Partstat Partner News February 2022

By Logan Wamsley

Toshiba Announces New 300-Millimeter Wafer Fabrication Facility

In a new announcement, Toshiba has unveiled plans to construct a new 300-millimeter wafer fabrication facility for power semiconductors. The facility will be located at its main discrete semiconductor based in Ishikawa Prefecture. According to the report, construction will be a two-phase process: Phase 1 will run through the 2024 fiscal quarter, while Phase Two will begin shortly after. At the completion of Phase One, Toshiba estimates that it will be able to increase power semiconductor production capacity by 2.5 times.

Market analysts expect the market demand for such power devices to continue to expand in the coming years — driven primarily by a global push for carbon neutrality, which necessitates reduced energy consumptions. This desire also extends to the manufacturing size; Toshiba itself has positioned this initiative to align with its goal of 100% renewable energy reliance through the use of artificial Intelligence and automated wafer transportation systems.

IBM Partners With Quebec for Canada’s First Quantum Computer

In a collaboration with the Canadian province of Quebec, IBM has announced it will deploy Canada’s first quantum computer, called the Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator. Now one of the few countries in the world with an IBM Quantum Systems One machine, Canada will now be able to employ the computer to advance R&D within the fields of quantum computing, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and high-performance computing.

“The Quebec-IBM Discovery Accelerator is further proof of our commitment to building open communities of innovation to tackle the big problems of our time through a combination of quantum computing, AI and high-performance computing, all integrated through the hybrid cloud,” said Dr. Darío Gil, senior vice president and director of Research, IBM.
This is only the latest IBM to see fruition. Over the last year, IBM has announced several partnerships with entities including the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the UK’S Science and Technology Facilities Council Hartree Centre.

GE Aviation Partners With Boeing on Hybrid Electric Aircraft

GE Aviation has announced a new contract with Boeing that will see Boeing support flight tests of GE’s new hybrid electric propulsion system. Additionally, Boeing will provide GE Aviation with airplane modification, system integration, and flight-testing services such as nacelle manufacturing, flight deck interface design and software, and aircraft-level performance analysis.

This announcement coincides with the research partnership between GE Aviation and NASA to mature a megawatt (MW) hybrid electric propulsion system. As part of NASA’s $260 Electrified Powertrian Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project, this will move forward plans to conduct ground and flight tests of the new system by the mid-2020s.

“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Boeing to advance hybrid electric and electric propulsion systems,” said Mohamed Ali, vice president and general manager of engineering for GE Aviation. “NASA’s Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration project is an opportunity for GE Aviation and Boeing, world leaders in aviation technologies, to show hybrid electric propulsion is real and possible for the future of commercial flight to reduce carbon emissions.”

Honeywell Partners With Battery Startup FREYER

Honeywell has announced a new partnership with Norwegian lithium-ion battery manufacturing startup FREYR Battery.
The goal is to exchange energy storage system (ESS) technologies, with FREYR leveraging Honeywell’s various relevant technology offerings, such as industrial software, integrated automation, field instrumentation and security integration solutions into its manufacturing processes, subject to viability. For Honeywell’s part, they will be purchasing 19GWh of FREYR’s battery cells between 2023 and 2030 for applications primarily in the commercial and industrial (C&I) market.

“Introducing decarbonised storage solutions at scale across multiple geographic markets is vital to our continued sustainability efforts and in turn, helps to make renewable energy accessible and efficient,” Ujjwal Kumar, president and CEO of Honeywell Process Solutions. “This collaboration will pair FREYR’s linext-generation battery solutions with Honeywell’s 20 years of lithium-ion battery industry know-how and established routes to markets and customers.”