Deci Raises $21M to Enable the World to Benefit from the Full Potential of AI

Deci, the deep learning development company that helps enterprises build, optimize, and deploy AI to production, today announced it has raised a $21 million Series A round led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm  Insight Partners.

Phononic Announces Full Customer and Manufacturing Qualification in APAC

Phononic, a developer of solid-state cooling and heating technology, today announced full customer qualification of manufacturing operations at Fabrinet, a provider of advanced optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical and electronic manufacturing services.

Present your ideas at The ConFab in 2013

The ConFab is now accepting abstract submissions for our 2013 conference, to be held June 23-26 in Las Vegas. If you’re an executive at a leading semiconductor manufacturer and would like to present at The ConFab and participate in three days of productive meetings and roundtable discussions, we’d like to hear from you! We’re presently recruiting speakers for the following topics: • Economic outlook of the semiconductor and related industries…

Preview of the MEMS Technology Showcase at MEMS Executive Congress US 2012

If I must tell the truth, the genesis of MEMS Technology Showcase began (as many great ideas do) at a bar over beers, the closing night of MEMS Executive Congress 2010. I was talking with Bryan Hoadley of Movea, who had just spoken on the MEMS in Consumer panel. He and I talked about what the MEMS industry needs — a way to show how cool the MEMS inside is…

Preview of our fabulous keynotes at MEMS Executive Congress US 2012

by Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group Recently I was talking with a MIG member about what was unique about this year’s Congress. I actually surprised myself when I instantly blurted out, "the keynotes!" Normally, I would talk about how cool the MEMS Technology Showcase is (and it is — really, it is!) And you’ll soon hear about it in an upcoming story/blog). But honestly, when I answer from…

Preview of MEMS in consumer products panel at MEMS Executive Congress US 2012

By Karen Lightman, managing director, MEMS Industry Group I remember the first time we had a panel on consumer MEMS products at the MEMS Executive Congress. It was November 2006: Marlene Bourne was our moderator and our panelists were: Frank Melzer (CEO of the newly formed Bosch Sensortec); Benedetto Vigna (back then his title was MEMS business unit director, STMicroelectronics); Mark Martin’s predecessor, Bill Giudice, vice president and general manager,…

GlobalFoundries takes on Intel with 14nm finFET “eXtreme Mobility” process

A week after Intel were claiming that their 14nm process will be ready to go at the end of next year, GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) announced that they will have a 14nm finFET process for launch in 2014. Unfortunately they timed it to coincide with the iPhone 5, so we at Chipworks were tied up for a few days tearing it down. However, I don’t want to ignore this development — it…

MEMS in medical, quality-of-life panel at MEMS Executive Congress US 2012

For those of you who have heard me talk about MEMS and medical/quality-of-life (QoL) applications — I don’t shy away from calling it “God’s work.” I still get misty-eyed when I think about my friend’s 10-year-old daughter, Anna, who has Type 1 Diabetes. Last year I told Anna about technology from MicroCHIPS that (thanks to the wonders of MEMS) will someday enable her to seamlessly and automatically monitor and dose…

MEMS in medical, quality-of-life panel at US MEMS Executive Congress US 2012

For those of you who have heard me talk about MEMS and medical/quality-of-life (QoL) applications — I don’t shy away from calling it “God’s work.” I still get misty-eyed when I think about my friend’s 10-year-old daughter, Anna, who has Type 1 Diabetes. Last year I told Anna about technology from MicroCHIPS that (thanks to the wonders of MEMS) will someday enable her to seamlessly and automatically monitor and dose…

MEMS Product Development Challenges – Sweet Dreams and Nightmares

MEMS product development is not for the faint of heart. Though you will see many success stories in the industry, you will also see many failed ventures (did anyone say “telecom bubble?”), several bankruptcies (TeraVicta to name one), gray hair (or no hair), and divorces (sad, but true). And then there are the companies that are just middling along, waiting to break through – we have a duty to help…

A Visit to GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mohawk River in Niskayuna, NY is a powerhouse of industrial R&D; GE’s Global Research Center (GRC). GRC just celebrated its 110 year anniversary. Thomas Edison’s original desk is on display in the entry lobby to prove this point! (Click on any of the images below to enlarge them.) The Niskayuna facility is the largest of several GRCs. GE also has centers in Munich, Germany;…

The ConFab 2013 countdown begins

The countdown to The ConFab has officially begun. The dates are set: next year’s event will be held June 23-26, 2013 and we’ll be back at the Encore at The Wynn Las Vegas (an encore at The Encore!). Thanks to everyone who participated last year. We had two great keynotes – John Chen from Nvidia and Ali Sebt from Renesas – plus six other sessions, packed with great speakers. We…

SEMICON West 2012: Where Has the Love Gone?

