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Intel Really is Delaying 14nm Move-in. 450mm is Slipping Too. EUV, who knows?

Intel Really is Delaying 14nm Move-in. 450mm is Slipping Too. EUV, who knows?
by Paul McLellan on 08-24-2013 at 3:23 pm

I attended the semi-annual SEMI Silicon Valley Lunch meeting last week. The semiconductor equipment people are the ones that really know what is going on. People can talk about capex numbers on conference calls but it is the equipment vendors who either do or do not get orders for particular types of equipment. In turn, the analysts… Read More


Funding Startups the SK Telecom Way

Funding Startups the SK Telecom Way
by Paul McLellan on 08-15-2013 at 4:15 pm

At the recent GSA Entrepreneurship Forumone of the panelists was Angel Orrantia of Innopartners who are trying a novel approach to funding startups in the semiconductor space and the surrounding ecosystem.

It seems things got started with an innovation center inside SK Hynix. Just in case you have forgotten, Hynix is the newish… Read More


Save the Dates

Save the Dates
by Paul McLellan on 08-13-2013 at 3:22 pm

There are several events in Silicon Valley coming up of general interest to people working in EDA and the semiconductor industry.

SEMI 16th Annual Valley Lunch Forum. August 22nd, 11.30am to 1.30pm, Santa Clara Marriott

  • What are the Opportunities for Advanced Semiconductor Devices?
  • Where will the year end for 2013?
  • Will we have
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SEMICON Taiwan 3D

SEMICON Taiwan 3D
by Paul McLellan on 08-08-2013 at 3:10 pm

SEMICON Taiwan is September 3rd to 6th in TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall. Just as with Semicon West in July in San Francisco, there is lots going on. But one special focus is 3D IC. There is a 3DIC and substrate pavilion on the exhibit floor and an Advanced Packaging Symposium. Design tools, manufacturing, packaging and testing solutions… Read More


Premier Gathering for Semiconductor Professionals!

Premier Gathering for Semiconductor Professionals!
by Daniel Nenni on 07-28-2013 at 6:00 pm

The US Executive Forum hosted by the Global Semiconductor Alliance is coming up on September 25th at the beautiful Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park. Over 150 executives from the semiconductor and technology industry will attend creating a truly unique opportunity to listen to some of the world’s foremost speakers… Read More


Epitaxy: Not Just For PMOS Anymore

Epitaxy: Not Just For PMOS Anymore
by Paul McLellan on 07-25-2013 at 2:25 pm

At Semicon I met with Applied Materials to learn about epitaxy. This is when a monocrystalline film is grown on the substrate which takes on a lattice structure that matches the substrate. It forms a high purity starting point for building a transistor and is also the basis of the strain engineering in a modern process.

Since holes… Read More


Semicon: Multiple Patterning vs EUV, round #2

Semicon: Multiple Patterning vs EUV, round #2
by Paul McLellan on 07-24-2013 at 9:00 pm

Round #1 was here.

In the EUV corner were Stefan Wurm of Sematech (working on mask issues mostly) and Skip Miller of ASML who are the only company making EUV steppers (and light sources, they acquired Cymer).

You may know that the biggest issue in EUV is getting the source brightness to have high enough energy that an EUV stepper has … Read More


Semicon: Multiple Patterning vs EUV, round #1

Semicon: Multiple Patterning vs EUV, round #1
by Paul McLellan on 07-21-2013 at 9:01 pm

If you want to know the state of play in lithography, there is no better place than the special session on lithography at Semicon West. This year was no exception. The session was given the punchy title Still a tale of 2 paths: multi-patterning lithography at 20nm and below: EUVL source and infrastructure progress.

In the blue corner… Read More


GSA Entrepreneurship: Getting Money In and Out

GSA Entrepreneurship: Getting Money In and Out
by Paul McLellan on 07-19-2013 at 1:32 am

This afternoon and evening I was at GSA’s entrepreneurship conference at the Computer History Museum. The first two panel sessions were essentially on getting money into companies to get them started (or growing them), and getting money out when you have built the business.

The first session was officially titled FuelingRead More


How to Engage with the Fabless Semiconductor Ecosystem

How to Engage with the Fabless Semiconductor Ecosystem
by Daniel Nenni on 07-16-2013 at 10:00 pm

SemiWiki is absolutely the best place to start of course. You can read observations, opinions, and experiences on a wide variety of semiconductor related topics from semiconductor professionals around the world. You can also mingle with the 653,105+ people who visit SemiWiki in the comment sections and the forum. Registration… Read More