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Golden Era or Short-Term Cycle?

Day 2 of SEMI’s Innovation for a Transforming World featured the outlook on semiconductor market growth over the next 2-3 years. The pandemic to a certain extent has turned the semiconductor and the supporting markets on their head so to speak. After a strong 2018, 2019 saw slower growth. As...
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Sustainability in the Semiconductor Fab and Sub-Fab

Building a state-of-the-art integrated circuit takes a lot of resources. Water, energy, chemicals, gases, and silicon wafers are just a few of the key elements required to build a chip. According to Scotten W. Jones at IC Knowledge LLC, there are 600 to 800 process steps at 5nm depending on...

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Chip Shortage: A Summary on Consumer Impact

The global chip shortage rages on, and we’ve heard a lot about its impact on the automotive industry. So, I thought I’d take a look at the impact on consumers through the eyes of the mainstream media, as people begin to understand the connection between semiconductors, and the products and...

From Different Dimensions View all

You’ve Been Through an M&A – Maybe It’s Time to Rebrand?

Much consolidation has happened in the semiconductor industry over the last decade or so. And it’s not over yet if recent news is anything to go by. By consolidation, I’m referring to specific mergers and acquisitions (M&As) between companies making similar products, materials, or devices. It’s happened in the materials...

Is Humpty Dumpty Really Broken?

Can the USA wrestle back Front- and Back-end Semiconductor Manufacturing? Humpty Dumpty Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again Recently, Congress has been tossing ideas about investing $Bs into the high...

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IFTLE 495: Siemens – Chiplets are the New Generation of SiP

The virtual IMAPS SiP conference recently took place under the Chairmanship of Mark Gerber of ASE. Siemens EDA Keith Felton of Siemens gave a keynote presentation about the company’s perspective on heterogeneous integration (HI) and chiplets and what it brings to system in package (SiP). Recall Siemens acquired Mentor Graphics...

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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...