Electronic Manufacturing Blogs

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


Read opinions/analysis on the day's news, tradeshow updates, and more. We blog about solar, semiconductor, advanced packaging and nanotech manufacturing industries.

A sad day

Even if you never met the man personally, you most certainly have benefitted from the inventions that Steve Jobs ushered into existence. The legacy that he leaves is one that lifts up the human spirit. Whether it's beginning artists, singers, musicians, and filmmakers who are able to create art u... Read More >>

Congratulations to Nobel Prize winner Prof. Daniel Shechtman

I couldn't let pass the notice of Prof. Daniel Shechtman (Technion) winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Shechtman when I arranged for him to give a lecture at Watkins-Johnson Semiconductor Equipment Group (8/4/97 and 8/8/97 - I still have the flyers!!), when I... Read More >>

SEMI High Tech U. event takes place 10/4-10/6/11

SEMI's SEMI Foundation in association with KLA-Tencor, Advantest, and Nikon, are conducting a special SEMI High Tech University event for high school students running 10/4-10/6/11. During the event, studends will attend classes taught by volunteer industry professionals at the campuses of KLA-Ten... Read More >>

Energy Storage Trends

This blog is focused on battery technology and other types of energy storage that are used for load leveling/stabilization and as back-up power for renewable energy. 


Lithium Technology to Launch a Li Ion Battery Manufacturing JV

Lithium Technology Corporation (ticker symbol:LTHU), a manufacturer of large format cylindrical lithium-Ion cells, has entered into a definitive agreement to launch a joint venture with EnerSys, Inc. (NYSE:ENS) in Germany to produce large format l... Read More >>

Financing for Crescent Dunes Solar Thermal Project Completed

SolarReserve, a U.S. developer of large-scale solar power projects, has closed financing for the 110 MW Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project to be built near Tonopah, Nevada. The Crescent Dunes project will the nation's first commercial scale solar... Read More >>

European Association for Storage of Energy Launched

A group of Europe's leading players in the energy sector, including manufacturers, utilities and academic bodies, came together in Brussels on September 27 to sign the formal constitution for the creation of the European Association for Storage of... Read More >>

Insights From Leading Edge

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 71: 450mm announcements

Moving to 450mm has several advantages, the main being that the area is 2.25× larger. This obviously means that more chips can be cut from one wafer, and less material is lost at the edges. The last conversion process from 200mm to 300mm wafers be... Read More >>

IFTLE 70 Highlights of the Semicon Taiwan Embeddded Substrates Forum

The 2011 Semicon Taiwan Embedded Substrate Forum "Bridging the Last Mile of Heterogeneous Integration" was chaired by Dr. Kuo-Ning Chiang, Professor, Director-Advanced Packaging Research Center, NTHU.One of the main messages from the forum is tha... Read More >>

IFTLE 69 Cell Phones and Memory Consolidation

The cellphone continues to pull in the functionality of digital cameras, PDAs, GPS navigators, mobile TV and numerous other applications. It is quickly becoming thedominant market driver for virtually all of these functions.Earlier this summer mar... Read 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.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Takes a Different Approach to HKMG in AMD’s Llano CPU/GPU

After much anticipation, and with quite a few design wins, AMD's Llano CPU/GPU chip arrived on the scene a couple of months ago. Fabricated by GlobalFoundries (more easily known as GloFo) in their 32nm SHP process, it was the first foundry-based gate-first HKMG product to come on the market.As a ... Read More >>

Intel Enlarges Process Lead over Their Competition

22-nm Trigate Transistors DiscussedAt a morning session at the Intel Developer Forum Tuesday, Mark Bohr tooted the Intel trumpet and put a slide up to emphasise their lead over the other leading semiconductor companies:Intel Process Evolution Since 90-nmOne can quibble a bit about the odd month h... Read More >>

A SEMICON West snippet: AMAT launches new products, prepares for 450mm

SEMICON West is usually taken as a barometer for the industry, and my subjective impression is steaming along nicely, but no record breaking years coming up! According to Tom Morrow of SEMI, this year's preregistrations were flat, but there about 10% more booths than last year.I kicked off the sh... Read More >>

Test Points

Observations and opinions about semiconductor test, and the factors that drive how test plays a strategic role throughout the semiconductor design and production process.


Patience is More than a Virtue. It’s Hard.

