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Semiconductor companies are wired for success

Zhu Shenshen
Leading semiconductor companies, including ASML, Qualcomm and Xilinx, announced Chinese business expansions and new products at the China International Import Expo.
Zhu Shenshen

The China International Import Expo is a stage to demonstrate good technologies as well, as they are the deciding factors for good products in the future. 

Leading semiconductor companies, including ASML, Qualcomm and Xilinx, announced Chinese business expansions and new products at the import expo. 

China has issued national strategies to develop an integrated circuit industry, as chips are used in all key sectors such as smartphone, consumer electronics, smart driving and industrial sectors. This especially makes sense amid US tech export bans on China.

ASML, the world’s leading lithography system supplier, said it holds a “spirit of openness and cooperation” for doing business in China, the media have reported citing ASML China President Shen Bo during the CIIE.

Semiconductor companies are wired for success
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ASML's booth at the CIIE. 

Lithography systems are key semiconductor manufacturing equipment representing core technology and innovations in the industry.

ASML, headquartered in the Netherlands, provides products to all major chipmakers globally, including SMIC as the top chipmaker on the Chinese mainland. More than 700 ASML systems have been installed in wafer plants on the Chinese mainland.

In the first six months, China’s integrated circuit industry revenue hit 353.9 billion yuan (US$52 billion), a 16.1 percent growth year on year, already higher than last year’s 15.8 percent growth, according to the China Semiconductor Industry Association.

The growth came from a surge in demand for chips, and the national strategy of intelligent infrastructure construction, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

During the ongoing CIIE, firms announced business expansion in China to tap into the fast-growing market. 

German chipmaker Infineon has come to the CIIE for three consecutive years. It has announced it will invest heavily to build an IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) production assembly line in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. 

IGBT is one of the key semiconductor components used in cars and industrial devices. 

Nexperia, headquartered in the Netherlands, displayed vehicle communication module WM418 in a world’s debut. It’s the first integrated in-car telecommunications module co-developed by Nexperia and Shanghai-based Wingtech.

Shanghai-listed Wingtech has acquired Nexpeia to become the top-listed chip firm in China this year.

The WM418 now supports 4G networks, and the product supporting 5G will be ready “soon in the future,” Deng Anming, assistant to chairman of Wingtech, told Shanghai Daily at the booth. 

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Nexperia's communications module. 

US-based Xilinx displayed an autonomous driving concept car in its booth, using the company’s FPGA (field-programmable gate array) chips. 

As the world’s top FPGA chip firm, Xilinx offers products and services in various industries in China such as automotive and industrial sectors. It has partners and clients in China including Internet giant Baidu.

Chip giant AMD announced it will acquire Xilinx in a transaction valued at US$35 billion. The combination will create a new leading chip firm in the industry.

Chip firms including Qualcomm and Kioxia also attended the CIIE  to showcase 5G and memory technologies and products. A highlight was a 5G-featured table tennis robot with AI functions.

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Qualcomm's table tennis robot with AI and 5G technology.


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