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Top Story December 2, 2016
Intel Talks Contract Chip Manufacturing Business
For several years, microprocessor giant Intel has made it clear that it aims to build a real business out of playing contract chip manufacturer for chipmakers that don't own chip manufacturing plants, also known as fabless semiconductor companies. Intel's revenue from this business today is essentially zero, but the company is putting in significant effort to change ...

Industry News
Chipmakers Tumble Most Since June on Report Apple Cut Orders
Chipmakers dropped the most in five months after a report that Apple Inc. is reducing orders for iPhone 7 parts reignited a post U.S.-election selloff in technology ...
Will China Grab ARM Servers?
When Macom bought Applied Micro last week and said it would sell off its X-Gene ARM server unit, the writing was on the wall. Applied has a solid business with big ...
EE Times
Harder Than It Looks
First Apple scales back plans to develop its own vehicle. Then Intel creates its own automotive chip unit. This kind of two-step movement in the automotive ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Fan-out: the most dynamic IP landscape in advanced packaging
In the fast-growing Fan-Out market showing 80% increase between 2015 and 2017[1], it is today essential to deeply understand the patent strategies of the key ...
3D InCites
Fallen smartphone brand Nokia challenges Apple, Samsung again
Nokia smartphones are poised for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships ...
Optimizing Multiple IoT Layers
As the number of connected devices rises, so do questions about how to optimize them for target markets, how to ensure they play nicely together, and how to bring ...
Semiconductor Engineering

Smartphone Innovation Ignites IoT Creativity
The unrelenting drive to add more sensor-based features at a lower cost in smartphones has opened up opportunities for companies large and small to create innovative ...
Semiconductor Engineering
Falling smartphone IC ASPs discouraging device vendors from developing chips in-house
Device vendors including Xiaomi, LG Electronics and Sony have all expressed their intention to develop smartphone chips in-house. Nevertheless, the average selling ...
Apple reportedly begins to reduce orders for iPhone 7
Apple reportedly has begun to reduce orders for iPhone 7s as initial sales momentum has started fading, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain. ...
Filings detail just how many suitors were courting Lattice
Turns out those rumors that Lattice Semiconductor was in acquisition talks last summer were true, according to regulatory documents filed by the company. Lattice ...
Portland Business Journal
Can Intel Win Auto Brain Chip Race?
Call it the Silicon Valley 500. Can Intel take the checkered flag in the race for a dominant brain chip in the automotive market? Eighteen months ago, the ...
EE Times

Press Releases
SEMI Adds Industry Veteran to Americas Leadership
SEMI announced the hire of David Anderson as president of the SEMI Americas region. Reporting to SEMI's president and CEO, the president of SEMI Americas has P&L ...
SiP impact, smartphone market saturation... What will be the future of Fan-in packaging?
Fan-In packaging has been a successful and steadily growing platform for over a decade. However Fan-In packaging should face a challenging future, announces Yole ...
Yole Développement
Meyer Burger announces changes in its Executive Management and Board of Directors
Meyer Burger Technology Ltd announced that Hans Brändle has been appointed Chief Executive Officer as of 1 January 2017. The current CEO, Peter Pauli, will introduce ...
Meyer Burger
Orbotech Makes Deloitte Technology Fast 50
Orbotech Ltd. announced that it has been recognized as a Deloitte Technology Fast 50 company, a select group of fast growing, innovative Israeli companies. Dubbed ...
Orbotech Ltd.
Test Your Knowledge
Which came first, the telephone, the elevator, or the radio?
See answer below.
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Quote of the Day
Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.
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The day was Dec 2. What year was it?
Nov 30, 2016: Wire Bonding Certification
Dec 5, 2016: Process Certification and Defect Recognition: Hybrids, Microcircuits and RF/MMIC Modules
Dec 7, 2016: Overview of Semiconductor Manufacturing/ San Jose, Ca
Dec 9, 2016: iMAPS New England Winter Social
Dec 12, 2016: Microwave Packaging Technology
Jan 23, 2017: SEMI European 3D Summit
Jan 30, 2017: Failure and Yield Analysis Short Course (Portland, OR)
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Test Your Knowledge Answer
Which came first, the telephone, the elevator, or the radio?
Answer: The elevator was invented in the 1850s, while the telephone was invented in 1876. The radio was not invented until 20 years later.