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

Editorial coverage at SPIE Advanced Lithography

I'll (Debra Vogler) be doing podcast interviews at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference next week. You'll see them all in the Daily...

Podcast coverage at Strategies in Light

Coverage at the Strategies in Light conference includes podcast interviews I (Debra Vogler, senior technical editor) did with Chris Moore/Semilab AMS, Jeff Desroches/ATMI, Mike Plisinski/Rudolph, Ravi Kanjolia/SAFC Hitech, and Thomas Uhrmann/EVG. Some...

Pete Singer
by Pete Singer

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.

NEMA Publishes Two Battery Standards

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published revisions to two standards within the ANSI C18 series of standards for batteries:ANSI C18.1M, Part 2-2011 American National Standard for Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with...

Trojan Battery Launches Renewable Energy Website

Trojan Battery Company, a manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, has launched its new renewable energy Web site focusing on renewable energy and backup power solutions the company provides with its deep cycle battery lines. The site is designed to be a...

A123 and AES Connect on 20MW Spinning Reserve Project in Chile

A123 Systems announced an order from AES Gener for 20MW of A123’s advanced energy storage solutions for a spinning reserve project in Northern Chile. The project expands the relationship between A123 and AES Energy Storage and is AES’ second in Chile to...

Dr. Phil Garrou
by Dr. Phil Garrou

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 39 Packaging Roadmaps at MEPTEC

In November of 2010 MEPTEC (Microelectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council) : a trade association of semiconductor suppliers and manufacturers)[link] brought together a group experts from AMD, Altera, Amkor, ASE, Cisco, LSI, Micron, TechSearch,...

IFTLE 38 ...of Memory Cubes and Ivy Bridges - more 3D and TSV

The 3D TSV announcements keep coming at a “fast and furious” pace and are becoming hard for all of us to keep up with. One announcement (this past week) and one rumor, are very important for the forward momentum of 3D IC integration. A few weeks ago Mark...

Dick James
by Dick James

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.

How to Get 5 Gbps Out of a Samsung Graphics DRAM

It’s well known that electronics games buffs like their image creation as realistic (or at least as cinema-like) as possible, which in image-processing terms means handling more and more fine-grained pixel data as fast as possible. That means more and...

Samsung’s 3x DDR3 SDRAM - 4F2 or 6F2? You Be the Judge..

We recently acquired Samsung’s latest DDR3 SDRAM, allegedly a 3x-nm part. When we did a little research, we found that the package markings K4B2G0846D-HCH9 lined up with a press release from Samsung last year about their 2 Gb 3x-nm generation DRAMs. My...

Linda Rae
by Linda Rae

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

What will graphene mean for tomorrow’s electronic devices?

In my last post, I shared with you some of the excitement that several of my colleagues at Keithley experienced on a customer visit to the Condensed Matter Physics Lab at the University of Manchester. That visit coincided with the announcement that Drs....

Today, I’d like to depart a little from the usual subject matter of my blog to share some exciting news from one of Keithley’s senior market development managers, Bob Green. On a customer visit to Manchester University, he and two colleagues were lucky enough to witness a rare moment of Nobel prize-winning achievement. I wanted to share Bob’s obvious excitement with those of you who read my blog, captured in his email:

AMAZINGOne of the most thrilling days of my working career. I was extremely proud to be a representative of Keithley Instruments. Mary Anne Tupta and Jeremy Gilbert enjoyed the day as much as I did.There we were, in the Condensed Matter Physics Lab at the...

Peter Singer
by Peter Singer

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...

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...

Peter Singer
by Peter Singer

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

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...

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...


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 (sr director, Industry Research & Statistics).

State of the Union Speech Outlines Support for Many SEMI Policy Priorities

By Maggie Hershey, senior director, SEMI Americas Public PolicyAs is required by the Constitution and honored by tradition, President Obama addressed Congress and the nation in the annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 25. The assembled...

Why I’m Betting on 2011

By Jonathan Davis, president, Semiconductor Business Unit, SEMI While speculation grows about the future of the semiconductor industry, it’s clear that 2010 was a banner year for semiconductor equipment companies.  Total fab spending in 2010 ($37.9...