Car parts supplier Daiichi Kasei Co (IKKA) has announced that it is acquiring Japan-based tier-2 automotive supplier Sol-Plus and its subsidiaries in Japan and Thailand with cash and stock swaps. The acquisition will complement IKKA's presence in the global EV supply chain.
China-based glass cover maker Lens Technology, a supplier of Apple, has formed strategic partnerships with more than 20 automakers around the world, as it looks to diversify its business beyond mobile phone displays, according to the company.
LED driver IC design house Macroblock has expressed caution about its sales prospects for the second half of 2022 due to excess inventories for general offerings held by its customers, but it is still expected to end the year with double-digit revenue gains, partly bolstered by stable shipments to China for new energy vehicles, according to industry sources.
Wireless charging is bringing electric vehicles (EV) beyond transportation. An EV in the future will provide so many more functions and purposes if the complexity of cabling and wiring can be resolved.
Micron Technology has announced the company is sampling what it claims is the world's highest-capacity microSD card, the i400, at a density of 1.5 terabytes (TB). This card is designed for industrial-grade video security with 176-layer 3D NAND.
Metal chassis makers Catcher Technology, Ju Teng International and Waffer Technology are all eyeing orders for new energy vehicles as NEV demand is poised to grow in China, according to industry sources.
Taiwan-based leadframe makers Jih Lin Technology and Shuen Der Industry (SDI) have seen clear order visibility through the end of 2023, buoyed by strong demand for automotive power modules from IDMs, according to industry sources.
Global demand for power management ICs (PMIC) have been expanding sharply for communications, industrial control, automotive and consumer devices applications, and their prices have lingered at high levels amid continuous shortages, providing opportunities for Chinese chip vendors to rise rapidly in this chip segment, particularly for consumer applications, according to industry sources.
Macronix International and Winbond Electronics have both put increased sales focus on high-density NOR flash for 5G base stations and automotive electronics, as demand for consumer applications remains sluggish, according to industry sources.
Wise-integration, a French startup specializing in power electronics solutions based on GaN technologies, was spun-off from CEA-Leti, the country's research institute for specialized technology in micro and nano technologies in Grenoble. The company has set up a branch office in Taiwan and looks to strengthen partnerships and expand markets in Asia in the next few years.