http://news.techworld.com/security/3360617/cambridge-researchers-uncover-backdoor-in-military-chip/ Discovery raises questions about hardware assurance in the semiconductor industry By Sophie Curtis | Techworld | Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found evidence that Chinese manufacturers are putting backdoors in FPGA (field-programmable gate array) chips used by the US military. The research was conducted in response to claims by intelligence agencies around… Continue reading Cambridge researchers uncover backdoor in military chip
http://semimd.com/blog/2012/05/29/the-28nm-foundry-crunch/ By Mark LaPedus Faced with huge and unforeseen demand at the 28nm node, leading-edge foundries are scrambling to play catch-up and are boosting their fab capacities at a staggering pace. But analysts warn that 28nm foundry capacity will be tight throughout 2012, and perhaps into 2013, putting some chipmakers in a pinch. Many blame… Continue reading The 28nm Foundry Crunch
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/china/china-provides-counterfeit-electronics-to-us-military/432 Summary: After being accused of providing counterfeit electronic parts to the U.S. military system, China suggested the U.S. get their facts straight before pointing fingers. After being accused of providing counterfeit electronic parts to the U.S. military system, China suggested the U.S. get their facts straight before pointing fingers. “We are astonished by the… Continue reading China provides counterfeit electronics to U.S. military?
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/05/29/342606/Taiwan-asks.htm Taiwan has requested the United States military to issue a report investigating whether U.S. military gear with counterfeit parts from China has been sold to Taiwan already, as it could pose a national security threat, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday. The MND’s comments came after a U.S. report released last week… Continue reading Taiwan asks US to check if purchased military gear contains China-made parts
http://gantdaily.com/2012/05/28/japan-chip-maker-renesas-to-lay-off-14000-workers-sell-plant/ Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative News Writer Tokyo, Japan (4E) – Struggling Japanese microcontroller chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp. is laying off 14,000 employees, a third of its workforce, and selling its fabrication plant to a Taiwanese firm, according to reports and unnamed sources aware of the plan. The layoff and sale of… Continue reading Japan chip maker Renesas to lay off 14,000 workers, sell plant
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/china-made-counterfeit-parts-found-in-us-military-aircraft-senate-372155/ The US Senate Armed Services Committee has issued a report stating that China is a major source of counterfeit electronic components found on aircraft such as the L-3 Communications/Alenia C-27J, Lockheed Martin C-130J and Boeing P-8A. The committee’s investigation discovered 1,800 cases of counterfeit parts, with the total number of individual parts involved exceeding… Continue reading China-made counterfeit parts found in US military aircraft: Senate
Panasonic Electronic Components factory in Jiangmen, China, has suffered major storm damage, halting production in the facility. The factory was damaged on April 29 when a tornado tore a large piece of roofing 60m (or almost 200 feet) wide from the factory building. The building is 144m x 180m (472 ft. x 591 ft.) in… Continue reading Panasonic factory suffers major storm damage
http://www.military.com/news/article/scanners-could-help-id-e-fakes-before-they-risk-weapons.html Military.com|by Philip Ewing A California diagnostics company says it has an answer to the problem of counterfeit electronics components, which Senate lawmakers have warned could amount to ticking time bombs inside the military’s latest high-tech weapons. Pasadena-based ChromoLogic builds an optical sensor that scans electronics for signs they have been resurfaced and remanufactured, with… Continue reading Military.com issued this article: Scanners Could ID E-Fakes Before They Risk Weapons
Global shipments of semiconductors, as compiled by the Semiconductor Industry Association and reported by www.economy.com, have been decreasing since November of 2011.
The Semiconductor Book-to-Bill Ratio climbed back above 1 in February of 2012, the first time since September of 2010 ending a 16 month streak of bookings being less than billings. (Source: Semiconductor Equipment and Material International and www.economy.com)