Pessimism Has Its Blind Side

Do periods of economic downturn create more pessimists, or do they just get more attention during tough times? Economists and politicians love to alarm us into believing economic growth is now on a slippery slope to permanently low levels. Everything has already been invented, baby boomers are on the decline, and productivity will never experience…

Strengthening Supply Chain Links

Although news from Japan regarding the earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts comes less frequently than before, the ripple effects of the disaster can still be felt in the semiconductor industry's operation strategies. At the GSA Semiconductor Ecosystem Summit held in Santa Clara, Calif., last week, Hugh Durdan from {complink 1891|eSilicon Corp.} moderated a panel on…

The Daunting Economics of Innovation

The convergence of mobility, communication, and computing has produced multifunctional end applications that are placing huge demands on semiconductor manufacturers. These new devices require low power, high performance, and a lot of advanced manufacturing capacity at a low cost. At the 2011 Semico Summit, Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of technology and research and development…

Another Vote for Gate-First HKMG

{complink 4185|Panasonic} recently announced it would begin shipping 32nm gate-first HKMG LSI parts for use in its consumer line of Blu-ray Disc players. This announcement is notable for several reasons. First, this is another endorsement for the gate-first HKMG team. {complink 2470|IBM Corp.} and the Common Platform foundries are going with gate-first. {complink 2657|Intel Corp.}…