Biden to press for $37 billion to boost chip manufacturing amid shortfall 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he would seek $37 billion in funding for legislation to supercharge chip manufacturing in the United States as a shortfall of semiconductors has forced U.S. automakers and other manufacturers to cut production.

Source: Biden to press for $37 billion to boost chip manufacturing amid shortfall | Reuters

China Passes Americas And Japan In IC Capacity

Back in 2012, China ranked fifth among seven regions worldwide in IC wafer capacity but surged past the Americas and Japan in 2018 and 2019 to claim the number three position (figure 1). That’s a big deal given that ICs account for the largest share of wafer capacity excluding discrete, opto, MEMS and sensors.

Source: China Passes Americas And Japan In IC Capacity

Earthquake in Japan affects the electronic components supply chain 

On the evening of the 13th, an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale occurred in the northeastern region of Japan, which affected the production of manufacturers such as Murata, Renesas, and Shin-Etsu. Among them, Murata’s factories in Fukushima and Miyagi have suspended operations; Renesas estimates that it will take a week to resume normal production.

Source: Earthquake in Japan affects the electronic components supply chain – SemiMedia

Chips4Light offers 265 nm UV LED for Disinfection

Chips 4 Light extends its UV LED Portfolio and offers a highly effective UV LED in 265 nm for sterilization and disinfection applications. This UV LED developed by Stanley Electric Co., Ltd, proofs in a first scientific study in collaboration with Yamaguchi University in Japan to minimize the germ formation also for viruses such as the Corona SARS CoV-2. Generally, is the emission in this wavelength spectrum suitable for all kinds of surface, air and water disinfection. Further test and studies will be succeeded.

Source: New 265 nm UV LED for Disinfection » Chips4Light

10K/15K Resolution Line Can Image Sensor Enable Inspection Systems Throughput

Premstaetten, Austria (February 11, 2021) — ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high-performance sensor solutions, today launches the 4LS series, adding new faster and higher resolution line scan image sensors to its broad family of sensors for machine-vision applications. Use of cameras equipped with 4LS sensors will help operators of the latest smart factories to maintain the highest standards of quality control while increasing the volume of production output.

Source: 4LS – 4LS | ams

The world is dangerously dependent on Taiwan for chips 

As China pushes the world to avoid official dealings with Taiwan, leaders across the globe are realizing just how dependent they have become on the democratic nation.Taiwan is being courted for its capacity to make leading-edge computer chips. That is mostly down to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, the world’s largest foundry and go-to producer of chips for Apple Inc smartphones, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.

Source: The world is dangerously dependent on Taiwan for chips – Taipei Times

Fearless Chip Forecasts For 2021

It’s been a roller coaster ride in the semiconductor industry. In early 2020, the semiconductor business looked bright, but then the Covid-19 pandemic struck, causing a sudden downturn. By mid-2020, though, the market bounced back, as the stay-at-home economy drove demand for computers, tablets and TVs. The chip market ended on a high note in 2020, but the question is, what’s in store for 2021.

Source: Fearless Chip Forecasts For 2021

CRL Announces Strain Sensor for Curved Mounting Surfaces

Columbia Research Laboratories has introduced a new sensor designed to accurately measure strain on curved mounting surfaces. Series DT3747 sensors are customized to measure circumferential strain around the diameter of the surface to which it is mounted. Featuring the accuracy, ruggedness, and ease of installation found in Columbia’s flight-qualified Series DTD284, DT3747 models are available to compensate materials commonly used in aircraft structural fabrication. Similar devices have been utilized to monitor rocket motor expansion. They can also be used in many industrial and military applications involving pipe expansion measurements, explosive body applications, aircraft surface load, and engine monitoring of all types.

Source: Columbia Research Laboratories, Inc.

Murata Announced Completion of New Raw Ceramic Manufacturing Plant 

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.’s production subsidiary Okayama Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture) has been expanding its welfare and energy buildings Construction of a new production building was initiated in December 2019 and was just recently completed. A ceremony was held for the new production building on January 20, 2021.

Source: Murata Announced Completion of New Raw Ceramic Manufacturing Plant – Passive Components Blog

ams introduces world’s first AEC-Q102 and ISO 26262 compliant VCSEL flood illuminator 

Premstaetten, Austria (January 11, 2021) — ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, today announces the pre-release of the new TARA2000-AUT family of VCSEL (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser) flood illuminators for automotive applications which are the industry’s first to be qualified to the AEC-Q102 automotive quality standard and the ISO 26262 functional safety standard.

Source: TARA2000-AUT – TARA2000-AUT | ams

Chip shortages hit even as auto chip sales climb 

When COVID-19 caused carmakers to shut down plants around the globe last spring, few envisioned the fourth quarter 2020 jump in sales of cars and auto-related semiconductors.Lately, some North American carmakers are even reporting a chip shortage that has been seen elsewhere around the globe, cutting into their production.  Ford Motor Co. is planning to idle a Louisville, Kentucky, SUV assembly facility for a week because of limited supplies of chips used in displays and transmissions, forcing a temporary layoff of 3,900 workers, according to recent reports, including one from Reuters. Fiat Chrysler is also idling its Brampton facility in Ontario, Canada.

Source: Chip shortages hit even as auto chip sales climb | FierceElectronics

U.S. Takes Strategic Step to Onshore Electronics Manufacturing 

Late last week, the U.S. Congress passed the annual policy law that guides the U.S. Defense Department. Tucked away inside the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (NDAA) are provisions that supporters hope will lead to a resurgence in chip manufacturing in the United States. The provisions include authorization for what could be billions of dollars of financial incentives for construction or modernization of facilities “relating to the fabrication, assembly, testing, advanced packaging, or advanced research and development of semiconductors.”

Source: U.S. Takes Strategic Step to Onshore Electronics Manufacturing – IEEE Spectrum