The Week In Review: Manufacturing

Chip rankings; silicon wafer shipments; ALD.


Market research
Intel retained its No. 1 position as the largest semiconductor manufacturer and grew its semiconductor revenue 4.6% in 2016, according to Gartner. Samsung Electronics continued to maintain the No. 2 spot with 11.7% market share. The largest mover in the top 25 was Broadcom, which moved up 12 places in the market share ranking, according to the firm.

Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2017 when compared to fourth quarter 2016 area shipments, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Fab tools
In a blog, Lam Research takes a look at atomic layer deposition (ALD). Separately, Lam Research has announced that Young Bum Koh has joined the company’s board of directors effective as of May 10, 2017. Previously, Koh held many executive positions at Samsung Electronics.

Applied Materials has reported its results for the quarter.

Tektronix added new capabilities to its measurement tools for large differential voltage range and higher input impedance for high-voltage measurements. The enhancements allow users to measure signals ranging from 5mV to more than 1,000 volts from DC to 800MHz in the presence of 60kV. Differential resistance can be measured up to 50 MΩ with a differential input capacitance as low as 2pF.

Optimal+, a provider of big data analytics for semiconductor and electronics manufacturing operations, has been named a Gartner “Cool Vendor” in IoT Analytics, for 2017. Optimal+ is one of four companies profiled in the report and was recognized for its innovative, intriguing and impactful data analytics platform.

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