Thursday, March 30th, 2017

September 2016 – The upcoming Winter NAMM show held in Anaheim in January is once again hosting the TEC Awards that are recognizing achievement in technology and use of technology for music creation. The show will be hosted by comedian Sinbad for the third year in a row. The event is being held on Saturday [...]

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 The trend of lower costs per gate is no longer valid as the process technologies [...]

March 3, 2014, US Flat Panel Display Connected Devices Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Paul Semenza from NPD DisplaySearch evaluated the panel makers in their balancing act for supply and demand. The ability to maintain profits coupled with the shifts in technologies drives capacity investments. TFT LCD capacity is becoming more stable, with demand slightly greater than [...]

July 8, 2013, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—Martin van den Brink from ASML discussed the progress and prospects for next-generation lithography. The challenge is to reduce costs and improve performance at the same time. Current assumptions are we will extend 193nm immersion lithography to 10nm. There are no fundamental limits with quad patterns, but logic [...]

July 8, 2013, Semicon West, San Francisco—Dan Tracy from SEMI presented an overview of the industry with a focus on equipment and materials. The market numbers indicate an ongoing recovery after a slow period in the past two years. World wide, the industry has had a relatively flat income for the last two years, with [...]

July 8, 2013, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—Martin Anstice from Lam Research talked about inflection challenges and value creation opportunities from collaboration. The pace and costs of change in the semiconductor industry now make it an imperative for companies to work together. Value in this industry comes from the semiconductors, and not from the equipment. [...]

April 9, 2013, National Association of Broadcasters, Las Vegas—We talked with Ian Valentine from Tektronix about their latest releases. Tek has been around the broadcast industry for a long time, so their announcements tend to be important technology statements. The evolving industry standards for interfaces and file formats need tool for checking infrastructure. At the [...]

April 23, 2013, IEEE CE Society, Mountain View, CA—Perry Goldstein from Marshall Electronics talked about the evolution of audio and video in the digital age at the local society meeting. The talk featured a historical overview of consumer media products and some thoughts on their future. After working in various segments of the consumer A-V [...]

January 6,2013, Storage Visions Conference, Las Vegas—Yoshiaki Shishikui, head of the advanced TV systems research division of NHK described the equipment, workflows, and other requirements to handle the live broadcast of the 2012 Summer Olympics in ultra high definition. The experience demonstrated the potential for UHD as well as the need for more development work [...]

August 14, 2012, Emerging Display Technologies Conference, Santa Clara, CA—David Flattery from DuPont described the research and investigations needed to support solution processing of OLEDs. The chemicals for the displays are a work in progress. The materials and processing for those materials is challenged by the need to quickly scale to volume manufacturing. As the [...]