As electronics become increasingly pervasive in our lives – from smart phones to wearable sensors – so too does the ever rising amount of electronic waste they create. A United Nations Environment Program report found that almost 50 million tons of electronic waste were thrown out in 2017–more than 20 percent higher than waste in 2015.

Read more at: Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Stanford researchers develop new wave of electronics

SEMICON West will again place advanced lithography in the spotlight with a TechXPOT session on the topic (The Economics of Choosing a Lithography Strategy; Thursday, July 13, 10:30am-12:30pm). SEMI interviewed some of the confirmed speakers to tease out the important issues — particularly the economic aspects driving decisions.  Mike Lercel, director of Strategic Marketing at ASML, told SEMI that there are no infrastructure show stoppers that will impede the introduction of EUVL at the 7nm and 5nm nodes.
Read more at: EUVL Beyond Showstoppers, but Not Controversy

VLSIresearch recently released its report detailing the 2016 “Top 10” Suppliers of Probe Cards to the semiconductor industry. The “Top 5” suppliers, FormFactor, Micronics Japan, Technoprobe, JEM, and MPI Corp maintained their positions and gained market share. FormFactor’s dominance in the number one spot was further enhanced by its acquisition of Cascade Microtech in mid-2016. FEINMETALL, headquartered in Herrenberg, Germany made it into the top 10 for the first time.

Read more at: Top 10 Probe Card Suppliers for 2016

As electronics become increasingly pervasive in our lives – from smart phones to wearable sensors – so too does the ever rising amount of electronic waste they create. A United Nations Environment Program report found that almost 50 million tons of electronic waste were thrown out in 2017–more than 20 percent higher than waste in 2015.

Read more at SEMI Related: Stanford Researchers Develop New Wave of Electronics