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Silicon wafers are the basic building block for the semiconductors used for the smallest sensor in a light bulb to the most advanced electronic system in the space shuttle. It all starts from semiconductor grade polysilicon and is processed precisely to fit the needs of each application. One of the main concerns is whether existing silicon wafer manufacturers can adequately supply 200mm and 300mm wafers to support expected demand from IoT-related devices. There are only a handful of wafer manufacturers in the industry today. New research from Semico,
published by Adrienne Downey on Thu, 2016-09-08 19:52
Well, now we know all about the iPhone 7. Having watched the announcement this morning, I am left with more questions than I had beforehand, however. First and foremost, why does the iPhone 7/7 Plus not include iris recognition? We’ve seen this feature added to several Android phones over the past year and a half or so. I think it’s time for a premium phone like the iPhone to have this feature. It was great that Apple inspired widespread use of fingerprint authentication on smartphones, but it’s time to catch up with iris recognition. It is, after all, a more secure biometric method; if you’re interested in learning more about biometrics and sensors, Semico just released a report on the topic.
Passwords are so passe these days. They have been proven to be unreliable and hackable. For protecting today’s electronics, the latest technology is biometrics, the measurement of both physiological and behavioral human characteristics. Biometrics can be used for both identification (scanning a crowd for a face) or authentication (confirming that the user is who they say they are). Apple’s introduction of Touch ID, based on its acquisition of Authentec, ushered in fingerprint recognition on smartphones. New fingerprint sensor technology in the form of ultrasonic sensors will be the nex
The cell phone market made up over half the MEMS unit volume in 2015. The low-end smartphones have fewer MEMS, but this segment is growing faster and cannibalizing feature phones. The low-end smartphones also have a growing number of MEMS in their Bill of Materials (BOMs). Unfortunately, growth in the cell phone market has slowed as the market has matured. What will be the next driver of substantial growth for MEMS?
Analog ICs are critical to nearly all electronic devices. The global electronics market will consume over 127.5 billion analog ICs in 2016, which translates to several analog ICs per electronic device. Analog ICs experienced stronger than average growth over the last several years as the mobility products grew at double digit rates. These products have a higher than average analog content thus growth has exceeded the overall market.
published by Adrienne Downey on Thu, 2016-07-21 00:58
Semico Research was pleased to host the 3D printing TechXPOT at SEMICON West 2016, in conjunction with SEMI. We also hosted the inaugural 3D printing session at SEMICON West 2014. What is striking is how much the 3D printing industry has changed in those two years. In 2014, 3D printing was at the height of media attention; the major questions were when each home would have its own 3D printer. In 2016, the conversation is much more focused on certain industries where 3D printing shines—namely, healthcare, automotive, and aerospace. In 2014, we were just beginning to put plastics and metals in the same 3D printed object. In 2016, the focus is now on refining those materials for conductivity and reducing design time and costs for PCBs.
As the semiconductor industry approaches the end of the second decade of the 21st century, substantial changes to the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design methodology are taking shape. Instead of dealing with SoC design at the lowest common denominator – the discrete SIP block, SoC designers now look to move up a layer of abstraction to design with system level functionality to reduce the effort and cost associated with complex SoC designs today.
The Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions is a quarterly publication. It includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2010-2020. Product categories include DRAM, SRAM, NAND, NOR, Other Non-volatile, MPU, MCU, DSP, Computing Micro Logic, Communications, Other Micro Logic, Programmable Logic, Standard Cell, Gate Array, Analog, Discrete, Optoelectronics, Digital Bipolar. In addition, there is a summary write-up providing the major assumptions behind the forecast and changes from the previous quarter.