True Zero Trust Combats IC Manufacturing Security Challenges


The semiconductor manufacturing industry is facing a host of unprecedented technology and security challenges. A common catchphrase these days is that “data is the new oil.” Data is everywhere, in everything we do, and there is both good and bad associated with this trend. Data everywhere creates new security issues that need to be addressed to protect the integrity of your information and ... » read more

Companies That Embrace Digital Transformation Have More Resilient Design And Supply Chains


Digital transformation has evolved quickly from a conceptual phase to a semiconductor industry change agent. The rapid take up of AI-enhanced product development is only accelerating this transformation and is further influenced by two connected trends: The movement of Moore’s Law from transistor scaling to system-level scaling, and the relatively recent redistribution of the global electroni... » read more

Closing The Test And Metrology Gap In 3D-IC Packages


The industry is investing in more precise and productive inspection and testing to enable advanced packages and eventually, 3D ICs. The next generations of aerospace, automotive, smartphone, and wearable tech most likely will be powered by multiple layers of intricately connected silicon, a stark departure from the planar landscapes of traditional integrated circuits. These 3D-ICs, compos... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Intel aims to quadruple capacity for its most advanced chip packaging services by 2025, including with a new facility in Malaysia, per Nikkei Asia. Huawei is building a collection of secret semiconductor fabrication facilities across China to let the company skirt U.S. sanctions, SIA warned in a presentation seen by Bloomberg. It’s acquired at least two existing plants and is building at l... » read more

Securing Chip Manufacturing Against Growing Cyber Threats


Semiconductor manufacturers are wrestling with how to secure a highly specialized and diverse global supply chain, particularly as the value of their IP and their dependence upon software increases — along with the sophistication and resources of the attackers. Where methodologies and standards do exist for security, they often are confusing, cumbersome, and incomplete. There are plenty of... » read more

Enabling A Chiplet Supply Chain


Chiplets have been in the news quite a bit lately. A chiplet-based architecture offers several advantages that chip designers can benefit from as they bring out new products to the market. Over the years, system designers have integrated more and more functions into a system on chip (SoC). As a result, the size of SoCs keeps increasing. Even though SoCs provide several advantages in performance... » read more

How ADAS and EVs Drive Semiconductor-To-Automotive Supply Chain Innovation


As EV and ADAS become the focus for the automotive industry, the supply chain is going through a transformation. The industry is keenly reminded of recent semiconductor shortages as well as the growing semiconductor content requirements per vehicle.  This prompts the entire supply chain including traditional semiconductor suppliers, Tier-1s, and automotive OEMs to rethink their strategies not ... » read more

The Next Chip Shortages?


The rollout of chiplets and heterogeneous designs could have unexpected implications on a global scale, creating a whole new round of chip shortages that will be much harder to fix. It's impossible to say for certain what will happen here in the wake of massive changes in chip design and a fluid and unpredictable geopolitical situation. The trade war between the United States and China began... » read more

Week In Review: Semiconductor Manufacturing, Test


Japanese and American trade officials announced a joint roadmap for cooperation in strengthening global semiconductor supply chains by advancing Japan-U.S. collaboration with emerging and developing countries in the Indo-Pacific. China and South Korea agreed to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on semiconductor industry supply chains with a focus on the supply of key raw materials and ensu... » read more

Security Becomes Much Bigger Issue For AI/ML Chips, Tools


Security is becoming a bigger issue in AI and machine learning chips, in part because the chip industry is racing just to get new devices working, and in part because it's difficult to secure a new technology that is expected to adapt over time. And unlike in the past, when tools and methodologies were relatively fixed, nearly everything is in motion. Algorithms are being changed, EDA tools ... » read more

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