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2/25/2021

The Biden administration will request $37 billion in funding from Congress to enable the construction and equipping of more wafer fabrication facilities in the US. "I'm directing senior officials in my administration to work with industrial leaders to identify solutions to the semiconductor shortfall," says President Joe Biden.

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2/25/2021

Semiconductor production needs to be revitalized in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has driven demand for chips going into hyperscale data center servers and work-from-home/learn-from-home electronics, this analysis notes. Now that microchip shortages are affecting automotive manufacturing and other products, the supply chain issues are laid bare. "Shortages will most likely start to get resolved around the time the battery shortage goes into full swing so the complexities of the automotive supply chain coupled with changing demands for components will be evident for a while," says Darshan Naik of Capgemini North America.

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TechRepublic
2/25/2021

Micron Technology is sampling low-power DDR5 DRAMs qualified for the Automotive Safety Integrity Level D standard. Micron's Kris Baxter says, "Autonomous vehicles promise to make our roads safer, but they need powerful, trusted memory that can enable real-time decision-making in extreme environments."

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Kris Baxter
2/25/2021

Kontron brought out an Arm-based single-board computer in the pico-ITX format, built around a 1.5-gigahertz quad-core Cortex-A53 processor. The embedded computer is meant for use in graphics applications.

2/25/2021

STMicroelectronics is supplementing the cybersecurity of its STM32MP1 microprocessors. The chip company now offers the EmSpark Security Suite Sequitur Labs, the Open Portable Trusted Execution Environment and Trusted Firmware-A with those MPUs.

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STMicroelectronics
2/25/2021

Four industry experts talk about the current challenges for verifying cyber-physical system designs in this roundtable interview. "This is particularly important in certain verticals, such as automotive and industrial, and we see a number of different domains," says Jean-Marie Brunet of Siemens EDA.

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Siemens
2/24/2021

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order putting in motion a number of actions designed to relieve the worldwide shortage of microchips for automotive vehicles and other applications. The White House will host a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the issue; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the paucity of wafer fabrication facilities in the US represents "a dangerous weak spot in our economy and in our national security."

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2/24/2021

SK Hynix agreed to a five-year contract with ASML Holding worth $4.3 billion to procure extreme ultraviolet lithography scanners for semiconductor production. The Korean company is among the largest manufacturers of memory chips.

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2/24/2021

Samsung Electronics reports starting volume production of the PM9A3E1.S power-efficient solid-state drive for use in data centers. The SSD is said to be capable of writing data at 283 megabytes per second per 1 watt, a boost of 50% when compared to the PM983aM.2 SSD.

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2/24/2021

Nexperia introduced half-bridge metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors for use in automotive vehicles. The MOSFETs are contained in an LFPAK56D package.