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26 February 2019

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Meet the sixth news industry edition of the exhibition brand SEMIEXPO RUSSIA. We have collected all the most relevant information for you and will do it regularly to ensure your growth and development in Russia and in global markets.

In the current issue:

   1. Plea Bargain highlight danger of counterfeit semiconductors.

Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to federal charges of selling counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs), some of which were destined for military systems. This case demonstrates the public health and safety threat posed by counterfeit semiconductors. In light of cases like this, U.S. Customs and Border Protection should prioritize the seizure of semiconductor counterfeits and the prosecution of counterfeiters. Agencies should also improve their procurement practices to ensure counterfeits never enter the defense supply chain. Read more 

2. Facebook’s Al Chief researching new breed of semiconductor.

Facebook Inc.’s chief AI researcher has suggested the company is working on a new class of semiconductor that would work very differently than most existing designs.

Yann LeCun said that future chips used for training deep learning algorithms, which underpin most of the recent progress in artificial intelligence, would need to be able to manipulate data without having to break it up into multiple batches. Most existing computer chips, in order to handle the amount of data these machine learning systems need to learn, divide it into chunks and processes each batch in sequence. Read more 

3. Using sensor data to improve yield and uptime.

Semiconductor equipment vendors are starting to add more sensors into their tools in an effort to improve fab uptime and wafer yield, and to reduce cost of ownership and chip failures. Read more

 

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