Building flash memory for automotive is not straightforward. Just look at the specs you have to meet for grade 1 qualification:
- 100,000 cycles of endurance (writing new values)
- 10 years data retention
- all at 125°C (also needs to work down to -40°C)
GlobalFoundries have been working with Silicon Storage Technology (which is a wholly-owned… Read More
GlobalFoundries at the end of 2014 is a very different company from what it was a the beginning of the year.
At the start of 2014, GF was a company with:
- a CEO in Ajit Manocha who was reputed to be just a safe pair of hands while the company found a new CEO
- several 200mm fabs in Singapore (the old Chartered fabs) running mature processes,
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GlobalFoundries has been in Singapore for a long time. Longer than GlobalFoundries has existed in fact. Chartered Semiconductor was started in Singapore in 1987 and GF acquired them in early 2010 less than a year after they were created by spinning out the manufacturing arm of AMD. When GF was started their state of the art fab was… Read More
Production of electronic equipment (including computers, communications, consumer, etc.) has been sluggish over the last year in all key regions of the world except China. The chart below shows three-month-average change versus a year ago for electronics production in local currency through April 2013 (May 2013 for China).… Read More
I hosted a webinar today for GlobalFoundries. Yes, I know that today was TSMC’s Technology Symposium, we weren’t that smart when we picked the date. It was basically a “fireside chat” with me as the moderator asking the questions and Paul Colestock and Aabid Husain as my guests. We actually did it at Cadence… Read More
The world is analog and despite enormous SoCs in the most leading-edge process node being the most glamorous segment of the semiconductor industry, it turns out that one of the fastest growing segments is actually analog and power chips in older process technologies. Overall, according to Semico, analog and power ICs, including… Read More
Lip-Bu Tan, the CEO of Cadence, has been named by the Singapore Business Awards as Outstanding CEO (overseas) last week. These awards were launched in 1985 by the Business Times and DHL, so this year is the 27th year of the award, created to recognize business leaders in Singapore and abroad.
As it happens, Cadence flew me first class… Read More