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Though US-China trade tensions seem to be easing, Taiwan ODMs are still moving ahead with their production deployments in Southeast Asia as they are requested by brand vendors to diversify manufacturing risks that may arise from persistent competition in tech domains, Digitimes reports.
Taiwan EMS firms and ODMs including Foxconn, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Pegatron are all busy relocating part of their production to Southeast Asia or South Asia from China, although they share the view that China remains their major manufacturing base given the availability of high-tech talent and complex electronics ecosystems.
Gaurab Majumdar, IPC
For the first time, IPC APEX EXPO will host an “India Pavilion,” showcasing 16 Indian companies promoting India’s electronics manufacturing capabilities. The initiative was undertaken by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, and implemented by the Indian government agency, Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) India.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The message can’t be emphasized enough: Producing IC substrates overseas weakens America’s position and national security. In this frank discussion with Will Marsh, president of PCBAA, he talks about his efforts to educate government policymakers on the dire need to consider the entire microelectronics ecosystem. There’s power in numbers, Will says, and he sees the association’s efforts making a difference.
Art Wall, NextFlex
The recent approval of the CHIPS Act has reignited the U.S. semiconductor industry and shone a spotlight on the intricacies involved in chip manufacturing. As new technological innovations—such as 5G, IoT, AI, automotive and high-performance computing—come to market, they’re pushing chip manufacturing and integration capabilities. They demand more performance which leads to added complexity in an already extremely complicated process. All this requires a fundamental shift in the way that semiconductors are manufactured and integrated.