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Top Story July 1, 2015
The Big Picture: 850 Volume Fabs in 2017
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We, in the semiconductor supply chain, are constantly immersed in detailed numbers. It's important to pull back and look at the major trends that have profoundly changed and are reshaping our industry. The largest increase of new fabs occurred in the time frame from 1997 to 2002 with 18% growth rate. The growth rate drops to 6% ...
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Industry News
Industry mergers may boost SPIL's role
The role of Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL) could be more important following mergers in the worldwide semiconductor industry, according to Bough ...
Digitimes
Will the Internet of Everything Really Make the World a Better Place?
I recently started watching the HBO sitcom, Silicon Valley. If you haven't seen it, it's a great parody of what life in the Valley taken over by socially awkward ...
3DIncites
Talking Sheets, Thinking Shorts
The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very ...
EE Times
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8 FD-SOI Questions You're Afraid to Ask
As a reporter, I've never covered a technology that generates more geographically-divided perceptions, innuendo and controversy among semiconductor ...
EE Times
AMD CEO talks of long-term turnaround
Semiconductor designer Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is making major strategy decisions that executives don't expect to manifest for several years...
Albany Business Review
Microsoft might buy AMD to restore its chip design operations
Microsoft cold be looking to buy AMD in a bid to restore its chip design operations, according to a report citing unnamed sources familiar with the ...
The Inquirer
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Advanced packaging to boost photolithography market, says Yole
The projection system market for such advanced packaging represents more than USD 150M in 2014, and within a highly competitive and innovative environment,...
EE Times Europe
Gartner Says Worldwide IT Spending to Decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5 trillion in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute ...
Gartner
Qualcomm has no plans to spin off chip business at present
U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has no plans to spin off its chips business at present, Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs said, despite recent investor pressure ...
Reuters
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ISSI Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Uphill Investment
Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. investors voted Monday to approve the company's purchase by Uphill Investment Co., ending a bidding war over the chipmaker. ...
Bloomberg
Back in the Driver's Seat on Global Trade
The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a major victory for free trade and the semiconductor industry, says CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association ...
EE Times
Wafer-Level Packaging Not Enough, say OSATS
Gathering a crowd of IC packaging and semiconductor processing experts in Vila do Conde, Portugal, European's largest provider of Outsourced Semiconductor ...
EE Times
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Press Releases
Element Six Presenting GaN-on-Diamond Thermal Management Technology at InterPACK and ICNMM
Element Six will be speaking at the joint ASME International Technical Conference and Exhibition on Packaging and Integration of Electron and Photonic ...
Element Six Technologies
Leading Taiwan OSAT Adopts Zeta Instruments Metrology System
Zeta Instruments Inc., announced that a leading Taiwan based outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) ordered its third Zeta-580(TM) automated ...
Zeta Instruments
One Component, High Strength Epoxy for Structural Bonding Applications
Formulated primarily for high performance structural bonding applications, Master Bond EP13SPND-2 is a one part, high temperature resistant epoxy for the aerospace ...
Master Bond
         
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White Papers
New Release Of Mil-Std-883 Visual Inspection Criteria
Localized TIM Characterization Using Deconstructive Analysis
Robust Die Attach for GaAs Devices
Challenges of on-board narrow-pitch connections for microwave components
A 20GHz pluggable 0.5mm pitch BGA connector simplifies test/verification
Semiconductor Grade Fluxes for Copper Pillar Flip-Chip
Achieving a 75GHz test socket
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Quote of the Day
"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
Oscar Wilde
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What Year Was It?
Hong Kong Returned to China
Hong Kong Returned to China
Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales and Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

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Calendar
Jul 13, 2015: Understanding Semiconductor Technology & Business/ San Francisco, CA
Jul 14, 2015: ABCs of Basic Electronics/ San Francisco, CA
Jul 14, 2015: SEMICON West
Jul 15, 2015: Solar (PV) Cell Technology/ San Francisco, CA
Jul 16, 2015: University Day at SEMICON West
Jul 16, 2015: Webinar: DI-water and Low Standoff Cleaning Challenges
Aug 10, 2015: Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (San Jose)
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
Halley's Comet was first spotted in 240 BC