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Mask And Metrology Technology Trends


Aselta Nanographics of Grenoble, France, which produces software for wafer and mask patterning based on e-beam technology for IC manufacturing, along with advanced metrology solutions for scanning electron microscopes, recently became an ESD Alliance member. Adding to its impressive credentials, Aselta is a spin-off of CEA-Leti, the electronics and information technologies research institut... » read more

Blog Review: April 20


Cadence's Paul McLellan looks at the difference between 3D packaging and 3D integration and the different approaches to system-in-package designs. Siemens' Spencer Acain finds that despite having less precision and flexibility than digital chips, analog computing is having a resurgence in the space of cutting-edge AI thanks to the speed and energy efficiency in specialized tasks. Synopsys... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Photonic Chips Go Big In Europe PhotonDelta, a collaborative end-to-end supply chain for the application of photonics chips, secured €1.1 billion in conditional funding for a six-year initiative. Investments from the Netherlands government and other organizations “will be used to build 200 startups, scale up production, create new applications for photonic chips, and develop infrastructure... » read more

Blog Review: April 13


Synopsys' Scott Durrant, Priyank Shukla, Mitch Heins, and Jigesh Patel provide a brief overview of the history of copper and optical interconnects used in data centers, the limitations of existing interconnect solutions, and the future of co-packaged optics. Siemens' Trey Reeser finds that it's not only necessary for semiconductor companies to address the safety and security of products for ... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Deals AMD plans to purchase cloud startup Pensando for about US $1.9 billion. In a presentation at the SEMI ISS conference this week, AMD CTO Mark Papermaster described Pensando's technology as a "highly programmable packet-processing engine that allows you to speed up systems designed for the data center." Intel, Micron, Analog Devices and MITRE Engenuity formed an alliance to accelerate c... » read more

Slowdown, But No Correction


The market for chips will continue to grow over the next few years, but not as quickly as over the past couple years when the work-at-home market drove up demand for everything from laptops and TVs to home video equipment. Economists painted a mixed picture for the semiconductor industry at this week's SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium, projecting continue growth in all major markets, but tem... » read more

Blog Review: April 6


Synopsys' Ron Lowman considers the increase in specialized AI IP in SoCs, including the different aspects within AI classifications, markets that are driving its growth, key SoC design challenges, and nurturing SoC designs beyond integration. Siemens' Joe Hupcey III finds that the only way to be completely sure that RISC-V RTL is free of any natural or malicious surprises is to apply exhaust... » read more

Electronic System Design Revenue Up 14.4% Y/Y in Q4 2021


Electronic System Design (ESD) industry revenue increased 14.4% from $3.03 billion in Q4 2020 to $3.5 billion in Q4 2021, according to the latest Electronic Design Market Data (EDMD) report by ESD Alliance, a SEMI Technology Community. Walden C. Rhines, executive sponsor of the SEMI Electronic Design Market Data report noted, “The industry continued to report double-digit year-over-year re... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive Verizon and Cisco demonstrated a C-V2X network for autonomous driving in Las Vegas that avoids using costly physical roadside units to extend radio signals. Instead, Verizon and Cisco say their test proved that Verizon’s LTE network and public 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength, together with Cisco Catalyst IR1101 routers in connected infrastructure, were adequate to meet the latency nee... » read more

Blog Review: March 30


Ansys' Shawn Carpenter takes a look at the continuing impact of potential interference with aircraft's radar altimeters on the roll out of the 5G C-band and the testing that will be needed to enable 5G C-band service towers to begin operating near airports by July. Siemens' Harry Foster points to an increase in the number of engineers working on automotive ASIC projects and the growing compl... » read more

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