Summer School for Buyers: HDI & Auto Design
Today’s automotive industry is changing at an incredibly fast pace, moving from combustion engine-based designs with human drivers to driverless, electronics-based systems. This automotive transformation presents some clear electronic design challenges in the inevitable shift toward the design and production of semi- and fully autonomous vehicles.
Shared Data Migration Mitigates Supply Chain Cost of Electronics Counterfeiting
Electronics counterfeiting is gaining attention as evidenced by the recent IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust chaired by Professor Mark Tehranipoor. More than 250 industry and academic leaders attended the conference to address the growing threat that counterfeit devices are posing to the security of the electronics supply chain. Inadvertent use of recycled, refurbished, or re-marked components can result in significant business risk for a manufacturer’s customers, resulting in unwanted returns and damage to their brand value.
Cross-Organizational Data Sharing in the Auto Supply Chain Reduces Defects
For years, semiconductor manufacturers have leveraged manufacturing data throughout their globally-dispersed supply chains to improve quality and reduce return material authorizations (RMAs). Automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are now working to meet the similar challenge of reducing defective parts per million (DPPM) and beyond in vehicle production. The ability to share and connect data backwards and forwards throughout the supply chain is now seen as a key capability to address this challenge. How can sharing data throughout the automotive supply chain reduce DPPM?
Enable Supply Chain Security Through an Authentication Data Network
Electronics counterfeiting is gaining attention as evidenced by the recent IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security & Trust (HOST). More than 250 industry and academic leaders attended the conference to address the growing threat that counterfeit devices are posing to the security of the electronics supply chain. Inadvertent use of recycled, refurbished, or re-marked components can result in significant business risk for a manufacturer's customers, resulting in unwanted returns and damage to their brand value.
Companies that focus on logistics and warehouse management perpetually search for better ways of increasing productivity, cutting costs, and improving safety for both workers and goods. With indoor positioning system (IPS) software and a handheld device such as smartphone, IPS technology can assist manufacturing staff by helping them get where they want to go within a large facility accurately and quickly. IPS also can provide flow visualization, route optimization, and task management using the current location for improved safety and efficiency.
Real-Time Big Data Analytics Impacts Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry
There's been significant debate about whether Moore's Law rings true in today's semiconductor market. It seems improbable for companies to continue developing ever-smaller chipsets while increasing performance, and of course, there is much debate on whether it is a viable "Law." However, one area that is doubling every year at the pace of Moore's law is the growth of manufacturing data available from semiconductor operations.
Touchdowns are Great in Football but Not in Semiconductors
Everyone likes a touchdown, right? Tom Brady's touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with just two minutes left on the clock in Super Bowl XLIX brought undiluted joy to millions of New England Patriots football fans. While many touchdowns in a single game are widely celebrated in football, a large number of "touchdowns" in semiconductor manufacturing would not be met with the same level of celebration.