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Renesas Fire Threatens Global Chip Supply

Renesas Fire Threatens Global Chip Supply
Japanese firm, Renesas Electronics, a major automotive semiconductor supplier, has warned that a fire at one of its factories could severely impact global semiconductor supplies and force a month-long halt in production. For car makers already tackling supply chain disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and severe storms in Texas, the timing of the fire at the advanced chip plant could not be worse. “We are concerned that there will be a massive impact on chip supplies,” Hidetoshi Shibata, Renesas Chief Executive, said earlier this week. “We will pursue every means possible to minimise the impact.”  The fire started in...

Samsung Warns of Deepening Chip Shortage

Samsung Warns of Deepening Chip Shortage
Samsung, one of the world's largest makers of chips and consumer electronics, has issued another blunt warning to the electronics market amid the global shortage of semiconductor chips. According to recent reports, Samsung warns of a “serious imbalance” in the semiconductor industry, as shortages continue to cause disruption. The tech giant also hinted that the next Galaxy Note smartphone could be delayed until 2022, in order to streamline production lines. “There’s a serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips in the IT sector globally,” Samsung’s co-Chief Executive Officer, Koh Dong-jin, said during an annual shareholder meeting in Seoul. “Despite...

Global Chip Shortage 'Crisis' Hits Car Manufacturers

Global Chip Shortage 'Crisis' Hits Car Manufacturers
In recent weeks, car manufacturers around the world have been hit by a serious a serious shortage of semiconductors, prompting them to halt output, and putting the brakes on their post-pandemic recovery. The problem stems from the convergence of two key factors; the failure to forecast a sudden rebound in demand towards the end of 2020, coupled with the rise in sales of consumer electronic devices throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, such as tablets, laptops, 5G smartphones and gaming consoles. It also highlights the complexity of car companies’ supply chains, in which a single vehicle can require up to 30,000 parts....

European Chip Shortage Threatens China’s Auto Industry

European Chip Shortage Threatens China’s Auto Industry
According to industry officials, a shortage of European-made chips used in automotive manufacturing threatens to disrupt production in China well into 2021, with chip makers announcing that they may raise prices and expand production in response. From computerised engine control for improved fuel economy, to driver assistance systems such as emergency braking, the auto industry has become increasingly dependent on chips - many of them manufactured in Europe. Due to Covid-19 lockdowns, early 2020 saw a slowdown in automotive production, but the industry has seen a resurgence in demand as consumers look to travel in private vehicles rather than using...

Hard-Hit Automotive Electronics Sector Stuck in Neutral

Hard-Hit Automotive Electronics Sector Stuck in Neutral
While some semiconductor sectors are showing signs of recovery, the automotive sector continues to suffer as the pandemic extends into the summer of 2020. Despite Marvell and several other chip makers showing signs of life, including new 52-week highs for stock prices, the automotive electronics sector remains stagnant. London-based market research firm Omdia forecasts a 16% drop in annual revenue for the hard-hit automotive power semiconductor segment. That equates to approximately $9.1 billion in 2020 revenues. The contraction reflects declining vehicles sales and plunging auto production, according to analysts. Earlier this year, hopes of a rebound in automotive power semiconductor...

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