Week In Review: Semiconductor Manufacturing, Test

Fallout from the new U.S. export controls continues. Under new regulations, companies looking to supply Chinese chipmakers with advanced manufacturing equipment (<14nm) must first obtain a license from the U.S. Department of Commerce. In addition, U.S. persons (citizens and permanent residents) are barred from supporting China’s advanced chip development or production without a license. ... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Automotive, mobility The BMW Group will invest $1.7 billion in its U.S. operations to build electric vehicles and batteries, mostly in South Carolina. BMW will drop $1 billion in its South Carolina plant for EV production and $700 million for a new battery-assembly facility in the state. BMW also agreed to purchase battery cells from Japan-based Envision AESC, which plans to construct a new ba... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Tools and IP Electronic system design revenue hit a record $3.75 billion in the second quarter, according to a report from ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community. That number represents a 17.5% year-over-year increase. Walden C. Rhines, the report’s executive sponsor, said it was the largest such jump in over a decade and that all product categories and geographic regions recorded second ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power

Trade regulations/legal The U.S. government placed new restrictions on sales of GPUs to China that could be used for high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and other advanced applications. NVIDIA said in an SEC filing Wednesday that officials told the company it must seek an export license for sales to China or Russia of its A100 and H100 chips, and any system that includes those... » read more