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Solid State Technology

Year 2018
Issue 6

FEATURES

Memory


Layout schema generation: Improving yield ramp during technology development

Layout schema generation generates random, realistic, DRC-clean layout patterns of the new design technology for use in test vehicles.


Process Watch


Process Watch: Automotive defect sensitivity requirements

Semiconductors continue to grow in importance in the automotive supply chain, requiring IC manufacturers to adapt their processes to produce chips that meet automotive quality standards.


Vacuum


Solving the burden of Bourdon tubes

Mini diaphragm gauges offer a new alternative to Bourdon tubes.


NEWS


Worldwide semiconductor revenue hit record $120.8B in Q2 2018

Samsung Electronics, Intel and SK Hynix continued to lead the semiconductor market in Q2 2018.



New material could improve efficiency of computer processing and memory

Discovery could have major impact on semiconductor industry.



Size of semiconductor acquisitions may have hit limit

Mega-mergers become less likely because of the high-dollar value of major acquisitions, increasing scrutiny from regulators, rising protectionism among more countries, and growing global trade frictions.



Seven top 15 semi suppliers of the first half of 2018 register ≥20% gains

Samsung extends its number one ranking and sales lead over Intel to 22%.


COLUMNS

Editorial


The cobbler's children getting shoes?

There\'s an old proverb that the shoemaker\'s children always go barefoot, indicating how some professionals don\'t apply their skills for themselves. Until lately, that has seemed the case with the semiconductor manufacturing industry which has been good at collecting massive amounts of data, but no so good at analyzing that data and using it to improve efficiency, boost yield and reduce costs.


Industry Forum


The rebirth of the semiconductor industry

We’re living in a digital world where semiconductors have been taken for granted. But, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing everything � and bringing semiconductors back into the deserved spotlight.