QuEST and Nvidia form partnership aimed at delivering next-gen AI solutions in Japan

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Mergers and Acquisitions  
Thermo Fisher Scientific adds patterned microchip-based technology to liquid chromatography portfolio The company has announced the acquisition of Belgium-based PharmaFluidics, the developer of the PAC range of microchip-based chromatography columns. The μPAC portfolio acquisition will complement Thermo Fisher’s existing chromatography solutions to deliver extended analytical capabilities to researchers. Read More>>
SK Hynix eyes completion of Intel NAND business buyout by year’s end   
SK Hynix Inc. will make headway with its planned acquisition of Intel Corps flash NAND and SSD business with chief executive Lee Seok-hee taking the helm of post-merger integration.  Read More>>
Ambarella to acquire Oculii for USD 307 Mn   
The acquisition will expand Ambarella’s market into radar perception and fusion with its existing edge AI CV perception SoCs for automotive and other IoT endpoint applications, including mobile robotics and security. Furthermore, the combination of Ambarella’s camera technology and Oculiis radar software stack will provide an all-weather, low-cost, and scalable perception solution, enabling higher levels of autonomy for automotive tier 1s and OEMs. Read More>>
Europrocessor initiative taps Intel tech    
The partnership will offer European customers the possibility to combine SiPearls CPU Rhea with Intel’s family of general-purpose GPU Ponte Vecchio, making a high-performance compute node fostering European exascale deployment. Read More>>
QuEST partners with Nvidia to deliver next-gen AI solutions in Japan 
QuEST announced the extension of its partnership with Nvidia to accelerate the digital transformation of Japanese businesses with next-gen AI solutions. Read More>>
Deals and Deal Renewals
AMD promises to spend USD 1.6 Bn on chips from GlobalFoundries  
AMD has decided to extend its purchase agreement with GlobalFoundries, giving it access to a more significant proportion of the fabricator’s output. The fabless chip company has committed to buy USD 1.6 Bn worth of 12nm and 14nm node silicon wafers between now and December 31, 2024. Read More>>
Vewd picks MediaTek Chips for its automotive platform  
The OTT software tech provider has selected MediaTek’s Autus I20 (MT2712) chipset as the first reference platform to power Vewd for Automotive, a white-labeled, cloud-managed content aggregation and monetization solution for in-vehicle infotainment equipment providers and car manufacturers.  Read More>>
IQE in strategic deal with GlobalFoundries for GaN-on-silicon  
The UK-based wafer supplier has signed a strategic agreement with GlobalFoundries to develop gallium nitride on silicon (GaN on Si) technologies for mobile and wireless infrastructure applications. Read More>>
VMware backs Graphcore for massive data center rollouts  
VMware’s Project Radium will support systems from Graphcore as part of its hardware disaggregation initiative. This deal enables the pooling and sharing of resources over the primary data center network in virtualized, multi-tenant environments without increasing the complexity to the user or management software. Read More>>
Center setup and expansion
Infineon to expand its operations in Malaysia  
The chip giant claims that the expansion will undoubtedly lead to high-quality jobs and niche technology capabilities. The Malaysian Government will also continue to work closely with Infineon Technologies in introducing strategic measures to solidify growth. Read More>>
Intel to establish 100 data-centric labs to boost research infrastructure 
Electronic chip maker Intel announced plans of partnering with universities and engineering institutions to set up data-centric labs in their premises. Intel will contribute as a knowledge and technology partner, while academic institutions will have to bear the lab cost. Read More>>
Micron Technology to build a plant in Japan 
Micron Technology will reportedly build a DRAM plant in Hiroshima at an investment of up to USD 7 Bn. The new plant is expected to create 3,000 jobs and will be put into operation by 2024. Plus, the DRAM chips produced there are expected to be supplied to data centers. Read More>>
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Key Funding Alert

Chip-analytics company proteanTecs raises USD 50 Mn to accelerate product development 
proteanTecs plans to utilize the funding for global expansion, accelerate product development, and pursue strategic collaborations. Read more>>

Startup Spotlight

Company –  Pakal Technologies 
Total Funding  USD 11.68 Mn
About: Pakal Technologies is a developer of IGTO-based semiconductors intended to revolutionize the IGBT market. The company’s semiconductors provide a significant performance upgrade, providing clients with efficient, scalable, and compatible semiconductors. Read more>>
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