At SEMICON West I had a chance to catch up with Mike Lercel of ASML. In this article I am going to combine ASML presentation material from the SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference, Mike’s SEMICON presentation, my discussions with Mike at SEMICON and a few items from ASML’s recent earnings call.
ASML continues to improve DUV systems.… Read More
On May 22nd Applied Materials announced a new development center, Equipment and Process Innovation and Commercialization Center (EPIC).
Applied Materials already operates the Maydan Technology Center (MTC), a billion-dollar development facility with over 120 advanced process tools and 80 metrology and inspection tools… Read More
I don’t know the story behind the name Alchip. I’ve been asking this question ever since its founding in 2003 and still haven’t found the answer. Wikipedia sometimes provides insights and stories behind names of companies, products and services but I couldn’t find any regarding the name Alchip. One thing is for sure. After its consistent… Read More
Banias Labs is a semiconductor company that develops infrastructure solutions for next-generation communications. Its target market is the high-performance computing infrastructure market including hyperscale data center, networking, AI, optical module, and Ethernet switch SoCs for emerging high-performance computing… Read More
Up until November of 2022, IC Knowledge LLC was an independent company and had become the world leader in cost and price modeling of semiconductors. In November 2022 TechInsights acquired IC Knowledge LLC and IC Knowledge LLC is now a TechInsights company.
For many years, IC Knowledge has published a database tracking all the 300mm… Read More
The advancements in deep submicron technology and adding multiple functionalities to reduce costs combined with scaling existing operations means that SoC designs become ever more complex. The biggest driving factors to go below the 16nm process node are the decrease in power and the increase in performance … Read More
Recently TechInsights analyzed a Bitcoin Miner chip fabbed at SMIC and declared SMIC has a 7nm process. There has been some debate as to whether the SMIC process is really 7nm and what it means if it is 7nm. I wanted to discuss the case for and against the process being 7nm, and what I think it means.
First off, I want to say I am not going … Read More
SEMICON West 2022 was held from July 12th to 14th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
On Monday the 11th before the show, Imec held a technology forum at the Marriott Marquee right around the corner from the Moscone center. In recent years the Imec forums have shifted away from the process technology I cover to more of a system and… Read More
IEDM is one of the premiere conferences for the latest information on leading edge semiconductor technology. The 68th annual International Electron Devices Meeting will be held December 3rd through 7th at the San Francisco Hilton.
The paper submission deadline is July 14, 2022, and the late-news deadline is August 22, 2022. … Read More