The Chip Shortage Wake-up Call

An extreme hypothetical scenario of complete disruption of Taiwanese foundries for one year could cause the global electronics supply chain to come to a halt.

TSMC’s Technology Roadmap

Mark Liu, Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), provided detailed insights into the company’s technology roadmap at the recent International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). He waved off the suggestion that device technology improvements are slowing down.

Semiconductor Manufacturing in the U.S.

In the middle of an ongoing pandemic and global trade war, the U.S. is looking to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing capabilities.

The Chip Wars Get Real

There was a lot of big news in the semiconductor industry during the last week as the U.S., China and Taiwan face off in a chip war over Huawei.

ASML Books Production EUV Orders

TSMC commits to two tools for delivery next year Maybe, just maybe, ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) has made the near-impossible a reality by creating a cost-effective Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV @ ~13.5nm wavelength) all-reflective lithographic tool. The company has announced that…

Don’t Hack My Light Bulb, Bro

Many people believe that the lowly light bulb might be how the IoT makes it’s way into your home. Even at the light bulb level, security is going to be critical.

No technical barriers seen for 450mm

Paul Farrar, general manager of the G450C consortium, said early work has demonstrated good results and that he sees no real barriers to implementing 450mm wafers from a technical standpoint.

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