Yole: Flip Chip Investment Reboots in 2018

Due to the growth of the semiconductor business, the wider adoption of Cu pillar solutions and the introduction of flip chip technology for LED and CMOS image sensors (CIS) applications, the flip chip market is expanding. However, market research firm Yole Développement (Yole) expects flip chip capacity will max out by 2017, requiring new investment…

Battelle Builds a ‘Barrier’ Against Counterfeit Chips

Tom Sharpe clearly recalls the first batch of “clone” semiconductors that turned up under the microscopes at his company’s Sandy Hook, Conn., test facility three years ago. SMT Corp., where he is vice president, specializes in detecting counterfeit chips, and most of those it had detected before then had been poor-quality, previously used chips that…

Samsung Opens New HQ for U.S. Semiconductor Operations

San Jose, Calif. –Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s leading producer of semiconductor and display solutions, formally opened the doors to its new Device Solutions America headquarters here today, setting the stage for a new wave of innovation across the digital landscape. Located on the same corner in San Jose’s tech corridor where Samsung’s original…

The Power and Reach of Distribution

Component distributors are the closest thing the electronics industry has to Superman. That’s backed up by too many facts to be considered flattery. They do all the traditional things their group nomenclature – distributors – connotes but also much more. In fact, the largest distributors perform so many varied services for their customers (OEMs, EMS…

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U.S. Innovation on the Upswing

If design activity is a measure of innovation in the electronics industry – and in most cases it is – U.S. companies are inventing more products this year than last.  Arrow Electronics Inc., which carries hundreds of component brands to hundreds of thousands of OEM customers, saw its design-wins increase by double digits globally in…

SIA, SRC Call for Increased Research Investments

Leaders in the tech industry and academia, led by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), are calling out the industry to make increased research investments to help boost tech leadership in the U.S. as well as to advance new transformative technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT). A new study released…

Open-Silicon Partners With Silicon Catalyst

Milpitas, Calif. – Open-Silicon, a system optimized ASIC solution provider, announced today a partnership with Silicon Catalyst, the world’s first incubator for semiconductor solution start-ups. Open-Silicon has joined forces with Silicon Catalyst to enable semiconductor start-ups to increase silicon innovation rates and pursue big ideas. New semiconductor start-ups face challenges including fierce competition for funding, expensive…

Ambiq Micro Appoints New VP

Austin, Tex. – Ambiq Micro, the leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, today announced the appointment of Vince Murdica as Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development. Prior to joining Ambiq Micro, Vince led Atmel’s Sensor Centric Systems Business Unit and Wearable’s Strategy. He joined Atmel upon the acquisition of Ozmo Devices where…