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A Brief History of Electr ... 200 years of deposition technology 28 Aug 2017
A History Timeline of Aut ... A special presentation of The Chip History Center on History Timeline of Automatic Test Equipment 15 Jun 2006 29 Aug 2017
A large multi-product com ... It is a basic principle that a large multi-product company, which should have all the advantages, ... 08 Mar 2022
Advertise your company’s ... You will never get ink from a magazine to burn mind share with your company’s name... 21 Jul 2021
Advertising in Tech: what ... Advertising should be primarily used for imprinting your brand on the minds of senior executives a ... 15 Jun 2005 24 Feb 2021
Advertising ROI Advertising should be primarily used for imprinting your brand on the minds of senior executives a ... 10 Jun 2022
Align your core strengths Align your core strengths, manufacturing, product portfolio, message, and targeting carefully 16 Feb 2021
Always give product or co ... Naming can be an important factor in achieving market success or it can lead down the path to mark ... 26 Jan 2021
Average vs Great Leaders The average leader retreats to the safety of marcom and IR tricks and denials when surprised by a ... 30 Jul 2021
  Bill Tobey on Bringing th ... Bill Tobey interview on his conceptualizing the wafer stepper in the late 1970s 06 Dec 2006 31 Jul 2017
Branding word choice will ... Words matter. Words imprint in the brain with the images they create. It is a general observation ... 21 Jul 2021
Budgets and risk avoidanc ... If you think back to the days when today’s giants were small, the focus was not on budgets, but on ... 19 Mar 2021
Bunny Suit History in Sem ... In 1968, standard clean room practices were lax. Facilities were kept reasonably clean, but employ ... 24 May 2018 24 May 2018
CEOs must make on-the-spo ... Advantest, JSR, and TEL: Why they were so successful when so many others failed. 10 Jun 2022
Competition never sleeps It is a basic principle of tactical awareness that the competition never sleeps. You must assume t ... 19 May 2021
Confuse the customer with ... Never believe that naming is trivial. It’s the first thing people must remember before they decid ... 21 Jul 2021
Customers are not visiona ... It is a common mistake to attempt entrepreneurial market development using classic business school ... 10 Jun 2022
  Dave Markle: Ultratech/Pe ... Dave Markle, Senior Vice President & Chief Technical Officer at Ultratech, describes what math and ... 22 Oct 2019
Define and refine your Co ... This seems obvious. It’s so obvious that it is a strategic error that many companies make. First, ... 16 Feb 2021
Develop products on needs ... Then, wants and features will drop out. Don’t confuse the two. A need can be identified because ... 08 Jan 2021
Disruptive products start ... It is a common mistake in tech to approach product development from a classical marketing position ... 26 Jan 2021
Elephants can innovate Does real innovation only occur in small companies? Not true: here are some big companies that hav ... 19 Jan 2021
Faster learning cycles: t ... Want to improve RoR (Return on R&D)? Faster learning cycles are probably the biggest reason why th ... 15 Sep 2021
Forecasting is essential, ... Forecasting is as much a philosophy of time and space as it is a series of methodologies. Underst ... 13 May 2022
  Gary Patton: What Math & ... Gary Patton never knew he wanted to be a scientist when he was a kid. 22 Oct 2019
High-tech business struct ... High-tech business structure is fundamentally different from the B-School classics. The old style ... 07 Feb 2021
HOW A CHIP IS MADE How We Do It . . . 01 Aug 2017
How a semiconductor wafer ... It Really Does Start With Sand . . . This series of images show how silicon wafers are made from s ... 29 Aug 2017
How Japan Lost its Semico ... The 5 strategic causes behind the long-term failure of Japan’s Semiconductor industry are covere ... 25 Jul 1992 28 Oct 2019
How KLA has keeps moving ... Few companies have accelerated the industry as much as KLA has. 24 May 2019 24 May 2019
HOW THE TRANSISTOR WORKS Microprocessors are essential to many of the products we use every day such as televisions, cars, ... 30 Jun 2017
How the U.S. beat Japan i ... The source of Japan’s failure to move forward is mostly about the failure of their Theory Z manage ... 17 Aug 2012 19 May 2021
HOW TO BUILD A DINOSAUR Dr. Jack Horner, “The Dinosaur Guy,” describes the biological challenges in building a dinosau ... 30 Jun 2017
IBM’s Design For Manufact ... Why does IBM have a semiconductor group when the biggest advancements in computing power are comin ... 15 Jun 2007 29 Apr 2021
IBM’s R&D Partnering Mode ... IBM’s R&D partnering model is one of the great business process innovations of the semiconductor i ... 15 Jan 2010 07 Feb 2021
If you apply classical ma ... It’s not that classical marketing is totally ineffective. But it is only marginally so. The reas ... 02 Jun 2021
Images in Semiconductor H ... Key events drawn from archived documents in VLSI's library. These documents have been carefully se ... 16 Jun 2008 09 Aug 2019
Intel’s Branding Strategy ... One of the most important Maxims of Hi-Tech is to never confuse customers with names. This is some ... 24 Mar 2021
