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Technology and Trends

New Direction: Location and Motion Tracking Gets More Precise for Industrial Applications

PNI Sensor, a member of the SEMI-MSIG Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Technical Advisory Council, is developing advanced tracking systems that promise to increase industrial worker safety.

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AVs: Sense the Need for Supply Chain Collaboration?

Call it a wild guess, but I suspect I am not the only follower of the automotive industry who is tired of reading articles that lament the impact of Covid-19 and speculate, to varying degrees of accuracy, what kind of recovery is in store for...

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Smart Backend Assembly Factory for Industry 4.0 – Key Technologies, Challenges and Applications

I recently spoke with Chan Pin CHONG, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Products and Solutions at Kulicke & Soffa, about how smart manufacturing is driving new production efficiencies in the semiconductor industry. During our...

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When the Small Become Mighty: Sensors Fuel Transformation in Mobility

Connectivity. Electrification. Shared Mobility. Autonomous Driving. McKinsey & Company cites these four disruptive trends behind future mobility — dynamics that could help to transform quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

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Smart Manufacturing Analytics Solutions to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19

The costs of production are typically based on labor and materials and define manufacturing expenses. But is this approach accurate enough? What about the cost of poor quality and lack of efficiency in production? How is the pandemic impacting...

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Industry Expert Q&A –The Key to Chip Security: Trust and Verify! But How?

Even though microchips continue to get smarter, vital security gaps continue to be exposed through such hack attacks as Meltdown, Spectre, and in recent weeks, Plundervolt. Researchers continue to discover open doors in chip architectures for...

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IoT Powers Connections at Infineon Backend Manufacturing Singapore Plant to Drive New Efficiencies

Teck Khiong, WOI, senior manager of Factory Integration at Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, recently shared with me how the Infineon backend plant in Singapore has benefited from its journey to qualify for the lighthouse certification.

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MEMS and Image Sensors Trends in the Age of COVID-19

MEMS and image sensors are shining stars in the chip industry as technology companies worldwide accelerate innovation in the fight against COVID-19. The tiny devices are behind advances in areas of electronics ranging from thermal imaging and...

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Lam Research to Expand Global Capacity with New Production Facility in Southeast Asia

I recently spoke with Andrew Goh, Vice President at General Manager at Lam Research Southeast Asia, about the importance of the company's new production facility in Penang and its COVID-19 relief efforts. Ng: Before we delve into details, please...

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Demand for Telemedicine Devices Heats Up

Innovations in the public sector are springboards for new products in digital health and personalized medicine. Since 2013, SEMI NBMC, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), has been evaluating industry needs and soliciting proposals...

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