Different Ways To Improve Chip Reliability


A push toward greater reliability in safety- and mission-critical applications is prompting some innovative approaches in semiconductor design, manufacturing, and post-production analysis of chip behavior. While quality over time has come under intensive scrutiny in automotive, where German carmakers require chips to last 18 years with zero defects, it isn't the only market demanding extende... » read more

Test In New Frontiers: Flexible Circuits


Test is becoming increasingly complicated as new technologies such as flexible electronics begin playing mission-critical roles in applications where electronics have little or no history. Although flexible circuitry has been around for while, testing needs to catch up as these circuits are deployed across a variety of markets where conditions may be extreme. In many cases, sensors for monit... » read more

Building Powertrains To Meet EV Demand


Throughout history, customer demand has always been a driving factor in companies’ product portfolios around the world. Today, the demand for a cleaner earth is unparalleled, with individuals wanting products and services that minimize harm to the environment. This amazing transition in customer demand is apparent everywhere. The food industry is experiencing a rise in vegan requests, the ... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Chipmakers The IC industry once had several leading-edge vendors that invested and built new fabs. But over time, the field has narrowed due to soaring costs and a dwindling customer base. In 1994, the share of semiconductor industry capital spending held by the top five companies was 25%, according to IC Insights. This meant that a number of companies invested and built new fabs during the... » read more

Changes In Data Storage and Usage


Doug Elder, vice president and general manager of OptimalPlus, talks about what’s changing in the storage and collection, including using data lakes and data engineering to break down silos and get data into a consistent format, and why it’s essential to define data up front based upon how quickly it needs to be accessed, as well as who actually owns the data. » read more

Testing Against Changing Standards In Automotive


The infusion of more semiconductor content into cars is raising the bar on reliability and changing the way chips are designed, verified and tested, but it also is raising a lot of questions about whether companies are on the right track at any point in time. Concerns about liability are rampant with autonomous and assisted driving, so standards are being rolled out well in advance of the te... » read more

Machine Learning For ADAS Camera Manufacturing


Virtually every vehicle manufacturer in the world is either developing, purchasing, or investing in ADAS systems in order to bring autonomous vehicles into the market. With this demand on the rise, the need for high quality automotive camera modules is rising. ADAS systems are built using computer vision technology and act as the “eyes” of autonomous vehicles. Numerous cameras are embedd... » read more

How Hardware Can Bias AI Data


Clean data is essential to good results in AI and machine learning, but data can become biased and less accurate at multiple stages in its lifetime—from moment it is generated all the way through to when it is processed—and it can happen in ways that are not always obvious and often difficult to discern. Blatant data corruption produces erroneous results that are relatively easy to ident... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Chipmakers In its latest move to cut costs and focus on its core business, GlobalFoundries (GF) has announced plans to jettison its U.S. photomask operations in Burlington, Vt., but the foundry vendor will maintain a stake in its joint venture mask unit. Under the plan, Toppan Photomasks will acquire certain assets of GF’s Burlington photomask facility. “GF is transferring its mask tool... » read more

5 Steps To Data-Driven Manufacturing


There is a lot of hype surrounding “Industry 4.0,” “Smart Manufacturing,” “the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),” and other associated terms, but it all boils down to one question: How do I become a data-driven manufacturer? Companies strive to be data driven, realizing that decisions will be more objective and more likely to achieve the desired results. In fact, many compani... » read more

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