Semicon West 2012 News

Chip tool demand slumps in 2Q12, though Taiwan shines

October 1, 2012 Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment totaled $10.34B in 2Q12, down -4% from the previous quarter and about -13% from a year ago, according to monthly data from SEMI and SEAJ. Bookings we...

The energy behind energy at SEMICON West

September 1, 2012 At SEMICON West, keynoter Shekhar Y. Borkar, Intel Fellow and director of extreme-scale technologies at Intel, focused on the energy demands of ubiquitous computing, and how technologies developed ...

LED fab equipment capex to brighten in H2

September 1, 2012 Barclays Capital Inc. analysts held conversations with the LED supply chain at SEMICON West, confirming for Barclays that Q2 2012 orders for MOCVD tools remained flattish with the trough-like Q1 nu...

SEMICON West hosts 2012 ITRS updates

September 1, 2012

2012 is an even-number year, meaning that only updates, rather than major revisions, are made to the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).

Karen Savala, SEMI, presenting during SEMICON West 2012.

Supply chain readiness in an era of accelerated change

August 10, 2012 In this SEMI News and Views blog, Karen Savala covers EUV lithography, 450mm wafers, and 3D IC developments, based on her recent presentation at SEMICON West, “Supply Chain Readiness in an Era of A...

SEMICON West takeaways: Seasonality over cyclicality, lithography and test trends

July 16, 2012 SEMICON West kicked off with a surprise announcement regarding Intel's investment in ASML, but generally the event highlighted trends “as expected” in the fab supply chain, say Barclays analysts.
Figure. BGA after color enhancement on the live image using the DSX500. The two BGA balls in the center are intact and the other show signs of fracture, indicated by the red dye.

Notes from SEMICON West: Detecting solder joint fractures

July 16, 2012 Jennifer Wrigley and Robert Bellinger, Olympus, share insights on SEMICON West’s Test and Packaging attendees’ challenges -- namely, ways to more easily detect and quantify solder joint fractures o...

Terry Brewer chats about SEMI and semiconductors at SEMICON West

July 13, 2012 Terry Brewer, one of the newest members of SEMI's North American advisory board, talks about semiconductor industry consolidation, as well as new technologies and materials in the industry. He shar...


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Inside the iPhone teardowns

In the days leading up to the official unveiling of the iPhone 5, industry watchers made a list of what they expected to be new and improved functionality -- and who would be the key semiconductor suppliers behind those additions. Now the usual te... Read More>>

Bosch sprouts new market with MEMS lawnmower

It's the Friday before the long Labor Day holiday weekend, and per a multi-generational family tradition I'm heading for the Maine coast. Tucked way in the back of our utility shed is a vintage reel mower that still works, meaning it's not immobil... Read More>>

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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 ... Read More>>

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 ensco... Read More>>

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