Advantest Talks Semi

Keith Schaub vice president of technology and strategy at Advantest

Embrace the power of knowledge with our educational podcast, Advantest Talks Semi, exploring the progressive domain of semiconductors and Automatic Test Equipment.

Led by Advantest's Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Keith Schaub, this series offers enlightening discussions with industry specialists and innovators.

In a rapidly evolving landscape, continuous learning is paramount for staying competitive. We encourage you to participate in these intellectual conversations, catch up on the latest trends, and learn about the advanced strategies implemented in today’s industry.

Discover how innovative technologies are not only revolutionizing testing procedures but are also shaping the world's future. Stay informed with comprehensive updates and exclusive projections about the evolving semiconductor industry. Engage with Advantest Talks Semi for a deep dive into the future of technology.

The views, information, or opinions expressed during the Advantest Talks Semi series are solely those of the individuals interviewed and do not necessarily represent those of Advantest.

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Episodes

Semiconductors and Chris Miller’s Chip War: The Global Battle over the Future of AI
Apr 4 2024
Semiconductors and Chris Miller’s Chip War: The Global Battle over the Future of AI
Prepare to be enthralled by Chris Miller, the esteemed author of "Chip War," as he joins us to unravel the complexities of AI's impact on the semiconductor industry. We tackle the monumental task of rethinking computing efficiency in the face of supercomputers and data centers that gulp power like never before. Chris illuminates the path ahead, where technological advancement must reconcile with environmental imperatives, addressing the thermal hurdles that come with more powerful chips and the revolutionary changes needed to test these energy behemoths.Venture into the semiconductor saga with us, tracing the arc from the inception of computing to today's digital omnipresence. The vital role of lithography, especially the marvel of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) technology, comes to the fore as we dissect Intel's early gambles and ASML's exclusive reign in this sphere. It's a tale of triumphs and trials, where the relentless pursuit of progress meets the gradual slowdown of Moore's Law, pushing the industry towards groundbreaking R&D investments and international competitiveness.Our exploration culminates with a striking contrast between the human brain's efficiency and the voracious power appetite of modern AI models. As we peer into the future, we speculate on the promise of biological computing, like DNA-based systems, and how they might disrupt our silicon foundations. The episode concludes by considering how AI advancements, exemplified by the capabilities of large language models such as ChatGPT, could redefine the workforce and bridge the existing skills gap. Join us for this enlightening journey through the evolution and future innovations of the semiconductor industry with the insightful Chris Miller. Thanks for tuning in to "Advantest Talks Semi"! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a rating on Apple Podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach new listeners. Don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends. We appreciate your support!
2024-2025 Semiconductor Industry Outlook with TechInsights
Feb 15 2024
2024-2025 Semiconductor Industry Outlook with TechInsights
Prepare to be illuminated by the insights of Risto Puhakka from TechInsights as he joins us to map out the semiconductor industry's explosive growth, driven by the thunderous influence of AI. During our adventure through CES 2024, we bear witness to AI's pervasive touch, from robotics and healthcare to the sizzling innovations in micro LED technology. Risto's expert analysis doesn't just skim the surface; it plunges into the economic, political, and competitive undercurrents that are redefining the semiconductor landscape.Venture further into the conversation as we unravel AI's sprawling web, extending its reach from agriculture to retail, and sculpting the semiconductor market's future. We dissect the burgeoning world of spatial computing, and the surging demand for data streams, processor aptitude, and memory. Gaze into the crystal ball with us as we reflect on 2023's rollercoaster ride – spotlighting industry bottlenecks and breakthroughs – and cast our predictions for 2024's market climate. It's not just a tech talk; it's a strategic analysis of the global shifts, the CHIPS Act's ripples, and how different nations are vying for supremacy in the AI arena. With Risto's guidance, we're decoding the blueprint of tomorrow's semiconductor industry, where AI reigns supreme. Thanks for tuning in to "Advantest Talks Semi"! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a rating on Apple Podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach new listeners. Don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends. We appreciate your support!
The Future of Yield and Data Analytics: An Inside Look with yieldHUB
Jan 4 2024
The Future of Yield and Data Analytics: An Inside Look with yieldHUB
