What areas are covered? There’s Nexperia LED drivers, Fujitsu quantum computing, ST’s acquisition of SOMOS Semiconductor, China’s share of the foundry market and the issue of Arm being legally required to hire more staff…
5. Nexperia launches LED drivers in compact package
Nexperia has brought out a range of LED drivers in the DFN2020D-6 (SOT1118D) package. This case style features side-wettable flanks (SWF) which facilitate the use of AOI (automated optical inspection), and improve reliability. This is the first time LED drivers have been available in this package. The leadless devices join Nexperia’s wide range of LED drivers in leaded packages offering equivalent performance yet reducing PCB space by up to 90% compared to SOT223.
4. Fujitsu collaborates to make practical quantum computing a reality
Fujitsu has joined with Riken and the universities of Tokyo, Osaka and Delft to make practical quantum computing a reality. The collaboration aims to achieve comprehensive and efficient advances in quantum computing by applying quantum computing to various fields currently facing problems that are extremely difficult to solve. Currently, even using superconducting chips which are leading the way in quantum computing, systems remain limited to about 50-qubits, making it hard to perform useful calculations.
3. ST buys SOMOS Semiconductor
ST has bought the assets of SOMOS Semiconductor of Marly-le-Roy (France) which specialises in silicon-based power amplifiers and in RF Front-End Modules products. With this acquisition, ST reinforces its specialist staff, IP and roadmaps of Front-End Modules for the IoT and 5G markets. A first product – an NB-IoT / CAT-M1 module – is already undergoing qualification and will be the inception of a new roadmap of connectivity RF FEM products.
2. China to take 22% of foundry market this year
China’s share of the pure-play foundry market is forecast to be 22% in 2020, 17 percentage points greater than it registered in 2010 (Figure 1). China was responsible for essentially all of the total pure-play foundry market increase in 2018. In 2019, the U.S./China trade war slowed China’s economic growth but its foundry marketshare still increased by two percentage points to 21%. Japan is expected to remain the smallest market for pure-play foundry sales with only a 5% share this year.
1. Arm committed to hire 490 UK staff by September next year
Arm is legally obliged to hire 490 UK-based staff in the next 12 months to meet the commitment undertaken by its owner Softbank when it bought the company in July 2016. Softbank committed to doubling the UK headcount by September 2021. When Softbank bought Arm it had 1,747 UK staff when Softbank bought it. Last week, takeover panel filings last week showed that it had increased UK staff numbers by 262 in the last 12 months to 3,004.