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Mission Impossible? Not for SEMI!

Mission Impossible? Not for SEMI!

San Francisco’s Moscone Center (above), the traditional home of SEMICON West trade shows, is undergoing major reconstruction work. Looking at this picture of the South Hall you may ask yourself: “Can anybody organize a large trade show here and make it a big success?” My answer is: “YES, the SEMI team can! They did exactly this in July for SEMICON West 2017!” With some very creative spac... »

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... »

Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer Consolidation Update

Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer Consolidation Update

It was a much-talked-about topic this year at SEMICON West 2014 (SW2014) – this trend of semiconductor equipment manufacturer consolidation. Just in the past year, we’ve read the headlines about Applied Materials (AMAT) and Tokyo Electron ‘s (TEL) impending merger; LTX Credence’s acquisition of Multitest, Everett Charles, Technologies and atg Luther & Maelzer businesses from Do... »

Process Improvements Target 3D IC Cost of Ownership

Process Improvements Target 3D IC Cost of Ownership

Customers have asked and suppliers are listening. One sign of progress from last year to this year at SEMICON Singapore’s 3D IC Forum was the number of supplier presentations focused on process improvements that have been developed to lower the 3D IC cost of ownership (CoO). In addition to the cost-effective implementation of interposer technologies being worked on at Singapore’s A*STAR Instit... »