Podcast EP89: An Overview of NXP’s MCX MCU Products with CK Phua

Podcast EP89: An Overview of NXP’s MCX MCU Products with CK Phua
by Daniel Nenni on 06-22-2022 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by CK Phua of NXP. CK joined Philips Semiconductors in 1993 and worked in various roles including quality, applications engineering, product engineering and technical marketing. After Philips, CK joined Freescale in 2012 and rejoined NXP through the Freescale merger. CK is now a Product Manager for Microcontrollers… Read More


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 EP78: A Tour of DAC 2022 with Rob Oshana, General Chair

Podcast EP78: A Tour of DAC 2022 with Rob Oshana, General Chair
by Daniel Nenni on 05-11-2022 at 10:00 am

Dan is joined by Rob Oshana, general chair of this year’s DAC. Rob is vice president of software engineering R&D for the Edge Processing business line at NXP.  He serves on multiple industry advisory boards and is a recognized international speaker.  He has published numerous books and articles on software engineering… Read More


Chip Shortage Killed the Radio in the Car

Chip Shortage Killed the Radio in the Car
by Roger C. Lanctot on 04-10-2022 at 6:00 am

Chip Shortage Killed the Radio in the Car

“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind we’ve gone too far.” – “Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles

I discovered within days of driving home my new BMW X3 last fall that I was a victim of the much ballyhooed chip shortage. Among the features “deleted” from … Read More


Supply Issues Limit 2021 Semiconductor Growth

Supply Issues Limit 2021 Semiconductor Growth
by Bill Jewell on 05-23-2021 at 10:00 am

Top Semiconductor Revenues 2021

Worldwide semiconductor shipments were $123.1 billion in 1Q 2021, up 3.6% from 4Q 2020 and up 17.8% from a year ago, according to WSTS. The 3.6% quarter-to-quarter growth was the highest for a first quarter since 1Q 2010, eleven years ago. The strong growth in 1Q21 implies strong growth in the following quarters and for the year 2021.… Read More


FD-SOI Offers Refreshing Performance and Flexibility for Mobile Applications

FD-SOI Offers Refreshing Performance and Flexibility for Mobile Applications
by Tom Simon on 02-25-2021 at 10:00 am

FD SOI Advantages

SoC designers often have to make a, “red pill or blue pill,” decision when it comes to selecting process technology. Usually, a choice has to be made between performance, power and area, with one being prioritized at the expense of the others. However, as is pointed out in a recent paper by Mixel and NXP, designers can have the best … Read More


NXP Pushes GHz Performance in Crossover MCU

NXP Pushes GHz Performance in Crossover MCU
by Bernard Murphy on 11-20-2019 at 6:00 am

RT1170 system

I first heard about NXP crossover MCUs at the 2017 TechCon. I got another update at this year’s TechCon, this time their progress on performance and capability in this family. They’ve been ramping performance – a lot – now to a gigahertz, based on a dual-core architecture, M7 and M4. They position this as between 2 and 9X faster than… Read More


Semiconductors back to growth in 2020

Semiconductors back to growth in 2020
by Bill Jewell on 09-24-2019 at 11:30 am

Semiconductor market forecasts 2019 to 2021

The global semiconductor market is headed for the largest decline in 18 years. The market dropped 32% in 2001 when the Internet bubble burst. The 2019 decline should be around 15%, the third largest annual drop after 2001 and a 17% drop in 1985. The current weakness is largely due to excess memory capacity (DRAM and NAND flash) relative… Read More


Chapter 6 – Specialization in the Semiconductor Industry

Chapter 6 – Specialization in the Semiconductor Industry
by Wally Rhines on 08-16-2019 at 6:00 am

Recently, the combined market share of the top ten and top twenty semiconductor companies has been increasing, contrary to the trend of the last fifty years.  Given the acceleration in mergers and acquisitions that began in 2015, one might assume that, as the semiconductor industry approaches maturity, companies are consolidating… Read More