IC industry headed towards 'worry-free' mode in 2004 News & Analysis 1/12/2004 Post a comment The IC and chip equipment industries are moving into a "worry-free" mode after a long and painful slump despite lingering uncertainties beyond 2004, according to executives and analysts at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here Monday (Jan. 12). Mark LaPedus reports.
IC market to exceed SIA's 2003 forecast News & Analysis 1/5/2004 Post a comment The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said it expects global chip sales to exceed its 15.8- percent growth forecast for 2003 compared to the previous year. At the same time, worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $16.13 billion in November 2003, a 4.5 percent increase from the $15.43 billion recorded in October. The total also represented a 25.7 percent rise from November 2002, SIA reported Monday (Jan. 5).
What's in Store for 2004 Design How-To 1/2/2004 Post a comment Time again to dust off the ol' crystal ball and foresee what's ahead for the microelectronics industry in 2004. Jim Lipman experienced mixed success for 2002 and 2003 with his predictions of hot markets and technologies, and the economic turnaround. This time around, Jim is foregoing financial soothsaying and concentrating on the enabling technologies and end markets that will shine in the new year.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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