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Top 10 Most-Read Articles of 2021

Staff reporter Thursday 
Over the course of year 2021, the global tech industry has been facing major challenges from chipset shortage and business transformation. Will they continue to affect the global tech sector in 2022? To review year 2021, we selected the 10 news articles our audience read the most in 2021.
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Apple car team reportedly in talks with Korean and Japanese suppliers

Apple is rumored to be visiting Asian suppliers and carmakers to prepare for the mass production of "Apple Car" by 2024. While details of the rumored visits remain unknown, battery supply could be a major focus.

AMD, MediaTek reportedly in talks to form JV

Speculation has been circulating in the chipmaking market that AMD and MediaTek are in talks to form a joint venture that will be dedicated to developing SoC solutions combining Wi-Fi, 5G and high transmission technologies for notebook applications.

TSMC to raise quotes for advanced, mature process technologies by 10-20%

TSMC has notified clients an about 10% price hike for its sub-16nm process manufacturing, with the new prices set to be effective starting 2022, according to sources at IC design houses.

BYD Semiconductor takes major stake in Energen

BYD Semiconductor, a spinoff from China-based carmaker BYD, has acquired a 77.75% stake in Jinan Energen Semiconductor for CNY5 billion (US$774.8 million). Energen makes silicon (Si) and silicon carbide (SiC) power devices.

Is GF a good buy for Intel?

Intel is reportedly eyeing Globalfoundries for acquisition valued at an estimated US$30 billion. Will the acquisition be a good buy and follow Intel's IDM 2.0 strategy that was unveiled earlier this year?

TSMC to expand capacity for 28nm process at China fab

TSMC's board of directors has approved a budget of about US$2.89 billion for installation of mature technology capacity, the pure-play foundry announced on April 22.

TSMC on track to ramp 3nm chip production

TSMC is on track to move 3nm process technology (N3) to volume production in the second half of 2022 as scheduled, and will continue to see its 5nm process capacity fully utilized next year, according to industry sources.

SK Hynix strikes 5-year deal with ASML for EUV equipment supply

SK Hynix has signed a 5-year contract worth KRW4.75 trillion (US4.3 billion) with ASML to procure extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems, local media reports in South Korea quoted the memory chipmaker as saying.

Huawei to run foundry biz

Huawei will set up its first wafer fab in Wuhan, China's Hubei province, with production expected to kick off in phases starting 2022, according to industry sources.

Malaysia lockdown could worsen global IC shortage

A nationwide lockdown in Malaysia has made disruptions to the output from local chip plants, which fulfill mainly orders for entry-level and mid-range logic ICs, and power diodes and other power components for use in PCs and other mass-market applications, according to industry sources.