This week in Semicon: Key players bank on major acquisitions to fortify their emerging technology solutions

Mergers and Acquisitions
Qualcomm set to acquire Nuvia in USD 1.4 Bn deal
Qualcomm says that the acquisition of Nuvia will provide tech for high-end chips for consumer electronics like the best Android phones as well as servers and self-driving cars. Read More>>
Nvidia’s USD 40 Bn ARM takeover bid under antitrust probe
Nvidia’s desire to takeover ARM comes from the desire to combine ARM cores with Nvidia GPUs and AI accelerators to create highly efficient AI SoCs. However, the plan is now facing major resistance from global antitrust regulations with the UK opening an official probe. Read More>>

Honor signs partnership with MediaTek, Qualcomm & others
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor was recently sold off to a consortium of 30 agents and dealers. This effectively freed the company from all US sanctions levied on Huawei. As a result, Honor has now signed partnerships with key chipmakers, like Intel and Qualcomm, to use their products in upcoming devices. Read More>>
Telstra, Ericsson, and Qualcomm combine powers to set new 5G record
The 5G New Radio data call reached a download speed of 5 Gbps, exceeding a previous 4.2 Gbps maximum download speed capability the group achieved in September 2020. Read More>>
Thales and Sequans extends collaboration for next-generation cellular IoT modules
Thales has been using Sequans’ first-generation massive IoT modem technology in its Cinterion IoT modules since 2015 and has shipped them worldwide. The availability of Sequans’ second-generation massive IoT chips will now fuel a second phase of collaboration aimed at providing best-in-class IoT modules to market. Read More>>
Renesas partners with Microsoft to drive connected vehicle development
The partnership will accelerate the development of their connected vehicles. Renesas’ R-Car Starter Kit, based on Renesas’ R-Car automotive system-on-chip (SoC), is now available as a development environment for the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP), the Japanese semiconductor manufacturer. Read More>>
Black Box joins Avnet IoT Connect partner program
Black Box has joined the Avnet IoTConnect Partner Program—part of Avnet’s IoTConnect Solutions Suite—to accelerate its IoT deployment capabilities. Black Box will increase its capacity to design, deploy, scale, and manage complete IoT solutions in a quick and cost-effective manner. Read More>>
GigalO collaborates with Microchip to power PCle-Gen4 Switch
Microchip will power GigaIO’s FabreX, the industry-first native PCI Express (PCIe) Gen4 network fabric, which supports GDR, MPI, TCP/IP, and NVMe-oF. FabreX technology revolutionizes rack-scale architectures, enabling for the first time, complete software-defined, dynamically reconfigurable rack-scale systems. Read More>>
Center setup and Expansion
Intel to ramp up the production of a new data center chip
The “Ice Lake” server chips made on its 10-nanometer process would start ramping up production this quarter, though it did not give specific volumes. It also said it would introduce 50 new processor designs for PCs this year, with 30 of those using the new 10-nanometer technology. Read More>>
Renesas extends China reach with FAW Research lab
Renesas will contribute its high-performance automotive processors, an area the company is strong in, as well as system chips and software. The first fruits of the development tie-up will go into FAW’s flagship Hongqi brand of vehicles. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Cornelis Networks secures ex-AMD and Intel Exec Nick Knupffer
Nick assumes the role of VP of Marketing at Cornelis Networks, where he is responsible for all marketing and communications. Previously, Nick has held senior engineering, marketing and PR roles around the world and was most recently AMD’s Head of Brand and Creative. Read More>>
Intel to replace its CEO next Month
Intel’s CEO Bob Swan will be stepping down from the position on Feb 15, and will be replaced by Pat Gelsinger, a self-touted ‘Chief Geek.’ Read More>>
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