This week in Semicon: 5G and IoT edge applications fueling the next growth phase in chip innovation & manufacturing

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

Automation tools, RFID circuits, 5G equipment, device manufacturing, and fabrication are the key trends driving huge investments among major Semicon companies.

  • Alien Technology announced the Higgs-9 IC, the first release of its next-generation of Higgs RFID semiconductor integrated circuits. Higgs-9  enables enterprise-critical applications to run faster, smarter, and with quicker ROI in RFID deployments 
  • Applied Materials, Inc. acquired Kokusai Electric Corporation, a provider of high-productivity batch wafer processing systems and services for memory, foundry, and logic customers 

Navigation control, Smart Assistance, and collision detection systems are the new ruling domain for semiconductors in the automotive industry  
  • Broadcom launched automotive Ethernet devices designed to advance in-vehicle connectivity, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and smart mobility 
  • NXP developed automotive networking that is quick and secure for next-generation solutions. It is used in the autonomous vehicle industry to reduce costs dramatically and increase reuse.

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Semicon Industry Analysis: The Global Semiconductor Market was valued at USD 433.15 Bn in 2020 and expected to reach USD 469.4 Bn by the end of the year 2021, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.4%.
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Qualcomm Account Intelligence: Qualcomm focuses on introducing 5 G-enabled autonomous driving vehicles. The company aims at accelerating 5G for customers with hyperfast and ultra-low latency digital connectivity. Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

Innovusion Nabs USD 60 Mn in new funding
Innovusion is a leading developer of image grade LiDAR sensor systems for the level 4 and 5 of the autonomous vehicle and ADAS markets. They are venture-backed and headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley.
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Startup Spotlight

Company – Sibros
HQ Location – Los Altos, California Area, USA
Total Funding  USD 15.5 Mn
About: Sibros is developing a connected vehicle platform. It enables a 360-degree view of vehicle data and improved vehicle life cycle management by providing a secure cloud and on-vehicle system capable of end-to-end OTA software updates and data recording, fleet management, AI-powered analytics, and work order management. Read more>>

Key Insights and Signals in Semiconductor 

Mergers and Acquisition
Marvell Shareholders approve the acquisition of Inphi
The semiconductor producer expects the acquisition of Inphi to be a welcome boost due to its strong optics position. The Inphi addition and its strong optics position will be an accelerator and attractant for new ASIC businesses. Read More>>
Micron and Western Digital in talks to acquire Kioxia Holdings
US memory and data storage companies Micron and Western Digital are both exploring acquiring Kioxia Holdings. The discussions value Kioxia at around $30 billion. Formerly Toshiba Memory, the company is now controlled by private equity firm Bain Capital. Read More>>
Cloudflare partners with NVIDIA to bring AI to its global edge network
The combination of NVIDIA accelerated computing technology and Cloudflare’s edge network will create a massive platform on which developers can deploy applications that use pre-trained or custom machine learning models in seconds. Read More>>
Intel’s Mobileye partners with Udelv
Intel’s INTC Mobileye recently announced that its self-driving system known as Mobileye Drive would power Udelv’s next generation of electric autonomous delivery vehicles (ADV). Udelv will integrate Mobileye Drive with its Delivery Management System. Mobileye will offer Udelv the necessary technical and over-the-air software support for the integration. Read More>>
Xilinx, Mavenir partner to boost open 5G network capacity
Xilinx and Mavenir plan to provide the needed chips and software for the open 5G networks to implement the technology. The companies technology will be ready for testing in labs later this year. Read More>>
Kingston Digital partners with NXP Semiconductors
NXP’s engineering verification kits featuring the i.MX 8M Plus chipset will see Kingston’s eMMC onboard. This creates a terrific opportunity to showcase Kingston embedded memory solutions to other IoT manufacturers. Read More>>
u-blox, ArduSimple partner on cm-level GNSS for mass market
The companies partnered to develop the SimpleRTK2B single-board computer (SBC). The device, which is built around up to three u-blox ZED-F9P high-precision GNSS receivers, simplifies the development of centimeter-level positioning solutions supporting real-time kinematics (RTK), making the technology accessible to broader audiences. Read More>>
Executive Movement
DSP Group announces the appointment of Shira Fayans Birenbaum to its Board of Directors
Shira serves as global president of CYMPIRE Ltd., a disruptive cyber simulation platform. Shira is an established executive, leader, and coach, with a long track record of B2C and B2B, digital transformation, and business growth expertise. Read More>>
Intel names Dawn Jones CDIO and VP of Social Impact
Jones is a 24-year Intel veteran and will lead the company’s global diversity and inclusion strategy as well as Intel’s investments and programs, driving positive global impact. Read More>>
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