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Thin layers paved the way for ASMI’s success

ASM International played a key role in developing a deposition technique that has saved Moore’s law more than once. Outgoing CTO Ivo Raaijmakers explains what atomic layer deposition has brought the semiconductor industry – and ASMI – and what more is in store.

Trend 5: Tooling

High Tech Institute trainer Cees Michielsen highlights a handful of trends in the field of system requirements engineering.

Interference-free RF amplification with multilayer ferrite inductors

General-purpose RF amplifiers are widely used in wireless communication systems. Interference-free operation can be ensured by using multilayer ferrites, which decouple RF signals from the DC supply.

Blurring boundaries in chip manufacturing

The end of traditional scaling is in sight, but Moore’s law thunders on. Imec’s Eric Beyne highlights one part of the bag of tricks that will open in the coming years: backside power delivery.

In other news

US to add over 30 Chinese companies to trade blacklist (Reuters)
IBM and Rapidus form advanced semicon partnership in Japan (press release)
Coffee compound makes semiconductors more productive, too (Tom’s Hardware)
Fusion “breakthrough” won’t lead to practical fusion energy (IEEE Spectrum)

If you want to start a field lab, think twice

Usually, there are better alternatives for starting a new field lab, says Anton Duisterwinkel. Like joining an existing one.

PD fallacy #1: product management knows what customers want

Instead, we need to treat each requirement as a hypothesis, quantify the intended outcome and then iteratively develop the requirement to gather evidence that the hypothesis is valid.