Managing Water Supplies With Machine Learning

From wet benches to cooling systems, fabs use vast amounts of water — millions of gallons per day at a typical foundry. In this era of climate change, though, water supplies are becoming less reliable and municipal water systems are becoming more restrictive. For example, local utilities might restrict a fab’s ability to draw from the public water supply, or might supply only treated wastew... » read more

A New Year’s Wish

Every year I run a predictions article. It is a mashup of ideas from many people within the industry, and while many predictions are somewhat self-serving, there are other which come more from the heart — or perhaps they are dreams rather than expectations. I see hope in some of those, particularly the ones that look toward sustainability within our industry, and of our industry. Just like... » read more

Supply Chain Collaboration Key To Making Chip Industry More Sustainable

Coming in the wake of the COP27, the Smart and Green Manufacturing Summit at SEMICON Europa 2022 (Munich, 15-17 November) had a timely focus on the semiconductor industry’s contribution to meeting the United Nations’ target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. However, in an industry as large and valuable as semiconductors, social as well as environmental imp... » read more

How The Electronics Industry Can Shape A More Sustainable, Energy-Efficient World

By Piyush Sancheti and Godwin Maben We’re already experiencing the effects of our world’s changing climate—devastating wildfires, prolonged droughts, torrential flooding, just to name a few examples. Global energy consumption is increasing, raising carbon dioxide levels and triggering extreme weather conditions. Two key forces driving these trends are the shift to hyperscale datacenter... » read more

Driving Toward Net-Zero: Key Takeaways From Semiconductor Sustainability Summit

To address the climate crisis, countries around the world are pursuing ambitious targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 under the Paris Agreement. In March, Taiwan redoubled its focus on decarbonization by announcing its net-zero pathway, while its Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) under the Executive Yuan is reshaping the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act in... » read more

Effective Measurement Is The Key To Meeting Environmental Sustainability Goals In Data Centers

Hyperscale compute, using high-performance connected processors, continually transforms our lives as more and more applications rely on this type of compute, and at the heart of this hyperscale revolution are data centers. It is estimated that an equal amount of power is required for the airflow and cooling systems as for IT equipment. The pressure is on for organizations to create and adopt l... » read more

Formula 1: Riding The Sustainability Wave To Full Electrification

Ferdinand Porsche once said, "The perfect race car crosses the finish line 1st and then crumbles into its individual parts." What a take, right? Well, in the 90s, that's the best they could hope for. Let's go back to the 1990s of Formula 1 (F1). The time was marked by extreme competition among racing teams. There was more freedom in the engine you could run, meaning that teams could choose b... » read more

KLA Publishes 2021 Global Impact Report And Shares New Climate Goals

KLA is publishing its latest Global Impact Report, detailing progress of our environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs, results and commitments from the past year. Managing our ESG impact is an important part of our mission to advance humanity through devices and ideas that transform our world and help shape a better future for generations to come. “Our accomplishments in 2021 w... » read more

Collaborating To Decarbonize The Semiconductor Manufacturing Value Chain

By Mousumi Bhat and Peter Spiller SEMICON West 2022 Hybrid gathered experts from across the semiconductor industry for the debut Sustainability Summit to talk about the sustainability of the industry’s growth. Semiconductor chips have become ubiquitous in recent years. All aspects of society have become extremely dependent on semiconductors. The post-pandemic revenue growth of semicondu... » read more

Distilling The Essence Of Four DAC Keynotes

Chip design and verification are facing a growing number of challenges. How they will be solved — particularly with the addition of machine learning — is a major question for the EDA industry, and it was a common theme among four keynote speakers at this month's Design Automation Conference. DAC has returned as a live event, and this year's keynotes involved the leaders of a systems comp... » read more

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