Combating Counterfeit Chips

The harsh reality is that today, the authenticity of chips is often impossible to guarantee. The counterfeit chip market is sizeable and growing with a worldwide value estimated at $75B in 2019. Those counterfeits are believed to have been integrated into more than $169B of electronic devices. Recent confirmed incidents of counterfeit parts found in electronic systems include defibrillators, airport landing lights, intravenous (IV) drip machines, and braking systems for high speed trains. With electronic devices critical to nearly every aspect of modern life, the risk of counterfeits can range from an inconvenience to injury or loss of life.

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Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 5.1% Year-to-Year in June 

WASHINGTON—Aug. 3, 2020— The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors were $34.5 billion in June 2020, an increase of 5.1 percent from the June 2019 total of $32.9 billion. Sales in June were 0.3 percent less than the May 2020 total of $34.6 billion. Sales during the second quarter of 2020 were $103.6 billion, an increase of 5.1 percent over the second quarter of 2019, but a small decrease of 0.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020. Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. SIA represents 95 percent of the U.S. semiconductor industry by revenue and nearly two-thirds of non-U.S. chip firms.

Source: Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 5.1 Percent Year-to-Year in June; Q2 Sales Down Slightly Compared to Q1 – Semiconductor Industry Association

Rethinking Competitive One Upmanship Among Foundries

The winner in the foundry business used to be determined by who got to the most advanced process node first. For the most part that benchmark no longer works.Unlike in the past, when all of the foundries and IDMs competed using basically the same process, each foundry has gone its own route. This is primarily due to the divergence of end markets, and the realization that as costs increase, only a handful of companies would be able to afford or need the most advanced nodes. And while performance and power are still critical elements of a design, there are multiple ways to get there.

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NASA Taps Teledyne CCD Image Sensors to Search for Past Life on Mars

Teledyne e2v’s CCD image sensor is headed to Mars on NASA’s Perseverance Rover. Its mission? To investigate rock samples on the red planet for past signs of life.

Source: NASA Taps Teledyne CCD Image Sensors to Search for Past Life on Mars – News

Is a Semiconductor Rebound Around the Next Corner?

A new report paints a picture of a global semiconductor industry that’s already shaking off the worst impacts of the global pandemic and bracing for a rebound in the near future.

Source: Is a Semiconductor Rebound Around the Next Corner? | Source Today

Insight of GaN and SiC Market 

Power electronics has taken an interesting road with the adoption of GaN and SiC. Yole Développement (Yole) estimated a general view of these wide bandgap materials. While silicon is still dominating the market, GaN and SiC devices are already more efficient solutions in some applications. From a development standpoint, SiC research  is focused on SiC wafer quality on larger diameters and power module development. In the GaN field, the main trends are on GaN device integration — either system-in-package or system-on-chip solutions.

Source: Insight of GaN and SiC Market | EE Times

ams Q2-2020 results overview

Premstaetten, Austria (29 July 2020) — ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, reports record revenues for the second quarter, up 13% year-on-year and at the mid-point of the expectation range, with strong adjusted operating profitability at the top end of the expectation range. This growth was driven by demand in ams’ consumer business, even with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its macro-economic and end market impact which resulted in muted automotive and industrial demand. Despite these factors ams expects a very good third quarter with revenues of USD 530-570 million and continued strong profitability resulting in an adjusted operating (EBIT) margin of 21-24%.

Source: Q2-2020-results – Q2-2020-results | ams

Passives Market Update and Review for Q3 2020 

This article reveals how the global markets for capacitors and resistors reacted to the global pandemic of 2020 and forecasts near term changes in the markets for mass produced components such as capacitors and resistors that are ubiquitous and mission-critical to the high-tech economy.

Source: Capacitors, Resistors and Inductors: Market Update and Review for Q3 2020 | TTI, Inc.

Micross AIT Receives DMEA Microelectronics Trusted Source Certification 

Orlando, FL, January 15, 2020 – Micross is pleased to announce that its Advanced Interconnect Technology operation (Micross AIT) located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina has been accredited by the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) as a Microelectronics Trusted Source for Post CMOS Processing Services (Category 1A) effective December 13, 2019.

Source: Micross Advanced Interconnect Technology Receives DMEA Microelectronics Trusted Source Certification – Micross

GaN, SiC Stage a Power Play 

Growing demand for power supplies, photovoltaic inverters and hybrid and electric car components is helping the power electronics sector achieve critical mass.Omdia, the London-based technology forecaster, discerns a transition occurring in the nascent market for gallium nitride and silicon carbide wide bandgap semiconductors as plucky startups are snapped up by established power IC manufacturers. Hence, it is forecasting the GaN/SiC sector will exceed $1 billion in revenues in 2021.

Source: GaN, SiC Stage a Power Play | EE Times

Chip Manufacturing Equipment Spending to Hit Record High $70B in 2021 

MILPITAS, Calif. — July 21, 2020 — Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufacturers are projected to increase six percent to $63.2 billion in 2020 compared to $59.6 billion in 2019 before logging record high revenue of $70 billion in 2021 on the strength of double-digit growth, SEMI announced today in releasing its Mid-Year Total Semiconductor Equipment Forecast – OEM Perspective at the annual SEMICON West exposition.

Source: Chip Manufacturing Equipment Spending to Hit Record High $70 Billion in 2021 After Strong 2020, SEMI Reports | SEMI

Obsolescence: not the end of the world 

Electronic Component life-cycles—the time between market introduction and formal end-of-life—are shortening. A large part of the world’s semiconductor demand is driven by consumer electronics, and this market typically has shorter and shorter product lives. Component obsolescence is affecting more companies, more regularly than ever before. Manufacturers in the automotive, industrial, medical, transport, aerospace and military markets have product lives which now far exceed those of the components which go to make them.

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