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US government chip shortage report doesn’t bode well for 2022

US government chip shortage report doesn’t bode well for 2022

The US government has delivered its findings on an investigation into Risks in the Semiconductor Supply Chain and the outlook in 2022 doesn't look good for either manufacturers or consumers. The chip shortage started not long after the first wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic with its effects starting to be felt in the middle of 2020. With lockdowns forcing people to work from home where they could, demand for consumer electronics spiked, while at the same time chip foundries and production lines ground to a halt. The government's report shows that while most chip foundries have been operating at or near capacity, demand continues to soar at up to 20 percent higher than 2019.

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Intel is spending billions on a new factory to prove Apple wrong

Intel is spending billions on a new factory to prove Apple wrong

Intel announced it is spending an initial $20 billion on a semiconductor "mega-site" in Ohio, the company's latest bid to recapture its place as the world's top semiconductor manufacturer and prove Apple wrong. Apple and Intel went through a very public breakup, beginning with WWDC 2020, when Apple announced it was switching to its own M1 chips. The M1 is derived from the chips Apple has been using for years in the iPhone and iPad, but Apple was able to increase the performance to be competitive with the best Intel had to offer, while providing best-in-class power efficiency.

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Samsung’s Exynos 2200 SoC revealed with AMD RDNA2 ray tracing GPU

Samsung’s Exynos 2200 SoC revealed with AMD RDNA2 ray tracing GPU

After much recent speculation surrounding it, Samsung has officially announced its Exynos 2200 (E2200) SoC. The big news with this launch is this year's Exynos chip dumps ARM's Mali GPUs for a custom GPU Samsung has co-developed with AMD that features RDNA2-based graphics.

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AMD Ryzen 6000 laptop chips claim 24-hour battery

AMD Ryzen 6000 laptop chips claim 24-hour battery

AMD announced its new Ryzen 6000 Series mobile processors at CES on Tuesday. Laptops featuring the new processors are set to launch later in 2022 and AMD claims that the batteries in the new processors could offer up to 24 hours of battery life.

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon flagship has a change we didn’t expect

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon flagship has a change we didn’t expect

Goodbye Snapdragon 898, we didn't even have time to get to know you. Qualcomm is upending branding for its smartphone chipsets, ditching the now-familiar three digit nomenclature on the eve of its latest Snapdragon flagship being announced at the upcoming Snapdragon Summit 2021.

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Raspberry Pi announces supply chain shortages and a price increase

Raspberry Pi announces supply chain shortages and a price increase

The pandemic currently impacting most of the world has resulted in significant production shortages for many types of products, particularly those that rely on microchips. Those who like to tinker with electronics often turn to the inexpensive and small Raspberry Pi device. However, some Raspberry Pi developer boards have become difficult to find, and the company has now announced it is facing supply chain shortages.

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Oppo chip plan could give Qualcomm a new nightmare

Oppo chip plan could give Qualcomm a new nightmare

Oppo is set to join the growing list of smartphone makers designing their own chipsets, according to a new report, with the Chinese company said to be looking to trim its dependence on processors from Qualcomm and others. The move would follow Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Google's path to system-on-chip (SoC) independence, allowing Oppo to customize its hardware according to its specific needs for each device.

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Sony and TSMC mull a chipmaking partnership in Japan

Sony and TSMC mull a chipmaking partnership in Japan

Chip manufacturers all around the world are struggling to increase production to meet demand. Chip shortages are impacting all sorts of industries, including automotive and electronics manufacturers. TSMC, the largest chipmaker in the world, and Sony are considering building a jointly operated chip factory in Japan. Reports indicate that the Japanese government is also considering investing a massive amount of money into the joint venture.

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MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

The most updated version of macOS Monterey beta has code suggesting Apple will bring a special "High Power" mode to MacBook devices. It might be time for Apple to unleash the performance beast, referencing some rumors that've been in the MacOS mix for over a year. While this might not be the Apple Does Gaming situation we've been patiently awaiting for a decade, it does seem like Apple may be willing to drop some of the power conservation restrictions put on computing devices - if the user wishes to flip a few switches.

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Flying microchip is no larger than a grain of sand

Flying microchip is no larger than a grain of sand

Humanity has developed many mind-blowing inventions throughout the course of history, but many of those owe their inspiration to Mother Nature. Some are even literally copying nature, learning from the invisible genius behind the evolution of plants and animals. That's true not just for structures like buildings or robot fish, but now even for tiny microchips. Engineers at Northwestern University have, in fact, made the world's smallest flying man-made structures that almost literally copy certain airborne seeds.

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iPhone 13 price may be first hit in chip sea change

iPhone 13 price may be first hit in chip sea change

Chipmaker TSMC reportedly notified partners they'll be raising prices for hardware this year. As has been the case with several major hardware manufacturers over the past year, price hikes are coming to chipmakers in a significant way. The biggest client of the chipmaker TSMC is Apple, and the first product that'll likely see a change in cost is the iPhone 13.

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Google reportedly picked an old Android friend to build Pixel 6’s Tensor

Google reportedly picked an old Android friend to build Pixel 6’s Tensor

Google may have designed its own Pixel 6 chip for the upcoming Android flagship, but the company has reportedly turned to a familiar name to actually produce the new Tensor SoC. Announced yesterday, alongside a preview of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google Tensor is the company's first homegrown design for a smartphone processor as it takes a leaf out of Apple's playbook.

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