Has the romance between the MEMS and semiconductor industries started to fizzle? Or is the real issue that for new equipment vendors, the appeal and shiny/sexy new-ness of MEMS has faded as they salivate in anticipation of a switch from 300 to 450mm (with all of that sexy, new and expensive semiconductor equipment)? In 2011, I declared that it was the "the year of MEMS" at SEMICON West in my…

Sensors Expo report: MEMS Pre-Conference Symposium

MEMS in the mainstream — Music to my ears For the second year in a row, MEMS Industry Group was host to the Sensors Expo Pre-Conference Symposium, and this year’s theme was "MEMS in the Mainstream: Commercialization and Product Realization — Leveraging the MEMS Infrastructure." I felt like a bandmaster — not trying to make the music, just trying to get the band with all its different instruments, rhythms, and…

MEMS isn’t NEW

What do you think of when I say the words "MEMS new product development?" Do you envision new categories of newly discovered MEMS hatching somewhere in a university lab? If your answer is "yes," perhaps you should rethink that — because MEMS isn’t new. If we are to grow this $9 billion/year industry to a hundred-billion or even trillion dollar industry as some predict, we need to think of new…

Conference Report: MEMS Executive Congress Europe

ST’s Carmelo Papa boldly declared that "MEMS is only limited by the imagination" during his opening keynote at MEMS Executive Congress Europe.  In many ways this phrase exemplifies the conference itself. All of the speakers on our four panels  — industrial, biomedical/Quality of Life (QoL), automotive and consumer — as well as our keynotes — conveyed that frontier feeling that MEMS can truly change the world. Sure we have some challenges…

The Elephant Has Left the Room – 450 mm is a Go!

It’s the day before Semicon opens up, and we have had a slew of announcements on 450 mm, the biggest of which was the joint ASML/Intel notice that Intel will be taking a share of ASML as a way of funding 450 mm and EUV R&D. Simultaneously imec released that the Flemish government would invest in their upcoming 450-mm facility, and imec and KLA-Tencor declared that a 450-mm capable SP3…

Sony’s PS Vita Uses Chip-on-Chip SiP – 3D, but not 3D

At the tail end of last year Sony released their PlayStation Vita, and it was duly torn down by iFixit and others. In due course we took it apart too, though we didn’t post it on our teardown blog. Sony CXD5315GG in the PlaySation Vita Inside we found the usual set of wireless chips, motion sensors, and memory, but the key to the increased performance of the PS Vita is…

Sony’s PS Vita Uses Chip-on-Chip SiP – 3D, but not 3D

At the tail end of last year Sony released their PlayStation Vita, and it was duly torn down by iFixit and others. In due course we took it apart too, though we didn’t post it on our teardown blog. Sony CXD5315GG in the PlaySation Vita Inside we found the usual set of wireless chips, motion sensors, and memory, but the key to the increased performance of the PS Vita is…

The ConFab: Big data is here

Sponsors and delegates arrived today in sunny Las Vegas, for the 8th annual "The ConFab," our conference and networking event that features planned meetings between conference sessions. Everything is set up and we’re ready to go, comfortably ensconced in The Encore at The Wynn. The conference and meals will be in the Bach and Beethoven rooms on the second floor (very nice!) and we have a networking reception event tonight…

Oh, snap!: Pics from The ConFab

Some pics from The ConFab 2012 setup: Getting the conference books ready to distribute (Luba and Karen), inside the book, various signs — sessions, sponsors, Solid State Technology — view down the hall, Sabrina at the conference table, The ConFab map.

Funding the future: How best to spend limited R&D dollars?

One of the big issues now facing the industry is to how best spend limited funding for research and development, when so much needs to be done. Continued scaling to 20nm and below, a transition to 450mm, 3D integration, device new structures, a bevy of new materials with unknown integration challenges – these are all needed. These issues are top of mind since I’ve been asked to moderate a panel on…

Thirty years ago today

Today marks an interesting milestone for me: 30 years ago, I started work as an editor covering the semiconductor industry. I reported to Don Levinthal, publisher of Semiconductor International, at 222 W. Adams in downtown Chicago. The magazine was produced by Cahners, which had recently acquired Kiver Publications. Milt Kiver, as I recall, had won fame and fortune by writing a book on color television repair (Television Simplified, first published…

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