Happy new year! As in the past, SBN has come up with its fearless picks for the semiconductor industry's Top 10 news stories for 2002. It was difficult--if not impossible--to come up with only 10 "top" stories in 2002.
It's a matter of debate, but the No. 1 story of the year seems obvious: What happened to the anticipated recovery in the semiconductor industry in 2002? Earlier this year, analysts predicted an IC recovery in 2002, after the industry experienced a horrific year in 2001. But the much-anticipated recovery never really happened and the IC industry was another major disappointment in 2002.
There was also a tie for 10th place, which actually created 11 stories in SBN's Top 10 list for the year. Tying for 10th place included the ongoing legal battle between two lithography giants--ASML Holding NV of the Netherlands and Nikon Corp. of Japan.
The other 10th place pick was a sleeper: the new replacement for the GDSII data file format. Earlier this year, SBN broke the story that the industry was readying a new data file format--a technology that could help drive down the soaring costs of photomasks.
I'm sure some readers will disagree with our choices. SBN would like to hear from anyone who has a different opinion, comments, or even a list of top news stories for 2002. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and PClarke@cmp-europe.com
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David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.