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Compete with the Big Fish

Compete with the Big Fish How do you grow a semiconductor business when, relatively speaking, you are only a goldfish and your competition is a shark? AMD has been struggling with that very question for several years. Once the recognized technology leader in microprocessors, AMD has been caught and, by at least some measures, surpassed by giant rival Intel. After six consecutive losing quarters, how can they turn it around? There has even been talk around the industry that someone might acquire the troubled chipmaker. In this Blog entry from Information Week, Alexander Wolfe offers five insightful ideas on ways to save the company.

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Fall Embedded Systems Conferences
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Fall Embedded Systems Conferences ESC Boston and ESC India

Imagine TWO conferences where engineers can address the problems, issues, and dilemmas that are bogging down their designs. That's the power of ESC Boston and ESC India. Learn how to solve the design issues of tomorrow, today.

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For Your Most Demanding UV-IR Applications
ARW Optical Corporation

For Your Most Demanding UV-IR Applications Do you need custom cylindrical lenses for your most demanding UV-IR applications? Whether prototyping or volume-production, ARW Optical has the manufacturing expertise to deliver lenses with consistent part-to-part quality and short lead-times.

Shaping the Future of Integrated MEMS

Shaping the Future of Integrated MEMS DALSA's fabrication strengths include integration of sense and actuation circuitry alongside MEMS structures, flexible wafer-scale packaging, and a range of materials, equipment, and processes that enable advanced MEMS and image sensor performance. Customers are able to optimize architecture, performance, and reliability to meet the needs of high-volume, mission-critical microsystems in telecom, automotive, and industrial applications.

Semiconductor Thickness — CHRocodile IT
Precitech, Inc.

Semiconductor Thickness — CHRocodile IT The new CHRocodile IT from Precitec Optronik offers simple and highly accurate layer thickness measurement for semiconductor wafers and multi-layered thin film. It provides non-contact silicon scanning with just one measuring point and can measure a wafer precisely to a thickness of 1 mm.

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SemiCon West: Present and Future

SemiCon West: Present and Future This year's SemiCon West left a lasting impression on those who attended. The technical editors from Semiconductor International offer their comments on the show, its high points, and the industry buzz about what might be the industry's next big thing. Carbon Nanotubes, graphene, and solar technology top the list.

Old Solutions for Today's Questions

Old Solutions for Today's Questions Some discoveries are simply ahead of their time. As engineers try to understand how materials like graphene and carbon nanotubes will behave when applied to electronics, they face inconsistencies with conventional theory. But nonadiabatic effects — proposed 40 years ago — provide a path to understanding at a microscopic level.

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Achieving Adequate Compensation

Achieving Adequate Compensation As device features shrink, lithography techniques that worked well begin to show their limitations. The need for precise process resolution becomes acute when feature size dips below the wavelength of light. The article explores compensating for imprecision in creating contacts and vias using optical precision correction (OPC).

More Than Just Black or White

More Than Just Black or White Maximizing process yield and minimizing manufacturing costs often appear to be mutually exclusive goals. Though a few years old, this white paper accurately tells how to reduce the conflict. Recognize that grading each design element as Pass/Fail to predict process yield no longer ensures that the finished device actually works. [A short registration may be required.]

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IC Packaging and Prototyping Services
Ultratape Industries

IC Packaging and Prototyping Services Quik-Pak, a division of Delphon Industries, specializes in open-cavity packages and offers IC packages, assembly, and prototype services. Backgrinding, wafer dicing, die/wire bonding, remolding, and marking/branding are just a few of the services available as part of a turn-key assembly solution.

Thin Film — RC/RCD
Universal Semiconductor, Inc.

Thin Film — RC/RCD Integrated thin film resistor capacitor diode network termination products are built on silicon substrates from Universal Semiconductor, Inc. USI's thin film resistors, capacitors, and diodes are fabricated using proprietary, state-of-the-art thin film technology that offers high performance at very high frequencies.

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Reducing IC Flicker Noise

Reducing IC Flicker Noise Along with other unwelcome characteristics of semiconductors, excess flicker can produce large numbers of bit errors in data storage or communication. The very technology that makes measuring flicker more important also makes performing that measurement more difficult. Read about a test system whose approach makes the challenge more manageable.

A Period of Ups and Downs

A Period of Ups and Downs The test industry has undergone considerable turmoil. Companies facing higher manufacturing costs reluctantly make major capital purchases. In semiconductor test, pushing the test equipment to pace device technology contributes to the bumpy road. Test & Measurement World explores company performance and mergers in a narrowing competitive landscape.

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Who Develops Intellectual Property?

Who Develops Intellectual Property? Despite resistance to NIH (not invented here) technology, companies turn outward to acquire intellectual property (IP). This report examines the challenges of matching industry innovation, and the advantages and challenges of handing over some of that responsibility, and covers the six categories of the physical view to consider.

How Low Can It Go?

How Low Can It Go? How small can you make device features using existing manufacturing processes? Companies reach 45 nm with difficulty; the migration to 32 nm has mixed success. Using a technique called scanning beam lithography, MIT researchers have demonstrated 25 nm circuits, and predict they will be able to halve that number.

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Semitron® CMP XL20
Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products

Semitron® CMP XL20 Based on a modified polyamide-imide, Semitron® CMP XL20 consistently outlasts all other engineering plastics in all major process environments. Compared to PPS, it lasts up to 20 times longer.

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Semiconductor Tutorials
American Microsemiconductor, Inc.

Semiconductor Tutorials AMS provides tutorials to help their customers better understand semiconductors and other electronic devices. Whether you have a question regarding a particular component, or simply want to know more about semiconductors, browse through their tutorial section for help.

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A Generation Dress Gap

A Generation Dress Gap How does a woman dress appropriately for work? According to this article from Business Week, it depends on what generation she comes from. Boomers tend to dress conservatively, having grown up in a culture where they had to fit into a male-dominated workplace. Younger workers embrace flip-flops and other clothing combinations that their older coworkers find — surprising.

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Finally — the Ultimate Mousetrap

Finally — the Ultimate Mousetrap Call off the cyber cats. At last! That little rodent that has been moving the cursor around the display of your PC may be an endangered species. Invented at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the 1970s because managers won't use keyboards, the ubiquitous mouse is slowly being supplanted by touch screens, facial-recognition devices, and other gestural techniques. This report comes from BBC News.

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