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Lithography For Advanced Packaging Equipment

Lithography For Advanced Packaging Equipment
by Robert Castellano on 06-24-2019 at 10:00 am

Advanced IC packaging, such as fan-out WLP (Wafer Level Packaging) and 2.5D TSV (Through Silicon Via) will drive the packaging equipment market, particularly lithography. This will help specific equipment manufacturers in 2019, since the WFE (Wafer Front End) market will drop 17%. But the Back-End lithography market, led … Read More


Meet the Experts @ ES Design West!

Meet the Experts @ ES Design West!
by Daniel Nenni on 06-18-2019 at 10:00 am

SEMICON West and ES Design West are right around the corner here in San Francisco and I wanted to point out the Meet the Experts segment in the appropriately named Meet the Experts Theater. Great idea really and a super great line-up. The best part of course is actually meeting the experts. Over my 35 year semiconductor career I have… Read More


#56thDAC SerDes, Analog and RISC-V sessions

#56thDAC SerDes, Analog and RISC-V sessions
by Eric Esteve on 06-14-2019 at 5:00 am

The good news is that the next five DAC events will take place in Moscone Center in San Francisco! If going to Las Vegas from the Bay area is an easy trip, coming from Europe to Las Vegas makes it a 24+hours journey… One obvious consequence was the poor attendance to the exhibition floor. But let’s be positive and notice that the number… Read More


Opening a new front in multi faceted trade war

Opening a new front in multi faceted trade war
by Robert Maire on 05-30-2019 at 5:00 am

We had warned in our May 10th note about the rare earth element risk.  It is one of the few remaining leverage points that China has left that has a potentially strong impact on the US much similar to the US’s impact on Huawei and perhaps even worse. Cutting the US off from rare earth elements is clearly worse than cutting Huawei
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Selecting an ASIC package

Selecting an ASIC package
by Daniel Nenni on 05-29-2019 at 10:00 am

Semiconductor chip package technologies have evolved throughout the years to the point where hundreds of package types are available today. 

Most applications will require the more general, single-element packaging for integrated circuits and the other components such as resistors, capacitators, antenna etc. However,… Read More


Semiconductor IP Security Issues

Semiconductor IP Security Issues
by Daniel Payne on 05-26-2019 at 4:46 pm

Every morning I read the headlines from SemiWiki, CNN, LinkedIn and my Twitter feed, and it seems like every week that I read about another security breach that makes me wonder if anything online is secure. Companies try to harden their web sites, IT infrastructure and even their electronic products from being exploited or tampered… Read More


400G Ethernet test chip tapes-out at 7nm from eSilicon

400G Ethernet test chip tapes-out at 7nm from eSilicon
by Tom Simon on 05-24-2019 at 10:00 am

Since the beginning of May eSilicon has announced the tape-out of three TSMC 7nm test chips. The first of these, a 7nm 400G Ethernet Gearbox/Retimer design, caught my eye and I followed up with Hugh Durdan, their vice president of strategy and products, to learn more about it. Rather than just respin their 56G SerDes, they decided… Read More


Chips are the bleeding edge of China trade war Recovery

Chips are the bleeding edge of China trade war Recovery
by Robert Maire on 05-17-2019 at 7:00 am

Last week we warned of a further down leg due to China trade. We were surprised how quickly our prediction came true as it appears we are now in the midst of giving back all the upside built in to stocks based on a peaceful resolution of the trade conflict which obviously isn’t happening.

Many of the semi stocks we cover were down… Read More


Trade war shifts electronics production

Trade war shifts electronics production
by Bill Jewell on 05-14-2019 at 7:00 am

The U.S. is showing steady growth in electronics production. Three-month-average change versus a year ago (3/12) in March 2019 was 6.2%, the 12[SUP]th[/SUP] consecutive month of growth above 5%. China electronics production is decelerating, with March 2019 3/12 growth of 8.2%, similar to 8.3% in February. This marks the first… Read More


Chip Equip Trade War Collateral Damage

Chip Equip Trade War Collateral Damage
by Robert Maire on 05-13-2019 at 7:00 am

We have been very vocal and perhaps the first to warn of the risks to the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment industry from the China trade war with the US. It seems that the war is now fully upon us with the imposition of 25% tariffs by the US and promised retribution by China. The semiconductor industry is at the leading edge … Read More