2024: The Year of Overhang Inventory Risks?

By Logan Wamsley

Supply Chain Relief Does Not Come Without Risk Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the news coverage regarding global supply chains has centered around inventory shortages, particularly in the electronics sphere. For 2024, however, that narrative seems to be shifting at least temporarily from inventory shortages to overhang inventory. While this state…

The Impact of Moore’s Law on the Semiconductor Industry

By Michael Stratton

Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, has been a cornerstone of the semiconductor industry for over five decades. It predicts that the number of transistors on a microchip will double approximately every two years, leading to an exponential increase in computing power. This prediction has been a driving force behind the semiconductor industry,…

The Impact of Cryptocurrency on the Semiconductor Industry

By Michael Stratton

The rise of cryptocurrency has had a profound impact on various industries, and the semiconductor industry is no exception. Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, rely on a technology called blockchain, which requires substantial computational power and energy for transaction processing and mining new coins. This demand has driven significant growth in the semiconductor industry. Semiconductors, specifically…

Cybersecurity in Semiconductor Design

By Michael Stratton

In the era of digital transformation, cybersecurity has become a critical concern across all sectors, including the semiconductor industry. The design and manufacturing of semiconductors are increasingly targeted by cyber threats, making cybersecurity a crucial aspect of the semiconductor design process. Semiconductors are the building blocks of modern electronics. They power everything from smartphones to…

The Impact of Advances in Photolithography on the Semiconductor Industry

By Michael Stratton

Photolithography, a process used in semiconductor manufacturing to transfer geometric shapes on a mask to the surface of a silicon wafer, has seen significant advancements over the years. These advancements have had a profound impact on the semiconductor industry. The Evolution of Photolithography Photolithography has evolved from using visible light to extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light,…

Conflict Between Israel and Hamas Can Have Supply Chain Effects

By Logan Wamsley

At first glance, the escalating military conflict between Israel and Hamas should have little impact on the global semiconductor market, at least compared to what the tensions between China and Taiwan could do. However, despite its small size, Israel has a significant influence on the global chip industry, and the implications of its conflict with…