2022 Semiconductor Materials Market Concludes as Another Solid Year Amid Rising Economic Challenges

San Diego, CA, December 13, 2022:  TECHCET—the advisory firm providing information on the electronics and semiconductor materials market supply-chain — announced that the Total Semiconductor Materials market in 2022 is expected to top US$66 billion after strong semiconductor demand through the first three quarters of the year. The growth represents almost 8% revenue growth versus 2021, with material segments such as CMP Pads, Specialty Gases, Precursor Materials, and SOI…

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US Semiconductor Wet Chemicals Supply-Chain Restructuring to accommodate Chip Expansions

Supply-demand gaps will exist unless more domestic production is developed San Diego, CA, November 16, 2022:  TECHCET—the advisory firm providing electronics and semiconductor materials market supply-chain information—forecasts that the US Basic Wet Chemicals demand will exceed 210 K metric tons in 2022, as highlighted in TECHCET’S most recent study on the US Chip Expansion Impact on the Wet Chemical Supply-Chain. This increase in demand is expected to run into…

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Fab Expansions in Europe Impact Materials Supply Chain

Can European Materials Supply Keep up with Growing Demand? San Diego, CA, November 8, 2022:  TECHCET—the advisory firm providing business and technology information for the semiconductor materials supply chains — anticipates increased strain on European chemical availability as semiconductor fabrication companies continue to expand in the region. Samsung Foundry and TSMC are two examples of companies that have recently announced their intentions to build fab expansions in Europe (following…

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CHIPS Act Benefits Rolling Out for Material Companies

Tips for making the most out of government benefits for US semiconductor growth San Diego, CA, October 4, 2022:  TECHCET—the electronic materials advisory firm providing business and technology information— has been monitoring the status of the U.S. Chips Act rollout to help semiconductor material companies obtain legislative benefits for new expansions. The funding application process will be announced in February 2023. The fine details are still evolving and may…

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We Haven’t Yet Solved Our Semiconductor Dilemma

By Lita Shon-Roy, President / CEO, TECHCET and Bonnie Glick, Director, Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue Passage of the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act should alleviate semiconductor chip shortages that have increased prices and reduced supplies of cars, medical devices, and consumer electronics. But it would be premature to declare victory. Russia’s war on Ukraine has squeezed the market for rare gases like helium and neon that…

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ADVISORY ALERT on CHIPS Act Featuring Washington DC Professionals Hon. Bonnie Glick and Mr. Madison Smith

San Diego, CA, August 19, 2022:  TECHCET—the electronic materials advisory firm providing business and technology information to chip fabricators and material suppliers — just completed their 3rd Quarter CMC Advisory Alert Meeting focused on the US CHIPS Act and the future of materials supply. This virtual event of over 150 attendees, featured the Honorable Bonnie Glick, Director of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy, and Madison Smith, Principal, Washington…

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US CHIPS ACT Now Approved by President Biden – What’s Next?

US CHIPS ACT Now Approved by President Biden – What’s Next? San Diego, CA, August 9, 2022:  TECHCET—the electronic materials advisory firm providing business and technology information— announced that today President Biden signed the long-awaited CHIPs Act into law. So, “what’s next” for the US semiconductor industry? Pres. Biden signs CHIPS Act, from news feed from US News 8/9/2022 The US CHIPS Act will attempt to level the playing…

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2022 Semiconductor Materials Outlook

Supply chain limited by Russia / US CHIPS Act a game changer San Diego, CA, July 6, 2022:  TECHCET—the electronic materials advisory firm providing business and technology information— is forecasting semiconductor manufacturing materials to top US$65 B for 2022, a healthy 8% above 2021. “Semiconductor demand has remained strong through the first part of the year and average selling prices for materials are trending upwards,” cited Lita Shon-Roy, TECHCET’s…

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Germanium Can Take Transistors Where Silicon Can’t

Nearly 70 years ago, two physicists at Bell Telephone Laboratories—John Bardeen and Walter Brattain—pressed two thin gold contacts into a slab of germanium and made a third contact on the bottom of the slab. The flow of current through this configuration could be used to turn a small signal into a larger one. The result was the first transistor—the amplifier and switch that was, arguably, the greatest invention of…

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China’s SMIC eyes S. Korea’s Dongbu HiTek

October 25, 2016: China-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. is seeking to buy South Korea’s only foundry chipmaker Dongbu HiTek Co., industry sources said Monday, a move that is expected to bring changes to the intensely competitive market. “Dongbu HiTek has not held an open bidding (since December), and is seeking a private contract,” an official from the Korea Development Bank said. “The company is currently negotiating with SMIC, which…

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