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Smart Mobility: An Impactful and High-growth Market

About 70% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is driven by consumer demand. What consumers are looking for is influenced by, for example, fashion trends, product innovations, environmental forces, and personal interests. Regarding personal interests: Sales of electronic components at Fry’s are poor, Radio Shack stores even vanished completely....

DAC 2020 Addresses Chiplet Design and Integration

In the early days of ASIC technology, only logic library elements and basic I/Os with up to 10s of transistors were available for customizing gate arrays and/or logic functions in standard cell chips. And then, “megacells” (a.k.a. Functional Blocks, Semiconductor IP Blocks), comprised of 100s, even 1000s, and more transistors...

Francoise in 3D View all

Are You Ready for an Onslaught of Virtual Events?

From basic webinars and Zoom happy hours (like our SemiSister Social Hour above), to full-blown technical conferences, trade shows, and even some hybrids, we’ve all been dabbling in virtual events for about six months now. But based on the emails flooding my inbox, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. But Wait…...

Cruising the Virtual SEMICON West Expo Hall

This morning at Virtual SEMICON West, I tried to attend a bunch of sessions and take notes so I could write about them. I really did. But I was experiencing information overload. And so, I decided to just listen to and watch a few, and maybe go back to the...

From Different Dimensions View all

How we Helped a Customer Deliver a GEM-compliant Equipment using CCF

Welcome to the first posting in the Cimetrix CIMControlFramework (CCF) Services blog series! While Cimetrix has been providing professional services for many years, in order to better serve the growing demand from many new equipment maker customers worldwide that have purchased our CCF product, Cimetrix earlier this year formed a...

Packaging IFTLE View all

IFTLE 459: imec Develops Nano-TSV for Heterogeneous Integration

This week we continue our look at ECTC 2020. imec and SPTS Collaborate on Nano-TSV Processes As part of our IFTLE theme of advanced packaging and interconnect going submicron, let’s look at the imec (long renowned for both their front end and back end work) presentation “Extreme Wafer Thinning and...

IFTLE 457: Hybrid Bonding Comes of Age

I first started covering Ziptronix and its hybrid bonding technology back in 2007 when I was writing Perspectives from the Leading Edge (PFTLE) for Semiconductor International (SI). I’d give you the references, but SI went belly up in 2010 and I learned my first lesson about the NON-archival nature of...

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Diversity, Parity, Prosperity: Perspective of an Industry Veteran

“Don’t surround yourself with yourself …” Yes, from I’ve Seen All Good People. “At Japan’s Most Elite University, Just 1 in 5 Students Is a Woman.” The New York Times, 08 December 2019 “The semiconductor industry isn’t known as a standout example of diversity and inclusion. But that’s changing.” Jane...

The World Series 2019: The Technology of Baseball

I’m a huge baseball fan. And while my favorite team, the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t even make it into the playoffs, it doesn’t mean I’m not glued to my MLB app to keep track of the World Series. I LOVE IT!  ALL OF IT!  The plays, the jockeying for position, the...