China: Fab Boom or Bust?

China’s semiconductor industry continues to expand at a frenetic pace. At present there are nearly two dozen new fab projects in China. Whether all these fab projects get off the ground is not entirely clear because the dynamics in China remain fluid. What is clear is the motivation behind this building frenzy—China is trying to reduce its huge trade imbalance in ICs. The country continu... » read more

An Automated Resource Management System To Improve Production Tapeout Turn-Around Time

n today’s semiconductor industry, both the pure-play and independent device manufacturer (IDM) foundries are constantly and rigorously competing for market share. A key feature in their success is the ability to meet or exceed aggressive time-to-market schedules. Leading foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) aims to ensure continual improvement in its fab’s tu... » read more