IC unit shipment in 2003 will grow by 15%, says market research firm IC Insights (www.icinsights.com) in its 2003 McClean forecast report. The firm cites electronic system production growth as the main reason, forecasting that the rise will reach 7%, thanks to a PC upgrade cycle after two years of decline. Cyclical model of the chip industry and strong recovery of the dollars are also favorable factors. Other projections by IC Insights include:
10% increase in electronic system production in 2004, spurred by a 3.9% global GDP growth.
Fab capacity utilization will reach 87% by the end of 2003 and 92% in 2004 due to growing unit volumes and the closure of older facilities.
Semiconductor capital spending will increase 10% in 2003. Most spending will come from 300-mm wafer fabs and equipment.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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