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Could Graphene be used in semiconductors?

A new discovery Graphene was first isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004. Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov were experimenting on a Friday night (as you do) and found they could create very thin flakes of graphite using sticky tape. When separating these fragments further, they found they could produce flakes that were […]

What is causing the surge in semiconductor and passive components?

As the world becomes smarter and more connected, the components used in electronic circuits are seeing a surge in demand. Semiconductors and passive components (resistors, capacitors, inductors, transforms) are seeing a surge in demand as chip-heavy vehicles, consumer electronics and smart, Internet of Things devices are produced in larger quantities. This demand is creating a shortage […]

Semiconductor Supply Chain Will Remain Vulnerable Without Robust Investment in Advanced Packaging

Semiconductor Supply Chain Will Remain Vulnerable Without Robust Investment in Advanced Packaging A new U.S. study has found that the advanced semiconductor packaging supply chain needs strengthening to meet the increasing demand for chips. According to the report, without robust federal investment, the semiconductor supply chain in the U.S. faces an uphill battle to meet demand. The […]

Chip Shortage causing car manufacturers to cut production levels

A week doesn’t pass without an announcement from a car manufacturer that they are cutting production levels. Idling shifts and even entire factories has become normal for an industry that thrives on maximising output.  Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai and Toyota have cut production levels to prioritise their most lucrative models. In some cases, plants […]

Chip shortage hitting auto jobs

The global semiconductor shortage is hitting automotive manufacturers where it hurts, which will inevitably lead to job cuts across the supply chain. We are already starting to see this with Stellantis, the car company formed by the merger of Fiat and Peugeot, saying it will cut over 1,600 jobs at its Illinois Jeep plant. Elsewhere, […]