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Guest bloggers from across the supply chain and from various market segments contribute to provide insight on the implications of 3D integration technologies. Industry experts who have something to say are invited to participate.

China’s Semiconductor Industry Experiences Continued Growth

China’s semiconductor industry shows no signs of slowing down. China has a steady stream of projects signed and initiated in June alone. The few deals we’ve discussed show over 81 billion yuan (the equivalent of $12.1 billion) invested in just three weeks. Most of the projects launched include new manufacturing...

Sustainability 101: The Struggle to Remove Lead from Solders

My last post here asked the question, are your products toxic? Perhaps I should have said your products are toxic. What do you plan to do about that? Removing even one toxic compound from semiconductor manufacturing takes much longer than expected. Leaded or Unleaded? Lead in solder is an excellent...

The Supply Chain Changes History

President Biden’s recent visit to South Korea, meeting the heads of South Korean conglomerates, and a plan to visit Samsung’s semiconductor fab are closely related to a restructuring of the US-centric supply chain. The meeting between President Biden and the heads of the four major corporate groups was not merely...

Projects Get Green Light Despite China’s Regulatory Crackdowns

Recently, CNN Business reported that China’s regulatory crackdowns that hurt the technology industry might have a light at the end of the tunnel. According to state-run Xinhua News Agency, China “promised to promote the healthy development of the internet economy and introduce specific measures to support the sector,” the Communist...

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...

Sustainability 101: Earth Day and Eco-Design

Today is Earth Day, April 22. What’s so special about Earth Day? Shouldn’t we care about our planet every day? Earth Day is special for me personally because it’s also the anniversary of the day I became a published author. My first book, Material Value, came out on April 22,...