The Importance Of Secure Data Sharing


When it comes to data accessibility, the terms “secure” and “share” seem like two diametrically opposed words. Conventional wisdom would suggest that any effort to secure data would involve limiting access to that data, while sharing data would involve opening up access to that data for others to view and use. As it turns out, semiconductor operations need to do both. On the one h... » read more

Supporting Multiple Time Domains In SoC Production Test


Complex system-on-chip (SoC) devices make every stage of the development flow harder, and the challenges continue even after the silicon is fabricated. Automatic test equipment (ATE) screening for defective wafers and assembled chips is always challenging. Production test engineers constantly struggle to minimize expensive test pattern memory, test each wafer or chip as quickly as possible, and... » read more

Advancing Product Performance Through Adaptable Production Test Equipment


Semiconductors are the backbone of modern electronics, powering everything from smartphones and laptops to autonomous vehicles and advanced medical equipment. As the semiconductor industry continues to push technological boundaries to deliver faster, smaller, and more powerful devices, ensuring the reliability and optimal performance of these components becomes increasingly challenging. A modu... » read more

Battery Management Testing: Alleviating EV Buyer Anxiety


As the electric vehicle (EV) market surges towards 2040, fueled by strong consumer enthusiasm, the need to address key concerns about EV range, reliability, and battery life has become critical. Anxiety over potential range limitations, amplified by fears of scarce charging options, alongside safety worries due to media-reported battery incidents, have slowed adoption rates. Here, the semicondu... » read more

The Crucial Role Of High-Performance Computing In 2024: Balancing Cost And Innovation


We live in a world where digital queries run the Information Superhighway and in turn, our lives. This means that the importance of High-Performance Computing (HPC) cannot be overstated. The technology behind this continues to be a cornerstone for advancing our world and improving productivity. To put it another way, can you imagine a day, a week, when you are not querying something? So, let... » read more

Using Automatic Defect Classification To Reduce The Escape Rate Of Defects


Automated optical inspection (AOI) is a cornerstone in semiconductor manufacturing, assembly and testing facilities, and as such, it plays a crucial role in yield management and process control. Traditionally, AOI generates millions of defect images, all of which are manually reviewed by operators. This process is not only time-consuming but error prone due to human involvement and fatigue, whi... » read more

Reimagining PVT Monitoring IP For Advanced Node GAA Process


As process technology continues to evolve, so must design tools and the IP that support them. One example of an industry evolution is on the PVT monitoring IP side. The process, voltage, and temperature (PVT) monitors embedded within chips provide feedback on silicon status at every stage of the lifecycle, including mission use in the field. The data gathered from the monitors enables benefits ... » read more

The Need For Speed: Wi-Fi 7 And The Era Of Ultra-Fast Internet


The exponential growth of data consumption and the proliferation of connected devices have driven the need for the development of Wi-Fi 7. With the increasing demand for high-speed internet access, especially in bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming, gaming, and virtual reality, existing wireless standards have become inadequate to meet the evolving needs of users. Wi-Fi 7 addresse... » read more

Using Picosecond Ultrasonics To Measure Trench Structures In SiC Power Devices


The road to the future is not always a smooth, trouble-free drive. Along the way, there may be unforeseen detours, potholes and accidents, each one capable of setting progress back. But for those behind the wheel, those obstacles are just a part of the journey. Such is the case for the automotive industry as it continues to steer away from gas-powered vehicles and turn toward hybrid and elec... » read more

Silent Data Corruption Considerations For Advanced Node Designs


Ensuring reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) has long been an important consideration for many types of electronic systems, with major implications for chip design. Clearly, military hardware must be very reliable, and servers and automotive systems are also expected to be available constantly. Some amount of failure is inevitable, so being able to repair, avoid, or mitigate fau... » read more

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