IC packaging materials lifted by car, industrial needs

The growths of automotive and industrial applications have boosted demand for IC packaging materials such as leadframes, according to industry sources.

IDMs remain relarively optimisitc about mid- to long-term outlook, the sources added.

In addition to Infineon, STMicroelectronics, Onsemi, and Rohm Semiconductor, more power semiconductor suppliers are leaning toward modular products, spurring demand for customized leadframes used in IC packaging. According to the estimates of Taiwan-based leadframe makers SDI and Jih Lin Technology, more than 40% of their revenues in 2022 would source from car-grade products.

Chang Wah Technology (CWTC) is a major supplier of IC packaging leadframes. It plans to raise quotes in the second quarter of 2022 to reflect rising costs. It estimates the ratio of consumer electronics to its revenue would drop below 40% by the end of this year. Automotive applications and industrial control units contributed 35% and 18% to its first-quarter revenue, the company said.

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Mooneyes Street Car Nationals: The Long-Awaited Return To Tokyo

It’s been pretty crazy how many events we’ve hit up during the course of May, but one that I’d really been looking forward to getting out to was the Mooneyes Street Car Nationals.

Nothing can match the spectacle of seeing thousands of customized vehicles in all flavors descend upon the Odaiba area of central Tokyo, especially after a couple of years without this annual get together.


For this post, I’ve decided to take the same approach I did with my Wekfest Japan 2022 event wrap-up, and that’s letting the images do the talking.


Hopefully it will give you a true feeling of the size and scope of this event, and the qualities of each car hand-picked by Mooneyes Japan to attend.


I love the light-hearted approach so many car builders in Japan take with their creations.


But it’s the sheer variety of vehicles that makes this event so good. It’s

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‘We buried our sportswear’: Afghan women fear fight is over for martial arts | Afghanistan

On the morning of 15 August, when the Taliban were at the gates of Kabul, Soraya, a martial arts trainer in the Afghan capital, woke up with a sense of dread. “It was as though the sun had lost its colour,” she says. That day she taught what would be her last karate class at the gym she had started to teach women self-defence skills. “By 11am we had to say our goodbyes to our students. We didn’t know when we would see each other again,” she says.

Soraya is passionate about martial arts and its potential to transform women’s minds and bodies. “Sport has no gender; it is about good health. I haven’t read anywhere in Qur’an that prevents women from participating in sports to stay healthy,” she says.

Opening a sports club for women was an act of defiance in such a deeply patriarchal society. She and

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Kimi Raikkonen Will Drive A Camaro ZL1 At NASCAR Cup Race At Watkins Glen

Just when he thought he’d gotten out, they pulled him back in. Kimi Raikkonen will once again don his racing suit less than a year after retiring from Formula 1 in order to race in a NASCAR Cup Series event this year.

The seat will be offered to the Finnish driver by Project91, a program designed to offer international racing stars an opportunity to participate in NASCAR. Raikkonen, the first driver announced as part of the program, will drive the number 91 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Watkins Glen International road course on August 21, 2022.

“Kimi Raikkonen is the driver I first had in mind when we created PROJECT91,” said Justin Marks, one of Project91’s founders. “Kimi is a world-renowned driver with a tremendous amount of talent and fan following. We have had long discussions, and like us, he is already hard at

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