Week In Review: Semiconductor Manufacturing, Test


The global sales slump in semiconductors but may be stabilizing, according to a new report from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Worldwide sales of semiconductors fell 8.7% in Q1 2023 compared to the Q4 2022, and dropped 21.3% compared to the Q1 2022. Sales for the month of March 2023 increased 0.3% compared to February 2023. Meanwhile, SEMI reports worldwide silicon wafer shipment... » read more

Chip Industry’s Technical Paper Roundup: Jan. 31


New technical papers added to Semiconductor Engineering’s library. [table id=77 /] If you have research papers you are trying to promote, we will review them to see if they are a good fit for our global audience. At a minimum, papers need to be well researched and documented, relevant to the semiconductor ecosystem, and free of marketing bias. There is no cost involved for us posting l... » read more

Week in Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive The European Union plans to approve sales of fully autonomous vehicles by the end of September, according to Politico. The legislative package will allow for the registration and sale of up to 1,500 vehicles per model per year in member countries. Level 4 autonomous vehicles are still in the development stage, but reducing human error in autos is a crucial part of the EU’s goal to... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Cadence teamed up with Tower Semiconductor to release a silicon-validated SP4T RF SOI switch reference design flow using the Cadence Virtuoso Design Platform and RF Solution. The reference design flow targets advanced 5G wireless, wireline infrastructure, and automotive IC product development and include a set of mixed-signal and RF design, simulation, system analysis and signoff tools t... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Mobix Labs finalized its acquisition of Cosemi Technologies, a provider of hybrid active optical cables, optical transceivers, and optical engines. Mobix Labs provides wireless connectivity solutions with CMOS-based mmWave beamformers, antenna solutions, and RF semiconductors. “Our Cosemi acquisition bridges the gap between wireless and wired applications, enabling Mobix Labs to bring a full ... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Fab tools PDF Solutions has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cimetrix. Under the terms, PDF will pay a cash amount of $35.0 million, net of cash on Cimetrix’s balance sheet as of closing, and subject to other closing adjustments. With the move, PDF will expand into new markets. Cimetrix is a provider of equipment connectivity products for smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0... » read more

Blog Review: Oct. 7


In a blog for Arm, University of Southampton PhD student Sivert Sliper looks at how energy-driven and intermittent computing could be used to power trillions of IoT devices and introduces a SystemC-based simulator for such systems. Mentor's Chris Spear explains why transaction classes should extend from uvm_sequence_item rather than uvm_transaction when designing UVM testbenches. Cadence'... » read more

Semicon West Day Three


It’s day three at Semicon West. (In case you missed it, here’s the day one/two recap of Semicon.) Day three was fairly lively, featuring several keynotes, panels and technical presentations. It’s difficult to write about everything. So I decided to only focus on a few items. Keynote--What happen to automotive? For years, automotive has been a bright spot in the semiconductor i... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Autos


Products/Services Siemens announced that Mazda Motor adopted the Capital electrical design software suite from Mentor, a Siemens Business, for the design of next-generation automotive electrical systems. Mazda is said to use Capital for model-based generative design for the electrical and electronic systems of the entire vehicle platform. Synopsys will host the 11th annual Codenomi-con USA ... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Chipmakers Foxconn is in talks to build a fab in Zhuhai, China, according to a report from Nikkei. The fab, to cost $9 billion, would make chips for Foxconn and outside companies, the report said, which says the company will enter the foundry business. The European Commission has approved funding for 1.75 billion euros ($2 billion) of public investment for projects in the microelectronics... » read more

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