Machine Learning In The Fab


Machine learning is exploding, especially where there are massive amounts of data to contend with and lots of potential interactions. This leads to two obvious insertion points in the semiconductor field. One is on the design side, where just getting an advanced design to function is an enormous challenge. That challenge increases as the need for reliability in some market increases. It's d... » read more

Got Energy?


Energy is a finite resource, which means it’s not someone else’s problem. It’s everyone’s problem. This isn’t just another doom and gloom prediction. Energy consumption has been rising steadily for decades. Unfortunately, it has been increasing at a faster rate than energy production. A Semiconductor Industry Association report entitled, “Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to Ac... » read more

Efficiency Metrics Get Fuzzy


Not too long ago chipmakers used to measure transistors per hour and software developers would measure lines of code written per day or per week. Those metrics have fallen by the wayside—and chipmakers are still lamenting that loss. The problem is that nothing has come along to replace the old metrics, and complexity has left many chipmakers scratching their heads about how to build effici... » read more