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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...

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SEMICON West 2022: Keynotes and Conversations

Is it over already? SEMICON West 2022 flew by, true to form. My week was filled with keynotes and conversations with many movers and shakers in the semiconductor industry and beyond. Here are my initial observations and takeaways, with lots more to come in our upcoming podcast episodes. It’s a...

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Workforce Development Considerations in the Megachips Era

A recent Wall Street Journal article, The Microchip Era Is Giving Way to the Megachip Age, explains how the chip industry is transitioning from monolithically integrated chips to stacking chiplets to make megachips. In the U.S., DARPA is embarking on the Next Generation Microelectronic Manufacturing initiative focused on three-dimensional heterogeneous...

Chiplets and Sustainability

Advances in packaging can improve yield and reduce cost. Can they also reduce the environmental footprint of an electronic device? Let’s consider one example, the chiplet. Instead of large-monolithic CPUs with multiple functions integrated into one piece of silicon, the functions are divided between multiple smaller chiplets mounted on an...

R&D and Smart Technology Leading the Way in China

Despite China reacting to the United States CHIPS and Science Act, the country continues to move forward with R&D and smart technology projects launched in August, continuing to be focused on R&D and new energy. The 10GW photovoltaic n-type cell production project based in the Economic and Technological Development Zone...

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Artist rendering shows the entryway of TSMC's campus in North Phoenix

IFTLE 531: CHIPS and Science Act; TSMC Phoenix; Details on Apple M1

CHIPS and Science Act The CHIPS and Science Act will provide $54.2B in funding for the semiconductor and wireless industry, including $52 billion in grants and incentives specifically for the American semiconductor industry. In addition, a 25% investment tax credit for the manufacture of semiconductors and tools to create semiconductors...

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Smartphone Addiction is Not a Gender-Specific Problem

An open letter to David Benjamin, EE Times Dear David, You really don’t get it. Why? Why, when more women are joining the microelectronics industry in technical and non-technical roles, would you resort to female stereotypes from the 1950s as a vehicle to discuss such an important topic as global...

2021 3D InCites DEI Fundraiser a Success; Thank You Sponsors

We took our annual mural project online this year! Illustrator Ronna Encarnacion created this original watercolor to reflect the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in creating sustainability. Proceeds from the project will be used to seed the 3D InCites DEI Fund to support technology businesses owned by women and...