Feldman Engineering Update – May 2012


I am always amazed how quickly a month or two goes by… It is hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. Here is what is new since my update in March.

Event Driven

April started with a very well attended IEEE Nanotechnology Council full-day symposium on “Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Technologies”. There was a lot to do as part of the Nano Executive Committee but everything went smoothly and we had an excellent event. It is definitely a horse race going from lab to fab to killer technology application, which I discuss in my blog post “Memory Technology – Off to the Races!

On our family trip to Seattle and Portland we visited The Museum of Flight. In addition to all the great planes, the museum includes the “Red Barn” which was the first Boeing production facility. It was fascinating to see how planes were designed and built by teams using scale models and slide rules before computers and finite element analysis (FEA). We also returned to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma where the main attraction is the “Hot Shop” featuring teams of artists making stunning glass sculptures. You are close enough to feel the blast of heat when they open the furnaces. Even though the glass artists may appear to be “winging it”, just like building planes, there is considerable planning and teamwork required to be successful.

With the Post PC Era now upon us, the April Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) Silicon Valley Lunch Forum “Manufacturing For Mobile Solutions: The Impact of Mobile Devices on Supply Chain Dynamics“ was very informative. My summary, along with how Atlantic City casinos lost $15M to a blackjack player, is in the post covering how to “Change the Rules to Win!

In “The Importance of Fundamentals”, I discuss how motivation and enthusiasm are important but are no substitutes for technique and fundamental mastery.

The challenges that Svaya Nanotechnologies has tackled in scaling Molecular Layer Deposition (MLD) to high volumes are described in my most recent post “Green on the Industrial Scale”. I had the pleasure of hosting co-founder Ben Wang’s presentation at this month’s IEEE Nanotechnology Council meeting.

Upcoming Events

I look forward to catching up with everyone at these events. Do make sure to say hello!

Last week, May 23-24, I was at the MEPTEC “MEMS Technology Symposium: Sensors – A Foundation for Accelerated MEMS Market Growth to $1 Trillion” and the MEPTEC & MEMS Journal “MEMS Business Forum 2012”. Stay tuned to my blog for highlights and analysis.

June 10-13 – IEEE Semiconductor Wafer Test Workshop – I will be presenting “The Road to 450 mm Semiconductor Wafers” discussing test implications of the transition to this larger wafer size. I turned in my presentation last week and would like to thank everyone who provided content and feedback.

June 18-21 – TechConnect World Nanotech Conference & Expo 2012 With eleven parallel tracks for some of the sessions, this promises to be a smorgasbord of great information and networking.


Recent consulting projects include generating whitepapers and historical corporate transaction research. The transaction history is part of a strategic analysis for a new client who is evaluating selling or making additional investments in his business.

If you’d like to discuss how a similar project or analysis might relate to your needs, please let me know.

That is all for now. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if Feldman Engineering can be of any assistance.

Kind Regards,


Feldman Engineering develops and markets unique high technology solutions and business strategies. We assist companies in the semiconductor, nanotechnology, and MEMS industries move products from concept to customers.

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