules of the three suppliers, the construction of Innotron’s fab was completed in June 2017 and the equipment installation took place during 3Q17. For now, Innotron and JHICC have both postponed trial production to 3Q18 and tentatively arrange mass production to take place in 1H19, falling behind their announced schedule.

więcej na: en.ctimes.com.tw

This new 2018 iPhone may cost half the price of an iPhone X

A more affordable iPhone may be heading our way: Apple is rumored to be releasing a 6.1-inch iPhone in the fall priced as low as $550. That tidbit comes from KGI analyst and frequent Apple commentator Ming-Chi Kuo by way of MacRumors. In a KGI investor's note, Kuo claims that the 6.1-inch iPhone could come in two variants: one with dual SIM card compatibility and one that only supports a single SIM. The single SIM variant is said to cost anywhere between $550 and $650 (that range converts to about L390-L460 or AU$710-AU$840), while the dual-SIM variant is said to cost $650 to $750, according to the note.

więcej na: www.cnet.com

Qualcomm cutting 1,500 jobs at its California offices

Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc is cutting 1,500 jobs across multiple divisions at its offices in California, as part of its promise to investors to cut annual costs by $1 billion. The company, which has about 33,800 employees as of Sept.24, informed about its job cut plans in California in a regulatory notice that was filed with the state on April 18. Qualcomm said it plans to cut 1,231 jobs in its San Diego office and 269 from its San Jose and Santa Clara offices in the state. Though the company first considered cost reductions without layoffs, it concluded that job cuts are needed to support long-term growth and success, a Qualcomm spokesperson said on Wednesday.

więcej na: www.reuters.com

Tim Cook says Apple won't merge Mac and iPad

Amid rumors that Apple is working on cross-platform software initiatives to bridge its two most popular systems, CEO Tim Cook is denying speculation that the company will eventually weld the two platforms together. "We don't believe in sort of watering down one for the other," Cook told the Sydney Morning Herald in an interview published on Thursday. "Both are incredible. One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two ... you begin to make trade offs and compromises."

więcej na: appleinsider.com

TSMC cuts revenue outlook for 2018

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has cut its revenue growth forecast for 2018 to 10% from the previously-estimated 10-15%, citing weaker-than-expected smartphone demand and growing uncertainty facing the cryptocurrency mining market. TSMC forecast revenues in US dollars will register an about 10% increase in 2018. The pure-play foundry estimated previously a larger 10-15% growth. The downward revision was due to smartphone weakness and uncertainty in crypto mining demand, said company co-CEO CC Wei at an April 19 investors meeting. TSMC's revenues in US dollars will likely grow by about 10% on year in the second quarter of 2018, Wei indicated.

więcej na: www.digitimes.com

Boston Semi Equipment recognized for excellence by Texas Instruments

Boston Semi Equipment announced it is a recipient of the 2017 Texas Instruments Supplier Excellence Award. The SEA is TI’s highest level of supplier recognition. Boston Semi Equipment is among an elite group of suppliers chosen by TI for their exemplary performance in the areas of Cost, Environmental & Social Responsibility, Technology, Responsiveness, Assurance of Supply, and Quality. “The TI Supplier Excellence Award is public recognition of the focus and effort that Boston Semi Equipment commits to continually improving the performance of our company and the solutions we provide our customers. We appreciate the opportunity to provide products and services to Texas Instruments, and it is an honor to be recognized by TI as an excellent supplier”, stated Colin P Scholefield, President.

więcej na: www.bostonsemiequipment.com

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