Benefits And Drawbacks Of Working From Home


Many people are working home in recent weeks, due to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.  At yieldHUB, a good number of us have worked remotely or from a home office for years. We have people working like this in Taiwan, the USA, the UK and Ireland. As well as that, our software system enables semiconductor engineers and their managers to work remotely or from home. There are many be... » read more

What’s WAT? Testing At The End Of Manufacturing


The high costs of building, resourcing and operating a foundry fabricating integrated circuits are well known. Fabless companies avoid this capital cost and focus on design and innovation in their area of expertise. On the other hand, the fabless company relies on the expertise and skills of the foundry to produce quality wafers. Many times a process used by a fabless company to manufacture... » read more

6 Signs You Need A Yield Management System


We often speak to companies who don’t know if they need yield management software yet. While most semiconductor companies need to invest in yield management, there could be instances where you’ll get by without one for a while. This article is for companies that use an internal option (such as Excel or JMP) and those who don’t have yield management at all. We will share the six most obvio... » read more

The Impact Of Test Engineers


As testing is at the end of each project, it’s often seen as a non-value-added necessity that just needs to be done. This is why Test Engineers often feel overlooked and undervalued. Previously, we explained why engineering managers should value their test engineers, and told them how to get the most out of their teams. Today we’ll explore how test engineers can learn to understand the... » read more

A Holistic Approach To Yield Management


At yieldHUB we work with consultants and semiconductor experts, like André van de Geijn, semiconductor expert and author of Collaboratism. He supports our customers on the west coast of the US. We asked him about the benefits of various yield management solutions (YMS). In this article we will explain the benefits with insights from André. Today, people look at their current problem an... » read more

Software Support Scenarios


Do you need support for your software? Let’s look at 3 scenarios to explore the question. Using software that is single version Using software that is developed in house Using Software as a Service. These are not the only models or cases out there but will allow us to explore some of the main factors involved. Using software that is single version: Maybe it is a pa... » read more

The Unexpected Impact Of Lots On Hold


One of the biggest bottlenecks in any Subcon is Lots on Hold. The problem occurs many times a week on most factory floors. It’s something you’ve grown to loathe or endure. But, is there something you can do to reduce the amount of time lots spend on hold? In this article, we will explain what Lots on Hold are and how you can make the process less painful for your team and help improve on-ti... » read more

The Hidden Potential Of Test Engineers


Design engineers are seen as the cornerstone of new projects in many semiconductor companies, working away with the team to design the next product and making sure it meets all specifications. We pay little thought to the test engineer, who works in the shadows designing algorithms, hardware and software that could pass or fail each die. The test engineer is the last line of defense between... » read more

Who Is Responsible For Part Average Testing?


With ever-increasing demands in the automotive industry, more and more semiconductor companies are interested in monitoring and improving quality and reliability. Outlier detection and more specifically Part Average Testing (PAT) is the industry standard for the automotive industry. But, who is responsible for quality? Historically, OSATs are responsible for this. In the past, once they... » read more

Practical Ways To Reduce Test Time


If someone said that paper never refused ink, they could have said the same about test programs and tests. Early on in my career as a test development engineer, I commented out all tests except the key test for the new product I was working on. This allowed me to isolate the test and fix its repeatability. The next pre-production run finished much earlier than I expected and I was impressed ... » read more