Posts Tagged ‘ semiconductor manufacturing ’

Analysis: Time for the semi and wafer industries to make nice

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

Last week we did a piece on the dysfunctional relationship between the semiconductor industry and the silicon wafer industry.  Both have the potential of healing the rift and ensuring a profitable give and take for several decades, but there is also the potential that, if attitudes do not change within the next decade, it will get even worse.

IBM is recycling silicon wafers for solar use

IBM is recycling silicon wafers for solar use

Last week’s article pointed out that the wafer companies stuck it to the semi industry when the solar boom hit 10 years ago.  Wafer fabs shifted resources to …



Economics and Vengeance wreak havoc with wafer market

Apr 1st, 2014 | By
Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters

Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafers

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As Semicon West approaches in two months, there will be a rising chorus of predictions for 450mm manufacturing and test equipment. But silicon wafer industry revenues are heading in the wrong direction, dramatic technology advances in test and reclamation, and an overall urge for revenge among their customers over gouging during the solar boom.

In February, SEMI issued its annual report on the state of silicon wafer industry that showed a small increase in the delivery of wafers to customers in spite of a well-known …



Chipmakers Adopt Cymer Technology

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By

New Tech Press sat down with Nigel Farrar, vice president of marketing and lithography Technology for Cymer, Inc.(Nasdaq: CYMI) to talk about the prospects of extreme UV process adoption, as well as new products including the SmartPulse™ data management tool, and focus drilling technology for ArF immersion light sources.



Rising custom IC costs could eat into Apple’s nest egg

Apr 10th, 2012 | By

By Lou Covey, Editorial Director

It’s time to stop wondering what Apple is going to do with its cash reserve after it pays out dividends to stock holders.  If what Cadence’s Tom Beckley says about the next generation of chips holds true, Apples is going to need every dime to create the next generation of processors for the iPad and iPhone.

Beckley, senior vice president of R&D in the Cadence Custom IC group, was the keynote speaker at the 2012 International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design in Santa Clara (ISQED) addressing “Taming the Challenges in Advance Node Design.”  …