The semiconductor industry is bringing new technologies to fruition ahead of schedule, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association technology roadmaps. The latest roadmap, which includes input from the international community, shows that the technology to make chips with 130-nanometer line widths should be available in 2002--a year earlier than the 1997 forecast predicted and two years earlier than was thought in 1994. In addition, 250-nm technology debuted in 1997--a year early--and 180-nm technology should come into its own next year. (Source: Semiconductor Industry Association)
In a move that strengthens its 3D design business, Stratasys continued a 15-month buying spree this week by announcing its plan to acquire GrabCAD, a provider of a cloud-based collaboration environment for engineers.
Many diverse markets take advantage of semiconductor IP; so many that no one can recite the entire list without leaving off several. So why do we track all the vertical markets? They all have a unique set of requirements and value attributes differently. One major vertical market segment is automotive.
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