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Citius, Altius, Fortius: Packaging Topics at SEMICON Korea 2018

Citius, Altius, Fortius: Packaging Topics at SEMICON Korea 2018

Winter 2018, and Korea is at the center of the world in both sports and in electronics. Sports, of course, because of PyeongChang, host city for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games, with participants ranging from Eritrea to Tonga, along with the usual cold-weather-country (Norway, Canada, Sweden, etc.) players who showed up for the Games. And electronics, of course, specifically semiconductor device fab... »

Notes from SEMI’s ISS 2018, Days 2 and 3

Notes from SEMI’s ISS 2018, Days 2 and 3

The remaining two days of SEMI’s ISS 2018 dawned foggy and damp, making it a heck of a lot easier to head to the ballroom for a day and half full of inspiring talks versus ditching it all to answer the call of the pounding surf (I grew up on the ocean and now live in the desert, so trust me when I say the temptation was real.) Day Two started with a general technology session kicked off by L... »

New SEMI Japan President to Drive SEMI 2.0 in Japan

New SEMI Japan President to Drive SEMI 2.0 in Japan

SEMI today announced the appointment of Masahiko (Jim) Hamajima as president of SEMI Japan. Reporting to SEMI president and CEO Ajit Manocha, Hamajima assumes profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for SEMI Japan and leadership of SEMICON Japan along with all regional programs, events, and initiatives including SEMI Standards and industry advocacy. With more than 325 members, SEMI Japan plays a ... »

Continental Drifts or Tectonic Shifts? Advanced Packaging 2017

Continental Drifts or Tectonic Shifts? Advanced Packaging 2017

That’s great it starts with an earthquake … R.E.M. Boxing Day 2017 ended with an earthquake in Silicon Valley, at 10:32 pm, a magnitude 3.9 temblor near Alum Rock I thought could have been my neighbor dropping something heavy in the apartment upstairs, except that nobody lifts and drops anything that heavy, for that long, in the building where I live. No reports of damage, but the shaking came... »

SEMICON Europa 2017: Connect, Collaborate, Innovate, Grow and Prosper

SEMICON Europa 2017: Connect, Collaborate, Innovate, Grow and Prosper

I remember the day I became Queen of 3D like it was yesterday: It was 2007 and I was attending my very first SEMICON Europa, which was held in Stuttgart, Germany. At the time, I was managing editor of Advanced Packaging Magazine, and the hot technology topic was through silicon vias (TSVs) as an emerging technology that would enable 3D chip stacking. Equipment suppliers like SPTS (then STS), EV Gr... »

Smart Factories: Is the Semiconductor Industry Practicing What it Preaches?

Smart Factories: Is the Semiconductor Industry Practicing What it Preaches?

I’ve often found it somewhat ironic that those responsible for dreaming up and building the technologies that made smart devices, cities, cars, and factories possible, are often the slowest to adopt them. So it was with great interest that I listened to Guillermo Novo’s keynote at a recent SEMI Arizona Breakfast Forum, which kicked off a morning of presentations focused on smart manufacturing,... »

EDPS 2017: NOT the usual Electronic DESIGN Process Symposium

EDPS 2017: NOT the usual Electronic DESIGN Process Symposium

When planning the 24th EDPS, the organizing committee, chaired by Shishpal Rawat, former Intel executive, took a number of bold steps EDPS was traditionally held in the spring. We moved EDPS to the fall because that’s a time when more new IC projects are being planned. After many years of holding it in Monterey, we moved EDPS to Milpitas to make it more easily accessible for Silicon Valley folks... »

The Brighter Side of SEMICON West 2017

The Brighter Side of SEMICON West 2017

Generally, I avoid reading other journalists’ coverage of events I’ve attended until I’ve had a chance to finish my own coverage. But there it was in my inbox in a recent edition of Semiconductor Packaging News: “Five Takeaways from Semicon” by Semi Engineering’s Mark LePedus. I couldn’t resist. I had to click. I must admit, Mark is more of a hardcore technology journalist than I am,... »

SEMICON West 2017: The Semiconductor Industry at a Young 50

SEMICON West 2017: The Semiconductor Industry at a Young 50

The semiconductor industry is acting quite young for its age. And that’s just not me saying it; over and over again during SEMICON West 2017 I heard some variation of the phrase “We’re just getting started.” What was it that accounted for the upbeat and buoyant mood at SEMICON West 2017 this month, despite Moscone South Hall being a gaping hole clear down to the basement as a result of Sou... »

Heterogeneous Integration Makes an End Run Around 7nm Silicon at SEMI ASMC 2017

Heterogeneous Integration Makes an End Run Around 7nm Silicon at SEMI ASMC 2017

I like to think that someday soon a perfectly ripe tomato growing on a vine is going to signal its condition via the 5G network to an AI who knows I love heirloom tomatoes at their peak; my AI will place an order for me based on standing instructions (after first confirming I am indeed expected home that evening, and that I already don’t have too many heirlooms on the counter), and an autonomous... »

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