In today’s rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, the demand for high-quality and reliable semiconductors at a reasonable cost is increasing. This is why world-class yield management has become more and more important for fabless semiconductor companies and IDMs.
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Whether it is the stock market or the semiconductor market, the name of the game is yield. In semiconductors, yield has to do with minimizing scrap costs in all phases of manufacturing. This means squeezing as many good dies from a wafer as well as maximizing the number of good assembled/packaged chips that pass system level testing.… Read More
If you search on “the six signs” you will find references to a fantasy novel, “The Dark is Rising Sequence” by Susan Cooper. In this fantasy work there are six signs: wood, bronze, iron, water, fire and stone. Their purpose has something to do with driving away the Dark. Here is a quote from the book that puts these six signs in some context:… Read More
The semiconductor industry is fiercely competitive. This is widely known by the SemiWiki community. When it comes to critical design parameters such as power, performance or area you’re either in the envelope that defines the market or you’re not a player. Yield management has a similar impact. Those who can stay ahead of the yield… Read More
In July, I covered a webinar that described how yieldHUB helps bring a new product to market. That webinar described how to implement new production introduction (NPI) using an array of tools and techniques that should be part of any semiconductor enterprise. In a recent article published by yieldHUB, they took a few steps back … Read More
Collecting and analyzing semiconductor test data is a subject that holds a special place for me. Developing a factory data collection and analysis system was my first job out of school. The company was RCA, and the factories were in Findlay, Ohio (analog/mixed signal) and West Palm Beach, Florida (digital). There was a pilot… Read More
Let me introduce John O’Donnell, CEO of yieldHUB. After earning a degree in microelectronics John spent 18 years at Analog Devices before founding yieldHUB in 2005. If anybody knows yield it is Analog Devices having shipped billions upon billions of chips, absolutely.
SemiWiki will be digging deeper into the technology… Read More