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How Taiwan and China paralyze large factories in Braga and Viana

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How Taiwan and China paralyze large factories in Braga and Viana

The worldwide semiconductor shortage, which is also affecting Portugal, is the result of a combination of factors, said Luza, partner at consultancy BCG Jose Ferreira, who believes prices will rise in the short term.

The lack of semiconductors has already led to a halt in production. at Bosch, in Braga, or Lear Corporation, in Walesa, just to give a few examples, as there are several businesses in the areas of Braga and Viana do Castelo that suffer from this condition.

Semiconductors cover a very wide range of things, from a small sensor in a car that beeps to a processor that sits inside a “smartphone,” among other things.

The global semiconductor supply chain is essentially divided into two parts: the states and Europe are “where most of the R&D, circuit design and all of the design component is done,” and manufacturing – because it is a business scale – is concentrated in China (low and medium difficulty), South Korea and, in particular, Taiwan, where the most advanced “chips” are located, explained the head of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

“Taiwan has an important feature” in that it has TSMC – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which “is recognized as a company that is 10 years ahead in technological terms compared to any semiconductor manufacturer,” he added.

In this aspect, there is a “geopolitical problem from the point of view of semiconductors,” as China has a “vision of a ‘one China’ of which Taiwan is a part,” he continued. This means that if Beijing invades Taiwan – “although it is unlikely, it is possible” – the United States “will be geographically held hostage by a superpower in an absolutely critical zone.”

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Taiwan is responsible for 92% of modern semiconductors, while South Korea is responsible for another 8%.

In terms of semiconductor demand, Jose Ferreira said the covid-19 pandemic was one of the factors that led to the shortage, with increased purchases of laptops, consoles, smart home devices, among others.

Another factor was bitcoins (cryptocurrencies). “You need processors to mine bitcoin, and this assumption has created a huge demand for processors,” he continued.

And so “the chips that were used in electric cars, game consoles, computers have started to be assembled to” mine bitcoins, “and this puts pressure on the supply chain,” he said.

In fact, the pressure is such that some semiconductor console manufacturers have imposed restrictions on their “chips” to prevent their use in other operations, he said.

The third factor, José Ferreira added, “has to do with structural demand that is growing” driven by smart cities. [cidades inteligentes], Internet of Things [Internet das Coisas], electric vehicles, etc.

Finally, demand for semiconductors was also influenced by “a purely logistical factor: the supply chain is under pressure due to tariff issues, and maritime transport is in trouble due to covid-19.”

In the short term, “price increases will increase, cars or ‘smartphones’ will become more expensive,” he says, assuming that the price effect due to the imbalance between supply and demand “is likely to be absorbed by the consumer.”

And with the advent of the fifth generation (5G), the pressure on demand will continue.

However, Jose Ferreira hopes that these demand pressures can ease, namely because “the bitcoin effect is more temporary”, sea transport is normalizing, and also because of the recovery of semiconductor production capacity.

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On the other hand, the United States has created an incentive program – $ 50 billion – to attract the chip industry.

“Due to geopolitical problems, the United States, in particular, and Europe is likely to follow them, are trying to introduce production facilities on their territory,” he stressed.

“We are seeing a deficit that combines several factors at once, but I think that they will be eliminated naturally,” he concluded.

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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

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Everything has been delivered.  10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”

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The first Dacia hybrid.  "The cheapest hybrid family on the market"

BUT Dacia revealed this Monday that the hybrid engine has been available since March on the Jogger, the Romanian brand’s model known to be available with a seven-seat variant.

The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

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See how Tesla tests its electric Semi truck in the worst-case scenarios

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Tesla Semi camião elétrico testes

Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.


Tesla Semi is already on the market

Like all Tesla electric vehicles, Semi follows the same line of creating a unique design associated with a platform with the most modern technology available. The proof is in what was presented to the public and surprised most people.

To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

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high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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