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Dec 13, 2017
Advanced Packaging Is Suddenly Very Cool
The hottest chip markets today--automotive AI for autonomous and heavily assisted driving, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality--all are beginning to look at advanced packaging as the best path forward for improving performance and reducing power. Over the past four years, which is when 2.5D and fan-out wafer-level packaging first really began garnering interest, these and other advanced ...
Semiconductor Engineering
$55.9 Billion Semiconductor Equipment Forecast - New Record with Korea at Top
SEMI released its Year-end Forecast at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition. SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase ...
Toshiba, Western Digital end chip dispute; joint investment to resume
Toshiba Corp and its chip business partner Western Digital Corp agreed to settle a long-running dispute over the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell ...
Three new trade secret complaints show China is still very much in the semiconductor industry's crosshairs
Micron, Applied Materials and Taiwanese chipmaker Nanya are among the plaintiffs alleging trade secret misappropriation in new suits filed over the last week in the US ...
Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 12
At the recent IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ...
Semiconductor Engineering
With Alkaline Chemistry, Copper Could Be Forever
IBM shook the foundations of next-generation semiconductor-node planning when it asserted last month that copper would remain the interconnect of choice at 5 nanometers ...
EE Times
NAND Market Expected to Cool in Q1
Contract prices for NAND flash memory chips are expected to decline in during the first quarter of 2018 as a traditional lull in demand following the year-end ...
EE Times
Fab Tool Sales Forecast to Hit Record $56 Billion
Sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are now expected to grow by nearly 36% in 2017, an increase from an earlier forecast that projected 20% growth, according ...
EE Times
3D NAND Storage Fuels New Age of Smartphone Apps
3D NAND will do the heavy memory lifting that smartphone users demand, explains the manager for mobile efforts at Western Digital. Smartphone users around the ...
EE Times
The Truth About Moore's Law is Revealed at 3D ASIP 2017
I've long held the belief that when it comes to reading scholarly works, very few people read the entire paper. At best, they read the title, introduction, and ...
Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth 23% more than Qualcomm's offer
Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said NXP Semiconductors NV is worth about 23 percent more than Qualcomm Inc's $38-billion offer to buy the chipmaker. Elliott ...
Constraints, a continuing challenge for designers
Commercial tools can help to address congestion areas; however, it is important to first understand what is causing the congestion problems. Over the last decade the ...
EE Times
Changes Ahead For Test
Testing microprocessors is becoming more difficult and more time consuming as these devices are designed to take on more complex tasks, such as accelerating ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Press Releases
EV Group Installs Low-temperature Plasma Activation System at the University of Tokyo
EV Group (EVG) announced it has received an order from the University of Tokyo for its EVG810LT plasma activation system for compound semiconductor research. Installed ...
EV Group
Heat Curable Corrosion Resistant Epoxy System Withstands Temperatures up to 500°F
Master Bond Supreme 34CA is a high strength structural epoxy adhesive featuring superior resistance to aggressive chemicals such as acids, bases, solvents and oils ...
Master Bond
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Test Your Knowledge
Which of the following was not a major scientist: Johannes Kepler, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Thomas Peacock
See answer below.
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What Year Was It?
Gore Concedes Presidential Election
Gore Concedes Presidential Election
Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida.
The day was Dec 13. What year was it?
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Dec 13, 2017: SEMICON Japan 2017
Feb 26, 2018: Understanding Semiconductor Technology & Business/ Austin, TX
Feb 27, 2018: Overview of Semiconductor Manufacturing/ Austin, TX
Mar 5, 2018: Overview of Semiconductor Manufacturing/ HsiChu, Taiwan
Mar 8, 2018: Overview of Semiconductor Manufacturing/ Singapore, Taiwan
Mar 14, 2018: Understanding Semiconductor Technology & Business/ San Jose, CA
Cartoon of the Day
"Let's run some tests before we blame it on global warming."
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
Which of the following was not a major scientist: Johannes Kepler, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Thomas Peacock
Answer: Thomas Peacock, 19thC British novelist. Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. Michael Faraday FRS was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. Charles Babbage KH FRS was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage originated the concept of a digital programmable computer.