Week In Review: Semiconductor Manufacturing, Test

China’s restrictions on the export gallium and germanium took effect this week. Any Chinese company exporting gallium or germanium that could be used in military and civil applications (dual-use) must obtain a license from China’s Ministry of Commerce. China produces 60% of the worldwide supply of germanium and 80% of the world’s gallium, both of which have to be processed from other mate... » read more

Chip Industry’s Technical Paper Roundup: August 1

New technical papers recently added to Semiconductor Engineering’s library: [table id=39 /] More Reading Technical Paper Library home » read more

Impact of Clustering Methods On Partitioning Decisions For 3DICs (imec, Université libre de Bruxelles)

A technical paper titled “Impact of gate-level clustering on automated system partitioning of 3D-ICs” was published by researchers at Université libre de Bruxelles and imec. Abstract: "When partitioning gate-level netlists using graphs, it is beneficial to cluster gates to reduce the order of the graph and preserve some characteristics of the circuit that the partitioning might degrade. ... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 3

Microscopic movie star Using a 3D printer and a scanning electron microscope (SEM), a group has created a short animated film featuring the world’s smallest 3D figurine. The stop motion film, called Stardust Odyssey, features a 3D human-like figurine with a height of 300 microns, or close to the size of a grain of dust. This beat the previous record for the smallest figure in a film. N... » read more