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Samsung to add new memory chip line in South Korea as COVID-19 boosts demand

FILE PHOTO – The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea January 7, 2019. Picture taken January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it has begun construction of a new domestic production line for NAND flash memory chips, betting on demand for personal computers and servers as the coronavirus prompts more people to work from home.

The world’s largest memory chip maker is targeting the second half of next year to mass produce the chips, used for storage, on the added line in its plant in Pyeongtaek city, which is within a two-hour drive from the capital Seoul.

Samsung said the additional capacity will also help meet demand for 5G smartphones and other devices, despite recent delays in deployments of 5G networks in Europe and other countries due to the health crisis.

While the company

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Softbank’s Arm releases chip tech for high-end Android devices

(Reuters) – Arm Ltd, the semiconductor firm owned by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp, on Tuesday released new technology aimed at helping Android devices catch up to Apple Inc’s iPhones for certain computing tasks such as video games.

Arm’s technology powers the processors in both iPhones and Android devices. But Apple extensively customizes what are called computing “cores” on its chips, while many Android devices hew more closely to designs developed and sold by Arm itself.

In recent years, mobile phones have used a mix of high-performance cores that are speedy at computing but drain a phone’s battery and power-efficient cores that are slower but preserve battery.

Apple’s iPhones, however, are believed to have at least one high-performance core that is larger than others, helping it beat out Android competitors’ peak speeds on single-threaded computing tasks. That can help with video games, web scrolling and faster app launches.

Arm on Tuesday

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U.S. strikes at a Huawei prize: chip juggernaut HiSilicon

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The latest U.S. government action against China’s Huawei takes direct aim the company’s HiSilicon chip division—a business that in a few short years has become central to China’s ambitions in semiconductor technology but will now lose access to tools that are central to its success.

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. flag and a smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

That could make it the most damaging U.S. attack yet against a Chinese company that U.S. officials told reporters Wednesday functioned as a “tool of strategic influence” for the Chinese Communist Party. Huawei Technologies Co Ltd for its part denounced the U.S. allegations and called the new measures “arbitrary and pernicious.”

Established in 2004, HiSilicon develops chips mostly for Huawei, and for most of its existence has been an afterthought in

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U.S. regulators open door to possible tightening of Huawei chip curb

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are open to making changes to close what some see as a loophole in a new rule aimed at curbing global chip sales to blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Ltd, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

The Huawei logo is seen on a communications device in London, Britain, January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The new rule, unveiled by the Commerce Department on Friday, expands U.S. authority to require licenses for sales to Huawei of semiconductors made abroad with U.S. technology, vastly expanding the department’s reach to halt exports to the world’s No. 2 smartphone maker.

But the rule only includes chips designed by Huawei and does not cover shipments if they are sent directly to Huawei’s customers. Some industry lawyers see this as a significant loophole.

Asked on Wednesday about the potential for adjusting the rule to close that gap, State Department assistant

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