Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test

Onshoring and the supply chain
Attempts to patch up supply chain weaknesses by transferring extra manufacturing onshore in the United States and Europe are generating a whole lot of excitement. Morris Chang, TMSC‘s founder, explained those people moves as “a very high priced exercise in futility,” throughout an interview with the Brookings Institution and Centre for Strategic and Intercontinental Experiments, incorporating that it is very likely to make what he termed non-competitive device expenditures.

Chang also downplayed the risk of China repatriating Taiwan. “If there is a war in the Taiwan Strait, then I believe the United States will have a lot more than chips to stress about,” he reported.

Startup BEV truck company Rivian might see issues differently. The company reportedly complained that semiconductor offer chain snags compelled it to elevate prices by 20%, significantly to the chagrin of shoppers. Rivian later reversed class.

When accurately offer will match need is dependent on the sector and who’s crunching the figures. Counterpoint Research said chip shortages are possible to carry on easing for the duration of the second fifty percent of 2022.

Which is assuming need predictions are accurate, nevertheless. Peter Wennink, president and CEO of ASML, advised analysts there are no indications of any weakening in the company’s shopper foundation.

Kyocera is counting on that demand from customers. The organization is constructing its greatest production plant ever in Japan for natural and organic and crystal gadget offers, dependent on projections for improved desire for automotive cameras and ADAS chips, as effectively as 5G infrastructure. The facility is envisioned to commence procedure in Oct 2023.

Meanwhile, a new McKinsey report examines various possibilities for chipmakers to satisfy that demand in the shorter phrase.

And South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT submitted a system to set up a national semiconductor investigation institute that involves a new 300mm fab.

Numbers
Lam Research described Q1 profits of $4.06 billion and non-GAAP internet revenue of $1.036 billion, in line with preceding assistance. Tim Archer, Lam’s president and CEO, mentioned the company’s growth was hampered by a “difficult supply setting,” but expressed optimism about the fundamental sector dynamics. “We continue being self-confident in the secular drivers of wafer fabrication machines expenditure, as effectively as Lam’s leadership situation, and anticipate to return to reliable development as field constraints simplicity.”

ASM Intercontinental‘s Q1 profits grew 25% (YoY at constant currencies) to €516.9 million. Benjamin Loh, ASM’s president and CEO, attributed the growth to strong momentum in memory and in the ability/analog and wafer maker segments. He similarly pointed to provide chain constraints.

IBM, in the meantime, described Q1 earnings of $14.2 billion, an 8% maximize, pushed by software program and consulting and led by hybrid cloud income, which grew 14%.

Teradyne transported its 7,000th J750 examination system, this one particular to Nations Technological know-how, a Chinese enterprise that would make MCUs and stability ICs. The take a look at machines has been specifically thriving in the automotive and purchaser markets, where by need has risen noticeably in modern decades.

Tools
CyberOptics will peel again the addresses on its new Dual-Method Multi-Reflection Supression method at SMTconnect in Nuremberg, Germany, following month. The equipment is aimed at making certain proper solder paste concentrations and heights, inhibiting distortion prompted by reflection from shiny elements and surfaces by capturing and transferring many images in parallel.

Awards: The Power Of Six
JCET received a supplier excellence award from Texas Devices, the sixth time it received the award for IC producing and complex company.

Synopsys was named a chief in Gartner’s “magic quadrant for application stability testing” for the sixth straight calendar year.

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Ed Sperling is the editor in main of Semiconductor Engineering.