Brace yourself for an exhilarating deep-dive into the labyrinth of semiconductor technology and yield management in this fascinating episode with John O'Donnell and Carl Moore from yieldHUB. John has a degree in Microelectronics from UCC (University College Cork) and spent more than 17 years at a leading semiconductor company before starting yieldHUB (formerly MFG Vision). Fast forward to today and he's running a company with a platform that's used by over a thousand of product users around the world. yieldHUB exists to help semiconductor customers maximize their yield. John loves what he does and enjoys traveling the world to meet new prospects and customers. Carl is a semiconductor and yield management expert with a career spanning 40+ years. During his dynamic career, Carl’s held technical management positions across product and test engineering, assembly, manufacturing, and design at established semiconductor companies. Carl is passionate about data analytics and has a reputation for building strong customer relationships.In this episode we'll pry open the Pandora's box of big data and data analytics in the semiconductor industry, unravelling yieldHUB's distinctive strategies in propelling yield improvements. We'll underscore the crucial role of real-time data analysis and collaboration, and how these components are reshaping the landscape of yield management.Data is the lifeblood of the semiconductor industry, yet managing new data sources and formats is a colossal task. With our guests, we'll explore how yieldHUB's platform streamlines data integration, and how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are shaking up production testing. We'll also discuss the merger of human expertise and AI to achieve optimal results and the global scalability of data analytics through cloud-based solutions. You’ll be awestruck by the sheer potential and power of these technologies. John and Carl will share their insights about the unique features of yieldHUB, including its ability to facilitate specific product threads and its innovative audio feature. We'll end the conversation by looking at the future of yield and data analytics, offering valuable advice for the industry's next steps. Plus, we'll explore the integration of data from various sources through API, discussing the impact on sustainability and innovation in the industry. Get ready to be inundated with a wealth of insights into the realm of semiconductor yield management. Thanks for tuning in to "Advantest Talks Semi"! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a rating on Apple Podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach new listeners. Don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends. We appreciate your support!
The Revolutions and Repercussions of the Semiconductor Industry
Sep 28 2023
The Revolutions and Repercussions of the Semiconductor Industry
In this episode of Advantest Talks Semi we demystify the complex interplay of semiconductors and the automotive sector. Buckle up as we navigate this intricate landscape with Malcolm Penn, the CEO of Future Horizons. From deep-diving into the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry to early signs of industry recovery, Malcolm illuminates the market's recent movements. He spotlights the explosive growth of China's EV market and its strategic grip on the low-end market - a move that's not to be underestimated by the established auto industries globally. In the second half, Malcolm walks us through the intersection of the EV market and the rising demand for advanced semiconductors. We examine the reverberating effects of sanctions on the industry while underlining the growing importance of decentralized computing. Toward the end of this podcast, catch Malcolm's take on the current OpenAI media buzz and how AI chipsets are leaving an indelible impression on memory. We wrap the discussion with a look at how Avantest is riding the wave of innovation with its open solutions ecosystem Advantest ACS. Download this episode now for your deep dive into the dynamic world of semiconductors. Thanks for tuning in to "Advantest Talks Semi"! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a rating on Apple Podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach new listeners. Don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends. We appreciate your support!
Electrifying the Automotive Future: Power Semiconductors in the EV Revolution
Aug 17 2023
Electrifying the Automotive Future: Power Semiconductors in the EV Revolution
Are you ready to supercharge your knowledge on the electrifying transformation of the automotive semiconductor industry?   Fasten your seat belts for a high-octane conversation with Fabio Marino, managing director at CREA at Advantest in Italy and a trailblazer, as we drive through the accelerating shift towards green energy.   We’ll be zooming in on the rapid growth of the power semiconductor market and how it's turbocharging the EV demand. Get ready to rev up your understanding of power electronics technologies like IGBTs, insulated gate bipolar transistors, silicon carbide, and gallium nitride as we put them head-to-head, comparing their specifications and power capacities.  Also, we’ll shed light on how the semiconductor industry is navigating the switch from package to bare die testing, examining how it challenges the delivery of kiloamps or kilovolts through a probe card whilst maintaining efficiency and reliability.   Lastly, diving into the battery testing arena, we will make sense of the implications of long lead times for probers and handlers and touch down on the maturity of silicon carbide technology and the potential influence of automated tools and the market.   So buckle up, relax, and join us as we journey through the electrifying world of automotive semiconductors.  Thanks for tuning in to "Advantest Talks Semi"! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a rating on Apple Podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach new listeners. Don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends. We appreciate your support!
Advantest, proteanTecs, and PDF Solutions harness AI power for yield, quality, and reliability
May 24 2023
