Category Archives: Supply Chain

Apple Protects Its Designs With Custom Silicon. You Can Too.

March 21, 2017, anysilicon

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In the February 22-28 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president for hardware technologies, discusses Apple’s winning strategy of owning its own silicon. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-johny-srouji-apple-chief-chipmaker/ . It began with the acquisition a Silicon Valley chip startup called P.A. Semi in April of 2008 and since then, Apple

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Process Control in High Volume Semiconductor Manufacturing

February 14, 2017, anysilicon

The man with a carrier of the silicone wafers

Semiconductor manufacturing process starts with wafers having several dice. These dice are then probed by testers to verify quality of wafer that will be later on assembled and packaged into an integrated circuit commonly abbreviated as IC. These ICs are then placed inside large electrical systems and devices to be

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Fabless Silicon Manufacture: Supplier Relationships Matter

January 09, 2017, anysilicon

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When someone contributes to the success of your product, but they don’t work directly for your company, why should they work as hard as your employees ? Your employees, and to a smaller extent your suppliers, obviously have a financial interest in your company’s success. But success takes more than

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Five Suppliers to Hold 41% of Global Semiconductor Marketshare in 2016

December 07, 2016, anysilicon

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Vigorous M&A activity in 2015 and 2016 has reshaped the landscape of the semiconductor industry, with the top companies now controlling a much greater percentage of marketshare.  Not including foundries, IC Insights forecasts to top five semiconductor suppliers—Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and SK Hynix— will account for 41% marketshare in

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Fabless Silicon Manufacture: Who Should Be In Control ?

November 23, 2016, anysilicon

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Let’s say you’ve got a great idea for a new musical Christmas card solution, and you go to a Big Foundry and a Big OSAT and convince them to supply you. Great. But let’s say there are several other musical Christmas card solution providers, and they’re also working with the

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Fabless Silicon Manufacture: How Much Quality Do You Need ?

November 10, 2016, anysilicon

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First off, we need to define what is meant by “quality” for this discussion. In generic terms it means something like “how well a product does its job”. For a chip, or a rather what comes out the end of a chip supply chain, this isn’t simply a measure of

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