The New Normal for Semiconductor Manufacturing

The New Normal for Semiconductor Manufacturing
by Daniel Nenni on 05-27-2022 at 6:00 am

200mm 300mm Semiconductor Capacity

One of the recent live events I attended was the 2022 GSA Silicon Leadership Summit on May 12th at the Santa Clara Convention Center (my favorite location). This was the first GSA live event in two years so it was a must attend gathering. This event targets semiconductor ecosystem executives (200+ people attended) so there were many… Read More


Podcast EP80: The Future of Silicon Photonics with Dr. Anthony J. Yu

Podcast EP80: The Future of Silicon Photonics with Dr. Anthony J. Yu
by Daniel Nenni on 05-18-2022 at 8:00 am

Dan is joined by Dr. Anthony J. Yu, vice president of the Computing and Wired Infrastructure (CWI) Business Unit at GlobalFoundries (GF), where he is responsible for providing differentiated photonic manufacturing services and solutions to clients across multiple industries. Prior to being named VP of CWI, Dr. Yu was vice… Read More


Podcast EP76: Geopolitical Forces on Semis, the Past, Present and Future with Terry Daly

Podcast EP76: Geopolitical Forces on Semis, the Past, Present and Future with Terry Daly
by Daniel Nenni on 05-04-2022 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by Terry Daly, a 35-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, former senior VP at GLOBALFOUNDRIES and an executive at IBM Microelectronics. Terry is currently an independent consultant, and also a Senior Fellow at the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts… Read More


IBM at IEDM

IBM at IEDM
by Scotten Jones on 01-10-2022 at 6:00 am

Vertical FET process

IBM transferred their semiconductor manufacturing to GLOBALFOUNDRIES several years ago but still maintains a multibillion-dollar research facility at Albany Nanotech. IBM is very active at conferences such as IEDM and appears to have a good public relations department because they get a lot of press.

At the Litho Workshop … Read More


Magnetic Immunity for Embedded Magnetoresistive RAM (eMRAM)

Magnetic Immunity for Embedded Magnetoresistive RAM (eMRAM)
by Tom Dillinger on 07-22-2021 at 6:00 am

coil interaction

Previous SemiWiki articles have discussed the introduction of embedded Spin-Transfer Torque Magnetoresistive RAM IP from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, as an evolution replacement for non-volatile embedded flash memory. (link, link)

Those articles described the key features of STT-MRAM technology, but didn’t delve into a key reliability… Read More


 Semiconductor CapEx strong in 2021

 Semiconductor CapEx strong in 2021
by Bill Jewell on 06-23-2021 at 10:00 am

Semiconductor CAPEX spending versus change 2021

Semiconductor manufacturers are expanding capital spending in 2021 and beyond to help alleviate shortages. In addition, many governments around the world are proposing funding to support semiconductor manufacturing in their countries.

The United States Senate this month approved a bill which includes $52 billion to fund… Read More


Enabling Silicon Technologies to Address Automotive Radar Trends and Requirements

Enabling Silicon Technologies to Address Automotive Radar Trends and Requirements
by Kalar Rajendiran on 06-01-2021 at 6:00 am

Current GF Nodes Supporting Automotive

During the week of April 19th, Linley held its Spring Processor Conference 2021. The Linley Group has a reputation for putting on excellent conferences. And this year’s spring conference was no exception. There were a number of very informative talks from various companies updating the audience on the latest research and development… Read More


Machine Learning Applied to Increase Fab Yield

Machine Learning Applied to Increase Fab Yield
by Tom Dillinger on 05-25-2021 at 8:00 am

enhanced defect images

Machine learning applications have become pervasive and increasingly complex, from recommendation agents in online interactions to personal assistants for command response to (ultimately) autonomous vehicle control.  Yet, an often overlooked facet of machine learning technology is the deployment in industrial process… Read More


MRAM Magnetic Immunity – Empirical Study Summary

MRAM Magnetic Immunity – Empirical Study Summary
by Mads Hommelgaard on 03-28-2021 at 10:00 am

MRAM Magnetic Immunity

The main threat for the wide adoption of MRAM memories continues to be their lack of immunity to magnetic fields. MRAM magnetic immunity (MI) levels has seen significant research over the years and new data is continuously published from the main MRAM vendors.

This data, however, is rarely compared to magnetic field exposure scenarios… Read More


Foundry Fantasy- Deja Vu or IDM 2?

Foundry Fantasy- Deja Vu or IDM 2?
by Robert Maire on 03-26-2021 at 8:00 am

Foundry Profit 2020

– Intel announced 2 new fabs & New Foundry Services
– Not only do they want to catch TSMC they want to beat them
– It’s a very, very tall order for a company that hasn’t executed
– It will require more than a makeover to get to IDM 2.0

Intel not only wants to catch TSMC but beat them at their own Read More