Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 13.3% in Q2 2022 Compared to Q2 2021

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled $152.5 billion during the second quarter of 2022, an increase of 13.3% over the second quarter of 2021 and 0.5% more than the first quarter of 2022. Global sales for the month of June 2022 were $50.8 billion, a decrease of 1.9% compared to the previous month. Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. SIA represents 99% of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms.

Source: Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 13.3% in Q2 2022 Compared to Q2 2021

Micron to Invest $40B in U.S. with Passage of CHIPS Act

Micron, the world’s third–largest memory chipmaker, said today it plans to invest $40 billion in expansion in the United States with the passage of the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act.

“CHIPS” stands for “Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors,” but the act goes beyond computer components.

U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the act today, which will provide about $52 billion in subsidies and research grants to semiconductor companies that invest in the nation and limit their expansion in China.

Source: Micron to Invest $40B in U.S. with Passage of CHIPS Act

Should chipmakers be preparing for a downturn?

Semiconductor vendors, chip equipment makers and their OEM and EMS provider customers were still trying to make sense of a crippling supply chain crisis when an old nemesis suddenly showed up at the tail end of the second quarter. Inventories are rising again and quicker than expected raising the specter of another one of the semiconductor market’s erratic boom and bust cycles. 

Source: Should chipmakers be preparing for a downturn?

New Scale: Resolution, repeatability, and accuracy in micro motion systems

 

Resolution, accuracy, repeatability, and precision are critical requirements of motion systems. They fundamentally impact system complexity, cost, and development time. Understanding these terms will help you refine and optimize your instrument requirements. At a high level, the common “dart board” illustration is useful to visualize the meaning of accuracy, repeatability, and resolution.

Source: Resolution, repeatability, and accuracy in micro motion systems – New Scale Technologies

Why the Government Is Boosting Computer Chip Efforts in the U.S.

Semiconductors—the digital machinery running everything from our smartphones and computers to cars and refrigerators—are a vital linchpin to the economy. But only 10% are manufactured in the U.S., while the majority of are produced in Taiwan, South Korea, and China. On August 9, President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act, a bipartisan bill to provide $280 billion to support both manufacturing and innovation in semiconductors, among other scientific efforts. CHIPS stands for Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors.

Source: Why the Government Is Boosting Computer Chip Efforts in the U.S. | Tufts Now

SSDI offers high current density schottky for A&D

La Mirada, California – Aerospace engineers continue to turn to SSDI’s SED20HE100 Schottky for new, high reliability designs in military aircraft, launch vehicles, rovers, and satellites. This 20 A, 100 V device is available in the SEDPACK 1 package, which utilizes a direct bond connection to the die instead of using wire bonds. This leads to a rugged device with enhanced current carrying capabilities.

Source: News 2022-07-26: SED20HE100

American Chip Manufacturing Gets a $52 Billion Infusion

The CHIPS Act of 2022 includes about $52 billion in funding for U.S. companies that produce, design and research computer chips.

Source: American Chip Manufacturing Gets a $52 Billion Infusion | Source Today

TrendForce: DRAM Prices to Drop by 10%

According to the latest TrendForce research, despite the rapid weakening of overall consumer demand in 1H22, DRAM manufacturers previously presented a tough stance on price negotiations and gave little ground, steadily conveying inventory pressure from buyers to sellers. Facing uncertain peak-season demand in 2H22, some DRAM suppliers have begun effectively expressing clear intentions to cut prices, especially in the server field, where demand is relatively stable, in order to reduce inventory pressure. This situation will cause 3Q22 DRAM pricing to drop from the previous 3~8 percent to nearly 10 percent QoQ. If a price war is incited due to companies competing for sales, the drop in prices may exceed 10 percent.

Source: TrendForce: DRAM Prices to Drop by 10% – EPS News

U.S. chip industry split over CHIPS act benefits to Intel

Several U.S. semiconductor firms are deliberating whether to oppose a package of chip industry subsidies if the final language of the legislation awaiting a vote in the Senate disproportionately benefits manufacturers like Intel, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has told lawmakers that a vote could come as early as Tuesday on a slimmed-down set of bills to bolster the U.S. computer chip industry, after Democratic lawmakers cleaved them from a larger, more contentious bill.

Source: U.S. chip industry split over CHIPS act benefits to Intel

Sensors Converge: Sensors for industrial, automotive, and mobile devices

 

The Sensors Converge Conference, held June 27–29, showcased the latest sensor and sensing solutions, particularly contributing to IoT connectivity. These sensor innovations target a range of applications, from automotive and industrial to consumer electronics and mobile devices.

Source: Electronic Products – Sensors for industrial, automotive, and mobile

Sensor ICs Suit Up to Play in EVs, RFIDs, and the IoT

New sensor innovations have emerged to play in market-specific zones. Among these are IS0-26262 electric vehicle (EV) sensors, RFID sensors, and sensors geared for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Source: Sensor ICs Suit Up to Play in EVs, RFIDs, and the IoT – News

Gill Sensors Introduces Liquid level Sensor for Defense Applications

LevelDefend provides continuous liquid level measurement in some of the most arduous military vehicle scenarios and conditions. Its ability to provide reliable measurements (typically in oil, fuel or coolant), whilst withstanding extreme environments such as heat and vibration, has made it a natural choice for vehicles involved in critical operations.

Source: Liquid level sensor provides high reliability in critical defence applications