As we bid adieu to 2012, I realize that I have been remiss in providing updates on all of the exciting activity since my last one in May. I will rectify this situation below and have added regular updates to my list of New Year’s resolutions.
In May, it was great to see the many responses to the Big Hairy Audacious Goal where Janusz Bryzek (Fairchild Semiconductor) challenged the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) industry at the MEMS Technology Symposium that I described in “Thinking Big: $1 Trillion MEMS Market” (part 1 and part 2).
In June, I reviewed the test challenges of the transition to 450 mm semiconductor wafers with my presentation “The Road to 450 mm Semiconductor Wafers” at the IEEE Semiconductor Wafer Test Workshop (SWTW). I have posted summaries of this entire excellent workshop: keynote and sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
In one very hectic July week, I attended the summer working meeting of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), the SEMICON West trade show, and the Test Vision 2020 conference. The focus of ITRS is to determine the technology path forward to coordinate the entire semiconductor industry. This roadmap guides the development of new technologies to improve performance and lower the cost of electronics. While ITRS looks ahead, companies at SEMICON display and promote their equipment and technology developed in accordance to the roadmap to continue the industry’s progress. Lastly, Test Vision presentations look at recent advances and near term futures of semiconductor testing. The testing challenges of 3D semiconductor packaging, an area that I am very focused on, was one of the hot topics at all three events.
Closer to home in August was the Silicon Valley Test Workshop where I was honored to chair the afternoon presentations. The MEMS Testing and Reliability conference in October examined in depth the challenges of testing MEMS. My session summaries can be found here: 1, 2, 3, and 4. In November it was my pleasure to be on the panel discussing “The 3D Buzz: Hype versus Reality” at the IEEE International Workshop on “Testing Three-Dimensional Stacked Integrated Circuits“. My fellow panelists and I have moderator Françoise von Trapp (Impress Labs) to thank for our starring roles in this humorous winter video.
In December, the RTI International 3-D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging conference closed out this very busy year with my summary for Chip Scale Review.
During the last six months, I completed several exciting consulting projects including:
- Comprehensive market study of suppliers, including taxonomy of technology, for precision interconnect.
- Supply chain analysis for mobile electronics including multi-user web database.
- Due diligence for a merger & acquisition (M&A) transaction including extensive customer interviews .
- Product development Life Cycles for multiple companies.
- In-depth company and technology briefings.
- Market analysis for multi-year strategic planning including technology trends.
- Identification and screening of overseas representatives.
- Press releases and publicity.
If you would like to discuss any of these in greater detail or how a similar project might relate to your needs, please let me know.
I also started my Coupling & Crosstalk column in the MEPTEC Report with “Painting Lessons” and “Quality for the Long Haul?“. I hope these columns mixing technology and general observations are thought provoking and “couples” with your thinking. Do let me know your thoughts via the comment sections.
One of the first events on my 2013 calendar is the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium January 13-16 in Half Moon Bay, CA. I look forward to seeing many of you, along with other industry executives, to discuss the direction of the semiconductor industry and the economy in general.
More on my calendar will be included in my next update.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if Feldman Engineering can be of any assistance.
I wish you and your family good health and great prosperity in 2013!
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