When I wrote earlier blog posts about creating enduring product ideas, I thought about it in general terms.  But when I began thinking about creating products in the semiconductor industry in particular, I realized it takes special, shall we say, fortitude to be a product developer in this s... Read More >>

Lessons from Our Customers

Earlier I wrote about creating long-term value in product development, and how to uncover the real insights that lead to products that last for years.  Another “lesson-learned” we’ve thought about involved creating a long-term roadmap for the product, one that begins before... Read More >>

Engineering Products That Stand the Test of Time

Every product has a lifespan, some measured in months, some in years.  Test instruments are not the same as smartphones, of course – we typically seek to build high-value enduring “platforms” that will last several years and stand the test of time for our customers.Easy to ... Read More >>

Pete's Posts

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.


The Bankability of PV Tech: The New Key to Success

A decidedly non-technical term was in vogue this week at the very technical 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (EUPVSEC). The term “bankability” was often used to describe the likelihood of success of a given technology. In these days of scarce capital, the only projec... Read More >>

3 Facts from EUPVSEC

The one and only driving factor in the photovoltaics industry is cost per Watt. This is primarily a function of efficiency – how much of the sun’s power is converted to electricity -- and the cost of manufacturing and installation. The ultimate goal of course is to achieve grid parity... Read More >>

10 million solar roofs in U.S. bill passes

The Ten Million Solar Roofs Act of 2010 (S. 3460) was was passed by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 13 to 10 on July 21, 2010. It was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate energy and environment committees and chairman of the green jobs subcommittee.The... Read More >>

Solar Specs

Speculations and ruminations on the state of the solar energy industry by the editors of RenewableEnergyWorld.com

How Can the U.S. Solar Industry Meet Expectations? Part 3

RenewableEnergyWorld asked solar executives and our social media community to lend their voices and define what three strategies they think will lead to a thriving solar industry. See Part 1 and 2 in the blog archives.Jamie Hahn, Managing Director - Solis Partners Committing to the righ... Read More >>

How Can the U.S. Solar Industry Meet Expectations? Part II

RenewableEnergyWorld asked solar executives and our social media community to lend their voices and define what three strategies they think will lead to a thriving solar industry. Check out Part I in our last post.The U.S. is expected to be one of the largest growth markets for solar po... Read More >>

The Question: How Can the U.S. Solar Industry Meet Expectations?

RenewableEnergyWorld asked solar executives and our social media community to lend their voices and define what three strategies they think will lead to a thriving solar industry. Answers were varied, and many valid opinions were brought to light. Responses will be updated frequently.Th... Read More >>

Small Talk Tech

Small Times' Small Tech Talk Blog places news about MEMS and nanotechnology in context and analyzes trends in Small Tech.

Nanoparticles act as cancer spotters

A research team led by Brown University has devised a new technique to spot cancerous tumors in the liver as small as 5 millimeters. The technique, using gold nanoparticles, is the first to deploy metal nanoparticles as agents to enhance X-ray scattering of image tumor-like masses. Results are pu... Read More >>

Announcing New Online Seminar: Understanding Nanotechnology Safety

Registration is now open for an online seminar on nanotechnology safety. This seminar is of interest to anyone concerned about the potential health hazards of exposure to nanoengineered materials. Hear from world class presenters: Mark Bünger Research Director, Lux Research Walt Trybula D... Read More >>

Promising Nano Spam from Russia

Every once in a while, I receive an interesting e-mail that reeks with promise. I am overwhelmed with curiousity. Will someone please contact Gannady and report back to me!? "Dear ladies and gentlemen, I offer for purchase made by me 254 inventions in the sphere of nanotechnologies with the hel... Read More >>

SEMI News and Views

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, photovoltaic, LED and display industries. Bloggers include Jonathan Davis (President, Semiconductor Business), Maggie Hershey (Sr. Director, Public Policy), Tom Morrow (EVP, Emerging Markets Group), Stan Myers (President, SEMI), and Dan Tracy.

Fab Equipment Spending up 23% in 2011 - Still Highest on Record

By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics Changes in the global economy affect the semiconductor industry, as the industry depends more on the consumer market. Economic developments in recent months decreased consumer confidence and spending, and the semico... Read More >>

Strong 2011 Equipment Market Forecast Complicated by Buying Pause

By Dan Tracy, senior director, SEMI Industry Research and StatisticsDuring SEMICON West, the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast was released that estimates 2011 semiconductor equipment sales to reach $44.33 billion, a 12.1 percent increase over 2011. Following last ... Read More >>

The Big Picture

By Jonathan Davis, president of SEMI Semiconductor BusinessSEMICON West is around the corner and there will be plenty of information and insight to help shape your industry view. The event boasts of more than 100 hours of technical and business programs, 50 hours of free TechXPOT sessi... Read More >>