Blog Review: April 19


Mentor's Tom Fitzpatrick explains what the Portable Stimulus standard will do, what it won't, and why the choice of input language defined by the standard matters. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in as IRDS chairman Paolo Gargini explains how long it takes technology breakthroughs to make out of the lab and into high-volume manufacturing. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi points to the recent sound... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Fab equipment and test VLSI Research has released its top 10 semiconductor equipment supplier ranking in terms of sales in 2016. Applied Materials topped the list again, achieving a growth of 18%. ASML was second, followed by Lam Research, TEL and KLA-Tencor. Fig. 1: Ranking based on 2016 sales. Source: VLSI Research. Unic Capital Management, a Chinese-based private equity fund, announ... » read more

Time For Massively Parallel Testing


Time is money in electronics, as in other industries, and the more time that is invested in testing chips means more costs being added to the product in question. To speed up testing for memory devices and other semiconductors, test equipment vendors have resorted to parallel testing technology, simultaneously testing multiple chips at a time. The industry also is turning to system-level tes... » read more

Getting Ready For 5G


Evolving communication systems are driving developments in the RF/microwave industry. The big umbrella of 5G focuses on supporting three main technologies: 1. Enhanced mobile broadband, which is the natural development of LTE; 2. Massive machine-type communications, also known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and 3. Ultra-reliable, low-latency communications providing mission-cri... » read more

2.5D, FO-WLP Issues Come Into Focus


Advanced packaging is beginning to take off after years of hype, spurred by 2.5D implementations in high-performance markets and fan-out wafer-level packaging for a wide array of applications. There are now more players viewing packaging as another frontier driving innovation. But perhaps a more telling sign is that large foundries in Taiwan have begun offering packaging services to customer... » read more

12 Important Considerations When Migrating to the Digital Pattern Instrument


The PXI Digital Pattern Instrument brings ATE-class digital to the PXI platform through features and programming that are familiar to semiconductor test engineers. Those features not only come through in the hardware of the instrument, they also appear in the NI-Digital Pattern Driver and Digital Pattern Editor. The digital pattern instrument represents an improved experience to previously exis... » read more

How Testing MEMS, Sensors Is Different


When it comes to testing microelectromechanical system devices and sensors, sometimes you have to shake and bake. [getkc id="311" comment="MEMS"] and [getkc id="187" kc_name="sensors"] are physically different from standard ICs. They require a specific type of stimulus to get the required testing results. Most chips only need to have an electrical charge run through them to gauge their pass/... » read more

Blog Review: April 5


In a video, Cadence's Megha Daga digs into the different architectural layers present in convolutional neural networks and how they contribute to object detection and classification in a real world scenario. Mentor's Mike Santarini argues that as things become increasingly connected, the stakes of bad design and bad verification are higher than they've ever been. Synopsys' Robert Vamosi w... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Chipmakers China’s IC industry is embarking on a recruitment drive to prepare for the operation of new fabs in 2018, according to TrendForce. “TrendForce’s latest analysis on China’s semiconductor sector reveals that the country’s domestic IC manufacturers are affecting the movement of industry talent worldwide as they continue to aggressively headhunt for senior managers and enginee... » read more

Data Leakage And The IIoT


The Internet of Things has raised concerns about people hacking into home networks or using armies of bots to disrupt communications. But with the Industrial IoT, the stakes are significantly higher—and the effects can last much longer. Security tops the list of concerns as more industrial equipment is connected to the Internet, according to numerous industry insiders. That hasn't stopped ... » read more

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