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A long-time evangelist of 3D integration technologies, Herb Reiter puts more than 20 years of experiences in technical and business roles at semiconductor and EDA companies to work, providing a holistic perspective and insight on how to bring 3D integration to the masses.

Employee Engagement is Key to ESG Success

TSMC has a significant challenge on its hands when the topic of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) comes up. They are growing at a rapid rate, as the chip industry continues to grow. They are currently the technology leader from a minimum pitch, and use of advanced technology such as EUV,...

SEMI Supports Sustainability Startup Initiative

Sustainability has become one of the key focus points for the semiconductor industry. When the big customers/users of chips – Apple, Google, AWS, META, and Microsoft – started to look at how to manage scope 3 emissions, they mandated semiconductor companies to work to meet net zero by 2040 or...

Will Easing the Chip Shortage Impact New 200mm Fabs?

Another highlight of SEMICON West centered around 200mm fabs. The 200mm industry has thrived on used equipment. As 200mm memory fabs closed, a significant amount of that equipment made its way to existing or emerging logic lines. Most of these lines process chips that have linewidths, or technology nodes at...

Simply Gobsmacked, The CHIPs Act Passes

It has been a tumultuous month. At the start of July, the CHIPS Act appeared to be going into a summer recess. Pat Gelsinger was playing high-stakes poker with congress, and the chip and wafer fab equipment industry was still extremely optimistic going into SEMICON West. As we exit July...

Takeaways from the SEMICON West Sustainability Summit

One of my go-to statements when it comes to sustainability comes from a famous frog, “It’s not easy being green”. The Sustainability Summit at SEMICON west 2022 discussed and demonstrated some of the challenges the industrial world is facing to meet the challenges of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and...

Semiconductor Growth: Is the Future Too Bright?

SEMICON West 2022 coming up next week will kick-off, at least for the time being, the back to post-COVID normal for SEMI events. SEMI will be back on its normal schedule, and as concerns regarding COVID 19 are on a slow simmer, healthy attendance should be expected. We can expect...

What’s Happening in the World of Sustainability

The last month has been an interesting time in the world of sustainability. First, the SEC released its estimates on costs for reporting on climate change, and a document for review on suggested reporting standards. The S&P Dow Jones index removed Tesla from its top 10 ESG index, The Davos...

Semiconductor Industry R&D is Alive and Well

The decline of centralized semiconductor industry R&D labs, as well as the technical challenges facing semiconductor manufacturers, have helped the rise of independent research and development institutions. These organizations such as imec and CEA-LETI, both in Europe, are funded in part by local and regional governments, but more importantly, they...

It’s Spring and ESG Reporting Season is Underway!

When this blog publishes it will have been about a month from Earth Day. Earth Day is typically filled with announcements about how semiconductor companies are addressing environmental issues. It also signals the beginning of the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting season that typically starts in the April time...