Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Featured Content

Innovations in Metrology: Meeting the lab/fab Challenges

July 7, 2014, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—Wilfred Vandervorst described the challenges and science of measurements, and noted the great differences between lab and fab use modes and requirements. The latest tools are enabling new insights into fundamental physics and in ramping yields on the next-generations processes. The labs tend to work on the nano-scale properties of materials whereas... [Read more]

Creative Business Models for Challenging Ecosystems

July 7, 2014, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—Luc Van den Hove from IMEC talked about the joint anniversaries of CMOS and IMEC. The conjunction of the various entities of the research consortium and their underlying semiconductor technologies is not coincidental. The semiconductor industry has been fairly cyclical over the past three decades, but overall has been on a growth path. Some of the... [Read more]

Novel Dynamics in a Consolidating Semiconductor Landscape

July 7, 2014, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—An Steegen from IMEC described the requirements and readiness of next-generation processes for semiconductors. The production of semiconductors beyond 14nm is going to challenge our existing design and manufacturing flows and will take new devices and technologies to replace out CMOS infrastructure. The general industry directions are for more information... [Read more]

Deeper Collaboration – The Magic Beyond Yield at 1x nm and Beyond

July, 7, 2014, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—Bobby Bell from KLA-Tencor talked about the exponentially changing technologies underlying the next generations of semiconductor manufacturing. The economics of the industry are presenting rapidly rising costs and are driving further industry consolidation. The trend of lower costs per gate is no longer valid as the process technologies move below... [Read more]

R&D in a Consolidated Semiconductor Landscape Panel

July 7, 2014, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—A panel considered the likelihood of an inflection point in the semiconductor industry. Debra Vogler from Instant Insights moderated the panel. Panelists were: John Chen from nvidia, Richard Gottscho from LAM Research, Terry Brewer from Brewer Science, Christophe Fouquet from ASML, and Luc Van den Hove from IMEC. Van den Hove noted the keys to increased... [Read more]

LETI-CEA 2014 Technology Review

July 8, 2014, LETI Day, San Francisco—Various executives from the research consortium LETI talked about technology platforms to address future industrial challenges. Hughes Metras opened the event with comments on the facilities and research areas within the organization. Some key topics are in semiconductors and MEMS, which are supported by their 200 and 300mm wafer fabs operated by 1700 professionals.... [Read more]

Wally Rhines of Mentor: I get energized by people

June 2014 – Mentor Graphics CEO Walden “Wally” Rhines has been in the semiconductor industry for over 3 decades and has traversed the extent of being an engineer, manager, operations, bringing a full product line to market, and running global divisions of multinational companies to now being CEO of a public fast growing EDA/Semiconductor IP and verification supplier.Wally Rhines - CEO Mentor... [Read more]

Vivek Tiwary –Talks about The Fifth Beatle

At Wondercon 2014, held in Anaheim, CA we had a chance to stop by the Dark Horse Comics booth to talk to multi-platform entertainment creator Vivek Tiwary. Vivek is the author of a new graphic novel that Dark Horse is publishing titled “The Fifth Beatle – The Brian Epstein Story”. This novel chronicles the events and behind the scenes life issues of Brian Epstein, the functional father of transmedia... [Read more]

Trends at Semicon 2014 new devices dominate

July 2014 – Both the Show floor and the Gartner forecasts showed new trends for the semiconductor manufacturing world. Once dominated by PCs and servers, the new drivers are NAND Flash, Mobile Processors and soon, Internet of Things devices. One of the major shifts is the trend that NAND Flash, driven the voracious needs of ultrabooks, tablets and servers for SSDs, is on track to replace DRAM as... [Read more]

Semicon 2014 – Market growth and Merger

July 2014 – At the briefing day before the official start of the 44th Semicon West 2014 in San Francisco. Semi gave a quick industry overview. One of the key announcements was not about the state of the industry, rather it was the program and updates on the Semi Foundation that is supporting STEM education and career development as part of the workforce development program. This year, Jim Morgan... [Read more]