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TSMC on a roll

TSMC’s Q1 profit was up 19.4% at $4.93 billion with revenues up 25.4% at $13.92 billion. TSMC expects 2021 capex of  $30 billion after spending $8.8 billion in Q1. Q2  sales may reach $13.2 billion, while full-year revenue may be up  20%. “We see the demand continue to be high and the shortage will continue throughout this ...

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Groq raises $300m

Groq, which designs accelerators for AI, ML and HPC, has closed its Series C fundraising. Groq raised $300 million in new funding, co-led by Tiger Global Management and D1 Capital, with participation from The Spruce House Partnership, Addition, GCM Grosvenor, Xⁿ, Firebolt Ventures, General Global Capital, and Tru Arrow Partners, as well as follow-on investments from ...

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Q2 server shipments to grow 20% q-o-q

Global server shipment for 2Q21 is expected to increase by 20% QoQ and remain unaffected by material shortage, says TrendForce. The hyperscalers were responsible for more than 40% of total demand for servers in 4Q20, says TrendForce, and this may rise to  45% this year. For 2021, TrendForce expects global server shipment to increase by ...

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Lensless imaging enables cost-effective phage-therapy diagnosis

Leti scientists have demonstrated a lensless imaging  technique that could be implemented in cost-effective and compact devices in phage laboratories to accelerate phage-therapy diagnosis. The growing number of drug-resistant bacterial infections worldwide is driving renewed interest in phage therapy. The WHO has warned of “a slow tsunami” of antibiotic resistance that by 2050 could result ...

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Toshiba CEO to resign

Today, Nobuaki Kurumatani will resign as CEO of Toshiba, reports the Nikkei. Chairman Satoshi Tsunakawa will take over. The move follows an internal Toshiba survey which showed trust in Kurumatani has declined. It also follows a $20 billion bid for Toshiba by private equity company CVC which Kurumatani used to work for and which raised ...

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Chinese IC companies had 5% market share in 2020

U.S. companies held 55% of the total worldwide IC market in 2020 followed by  South Korean companies with a 21% share, says IC Insights.  Taiwanese companies, on the strength of their fabless company IC sales, held 7% of total IC sales, one point greater than the European and Japanese companies. As shown, Chinese companies held ...

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Chinese IC companies had 5% market share in 2020

U.S. companies held 55% of the total worldwide IC market in 2020 followed by  South Korean companies with a 21% share, says IC Insights.  Taiwanese companies, on the strength of their fabless company IC sales, held 7% of total IC sales, one point greater than the European and Japanese companies. As shown, Chinese companies held ...

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PI PFC controller has 98% full-load efficiency

Power Integrations’ HiperPFS-4 power factor correction (PFC) controller IC  ones with an integrated Qspeed low reverse recovery charge (Qrr) boost diode. This combination delivers greater than 98% full-load efficiency in PC, TV, and similar applications between 75 W and 400 W.  “Designs using HiperPFS-4 ICs show very high efficiency across the load range with as little ...

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PI PFC controller has 98% full-load efficiency

Power Integrations’ HiperPFS-4 power factor correction (PFC) controller IC  ones with an integrated Qspeed low reverse recovery charge (Qrr) boost diode. This combination delivers greater than 98% full-load efficiency in PC, TV, and similar applications between 75 W and 400 W.  “Designs using HiperPFS-4 ICs show very high efficiency across the load range with as little ...

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5G IC packaging growing at 31% CAGR

The 5G packaging market will grow from $0.52 billion in 2020 to $2.6 billion in 2026, with 31% CAGR, reports Yole Developpement, with the mobile market segment  reaching about $4.3 billion in 2026, with 24% CAGR. Technology trends include: RFFEMs supporting 5G sub-6 GHz utilize modifications of existing flip-chip laminate-based SiPs with a similar bill ...

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