• Hitachi to Transfer Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device shares to MinebeaMitsumi

    Hitachi to Transfer Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device shares to MinebeaMitsumi

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    Hitachi, Ltd. has signed an agreement to transfer all shares of its wholly owned subsidiary, Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device, to MinebeaMitsumi Inc. for further growth and corporate value enhancement of Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device.

    Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device was established in October 2013 for the purpose of structuring an integrated system from design and manufacturing to sales in power semiconductor business by integrating the business of Hitachi and Hitachi Haramachi Electronics Co.

    Since then, Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device has been providing high value-added products utilizing high-voltage and low-loss technologies in the field of power semiconductors, which are key devices in the electrification and motorization of industry and social infrastructure, with “IGBT/SiC”, “High Voltage IC” and ” Diodes” as its three main product categories. Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device is focusing on IGBT/SiC products in the market areas where high growth is expected toward the realization of a decarbonized society, such as electric vehicles and inverters for wind power generators, in addition to railroad applications, utilizing the strength of the high durability and reliability cultivated in railroad applications.

    Many customers in Japan and overseas have adopted IGBT/SiC made by Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device. In the area of high-voltage ICs for industrial and home appliance applications, Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device is contributing to efficiency improvement and noise reduction in customers’ systems through motor control technology and software based on the knowledge it has gained from providing products for a wide range of fields. Furthermore, Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device provides diodes for automotive applications, which require high reliability, for a long period of time.

    Hitachi and Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device have held many discussions on measures to achieve further growth and enhance the corporate value of Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device. As a result of the discussion, we have reached a conclusion that the best way for Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device to continue its growth in the power semiconductor market, which is expected a high growth in the future, is to expand its production capacity and improve manufacturing efficiency under MinebeaMitsumi, which positions the analog semiconductor business as one of its core businesses.

    Under MinebeaMitsumi, with whom Hitachi Power Devices has been collaborating for many years, Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device will further enhance its strengths in high-voltage, low-loss technologies, expand its production capacity and improve manufacturing efficiency to provide higher value-added products in larger quantities to markets and customers, thereby aiming for further growth and corporate value enhancement.

    Hitachi will strive to further enhance its corporate value by leveraging the funds obtained from this share transfer for investment in growth of green and service business in the energy field.

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  • Magnachip Reports Results for Third Quarter 2023

    Magnachip Reports Results for Third Quarter 2023

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    Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation announced financial results for the third quarter 2023.

    • Revenue of $61.2 million was in-line with guidance.
    • Gross profit margin of 23.6% increased 140 basis points from Q2, mainly driven by higher fab utilization.
    • GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.13.
    • Non-GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.04.
    • Completed $5.4 million of stock buybacks during Q3.
    • Ended Q3 with a solid balance sheet with $166.6 million cash and no debt.
    • The internal separation of Display and Power businesses is expected to be completed and be effective on January 1st, 2024.

    YJ Kim, Magnachip’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “Our Q3 results were in-line with our guidance. In our Display business, we have completed the qualification of two DDI chips at our new tier 1 panel maker and are going through the qualification process with two smartphone makers. We are now working on additional Driver ICs that cover broader segments of the smartphone market to include mass market smartphones in addition to the premium models.

    Despite near-term market challenges, our outlook for long-term growth remains positive. Our confidence is driven by our strong belief that our display products offer distinct competitive advantages that position us well for success in the rapidly growing OLED market in Asia.”

    YJ continued, “In our Power business, our product portfolio is getting stronger as we continue to focus on rolling out next-generation power products to maintain our momentum of design-in/wins. Looking ahead, amid heightened global geopolitical and macroeconomic uncertainty, we expect demand to remain soft, driven by normal Q4 seasonality and inventory correction in industrial end markets.”

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  • Texas Instruments Broke Ground on its New 300-mm Semiconductor Wafer Fab in Utah

    Texas Instruments Broke Ground on its New 300-mm Semiconductor Wafer Fab in Utah

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    Texas Instruments (TI) broke ground on its new 300-mm semiconductor wafer fabrication plant (or “fab”) in Lehi, Utah. Joined by Utah Governor Spencer Cox, state and local elected officials, as well as community leaders, TI President and Chief Executive Officer Haviv Ilan celebrated the first steps toward construction of the new fab, LFAB2, which will connect to the company’s existing 300-mm wafer fab in Lehi. Once completed, TI’s two Utah fabs will manufacture tens of millions of analog and embedded processing chips every day at full production.

    “Today we take an important step in our company’s journey to expand our manufacturing footprint in Utah. This new fab is part of our long-term, 300-mm manufacturing roadmap to build the capacity our customers will need for decades to come,” said Ilan. “At TI, our passion is to create a better world by making electronics more affordable through semiconductors. We are proud to be a growing member of the Utah community, and to manufacture analog and embedded processing semiconductors that are vital for nearly every type of electronic system today.”

