Qualcomm strengthens AR portfolio with Clay AIR acquisition & launches new developer kit

Key Insights and Signals in Semiconductor

Mergers and Acquisitions  
Qualcomm acquires Clay AIR  
Clay AIR is a leading AI-powered hand tracking and gesture recognition technology company. The acquisition strengthens Qualcomm’s XR technology stack with the addition of Clay AIR’s highly accurate and power-efficient hardware-agnostic technology and an industry-leading team comprised of computer vision, interaction design and machine learning experts. Read More>>
A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics teams up with STMicroelectronics  
They will focus on Silicon Carbide R&D for the EV Market and Industrial Applications. The collaboration sets a foundation for a comprehensive SiC ecosystem in Singapore and creates opportunities for other companies to engage with IME and ST in SiC research. Read More>>
ADLINK and NVIDIA lay tracks for Railway AI  
Taiwanese computing device maker ADLINK Technology is teaming up with AI platform specialist NVIDIA to launch new AI-based applications to the railway industry. The company said it continued to deepen its Elite partnership with NVIDIA and could now offer rail solution providers the flexibility to select the most optimal configuration for their digital transformation. Read More>>
Tessolve is now a worldwide PDH partner of Infineon 
The partnership with Infineon will allow Tessolve to showcase its end-to-end capabilities in supporting industrial and automotive OEM’s safety-related hardware modules and more. Read More>>
Katana Graph and Intel Collaborate on Graph Analytics Python Library and Metagraph plugin
The library can also take advantage of the Anaconda Metagraph orchestration layer that provides a common entry point to graph algorithms. Through full Intel CPU optimization, Katana Graph provides the library for native graph applications such as pathfinding, clustering, and node ranking, among others. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Intel appoints Steven A. Long as GM Asia Pacific and Japan
Intel Corporation has announced the appointment of Steven A. Long as General Manager of the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. Currently, Steve Long is Corporate Vice President in Intel’s Sales, Marketing, and Communications Group. Read More>>
Infineon names COO Jochen Hanebeck as next CEO  
Infineon Technologies COO Jochen Hanebeck will become CEO of the semiconductor maker on April 1, 2022, succeeding Reinhard Ploss, who has led the company since 2012. Infineon’s supervisory board approved the succession plan last week, who gave Hanebeck a five-year contract until March 31, 2027. Read More>>
STMicroelectronics taps Intel in changes to leadership   
STMicroelectronics has recruited an experienced Intel executive as it restructures its executive committee. Remi El-Ouazzane will be appointed President of the Microcontroller and Digital ICs Group, following Claude Dardanne’s decision to retire from this position at the end of the year. Read More>>
Deals and deal renewals 
Qualcomm-Microsoft exclusive deal to end for Windows on ARM 
If Microsoft’s exclusive deal with Qualcomm is about to end, this could open opportunities for several players like Samsung, MediaTek, and Apple’s M1 chips, which could eventually support Windows on Arm. Read More>>
Ford inks GlobalFoundries deal to create computer chips   
The automobile giant is trying to address the supply chain shortage. At first, the partnership was just to develop chips for Ford’s vehicles, but now the company wants to begin manufacturing chips in the United States.  Read More>>
Center setup and expansion
Veeco ships first laser annealing system from a new facility designed to serve the semiconductor market  
This new manufacturing space enables Veeco to serve the worlds leading semiconductor chip providers with increased capacity and world-class lab space. Read More>>
Texas Instruments to construct new fabs for its 300-mm semiconductor wafer from 2022
The company said the construction of the first and second fabs is set to begin in 2022, of which the first fab will start producing the new semiconductor as early as 2025. With the option to include up to four fabs, total investment potential at the site could reach approximately USD 30 Bn and support 3,000 direct jobs over time. Read More>>
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Key Funding Alert

Empower Semiconductor draws USD 45.0 Mn in a Series C1 round  
The startup says its first product family can move voltages and currents up to 1,000x faster than typical solutions, providing energy savings to data centers. The financing will be used for global expansion and development of its next-generation IVR. Read more>>

Startup Spotlight

Company –   Senorics 
Total Funding  USD 12.39 Mn
About: Senorics is a Spin-off of the Integrated Center of Applied Physics and Photonic Materials of the University of Technology Dresden, Germany, founded in 2017. The company specializes in designing and manufacturing optical spectroscopic sensor solutions for industrial applications, such as quality control and process monitoring.  Read more>>
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