Intel and Connect sign new research partnership to make better 5G optical networks

Key Insights and Signals in Semiconductor

Mergers and Acquisitions  
Avnet loses Maxim Line following ADI acquisition   
Maxim Integrated Products, which was officially acquired by Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) in August, is discontinuing its relationship with distributor Avnet Inc. The move comes following ADI’s decision in 2017 to consolidate its global volume distribution business under Avnet rival Arrow Electronics Inc. Read More>>
STMicroelectronics and Sierra Wireless team up to accelerate IoT solutions deployment
Sierra Wireless is bringing its world-class IoT connectivity solutions to the industry-leading STM32 ecosystem. This agreement will allow developers to build solutions with cellular connectivity quickly. Furthermore, the collaboration with ST provides access to a range of Sierra Wireless connectivity solutions. Read More>>
Intel signs new 5G optical networks research partnership with Connect
The partnership, which is worth over USD 600,000, will focus on making passive optical networks (PONs) capable of supporting 5G wireless network cells and edge computing nodes to deliver new applications such as high-speed mobile streaming, augmented reality, and autonomous driving. Read More>>
SK hynix joins China’s chip cluster project   
SK hynix will invest USD 310 Mn together with Chinese companies to create a semiconductor industrial complex in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The investment will be used in building semiconductor infrastructure in the complex. Read More>>
Aible announces collaboration with Intel to push adoption of AI 
The partnership will see Intel collaborate with cloud-based AI solution provider Aible to help enterprises fast-track benefits from AI. The collaboration will utilize the built-in AI acceleration of Intel Xeon Scalable processors to deliver peak performance and efficiencies from end-to-end across the machine learning lifecycle. Read More>>
Executive Movement
NXP Semiconductors names new CFO
The company named Bill Betz as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Betz, formerly Senior Vice President, Business Finance for NXP, replaces Peter Kelly, who has decided to retire from NXP. Betz will report directly to NXP President and Chief Executive Officer Kurt Sievers. Read More>>
Benchmark Electronics (BHE) appoints Ramesh Gopalakrishnan to the Board of Directors 
The development comes after Benchmark announced the retirement of Bruce Carlson, who served as a board member since 2017. Gopalakrishnan currently serves as Chief Operating Officer (Wind) of TPI Composites, Inc. He brings strong global operational and strategy expertise to the Board, derived from executive leadership positions at several multi-national companies worldwide. Read More>>
Deals and Deal Renewals
NXP Semiconductors selects AWS for EDA   
To better manage the scale and complexity of its design activities, NXP will move electronic design automation to AWS to continuously refine its research and development workflows. Read More>>
Exxact Corporation releases NVIDIA HGX A100-powered servers for AI and HPC   
With the announcement of this release, NVIDIA HGX and NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs will form the world`s most powerful servers.  Read More>>
Centre Setup and Expansion
Graphcore opens Southeast Asia hub in Singapore   
The hub is expected to support the company’s local teams and customers across ASEANs fast-growing economies, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore. The move into Southeast Asia follows the company’s success in other key Asian markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea. Read More>>
Sony, TSMC consider joint USD 7 Bn chip factory move   
The two companies are considering establishing a plant in the Kumamoto Prefecture, focusing on manufacturing semiconductors for camera image sensors, automobiles, and other products. The project would result in TSMCs first chip plant in Japan. Read More>>
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Key Funding Alert

Swedish startup AlixLabs raises USD 1 Mn seed capital 
AlixLabs develops atomic layer etching technology designed for nanodevice fabrication. The funds will allow the semiconductor company to continue product development and validation of the proprietary APS-technology. Read more>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – C2Sense 
Total Funding  USD 28.45 Mn
About: Aura(tm) is C2Sense’s patented technology that enables the company’s solutions for encoding and revealing molecular information. The platform features a sophisticated combination of light-reactive molecules, advanced data analytics, and low-cost, Aura-enabled readers. Read more>>

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Nvidia Corporation Account Intelligence Report – Sept 2021: Nvidia develops AI-based software applications and platforms to accelerate enterprises’ Cloud Computing Solutions and Cybersecurity Services.  It further focuses on providing gaming applications to improve the 3D experience for users and players. Read More>>
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