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PDCA Planning in an HMLV Environment

Posted By Loren Krott on Jun 30, 2015

We have all  heard of PDCA, the “Plan, Do, Check, Act” cycle made popular by Demming and Shewhart when the foundation of modern quality systems was formed.  Some say that this process can actually track back to the scientific method processes developed by Bacon in the 1600′s, showing that it has been a very tried [...]

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Die Attach Considerations for High Mix Semiconductor Assembly

Posted By Steve Shermer on Jun 17, 2015

Efficiency and flexibility are the keys when your assembly business model calls for multiple product types, and multiple part numbers within products at volumes that does not warrant a dedicated assembly line.  Below are some considerations for the die attach operation: 1.  Equipment Selection Capital investments can add up quickly.  Knowing what packages types are [...]


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Solving FPGA Obsolescence Challenges through Re-Design – FPGA to Gate Array Conversion

Posted By John Mastropietro on Jun 11, 2015

Over the past several years we have seen the major FPGA vendors move away from the support of 5V and 3.3V Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Technologies.   This has left many designers faced with common questions and challenges as they look to move older design technologies forward.  Should costly Last Time Buys be made?  Is [...]

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What’s in your test process?

Posted By Gary Francoeur on Jun 3, 2015

We often speak about “The Quality of Test” and how the process of semiconductor component testing is all that stands between a defective component and that same component shipping to a customer as a good device. Sound simple enough? We also speak often about the “intangible” nature of test. That is, simple to understand conceptually, [...]


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Don’t Let The High Cost Of Health Care Limit Employee Coverage

Posted By Angela Cauley on May 20, 2015

As the head of HR for a global organization, that has always prided itself in offering exceptional healthcare coverage with a very low cost to employees, the ever rising cost of providing health care is a constant concern for me, and for the company. Our employees pay only 4.5% of the premium equivalent while on [...]

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Extension of LifeTM Options for Semiconductor Component Replacement

Posted By Dan Deisz on May 15, 2015

When it comes to Extension of LifeTM options for semiconductor components, the terms recreation (or replication) and emulation are options for component replacement. There are very distinct differences between the two that need to be understood by the customer who is replacing the original product. Those differences can drive delays to market and additional costs. [...]


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Introduced in 1967… Still Active in Military and Defense Systems

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Apr 14, 2015

LM Series of Linear Products: Texas Instruments (National Semiconductor) In 1967 National Semiconductor was recognized as the linear leader with the introduction of the first monolithic voltage regulator. This marked the birth of the LM-series of integrated circuits.  The LM-series were among the first analog integrated circuits commercially produced, some were groundbreaking innovations, and many [...]


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It’s All About The Little Things

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Apr 13, 2015

The semiconductor industry lives and dies by a simple creed: smaller, faster and cheaper. The advantage of being tiny is pretty simple: finer lines mean additional transistors can be packed onto the same chip. The more transistors on a chip, the faster it can do its work. Thanks in large part to fierce competition and [...]


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IN THE NEWS: Rochester Electronics Adds Selective Mature CPLDs and FPGAs from Altera to Its Range

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Apr 8, 2015

MAX 7000 CPLDs and FLEX, APEX, and Stratix GX FPGAs Among Many Families Available from Rochester   April 8th, 2015 – Rochester Electronics today announced it has expanded its relationship with Altera Corporation to include selective members of its mature FPGAs and CPLDs product families. As a result of this agreement, Rochester is now able [...]


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How To Win The Battle Against Counterfeit Semiconductor Products, SIA.

Posted By Christina Gerrish on Mar 23, 2015

In order to win the battle against counterfeit semiconductor products there needs to be consistent education and awareness throughout the industry. The SIA, Semiconductor Industry Association, is one of America’s top export industries and a strategic enforcement of the nation’s economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. Organizations like the SIA focus on educating customers of the [...]