Intel’s Branding Strategy ... One of the most important Maxims of Hi-Tech is to never confuse customers with names. This is some ... 15 Jun 2007 29 Apr 2021
Introduction to Maxims of ... How to thrive in the extreme sport of business: These maxims compile much of the wisdom G Dan Hutc ... 28 Dec 2020
It is a strategic princip ... Misalignment of external and internal communications is a common leadership failure. They are oft ... 21 Jul 2021
It is an error to place m ... If you put marketing under sales it will become its slave, losing all vision. Under either, marke ... 05 Aug 2021
It’s all about good manag ... During the late eighties execs had to sit through lectures about the superiority of Japanese manag ... 08 Mar 2022
It’s always about bad or ... Every corporate problem is ultimately a management or leadership issue. If it isn’t, a company is ... 19 Jan 2021
Japan's Best Semiconducto ... How some Japanese companies thrived in spite of the many challenges of the lost decades. 01 Jun 1995 26 Oct 2018
JUST HOW DEEP DO CHIP VIA ... Semiconductor engineers must figure out how to etch deep and very narrow trenches. Etching is like ... 29 Aug 2017
  KULICKE & SOFFA: WIRE BON ... Ever wonder how the nanochips you see in pictures wind up covered in plastic on a printed circuit ... 15 Jun 2006 22 Aug 2017
Leadership Principles and ... The underlying principles and purpose of their leaders govern the outcome of all marketing battles ... 09 Mar 2021
Leading is a top line fun ... The greatest industry leaders are invariably remembered for their ability to grow revenues, not ma ... 09 Mar 2021
Lithography tool and comp ... One has to look way back to find a lithography tool transition as major as the move to EUV. Few pe ... 31 Mar 2016 28 Jun 2019
Look like a duck: How Int ... Look like a duck: cool and collected on the surface, while paddling hard underneath. But never st ... 30 Jul 2021
Marketing should establis ... Marketing should establish the customer’s problem before product development starts and engineerin ... 23 Jun 2022
  Math, Science, & our Coun ... Charlie Sporck explains why Math and Science are important for the economy and the society as a wh ... 07 Nov 2007 22 Oct 2019
  Math, Science, & Your Fut ... Sound Boring? Hear how very successful people have used Math & Science to make their lives wild, f ... 27 Apr 2006 31 Jul 2017
Memory Gluts: Will the DR ... TTID: This Time it’s Different or Time-to-Imminent-Disaster? 20 Aug 2018
  Minds & Machines: Do You ... Making chips is about driving machines better than a Formula 1 to their limit. 22 Oct 2019
Monetization - The first ... When does the innovation clock start: With the idea, with the first paper, with the first alpha to ... 28 Dec 2020
Moore's Law 101: The Math ... Moore’s Law has morphed into many things over its life. But what is it … Really! Here it is e ... 19 Apr 1965 02 Oct 2017
Moore's Law and the race ... How the continuation of Moore’s law provides a foundation for future economic growth; how it’s ... 15 Nov 2006 02 Oct 2017
Moore’s Law GDP Value i ... How the Moore’s Law raises income in relationship to the economies of the United States and the ... 13 Feb 2015 21 Oct 2019
More on principles and pu ... The underlying principles and purpose of their leaders govern the outcome of all businesses. 09 Mar 2021
Narratives – not earnings ... It is a strategic error to focus too closely on the more predictable control of quarterly earnings ... 08 Mar 2022
Needs and benefits always ... This jewel is one of the most important lessons I remember from Bob Graham. The setting was at an ... 15 Jun 1985 23 Jun 2022
Operations, account manag ... Operations, account management, corporate marketing, and product marketing & development are worth ... 15 Jun 1988 13 May 2022
Partnering only happens w ... The difference between partnering and purchasing is that partnering can only happen when both part ... 07 May 2021
Power projection in your ... Power projection must be a fundamental part of your company’s strategy 30 Jul 2021
Price – it’s the last dec ... It is a common error to think that price is the first decision point for a buyer. Now in a B2C ‘wa ... 08 Jan 2021
Pricing is a function of ... Pricing of undeveloped products is one of the biggest issues for companies in high technology. Th ... 26 Jan 2021
Problems are markets … So ... Marketing pro’s love to use the word ‘solution’ as a synonym for ‘product.’ This way of thinking c ... 18 Aug 2021
Problems are markets and ... One of the biggest mistakes companies make in product development is in not understanding this pri ... 18 Aug 2021
Product marketing and dev ... Product marketing and development should be close enough to account management and corporate marke ... 23 Jun 2022
R&D is your future, SG&A ... In general, robbing SG&A to invest in R&D promotes growth in a healthy technology company. Doing t ... 16 Feb 2021
Risk versus Uncertainty i ... Risk is when an outcome’s probability is known. Uncertainty is when an outcome’s probability is u ... 08 Jan 2021
Rubylith mask-making econ ... Ever wonder what economic impact mask technology innovation has had? Any idea of how long it would ... 07 Dec 2018 24 May 2019
Sales and Marketing shoul ... When the two are combined, the strategic parts of marketing often get short shrift. This often le ... 05 Aug 2021