    In February, TI announced its $11 billion investment in Utah, marking the largest economic investment in state history. LFAB2 will create approximately 800 additional TI jobs as well as thousands of indirect jobs, with first production available as early as 2026.

    “TI’s growing manufacturing presence in Utah will be transformative for our state, creating hundreds of good-paying jobs for Utahns to manufacture critically important technology,” said Utah Governor Spencer Cox. “We are proud that semiconductors – made in Utah by Utahns – will power the innovation that is foundational to our country’s economic and national security.”

    As part of TI’s commitment to education, the company will invest $9 million dollars in the Alpine School District to develop the state’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning community for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The multiyear program will embed STEM concepts more deeply into coursework for the district’s 85,000 students and provide STEM-oriented professional development for its teachers and administrators. The district-wide program will equip students with essential STEM skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration and creative problem-solving to succeed after graduation.   

    “We are excited this partnership will help our students develop essential knowledge and skills, preparing them for success in life and possible careers in the technology sector,” said Alpine School District Superintendent, Dr. Shane Farnsworth. “Working together with the city of Lehi, Texas Instruments, and our schools, this collaborative investment will impact students and their families for many generations to come.”

    TI has a long-standing commitment to responsible, sustainable manufacturing. LFAB2 will be one of the company’s most environmentally efficient wafer fabs, designed to meet one of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system’s highest levels of structural efficiency and sustainability: LEED Gold version 4.

    LFAB2 has a goal to be powered by 100% renewable electricity, and advanced 300-mm equipment and processes in Lehi will further reduce waste, water and energy consumption. In fact, LFAB2 is expected to recycle water at nearly twice the rate of TI’s existing fab in Lehi.

    LFAB2 will complement TI’s existing 300-mm wafer fabs, which include LFAB1 (Lehi, Utah), DMOS6 (Dallas), and RFAB1 and RFAB2 (both in Richardson, Texas). TI is also building four new 300-mm wafer fabs in Sherman, Texas (SM1, SM2, SM3 and SM4), with production from the first fab as early as 2025.

    TI’s manufacturing expansions, with anticipated support from the CHIPS and Science Act, will provide reliable supply of analog and embedded processing products. These investments in manufacturing and technology illustrate the company’s commitment to long-term capacity planning.

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  • Siltronic Welcomed Representatives from Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

    Siltronic Welcomed Representatives from Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

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    This week, Siltronic welcomed high-ranking representatives from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to its Munich headquarters. The delegation, led by Chairman Mr. Png Cheong Boon, included five members of the EDB. This visit underscores the ongoing strong international collaboration with the EDB.

    Over the years, Siltronic’s partnership with the EDB has been characterized by strong support and cooperation in many areas, such as workforce development, labor market support, infrastructure development, as well as investment support.

    During the meeting, both parties reiterated their shared commitment to collaboration in these vital areas and engaged in discussions regarding strategies for decarbonization.

    Siltronic’s latest state-of-the-art 300 mm fab is the largest investment ever made by a German company in Singapore. It showcases the commitment to strengthen and expand the positive relationships with our Singaporean partners.

    Dr. Michael Heckmeier, CEO of Siltronic AG, expressed his pleasure to meet the EDB team in person. “The collaboration between Siltronic and the EDB over the years has created significant results. We are proud of these positive collaborative outcomes and look forward to the future.”

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  • BorgWarner to Deliver SiC Bi-directional 800V Onboard Charger to the Major North American OEM

    BorgWarner to Deliver SiC Bi-directional 800V Onboard Charger to the Major North American OEM

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    BorgWarner has clinched an agreement with a major North American OEM to supply its bi-directional 800V Onboard Charger (OBC) for the automaker’s premium passenger vehicle battery electric vehicle (BEV) platforms. The technology leverages silicon carbide (SiC) power switches for improved efficiency and delivers amplified power density, power conversion and safety compliance. Start of production is slated for January 2027.  

    “This is a big accomplishment for the team at BorgWarner, highlighting our first OBC win with this OEM and marks the first OBC win in North America,” said Dr. Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems.

    “Through our world-class power electronics expertise and market leading status for our 800-volt and silicon carbide technology, we are providing a solution to maximize charging power capabilities, extend power densities and enhance efficiencies while catering to differing grid configurations across regions.”

    BorgWarner’s OBC technology is installed in electric vehicles to convert alternating current (AC) from the power grid to direct current (DC) to charge batteries. The OBC is capable of powers ranging from 19.2kW single-phase operation to 22kW three-phase operation.

    The 19.2kW power level uses two power lines for a single-phase grid connection, which is unique to the U.S. market. The 22kW power level uses a three-phase grid connection and is intended for use in the European market. The 19.2kW single-phase charger is currently the only one of its kind to be introduced into the U.S. market. 

    The OBC incorporates a bi-directional vehicle-to-load (V2L) operating mode that enables users to use the vehicle battery pack to charge various standalone applications, which is an increasingly desired feature within the industry. Additionally, both the charger hardware and software are designed and produced by BorgWarner.

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