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Fabless Semiconductor Company Value Chain

September 25, 2016, anysilicon

Michael Porter developed the value chain concept in 1980 in his book “Competitive Advantage”. A value chain is a series of activities within a company in order to deliver a product or a service. The total value delivered by the company is the sum total of the value built up

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Qualcomm Opens Semiconductor Test Manufacturing Site in Shanghai

September 18, 2016, anysilicon

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) today announced the opening of Qualcomm Communication Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., a semiconductor test facility in the Waigaoqiao (WGQ) free-trade zone in Shanghai, and its first foray into providing manufacturing services for semiconductors. By working with Amkor Technology, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of contract

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Verification, Validation, Testing of ASIC/SOC designs – What are the differences?

September 18, 2016, anysilicon

If you are involved in any ASIC/SOC design life cycle, it is highly likely that you would have heard questions like – Have you verified a feature?  Is all feature testing completed?  How will you validate a new feature?  What design defects were found and how?
 
The terminologies Verification,

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Semiconductor Wafer Mask Costs

September 15, 2016, anysilicon

Semiconductor lithography and wafer mask set have developed dramatically in recent years. As technology migrated into nanometer geometries mask set price has increased exponentially.
 
The good news is that mask cost is decreasing every year due to maturity in production process and other factors such as market demand, competition

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Infographic: Top 10 Semiconductor Sales (1H 2016)

September 13, 2016, anysilicon

An infographics that shows the 10 top semiconductor companies sales in 1H of 2016. Please find a larger version of the inforgraphic here.
 

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What is Semiconductors 3.0?

September 12, 2016, anysilicon

I am sick and tired to hear the same buzzwords a zillion times every single day. IoT, Cognitive Computing, Cloud Computing, Fog Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Smart-whatever (from objects to cities and pretty soon toilet paper, I’m afraid). What really makes me sick is that these buzzwords are used,

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