General Motors and LG Energy Solution, the battery division of South Korean firm LG Chem, are considering a second battery factory in the US and are reportedly in talks with officials in Tennessee, where GM has an assembly plant. GM is also building a battery factory in Ohio.
New orders at US factories rose 2.6% in January, up from 1.6% in December and 1.3% a year earlier, the Commerce Department reported. Nondefense capital goods orders minus aircraft increased by a revised 0.4% in January, down from the 0.5% initially reported.
Chiplet technology is confined to a select few semiconductor companies, and there needs to be a strong ecosystem and industry standards for chiplets to gain wider adoption, Brian Bailey writes. Marc Swinnen of Ansys says, "It's a sound technical idea, and there are organizations trying to make it happen."
Chipmakers with Texas facilities including Samsung Electronics, NXP Semiconductors and Infineon Technologies are facing a prolonged restart process after winter storms forced shutdowns, with near- and long-term effects on supplies. "We are now looking at about one month of lost production," says Risto Puhakka, president of VLSIresearch.
Provisioning security credentials on chips can now be done outside the wafer fabrication facility thanks to technology advances. "More [internet of things] chipmakers are securely provisioning device keys and certificates in the supply chain and establishing strong bindings between device data and the keys used to authenticate the devices," says Joe Gow of Rambus.
Walmart is planning to spend $350 billion in the next decade buying plastics, electrical appliances, medical supplies and other products that are made in the US. The company projects the investment will create 750,000 new jobs, and Walmart US CEO John Furner said "[m]ore businesses are choosing to establish their manufacturing operations in the United States, and the result is more jobs for Americans -- a lot more jobs."
Miners and researchers are using artificial intelligence to find sustainable solutions, including metal alternatives and ore deposits in safer locations. Mining exploration startup Kobold Metals is developing an AI tool and data platform with Stanford University's Center for Earth Resource Forecasting that helps companies analyze multiple possible sites simultaneously.
John Deere Power Systems' Nick Block said the manufacturer is looking at alternative fuels for its heavy equipment. "We support the use of biodiesel and renewable diesel because we recognize the importance of biofuels to our customers and to the environment," Block said, adding, "At the same time, we believe diesel power has a long life ahead due to the power density requirements of heavy-duty machinery."
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