SALES versus MARKETING "SALES is persuading the Customer to WANT what we HAVE. MARKETING is being sure we HAVE what the C ... 07 Feb 2021
Segment products and mark ... One of the greatest problems in marketing is effectively communicating the differences between pro ... 06 Apr 2021
Sell yourself, your compa ... When it comes to big ticket capital items, the customer is not just buying a product, they are mak ... 24 Mar 2021
Semiconductor Companies o ... Consolidation in the Semiconductor Industry is strange because of the way the industry has been bi ... 22 Feb 2013 19 May 2021
Semiconductor Industry Co ... How consolidation in the semiconductor industry benefited customers. 07 Jan 2011 05 Aug 2021
Silicon Valley’s Wars f ... Silicon Valley's Upstarts versus the World 26 Oct 2018
Strategic versus tactical ... Confusing the two is a dangerous mistake. Not understanding the difference typically leads to tac ... 18 Aug 2021
Strategy starts at the to ... Strategy starts at the top and then should be layered with tactics down through your organization 13 May 2022
Strategy versus Grand Str ... It is a general rule that a strategy will fail against the competitor who can master a grand strat ... 13 May 2022
Tech Business Strategy ve ... Most confuse the two and in reality I doubt there is any formal definition for marketing. In mili ... 24 Mar 2021
Tech businesses need Prod ... If you approach product development as a task of managing you invariably introduce products that w ... 21 Jul 2021
Technology Adoption Proba ... The likeliness of technology adoption is proportional to the value of the problem it solves less t ... 10 Jun 2022
The 3 business integratio ... Of the three business integration models: Horizontal, Vertical, and Matrix, matrix is the most pow ... 21 Jul 2021
The 5 Business Strategies There are only five business strategies: cost, quality, distribution, technology, and intellectual ... 24 Mar 2021
The company’s name is its ... If you think you can lose a lot by misnaming your product, imagine what happens when you misname y ... 24 Feb 2021
The DRAM crash of 2008 How the 2007-2008 financial crisis that led to the great recession ignited a crash in semiconducto ... 02 Jan 2008 10 Aug 2018
The lady bug and the micr ... This is a children's story about Little Lil the ladybug and her journey across a silicon wafer and ... 23 May 2019
The need for alignment is ... Poor alignment strategy is a common failure mode in many businesses. Chip Making is a very intere ... 13 May 2022
The need for alignment of ... As companies get larger, it is natural that sales and marketing split. When this happens, they of ... 13 May 2022
The stock will take care ... This is something our industry’s marketing legend, Bob Graham, used to say whenever his people got ... 15 Jun 1988 07 Feb 2021
The Three Traits of Great ... When I think back on the best leaders I have ever had the pleasure to know there are three basic t ... 02 Jun 2021
The two reasons to advert ... The two reasons to advertise: Brand Building and Lead Generation 10 Jun 2022
There should be two disti ... One is corporate marketing, which is for the development of sales-support materials, advertising, ... 23 Jun 2022
To be truly innovative, i ... While counterintuitive, the reason why big innovations are truly big is that they invariably have ... 15 Sep 2021
True Visionary’s go where ... Almost every company wants to be as innovative as Apple and have their own Steve Jobs driving prod ... 15 Sep 2021
Tunneling through a compe ... Tunneling through a competitor’s pricing walls is a very effective strategy. AMD successfully use ... 06 Apr 2021
  Using Math & Science and ... Per-Ove Hansson on using Math & Science and getting paid good money to see the world. 22 Oct 2019
  What Math & Science Can D ... Mike Polcari, CEO of SEMATECH, describes how he built a career in math and science, what it’s do ... 31 Aug 2017
  What Math & Science Have ... Debbora Ahlgren describes what math and science have done for her. Find out why she never gave up ... 01 Jan 2011 22 Oct 2019
  What Math & Science Have ... Lisa Su, VP of IBM's Semiconductor Research & Development Center, describes what math and science ... 28 Aug 2017
  What Math & Science Have ... Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow, describes what math and science have done for him. Find out why th ... 22 Oct 2019
WHAT'S A BUNNY SUIT? Find out what it's like to be working in the clean room. 22 Aug 2017
What's ALD? A children's ... Did you know that the chip makers routinely make films one atom at a time? It's called Atomic Laye ... 29 Aug 2017
When changing your name, ... When changing your name, make sure the new one and logo reflect the company’s history into the fut ... 13 May 2022
Why big companies don’t i ... It is a mistake to believe that risk aversion or the tendency for meeting quarterly numbers to alw ... 10 Jun 2022
Winners take ownership of ... No one ever fixed a problem that wasn’t theirs. Problems are opportunities, so blaming others lea ... 28 Dec 2020
  Yan Borodovsky: Breaking ... Ever wonder how innovation really happens? Think it's someone sitting back and dreaming up an idea ... 13 Sep 2007 22 Oct 2019

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