RMAs: Root Problem Found


For decades, costs of production and maintenance have been driven down through manufacturing, process and logistical innovation, creating more breathing room for margin to maintain viable growth. There are other costs, however, that we seemingly accept as inevitable and simply get better at factoring in as par-for-the-course, or ‘eggs broken’ to make the omelet. The ubiquitous presence of ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Synopsys acquired Qualtera, a provider of big data analytics for semiconductor test and manufacturing. Based in Montpellier, France and founded in 2010, Qualtera's Silicondash platform provides both off-line and in-line modules for data analytics, visualization, simulation, and modeling to allow for development of control strategies. Combined with Synopsys' TestMAX test automation solution, the... » read more

Cleaning Data For Final Test


John O’Donnell, CEO of yieldHUB, talks about why data integrity is so critical for final test, what can cause it to be less-than-perfect, what’s needed to improve the quality of that data, and how that impacts the overall yield in a fab. » read more

New Uses For Manufacturing Data


The semiconductor industry is becoming more reliant on data analytics to ensure that a chip will work as expected over its projected lifetime, but that data is frequently inconsistent or incomplete, and some of the most useful data is being hoarded by companies for competitive reasons. The volume of data is rising at each new process node, where there are simply more things to keep track of,... » read more

Covid-19 Tech Bits: April 14


Modeling coronavirus spread Four teams of Finnish researchers have modeled the coughing spread of COVID-19 in tight indoor areas, such as grocery stores and public transportation systems, using a supercomputer and 3D visualization. “The aerosol cloud spreads outside the immediate vicinity of the coughing person and dilutes in the process," said Aalto University Assistant Professor Ville V... » read more

Lessons In Monitoring System Performance


At proteanTecs, we set out to revolutionize electronics with a breakthrough approach to address the challenges that come with scale: Deep Data monitoring of the health & performance of systems, from design to field. Knowledge and education are profoundly rooted in our core values. However, as the circumstances of COVID-19 unfold, we are following the guidelines of the World Health Organi... » read more

Reliability Challenges Grow For 5/3nm


Ensuring that chips will be reliable at 5nm and 3nm is becoming more difficult due to the introduction of new materials, new transistor structures, and the projected use of these chips in safety- and mission-critical applications. Each of these elements adds its own set of challenges, but they are being compounded by the fact that many of these chips will end up in advanced packages or modul... » read more

Manufacturing Optimization With Digital Thread


Data is everywhere, and if you know what to do with it, can be tremendously valuable. Huge volumes of data are collected in manufacturing industries across the supply chain, with the help of technologies such as IoT platforms, sensors, and edge devices. However, data is only as good as the value extracted from it, and getting the most out of data is challenging. Because information is often con... » read more

Making 3D Structures And Packages More Reliable


The move to smaller vertical structures and complex packaging schemes is straining existing testing approaches, particularly in heterogeneous combinations on a single chip and in multi-die packages. The complexity of these devices has exploded with the slowdown in scaling, as chipmakers turn to architectural solutions and new transistor structures rather than just relying on shrinking featur... » read more

Reducing Automotive Failure Rates With QPaaS


It’s become an industry cliché to dub modern cars “computers on wheels” – and with 90 percent of automotive innovation now focused on electronics and software, it’s a cliché that happens to be true, and it brings with it the complications that all electronics bring. The sheer number of electronics-driven features – advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), telematics, navigati... » read more

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