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Where Does the U.S. Stand on Semiconductor R&D?

While a significant part of the rhetoric surrounding the CHIPS for America Act (CHIPS Act) focuses on improving manufacturing in the United States and supply chain issues, there is also a discussion about semiconductor R&D. In recent postings, I have discussed some of the how’s and why’s US companies have...

CHIPS for America Act: Are We There Yet?

The CHIPS for America Act is still winding its way through Congress. The Senate has sent its version back to the House of Representatives where it faces an uphill battle due to partisan divide. The America COMPETES Act is the House counterpart to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA, S.1260), which...

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Apple M1 Chipset

IFTLE 518: Apple M1 UltraFusion Technology

Apple announced that it’s launching the new M1 Ultra processor for high-end Macs during its ‘Peek Performance’ event in March and announced the mysterious “UltraFusion” as Apple’s “custom-built packaging architecture.” Let’s take a closer look! Is Apple M1 using TSMC CoWoS technology? The Apple M1 Ultra is currently only available...

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Sustainability 101: Are Your Products Toxic?

Do you know how many individual elements and chemical compounds are required to make a circuit board? I don’t. There are dozens, perhaps more. The list covers much of the periodic table. Making the semiconductor industry supply chain more environmentally responsible involves considering how we extract, produce, use, and dispose...

Is Vehicle Electrification Driving Evolution of the Supply Chain?

If CES® 2022 was any indication, the automotive industry is yet again in the crosshairs of both consumers and industry experts alike. Whether it’s the new electric vehicle (EV) model introductions, color-changing technologies, or concept cars, automotive companies are slowly transforming themselves from manufacturers to technology platform providers. Vehicle electrification...

China Invests 140B Yuan in 170 Technology Projects Involving Semiconductors

In a single month, China has launched over 170 technology-related projects. Areas of focus range from semiconductors to biomedicine, new energy vehicles to chip application development, production of an optical protective mask to ultraviolet disinfection protective mask, dust-proof anti-poison breathing mask, and everything in between. Local Chinese corporations heavily invest...

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IFTLE 519: SIA Responds to the CHIPS For America Act

IFTLE thought it might be of value to take a look at the Semiconductor Industry Association’s (SIA) response to the Dept of Commerce’s request for information (RFI) on “Incentives, Infrastructure, and Research and Development Needs to Support a Strong Domestic Semiconductor Industry”, which is being used to plan for and...

IFTLE 517: Chiplet Standardization Closer than ever with UCIe

The impressive industry grouping of ASE, AMD, ARM, Google, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, and TSMC in early March announced the formation of an industry consortium that will establish a die-to-die interconnect standard and foster an open chiplet ecosystem. Those of you who follow IFTLE know this is exactly what...
reshoring microelectronics

IFTLE 516: Skywater and the Onshoring of Advanced Packaging

Reshoring With the ongoing deluge of reshoring activity in the US, it is good to see others pointing out that just manufacturing chips is not what we are after. As IFTLE has steadfastly stated, we need the complete infrastructure moved back onshore and that absolutely includes the new golden child:...

IFTLE 515: MIT/ Academia Address U.S. Reshoring

With $52B hovering out there for the U.S. reshoring effort, it is not surprising that anyone and everyone, involved in any way with the industry, is trying to devise a way to get part of the pie. It should also not surprise anyone that academia, who gets much of their...

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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...