Semiconductor Wild Photons, Strategies & Tactics - May 22, 2020

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    May 22, 2020 — Strategy and Tactics: Catching up. WildPhotons: The Clearest Vision ...
    G. Dan Hutcheson
    VLSI is Moving: VLSIresearch's website will be down from the morning of June 2nd (PST) and will reappear as soon as its new IP addresses are registered by public DNS, which we expect to be completed by June 3rd at the latest.

    Comments, Questions & Answers: Huawei vs. DOC: The strategic changes in business structures likely to occur. Strategically, it's time to recognize that the era of free trade globalism with little government intervention is over. While it may not be practical for our industry or economically efficient, governments matter again and the barrier of national borders is getting higher. This will define our industry's winners and losers in this decade. America's search for leading-edge fabs: Thinking way outside the box and what the small size of TSMC's 20K WSM number could mean.

    What's Happening and What's the Meaning: U.S. Attorney General William Barr's factual error in saying "For the first time in history, the U.S. is not leading the next technology era" and why the better approach would be for The U.S. to take off the oxfords and lace-up some running shoes. TEL's Terry Higashi was awarded Japan's Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star: Congratulations, Terry, you certainly deserve this. You have done so much for our industry and Japan. It was exciting to hear that Japan was recognizing you for everything you have done just because it's so rare a major government recognized someone from the semiconductor equipment industry. In no small way, the contributions made are why the world has been able to move on, in spite of the Coronavirus, via the electronic communications achievements made possible via many of TEL's products in which you played a role.

    For Your Reference: Fortunes of High Tech: A history of innovation at ASM International 1958-2008 —a rare look into the history of an equipment company and the man who built it: Arthur del Prado.

    Important ChipChirpsTMSamsung's new 5nm foundry wafer fab. GLOBALFOUNDRIES' Fab 8 to be the most advanced ITAR foundry in the country. VLSI sees 2020 semiconductor growth turning positive. And much more. ChipChirpsTM are available with real-time notifications on VLSI's App for Android and iOS.

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