Panthronics announces integrated listener for NFC wireless charging cuts board footprint

 

The PTX30W will work in tandem with an NFC poller such as the Panthronics PTX130W in a charging cradle: it harvests power wirelessly without the need for a microcontroller in the listener device. Replacing four discrete components in current designs with a single chip and occupying less than half the board footprint, the PTX30W provides significant space savings and increased design flexibility in products such as fitness trackers, smart watches, earbuds, hearing aids, smart glasses, smart rings, styluses and medical sensors.

Source: New Electronics – Fully integrated listener for NFC wireless charging cuts board footprint

Intel CEO Expects Chip Shortage to Persist Through 2024

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger believes that the two–year shortage of chips that’s limited output of products ranging from cars to advanced weapons will continue through 2024.“Chip shortage — we’re about halfway through,” Gelsinger said in an interview with Yahoo Money on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “My expectation is that it persists through 2024.”

Source: EETimes – Intel CEO Expects Chip Shortage to Persist Through 2024

SDDI Can Replace UR and US Glass Sleeve Packages for Discrete Semiconductors

La Mirada, California – SSDI can replace UR and US glass sleeve packages with either SMD.22 or SMD.22T packages for diode rectifiers, Schottky rectifiers, Zeners or TVS devices. The SMD.22T serves as a drop-in replacement for US packages and is available for all SMD.22 products even if not included on the data sheet. SSDI also continues to provide these products in the UR (SM), US (SMS), and axial leaded options.

Source: News 2022-02-28: Diode Solutions

Worldwide Silicon Wafer Shipments and Revenue Set New Records in 2021

MILPITAS, Calif. — February 8, 2022 — Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments in 2021 increased 14% while wafer revenue rose 13% compared to 2020, topping $12 billion, to reach new all-time highs, the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) reported in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry. Silicon shipments totaled 14,165 million square inches (MSI) compared to 12,407 MSI shipped in 2020 to meet surging broad-based demand for semiconductor devices and a wide variety of applications. 300mm, 200mm and 150mm wafer sizes all saw strong demand. Wafer revenue reached $12,617 million, surpassing the previous record of $12,129 million set in 2007.

Source: Worldwide Silicon Wafer Shipments and Revenue Set New Records in 2021, SEMI Reports | SEMI

Department of Defense Enlists Intel to Fab Future Leading-Edge Chips 

The decline of U.S. semiconductor fabs is leaving the Department of Defense with limited onshore access to leading-edge foundry technology that can meet the nation’s long-term chip needs. Intel is stepping in to try to solve the problem.

Source: Department of Defense Enlists Intel to Fab Future Leading-Edge Chips | Source Today

Component sales forecast: Stable as she goes

Several research firms describe the electronics market environment as “stable” entering the all-important calendar Q4. Lead times, for example, have leveled out, according to LevaData and the ECIA, and demand shows no sign of abating. However, logistics experts continue to point to seemingly endless backups at international seaports and retailers are bracing for holiday shipping delays.

Source: Component sales forecast: Stable as she goes :: EPS News | MyNewsletterBuilder

Why the semiconductor industry gets into trouble predicting the future 

The chip industry is in a constant struggle in predicting demand and that means regular chip shortages every few years and a boom-and-bust market that continues despite access to massive amounts of economic data.

Source: Chip shortage: Here’s why the semiconductor industry gets into trouble predicting the future | ZDNet

It Shouldn’t Be Just Chips

The U.S. Congress and the Biden Administration are hurtling down the track toward investing billions of dollars in the domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry. But there is a flaw in their approach because they are ignoring the broader manufacturing infrastructure that is needed to combine semiconductors with other parts to create reliable electronic systems.

Source: EETimes – It Shouldn’t Be Just Chips

Global Semiconductor Sales in July Up 29.0

WASHINGTON—Sept. 3, 2021—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced global semiconductor industry sales were $45.4 billion in the month of July 2021, an increase of 29.0% over the July 2020 total of $35.2 billion and 2.1% more than the June 2021 total of $44.5 billion. Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. SIA represents 98% of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms.

Source: Global Semiconductor Sales in July Up 29.0% Year-to-Year, 2.1% Month-to-Month – Semiconductor Industry Association

Chip shortage to last until 2023, UMC president says 

The global semiconductor shortage is expected to last until 2023 as the COVID-19 pandemic boosts demand for chips for automobiles and smart home devices, United Microelectronics Corp (UMC, 聯電) copresident Chien Shan-chieh (簡山傑) said yesterday.

Source: Chip shortage to last until 2023, UMC president says – Taipei Times

TSMC mulls US packaging plant

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) is considering building an advanced IC packaging plant in the US following a massive investment to set up a wafer fab in Arizona, Nikkei Asia reported. TSMC was considering the plant in response to “Washington’s desire to bring more of the tech supply chain onto home turf,” the report said. TSMC increasingly faces the need to expand in the US, which accounts for about 62 percent of its total sales, Nikkei Asia said, citing three sources who declined to be named.

Source: TSMC mulls US packaging plant – Taipei Times

DoD Seeks $2.3B To Bolster US Chip Making

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is seeking $2.3 billion to improve its ability to make specialized semiconductors for military use, as well as to fund next-generation chip innovation. Semiconductors, used in almost every advanced weapon, are especially critical to enabling a range of defense “disruptive technologies,” such as hypersonics, AI, and 5G — all of which receive significant funding in the proposed 2022 budget.

Source: DoD Seeks $2.3B To Bolster US Chip Making « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary