Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc.

TOKYO — The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall – by way of a slow death over the past quarter century — is undeniable and well documented. Theories about why Japan’s semi industry fell apart are many. But the single reality facing Japanese semiconductor firms is this: They no longer matter in the global market. Tracing the…

7 Trends You’ll See at MWC 2016

The early January Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show is becoming an increasingly common place for cellular industry-targeting chip, software, and systems companies to ply their newest wares. Yet the late February Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress (MWC) show remains the dominant conference for wireless applications. This year's event takes place next week, February 22-25 to be…

3 Basics to Successfully Transform the Supply Chain with a Cloud Deployment

The cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are making inroads with large enterprises because they promise better, faster, lower total cost of ownership ways to apply information technology to procurement and supply chain problems that have never been adequately addressed. As these deployments grow in size, complexity and strategic importance, the risk of failure increases as well.…

Getting Beyond the Buzz: Analytics and S&OP

Used properly, analytics, predictive analytics, data science, and machine learning can get beyond being just buzzwords, and be leveraged as critical tools in sales and operations planning (S&OP) in the supply chain. S&OP is a continuous business process that enables firms of all types, from electronics OEMs hospitals, and from auto makers to chemical firms,…

Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material

PORTLAND, Oregon — Scientists trying to fulfill the 80-year-old dream of Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner, recently discovered how to place crystalline lattices of pure electrons in the bottom of a silicon-encased quantum well. The resulting material promises electron mobility more than 200 times greater than that of graphene and more than 1,700 times that of…

Semiconductor Innovation Yields Promise

Despite challenges in the semiconductor industry, innovation continues. The evolution and refinement of a variety processes, memory technologies, and packaging technologies are creating new technology frontiers. Today, I want to take a look at some of the most interesting evolutions in the space. Silicon On Insulator (SOI) is a process technology developed to extend performance…

Desktop Pick-&-Place Machine DIY Kit

Well, it's a funny old world when it comes to coincidences, isn’t it? For example, I just received an email from my Chum Adam Carlson (a.k.a. Aeroengineer) saying that he hopes to have some interesting news to report on his Desktop Pick-&-Place (P&P) machine in the not-so-distant future (see Unknown Document 1322807 ).