Shortages Hit Packaging Biz


Rising demand for chips is hitting the IC packaging supply chain, causing shortages of select manufacturing capacity, various package types, leadframes and even some equipment. Spot shortages for some IC packages began showing up earlier this year, but the problem has been growing and spreading since then. Supply imbalances reached a boiling point in the third and fourth quarters of this yea... » read more

Japan: Finding Leadership In New Technology Areas


By Osamu Nakamura The semiconductor industry is a technology-driven industry — and technology invention and innovation are the engines that drive industry growth. Japan has seen the global landscape for semiconductor manufacturing change, and in turn, Japan’s semiconductor industry has been changing, finding technology leadership opportunities in emerging technology areas that lead to grow... » read more

IoT Sees Real Adoption In Industry, Driving Development Of Ecosystem


The smart watch may get the press, but smart connected sensors in the factory are quietly saving companies millions a year. Companies from Intel to Rio Tinto are reporting real bottom line results from industrial applications of the Internet of Things. That solid ROI is driving development of the infrastructure needed to ease further adoption in what will likely be the biggest market for the I... » read more