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    US chipmakers hit by sudden downturn after pandemic boom

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 17 August - 14:35

US chipmakers hit by sudden downturn after pandemic boom

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After dealing with booming demand and global shortages since the start of the pandemic, the semiconductor industry is facing a sudden downturn.

But even for an industry accustomed to frequent cyclical slumps, this one has defied easy analysis and left researchers struggling to predict how the setback will play out.

The sudden glut in memory chips, PC processors, and some other semiconductors has come at a time when manufacturers in many automotive and industrial markets still lack a reliable supply of chips.

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    TSMC invests in new capacity despite forecasts chip demand will ease

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 13 January, 2022 - 14:17

Fabrication plant

Enlarge / TSMC Fab 16. (credit: TSMC)

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company plans to raise its capital expenditure by almost a third this year as the world’s largest contract chipmaker defies analyst warnings of softening demand for technology gadgets.

TSMC expects capital expenditure to reach $44 billion this year, a 32 percent increase from the $30 billion spent in 2021 and triple the amount in 2019, the company said on Thursday.

The push underscores the outsized role semiconductors are coming to play in goods far beyond classical electronics products, from cars to factory equipment. It also reflects TSMC’s dominance of global chip manufacturing.

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    Why the chip shortage drags on and on… and on

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 14 November, 2021 - 12:15

Why the chip shortage drags on and on... and on

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The semiconductor industry lives at the cutting edge of technological progress. So why can’t it churn out enough chips to keep the world moving?

Nearly two years into pandemic-caused disruptions, a severe shortage of computer chips—the components at the heart of smartphones, laptops, and innumerable other products—continues to affect manufacturers across the global economy.

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    TSMC signals global chip crunch may be easing

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 15 July, 2021 - 16:50

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Enlarge / TSMC's headquarters, seen here, are in Hsinchu, Taiwan. (credit: Sam Yeh via Getty Images )

Carmakers can expect a sharp upturn in chip supplies in the coming weeks, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said, signaling that a global shortage may have moved past its most crippling stage.

In the first six months of 2021, TSMC increased its output of micro-controlling units, an important component used for car electronics, by 30 per cent compared with the same period last year, the world’s largest contract chipmaker told investors on an earnings call on Thursday. MCU production is expected to be 60 percent higher for the full year than in 2020, it added.

“By taking such actions, we expect the shortage to be greatly reduced for TSMC customers starting this quarter,” said CC Wei, TSMC’s chief executive.

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    Crispy Subtitles – L’extension Chrome des mangeurs de chips

    news.movim.eu / Korben · Monday, 8 March, 2021 - 15:27 · 1 minute

Ok on arrête tout ! Voici une extension pour navigateur qui répond ENFIN à un vrai besoin !

Bon, on a tous déjà mangé un bon gros paquet de chips en regardant notre série préférée. Et que se passe-t-il à ce moment-là ?

Et bien ça fait un boucan d’enfer et on n’entend plus ce que dit Donna à Harvey après la dernière prise de tête avec Louis. ET LÀ C’EST LE DRAME !

Heureusement, grâce à la marque de chips Lay’s, cette époque est révolue, au moins pour tous ceux qui matent YouTube.

En effet, les ingénieurs de Lay’s viennent de sortir une extension Chrome / Edge nommée Crispy Subtitles qui détecte le bruit des chips dans votre bouche et qui active automatiquement les sous-titres sur YouTube.

Magique ! Si ça vous dit de tester, elle est téléchargeable ici .

J’attends avec impatience les articles de presse qui nous expliqueront très sérieusement que pour fonctionner cette application a besoin d’écouter tout ce qui passe dans le micro de votre ordinateur. Bah ouais Einstein.

Vous l’aurez compris, c’est pour le délire hein et à moins que vous soyez un bouffeur de chips hardcore, c’est simplement un joli coup marketing de la part de Lay’s et certainement pas une extension que vous garderez très longtemps :).

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    Biden admin. plans executive order to address chip-shortage woes

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 24 February, 2021 - 21:31

An older man in a suit speaks from the Resolute Desk.

Enlarge / President Joe Biden signing a different executive order on January 28, 2021. (credit: Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images )

The White House is launching an effort today to ease a global semiconductor supply crunch affecting a wide array of other industries, but any boost the administration can provide is likely to be on the far side of many more months of shortages.

President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order this afternoon for "securing America's critical supply chains." The order will address several challenges in the US supply chain, according to a fact sheet from the White House, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals, mineral resources, semiconductors, and large-capacity batteries.

The order is a sort of combination of all politicians' favorite rallying cry—"more American jobs"—and an acknowledgement that shortages and production challenges in critical supply chains really have had a profound effect on the nation, especially in the past year. It calls for an immediate 100-day review that will "identify near-term steps the administration can take, including with Congress" to identify where the vulnerabilities in these supply chains are and what regulators or legislators can do to increase US manufacturing of these critical components.

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