Electronics Manufacturing Blog


Solid State Technology’s bloggers provide an insider’s point-of-view for electronic manufacturing such as semiconductor wafer fab, micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) manufacturing, and advanced packaging and test product announcements, industry tradeshows, process advances, and technologies.



    Dr. Phil Garrou gives his insight into leading edge developments in 3-D integration and advanced packaging, reporting the latest technical goings on from conferences, conversations, and more.
  • IFTLE 371 Semi ISS: Market Opportunities and Drivers

    By Dr. Phil Garrou, Contributing Editor Let’s take a look at some of the presentations given at the Semi ISS (Industry Strategy Symp) conference in January at Half Moon Bay. VLSI Research Lati of VLSI Research discussed “Market Opportunities in the Coming Technology Disruptions” Six companies are now responsible for > 70% of Capex spending. Memory Capex hit $45B in 2017, more [...]




    DICK JAMES is a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry and the senior technology analyst for Chipworks, an Ottawa, Canada-based specialty reverse engineering company. Chipworks analyses a broad range of devices, giving Dick a unique overview of what technologies make it into the real world of semiconductor production.
  • IEDM 2017: Intel's 10nm Platform Process

    By Dick James IEDM this year was its usual mixture of academic exotica and industrial pragmatica (to use a very broad-brush description), but the committee chose to keep us all waiting until the Wednesday morning before we got to the CMOS platform papers. Of course, the talk we were all anticipating was Intel’s Chris Auth on “A 10nm High Performance and Low-Power CMOS Technology Featuring 3rd [...]




    Pete's Posts covers topics germane to the electronics and solar industries, including semiconductor and photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing, advanced packaging, nanotechnology, MEMS and circuit board assembly.
  • Join Us at The ConFab 2018

    The ConFab 2018, to be held May 20-23 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, is a conference and networking event designed to inform and connect leading semiconductor executives from all parts of the supply chain. Now in its 14th year, it is produced by Solid State Technology magazine, the semiconductor industry’s oldest and most respected business publication. The goal of The ConFab this year is to [...]




Karen Lightman is managing director of MEMS Industry Group, the trade association advancing MEMS across global markets.

  • MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress 2017: Knowing Your Unknowns

    By Karen Lightman, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group | SEMI As in life, knowing everything in MEMS and sensors is impossible. Often the best we can do is to “know the unknowns” because articulating what we do not yet understand allows us to seek answers so that we can stay competitive. MEMS and sensors supply chain members need to know what is “state of the art” in terms of technology, [...]




    Dr. Vivek Bakshi blogs about EUV Lithography (EUVL) and related topics of interest. He has edited two books on EUVL and is an internationally recognized expert on EUV Source Technology and EUV Lithography. He consults, writes, teaches and organizes EUVL related workshops.
  • Latest on EUV Source Technology - Highlights from 2017 Source Workshop

    By Vivek Bakshi, EUV Litho, Inc. As we look forward to 2018 SPIE Advanced Lithography conference, it is good to review the current status and recent development for EUV source technology. In this blog, I present the latest status on EUV source technology from the 2017 Source Workshop, held last November at UCD in Dublin. Highlights, notable papers, list of open questions and summary of status are [...]




    Ed's Threads - the first blog in the IC fab industry (launched 2006) - are Ed Korczynski's thoughts about IC, LED, and MEMS process development and about nanotechnology manufacturing markets. Ed has a degree in materials science and engineering from MIT, has decades of experience in Silicon Valley engineering and marketing, and won two ASBPE awards for editorial excellence writing for Solid State Technology. He is not lacking for opinions...
  • Mott Memristor Chaos could make Efficient AI

    Congratulations to Suhas Kumar, John Paul Strachan, and R. Stanley Williams of Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto for showing not just how to make a Mott memristor, but that you can create controlled chaos with one. “We showed that this type of memristor can generate chaotic and nonchaotic signals,” says Williams, who invented the memristor based on theory by Leon Chua. An analysis of the material [...]