Category Archives: Supply Chain

Fabless Silicon Manufacture: Should Unit Cost Always Be Minimised?

September 18, 2017, anysilicon

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I’m going to assume that low cost is not the main value proposition of your product: I’ll assume that it addresses an existing or emerging market in a way that could be summarised as “better”. But it will have a manufacturing cost associated with it, which will be determined by

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Faraday Launches Its New FPGA to ASIC Turnkey Service

August 30, 2017, anysilicon

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Faraday Technology Corporation (TWSE: 3035), a leading ASIC design service and IP provider, today announced its turnkey FPGA to ASIC conversion service. This service was introduced to meet increasing demand from customers who require a lower BOM cost, lower power consumption, higher integration for miniaturization, and long-term supply commitments, and

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Semiconductor Yield Management and 5nm Chip Construction

July 04, 2017, anysilicon

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The talk of the town these days in the semiconductor industry isthe IBM’s lead in the research and development that has led to creation of a new type of transistors,the smallest ever 5nm construction, for the silicon based processor chips. This marvel by the researchers at IBM aims to revolutionize

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IC Insights has raised its worldwide Semiconductor market growth forecast for 2017 to 11%

March 30, 2017, anysilicon

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IC Insights has raised its worldwide IC market growth forecast for 2017 to 11%—more than twice its original 5% outlook—based on data shown in the March Update to the 20th anniversary 2017 edition of The McClean Report. The revision was necessary due to a substantial upgrade to the 2017 growth

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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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