Week In Review: Semiconductor Manufacturing, Test

China restricts exports of key metals; memory market slides; Wolfspeed’s $2 billion haul; Synopsys and Samsung collaborate; companies gear up for SEMICON West, new technique for growing perovskite nanocrystals.


China retaliated against a U.S. embargo on advanced semiconductor equipment exports by restricting exports of gallium and germanium. Both metals are widely used in semiconductors and electric vehicles.

Despite export controls for advanced chips and equipment imposed on Chinese foundries by the U.S. and its allies, TrendForce predicts China’s 300mm market share likely will increase from 24% in 2022 to about 26% in 2026.

Average selling prices for NAND flash are forecast to continue dropping by about 3% to 8% in Q3, according to a new report from TrendForce, though it notes that prices may recover in Q4. The decline in DRAM ASPs are expected to narrow to 0% to 5% in Q3.

Microchip committed to a multi-year initiative to invest $300 million in India to expand its operations in its Bangalore and Chennai facilities, along with a new R&D center in Hyderabad.

Renesas and Wolfspeed signed a wafer supply agreement and announced a $2 billion deposit by Renesas to secure a 10-year supply commitment of silicon carbide bare and epitaxial wafers from Wolfspeed.

Imec and ASML announced they will collaborate to develop a state-of-the-art high-NA EUV pilot line at imec.


Bruker debuted its SciY platform of advanced software solutions for data analysis, data management, research lab and bioproduction QC digitalization, and workflow automation. The platform addresses the life science and biopharmaceutical industries.

Synopsys and Samsung Foundry are deepening their collaboration to help chipmakers accelerate the design of 2.5D and 3D multi-die systems on Samsung’s most advanced process technologies. Synopsys also will work with Samsung to develop optimized digital and custom design flows on Samsung Foundry’s SF2 process.

Infineon and Teledyne e2v released a reference design for the implementation of compute-intensive space systems with radiation-hardened flash memory supporting a Space Edge computing module.

Semicon West

Lam Research President and CEO Tim Archer will deliver one of the keynote addresses at Semicon West 2023, where he will discuss the paradigm shift that is needed to accelerate the next generation of innovation amidst unprecedented complexity and a larger, more geographically distributed semiconductor industry.

Advantest will exhibit its latest testing solutions for applications, including advanced memory, 5G, AI, and high-performance computing (HPC). The company also will highlight its ESG initiatives, including a key focus on reducing CO2 emissions, and multiple presentations at the Test Vision Symposium.

Nordson Test & Inspection will highlight the new Quadra 7 Pro Manual X-ray Inspection (MXI) System and demonstrate the WaferSense Auto Teaching System (ATS2) at Semicon West.

PDF Solutions will highlight supply chain management, sustainability, other critical industry issues, recent developments and trends, management practices, and new products at DAC 2023 and Semicon West.

proteanTecs will demonstrate its analytics and monitoring solutions at DAC and Semicon West, and will have collaborative demonstrations with partners AdvantestTeradynePDF Solutions and Global Unichip Corp. (GUC).


MIT researchers have developed a technique to grow individual halide perovskite nanocrystals on-site with precise control over location, to within less than 50 nanometers. Since the material is grown selectively with the desired features, conventional lithographic patterning steps are not needed.

Further reading

See our Manufacturing, Packaging and Materials newsletter for these feature articles:

  • 193i Lithography Takes Center Stage…Again
  • Smart Manufacturing Makes Gains in Chip Industry
  • Will CFETs Help the Industry Go Vertical?

Read our Test, Measurement & Analytics newsletter for these highlights and more:

  • From Lab To Fab: Increasing Pressure To Fuse IC Processes
  • Journey From Cell-Aware To Device-Aware Testing Begins
  • Ramping Up Power Electronics for EVs

Upcoming events in the chip industry:

    • DAC Design Automation Conference, July 9 – 13 (San Francisco, CA)
    • SEMICON West 2023, July 11 – 13 (San Francisco, CA)
    • DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative 2.0, Aug 22 – 24 (Seattle, WA)

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