Yelling fire in a crowded chip factory

Yelling fire in a crowded chip factory
by Don Dingee on 03-28-2016 at 4:00 pm

Semiconductor market forecasts for 2016 are all over the place. Jim Handy and Tom Starnes floated a report in January looking for 10% growth. Jim Feldhan at Semico turned outright negative at -0.3% just a couple weeks ago. Tossing out the high and low scores, analysts tracked by GSA range from 0.3% to 7.0% in March updates. What’s … Read More


FD-SOI: GlobalFoundries 22nm Update

FD-SOI: GlobalFoundries 22nm Update
by Paul McLellan on 08-26-2015 at 7:00 am

As I said yesterday, last week was the GSA Analog/Mixed-Signal working group completely dedicated to FD-SOI. ST went first and had a presentation that was a mixture of an introduction to FD-SOI that I have covered times that are too numerous to mention. Then they did a dive into analog and RF capabilities for FD-SOI that went very … Read More


FD-SOI: Samsung Opens the Kimono a Little

FD-SOI: Samsung Opens the Kimono a Little
by Paul McLellan on 08-25-2015 at 7:00 am

Last week there was a meeting of the GSA Analog/Mixed-Signal (AMS) working group. It was completely focused on FD-SOI (I hate that name, especially since FinFET is also fully-depleted. I vote for BoxFETs.) It was a bases loaded meeting with presentations from ST Microelectronics (calling in from France close to midnight), Samsung… Read More


Silvaco News: Silicon Valley, China and Korea

Silvaco News: Silicon Valley, China and Korea
by Paul McLellan on 08-20-2014 at 3:00 am

Silvaco is one of the sponsors of the GSA Executive Forum to be held over in VC Land at the Rosewood Sand Hill on September 10th. Note that it starts at 11.45am with a networking lunch.

  • The featured keynote speakers are Fareed Zakariah and Rana Faroohar, both of CNN. Rana is also Senior Managing Editor of Time.
  • The first panel session
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GSA 3DIC

GSA 3DIC
by Paul McLellan on 04-10-2014 at 6:27 pm

At the GSA Silicon Summit this afternoon there was a discussion of 3D IC and 2.5D IC. The session was moderated by Javier DeLaCruz of eSilicon and the panelists were:

  • Calvin Cheung of ASE (an OSAT)
  • Gil Lvey of OptimalTest (a test house)
  • Bob Patti of Tezzaron (semiconductor company specializing in TSV-based designs)
  • Riko Radojcic
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Advancements in Nanoscale Manufacturing

Advancements in Nanoscale Manufacturing
by Paul McLellan on 04-10-2014 at 1:40 pm

I’m at the GSA Silicon Summit today, at the computer history museum. The first panel session this morning was about future process technology. It was moderated by Joe Sawicki of Mentor with a panel consisting of Rob Aitken from ARM, Paul Farrar of G450C, Peter Huang of TSMC, John Kibarian of PDF Solutions and someone from Applied… Read More


GSA Silicon Summit Is On April 10th

GSA Silicon Summit Is On April 10th
by Paul McLellan on 03-17-2014 at 1:01 pm

The annual GSA Silicon Summit is coming up in a few weeks. It is on April 10th at the Computer History Museum. Registration is at 9am and the meeting itself gets started at 9.45am. The summit finishes at 2.15pm. There are three sections during the day, and lunch is provided.

The first section is on Advancements in Nanoscale ManufacturingRead More


Dr. Walden Rhines Vision on Semiconductor & India

Dr. Walden Rhines Vision on Semiconductor & India
by Pawan Fangaria on 03-04-2014 at 11:00 am

Last month India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) held its Vision Summit at Bangalore in which luminaries from across the semiconductor and electronics industry presented their views about the future of this industry and India’s progress. Dr. Walden C. Rhines, Chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphicspresented… Read More


Dan Niles: Strong Developed Markets, Weak Emerging

Dan Niles: Strong Developed Markets, Weak Emerging
by Paul McLellan on 01-22-2014 at 2:15 pm

Yesterday was Dan Niles’s economic review that he presents quarterly for GSA. As always he starts from big macroeconomic picture and ends up looking at the implications for semiconductor end-markets and thus the implication for semiconductors in general and the fabless ecosystem in particular.

The big picture is that… Read More


Happy Birthday GSA

Happy Birthday GSA
by Paul McLellan on 01-21-2014 at 2:57 pm

This year marks the 20th anniversary of GSA and collaboration around the foundry and fabless ecosystem. Originally GSA was FSA, the fabless semiconductor association. There was a semiconductor associations 20 years ago, the SIA, but that was still the “real men have fabs” era and fabless semiconductor companies… Read More