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Bitcoin and Beanie Babies: Why Cryptocurrency Volatility Matters to the Semiconductor Industry

Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency built on blockchain, has become one of the hottest topics to hit the semiconductor news feeds and the conference circuit since the iPhone. Why? Because this code-based technology requires so much compute power to run complex mathematical equations that it gobbles up more energy than is required to fuel the entire country of Denmark. In fact, a recent article in the Washin... »

TechSearch International Analysis Shows Packaging for Cryptocurrency Provides a Windfall

TechSearch International Analysis Shows Packaging for Cryptocurrency Provides a Windfall

Projections for PC growth are flat and shipments of smartphones show low growth rates. Demand for cryptocurrency devices in flip-chip CSPs and BGAs is expected to provide increased volumes this year to help keep foundries and OSATs busy. Few are willing to add foundry, substrate, or assembly capacity for cryptocurrency because of its unpredictability, but many are enjoying the windfall. Cryptocurr... »

Can We Thank Aristotle for Heterogeneous Integration?

Can We Thank Aristotle for Heterogeneous Integration?

A couple of years ago we may not have predicted that in 2018 there would be a growing demand for high-end chips specifically for global cryptocurrency mining. Those taking part in this search for hashes have a glimmer in their eye similar to those consumed by the hope and frenzy of a gold rush. The rush of getting to the answer first, and of course the alluring reward paid in Bitcoin, is driving p... »