Demand for PC and flat-panel TV in Japan continues to go down as the stay-at-home economy loses momentum. Domestic PC shipments dropped 39.9% on-year to 468,000 units in October, while shipments of flat-panel TV decreased by 13% to 369,000 units, according to statistics from the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).
Samsung Electronics has announced plans to invest an estimated US$17 billion in the establishment of a new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas. The fab will be dedicated to producing advanced logic semiconductor solutions that power next-generation innovations and technologies.
Samsung Electronics has disclosed plans to set up an advanced wafer fab in Texas. The new fab that will be equipped with advanced process manufacturing equipment and facilities will be striving to win advanced chip orders from AMD and other US chip vendors, according to industry sources.
Cloud kitchens have seen popularity grow fast in the Asia-Pacific amid the pandemic. Since 2020, the Asia Pacific region has gained the highest market share in the cloud kitchen sector, according to Reportlinker. Agri-food tech firms from China, India, and Singapore have accumulated more than US$7 billion in investment in the first half of 2021.
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The price of lithium batteries continued to increase through the end of the third quarter due to the shortage of key materials and material prices skyrocketing. Coupled with China's power restriction, many China-based lithium battery factories announced price increases during the country's 11-day holiday. Seeing as the price of raw materials continues to soar, analysts are now wondering to what extent it will affect the rising price of batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in the future.
The automotive industry is renovating and electrifying its products to reduce carbon emission, stimulating innovations with batteries. Japan-based startup PJP Eye is one of the innovators in battery technology, who have collaborated with Kyushu University for over a decade to develop non-explosive, non-toxic, and non-pollutive batteries.
The future for lithium batteries is promising and China-based battery makers are actively seizing market opportunities. Recently, BYD raised funds to expand its electric vehicle (EV) battery production and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) signed a deal to supply batteries for Tesla.
Geely Auto announced the mass production of 7nm automobile SoC semiconductor "SE1000" starting next year. SE1000 is China's first in-house developed 7nm SoC semiconductor for cars and it will help increase China's self-sufficiency in the semiconductor sector.
TSMC and Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS) have jointly announced plans to establish a joint-venture foundry in Kumamoto, Japan to initially provide 22nm and 28nm process manufacturing for specialty ICs. The foundry is targeting production by 2024.
Tesla is likely to set up its second electric vehicle (EV) factory in Shanghai, and could shift more of its component orders to suppliers with manufacturing sites locally in China, according to industry sources.