Advantest, proteanTecs, and PDF Solutions harness AI power for yield, quality, and reliability
Advantest, proteanTecs, and PDF Solutions are teaming up to develop solutions that improve semiconductor manufacturing yield, reliability, and quality. Advantest has created a real-time data infrastructure (RTDI), called ACS that transforms testing. proteanTecs is pioneering deep data analytics for advanced electronics monitoring, while PDF Solutions is a leading provider of comprehensive data and analysis solutions for the semiconductor ecosystem. Together, they aim to address challenges for common customers, like increasing complexity, shrinking process nodes, and demand for higher quality control in order to minimize cost and expedite time to market. The collaboration leverages AI and machine learning to enable real-time decisions for quality and reliability with an interoperable open ecosystem that is designed to be secure and allows for scalable semantic models, reusable models, and impactful ML ops.Advantest, proteanTecs, and PDF Solutions have a history of successful collaboration, with proven solutions already in the market, including Dynamic Parametric Test, which is designed for the early detection of anomalies in the wafer acceptance test, and a die-to-die solution that collects and analyses high-speed interconnections between die. All three companies aim to look forward and develop applications that span different stages of testing from scribe line testing to system-level tests.In this podcast, we discuss how AI and machine learning are being used in the semiconductor industry, particularly in the automotive and high-performance computing sectors. We discuss how these technologies can improve quality control, optimize testing processes, and help alleviate supply chain bottlenecks. They also emphasize the importance of understanding device performance through measurement and analytics to make better decisions about test flow and yield. Optimizing throughput, quality, and yield is seen as a key factor in addressing supply chain challenges.Finally, we discuss the potential challenges and opportunities for the semiconductor industry as AI technology advances. Emphasizing the need to make advanced AI/ML analytical techniques more accessible and easier to integrate into semiconductor operations, particularly in test operations. We discuss what the concept of "mostly good die" is, where products can operate robustly despite not having all transistors working perfectly, as this concept highlights the importance of understanding how to repair and optimize chip performance in real-time.Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn more about our collaboration and the latest trends leaders of the semiconductor industry are working on! Thanks for tuning in to "Advantest Talks Semi"! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a rating on Apple Podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach new listeners. Don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends. We appreciate your support!
Interview with ChatGPT: Find out if it knew semiconductors like the back of its circuit!
Mar 6 2023
Interview with ChatGPT: Find out if it knew semiconductors like the back of its circuit!
In this electrifying episode of the latest podcast, our virtual guest ChatGPT takes us on a thrilling journey through the world of semiconductors. Discover the fascinating uses of these tiny components in a variety of industries and learn how ChatGPT navigates the delicate balance between performance and reliability to ensure the safety and efficiency of our systems.From aerospace and defense to gaming and artificial intelligence, ChatGPT showcases the critical importance of semiconductors in today's high-tech world and what challenges come with them. We chat about how these mini marvels must operate under extreme conditions, delivering accurate results in industries such as medical devices, automobiles, and industrial control systems. And for those who crave raw speed and power, ChatGPT explores the performance-driven industries like high-performance computing, graphics and multimedia processing, networking and telecommunications, where lightning-fast results are non-negotiable.But we didn’t stop there! We asked ChatGPT to delve into the cutting-edge technology of machine learning, discussing its transformative role in predictive maintenance, test optimization, defect detection, root cause analysis, and continuous improvement. Unlocking valuable insights that lead to optimized testing, pinpointed defects, and continuous process improvement.So, don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to get up close and personal on a truly educational and entertaining episode with ChatGPT - where science meets fun!Disclaimer:The mention of ChatGPT or any other large language model in this content is solely for informational purposes and should not be construed as an endorsement, promotion or validation of ChatGPT or any specific large language model. There are various large language models available in the market, each with its own strengths and capabilities. We do not claim or suggest that ChatGPT is the singular or superior option among these models. Users and readers are encouraged to explore different large language models and make informed decisions based on their specific requirements and criteria. The choice and utilization of any large language model, including ChatGPT, should be done with due diligence and critical evaluation. Thanks for tuning in to "Advantest Talks Semi"! If you enjoyed this episode, we'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to leave a rating on Apple Podcast. Your feedback helps us improve and reach new listeners. Don't forget to subscribe and share with your friends. We appreciate your support!