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Improving Concurrent Chip Design, Manufacturing, And Test Flows


Semiconductor design, manufacturing, and test are becoming much more tightly integrated as the chip industry seeks to optimize designs using fewer engineers, setting the stage for greater efficiencies and potentially lower chip costs without just relying on economies of scale. The glue between these various processes is data, and the chip industry is working to weave together various steps t... » read more

Simplifying The Path From Design To Test


By Richard Fanning and John Rowe Getting an integrated circuit (IC) from design to test is an arduous process that encompasses a number of steps, including: Design for Test (DFT): processes that ensure the chip is designed in such a way that it can be tested Development: the development of automated test programs (ATPs) Bench: evaluating the device at the bench to ensure the desig... » read more

Expansion Of The IoT Brings New Security Challenges


The evolution of 5G technologies continues to drive advancement in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and their applications. By 2025, experts predict there will be nearly 4 billion IoT mobile connections in the world, and more than 64 billion IoT devices by 2026. In addition to enabling superior performance and efficiency, 5G expands the attack surface of applications and devices that run on ... » read more

Production Testing Of Discrete Power Products


By Vineet Pancholi and Dennis Dinawanao Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistors (MOSFETs), Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs), Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs), diodes, and application specific multi-transistor packaged modules are some of the more popular discrete products. Switches control the flow of current within a circuit. MOSFETs are a building block of most electronic... » read more

Yield Is Top Issue For MicroLEDs


MicroLED display makers are marching toward commercialization, with products such as Samsung’s The Wall TV and Apple’s smart watch expected to be in volume production next year or in 2024. These tiny illuminators are the hot new technology in the display world, enabling higher pixel density, better contrast, lower power consumption, and higher luminance in direct sunlight — while consu... » read more

The Future Of Connectivity Is Higher Data Rates And Micro-Positioning


These days, we tend to take global wireless connectivity for granted. Whether we’re in a coffee shop, a hotel room, or a plane at 35,000 feet, chances are that we’ll be able to enjoy Internet access at reasonable speeds. But despite this constant connectedness, we still manage to misplace our keys and forget where we left our smartphones. New connectivity technologies are promising to ha... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Highlights from ITC The hot topic at this week’s International Test Conference (ITC) was tackling silent data corruption, with panel discussions, papers, and Google’s Parthasarathy Ranganathan’s keynote address all emphasizing the urgency of the issue. In the past two years Meta, Google, and Microsoft have reported on silent errors, errors not detected at test, which are adversely impact... » read more

Making 5G More Reliable


The rollout of 5G is a complex and monumental effort involving multiple separate systems that need to function flawlessly together in real-time, making it difficult to determine where problems might arise, or how and when to test for them. Investments in 5G have been underway for the better part of a decade, and the technology is considered the next huge growth opportunity for mobile devices... » read more

Test Data Streaming For The Next Generation Of Designs


Semiconductor chips have been evolving to meet the demands of rapidly transforming applications, and so has the test technology to meet the test goals of those chips. Going back two decades or so, the applications were limited and the designs were simpler, thus the concerns about power, performance and area (PPA), turn-around time, re-use and time-to-market, etc., were important but not as crit... » read more

The Future Of Wireless Test Is Over The Air


The deployment of mmWave technology is synonymous with 5G rollout and the initial results for faster links are amazing. For example, using a mmWave band, the prospects of a 1-2 Gbps link means a typical HD movie can download in less than a minute. An upload link of 30 Mbps also enables the transfer of videos back to the cloud at a record pace. These user experiences are enabled by the antenna l... » read more

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