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DRAM prices are expected to fall sequentially 4Q18

According to DRAMeXchange, DRAM prices are expected to fall sequentially 4Q18. DRAM suppliers have begun to negotiate with their clients contract prices for the fourth quarter since the middle of August, according to DRAMeXchange, which expects prices to weaken following nine consecutive quarters of growth. The weak price trend is due to “increasing supply yet fairly limited…

SIA wants Trump to remove 39 product categories of China Tariffs

The Semiconductor Industry Association wants the Trump Administration to remove 39 product categories from a list of some some $16 billion worth of Chinese imports ticketed for 25 percent tariffs. In written comments submitted Monday as part of the Administration’s solicitation for public comment on the proposed tariffs, the SIA argued that imposing tariffs on…

DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative Research Partners

Chip giants IBM, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm and a little-known foundry called Skywater were among eight companies announced as prime contractors in four research projects sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Many others, including Arm and Globalfoundries, will act as subcontractors in the programs officially launched at an event here today. The four…

Electronic Components Distributors make Big Gains in 2017

The electronics industry saw the signs of a turnaround in the second half of the year as demand spiked and lead times extended for memory ICs (DRAMs and NAND flash), capacitors, resistors, discrete semiconductors and power components. Longer lead times – and allocations – have plagued buyers throughout 2017 and into 2018. This has led…

Infineon has sold 1.5 billion security chips

To date, Infineon Technologies AG has sold 1.5 billion security chips with its awarded Integrity Guard technology. Infineon provides robust solutions for enabling the protection of today and tomorrow’s government-issued electronic ID documents like passports from potential security attacks. The technology features a complex digital security architecture. It includes a fully encrypted data path and…

Top 12 Smartphone Leaders

Beyond Samsung Electronics and Apple, which dominate the high-end of the smartphone market, smartphones are by in large marketed by firms based in China. In fact, nine of the top 12 smartphone vendors call China home, according to a new report by market research firm IC Insights. Only one other vendor from outside China —…

Xiaomi IPO

Xiaomi Corp. has set tentative terms for the world’s biggest initial public offering in nearly two years, aiming to raise as much as $6.1 billion in Hong Kong, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Chinese smartphone maker and existing investors plan to offer 2.18 billion shares at HK$17 to HK$22 apiece, according to…

Worldwide Semiconductors Sales reached $37.6 billion April 2018

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $37.6 billion for the month of April 2018, an increase of 20.2 percent from the April 2017 total of $31.3 billion and 1.4 percent more than last month’s total of $37.1 billion. Monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade…