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Sep 22, 2017
Fab Equipment Spending Sets New Record
Largest expenditures are in Korea, with China moving to second place. Fab equipment spending (new and refurbished) is expected to increase by 37% for 2017, reaching a new annual spending record of about $55 billion. The World Fab Forecast also forecasts that in 2018, fab equipment spending will increase even more, another 5%, for a record high of about $58 billion. The last record spending was in 2011 ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Chipmaker GlobalFoundries asks EU to investigate bigger rival TSMC
U.S. electronic chipmaker GlobalFoundries has asked European antitrust regulators to investigate market leader TSMC, accusing the Taiwanese firm of unfair competition ...
7 Views of Globalfoundries in 2017
Globalfoundries released a flurry of announcements at an annual gathering here, including an upgraded RF process and a 12-nm FinFET node. Analysts applauded the company's ...
EE Times
The Materials Gap
Materials vendors need to be included up front in process development or the whole industry will suffer. When consolidation thinned the ranks of semiconductor ...
Semiconductor Engineering
GlobalFoundries says no commitment from Tesla on chip deal
GlobalFoundries, which fabricates chips for Advanced Micro Devices Inc, said that Tesla had not committed to working with it on any autonomous driving technology ...
Infineon Sells Plant in Wales to Private Buyer, Jobs Secured
German chipmaker Infineon Technologies said it had signed an agreement to sell a manufacturing site in Wales, disposing of a non-core asset to a private buyer that will ...
The New York Times
Toshiba, keen to seal $18 billion chips sale, wrestles with last-minute delays
Japan's Toshiba Corp is locked in last minute discussions over "key issues" with the would-be buyers of its $18 billion memory chip business led by U.S. private equity ...
Challenges Mount For Photomasks
Optical proximity correction, EUV pellicles, inverse lithography and actinic inspection make it hard to achieve a return on investment at advanced nodes. Semiconductor ...
Semiconductor Engineering
TSMC to hold over 70% of PWM IC orders from Qualcomm
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to grab 70-80% of the total orders for Qualcomm's new-generation power management ICs (PWM IC), ...
Western Digital takes legal step to stop Toshiba memory investment
Western Digital Corp filed its latest legal action against joint-venture chip partner Toshiba Corp for moving to invest in a new flash memory production line without ...
Tesla working with AMD to develop chip for self-driving car
Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is working with Advanced Micro Devices Inc to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars. AMD spin-off GlobalFoundries ...
Press Releases
Delphon Named One of San Francisco Bay Area's Best Places To Work
Delphon announced that it has been named one of the San Francisco Bay Area's Best and Brightest Companies to work for. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition ...
Delphon (Gel-Pak)
WID120 Wafer ID Reader: The longer it works, the faster it gets
The IOSS WID120 Wafer ID Reader is the newest generation of advanced Wafer ID Readers. It was designed to close the gap between easy usability and highest flexibility ...
HTT Group
New Venture Research announces new publication
New Venture Research (NVR) announces the publication of its latest market research report, the "Advanced IC Packaging Technologies, Materials, and Markets ‐ 2017 ...
New Venture Research
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