New on EDA Blog – 2007.11.09

National Instruments Pan-European Automated Test Summit
National Instruments is hosting their Pan-European Automated Test Summit online. The event features technical sessions on identifying trends and overcoming new challenges in automated test. The Automated Test Summit is a free, full-day event that will take place on November 27th (9am – 5pm UK/GMT). During the summit, attendees can view keynote presentations, watch technical sessions, participate in live Q&A forums and interact with vendors in the exhibitor area. The event will be available on demand for 30 days after the live event.

Semiconductor Chip Sales – September 2007
According to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), worldwide sales of semiconductors in September grew to $22.6 billion, an increase of 5.9% over September 2006 and an increase of 5.0% from August of this year. Third-quarter sales of $67.8 billion increased 5.9% from the like period of 2006 when sales were $64.0 billion. Third-quarter sales were 13.2% higher than the second quarter of 2007 when sales were $59.9 billion. For the first nine months of 2007 sales were $188.8 billion, 3.5% ahead of the $182.5 billion for the first nine months of 2006.

Wi-Fi Mesh Networking Market
According to In-Stat, the Wi-Fi mesh networking equipment shipment grew by over 100% in 2006 and will grow by over 90% in 2007. Strong growth will continue for Wi-Fi mesh access points (APs) for the next several years, as shipments grow more than three-fold between 2006 and 2011, the high-tech market research firm says. Most of that growth however will come between 2006 and 2008, with growth rates rapidly declining starting in 2009.

IBM Researches Carbon Nanotubes
IBM (NYSE: IBM) scientists have measured the distribution of electrical charges in tubes of carbon that measure less than 2nm in diameter, 50,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. The technique, which relies on the interactions between electrons and phonons, provides a detailed understanding of the electrical behavior of carbon nanotubes, a material that shows promise as a building block for much smaller, faster and lower power computer chips compared to today’s conventional silicon transistors.

Laser Sensor Lags Radar
Despite early adoption among Japanese car makers, laser sensor installations lag behind radar installations when it comes to collision avoidance and mitigation systems. For 2013, Strategy Analytics forecasts 4.5 million units of radar sensors compared with only two million laser sensors for distance warning applications, such as adaptive cruise control.

300mm Fab Capacity to Double
According to a recent SEMI Fab Database report, device manufacturers continue to invest significantly in additional 300mm fab capacity despite the steep pricing declines experienced by memory. In total, worldwide 300mm capacity will double from the beginning of this year by the end of 2008 as 25 new 300mm high-volume fabs come online. By the end of 2008, only 73 300mm fabs will provide over 6.2 million wafers per month. The fab landscape is changing; fewer but larger fabs are being constructed.