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Chips Pushing Smaller Architectures as 14nm FinFET Gains

wafer (1)This week, EETimes reported that United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) announced that they will skip the 20nm node in order to focus on providing customers with 14nm FinFET tapeouts before the end of 2015. UMC is now the second-largest chip foundry, meaning that this move is important in further establishing the architecture norms for the industry.

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Smart Devices Continue to See Strong Demand Across Markets

shutterstock 169988732 (230x137)Earnings reports are really not just the stuff of economists or investors, they give us important data points to gauge what is happening in companies and how their market strategies are faring, and particularly how much demand different classes of devices are seeing. These results, in turn, give us real information to determine the opportunities and challenges along the global supply chain, and in particular, individual industries such as the semiconductor and electronics industry. For our industry, the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) has been a continuation of the 2014 market, strength in demand and revenue for smart devices, and new opportunities still gaining momentum by region and by device category.

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When It Comes, 3D NAND Will Be Here to Stay

shutterstock 81904636Just a little over a month ago, Micron and Intel announced a partnership to manufacture a line of 3D NAND based solid state drives (SSDs). While this is a possible end result of lowering overall SSD pricing on high-capacity (1TB-4TB) consumer drives, Micron is also poised to offer very price-competitive 3D triple-level cell (TLC) NAND in hopes of gaining a large share of the NAND market.

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Getting to a Sustainable Future

shutterstock 76772644 (1)Earth Day 2015 offers us a time to reflect upon the thin biosphere surrounding the planet, that most important niche that we depend upon for our existence. At Smith, we realize the significance of the challenges that we face, and, through our actions, we support many efforts to create a sustainable future, including renewable energy, recycling, and repurposing.

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How Can We Improve the Handling of Electronics Waste? Global Services offers solutions

shutterstock 96618589Equipment refresh cycles are the lifeblood of tech but what drives growth and revenue for the semiconductor and electronics industry is also an environmental challenge. The electronics industry is known for the rapid rate of improvement and ever-shorter life-cycles for end products. Electronic waste (e-waste) is a real issue because of the hazardous materials used, bulk and danger when deposited into landfills, the impossibility of decomposition, and most importantly, the real threats to human health and life as well as pollution when scavenged by hand as happens far too often.

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