Utilizing water in a way that manages the ecological, societal, and economical concerns we are currently facing without jeopardizing our ability to do so in the future is the focus of many in the manufacturing industry. On July 6, 2022, it was announced that the Taiwan-based design and building firm WaterPark Environment Corp. was acquired by Gradiant, a global solutions company and cleantech water provider based in Boston. This merger is expected to help bring advanced manufacturing and semiconductor production even closer to the goal of water sustainability.
The semiconductor industry is vital to technological innovation. However, the complexities of the supply chain and the nuances of different computer chips can leave one with more questions than answers. With this broad overview, it is easy to gain a better understanding of the industry as a whole. The first thing to note is the distinction between digital chips and analog chips. The common belief is that digital is an upgraded, more technologically advanced version of analog- but this isn’t the case. In fact, the worlds of analog and digital chips are complementary.
PXI – NI – STS. To the unschooled reader, these abbreviations are meaningless. But to those involved in the electronics and testing industry, they are the combination for continued success. National Instruments (NI), a world leader in electronic testing products and software solutions, has long been at the forefront of semiconductor testing.
Smart devices keep getting smarter, thanks to increased use of software. This proliferation of software has created new demands for how integrated circuits (ICs) are designed and manufactured. New designs and manufacturing processes demand new types and methods of testing. Regardless of the smart device or its composition, the demands for businesses remain the same: ensure reliability, deliver products to market quickly, and remain cost-competitive.
As 2020 and beyond draws near, new challenges in testing and measurement are more apparent because of the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT). While some testing protocols can still be utilized on new devices, others demand new approaches. Fast and accurate testing and reducing costs remain vital concerns.
National Instruments’ new Semiconductor Test System (STS) is a versatile and useful piece of equipment that offers huge flexibility and numerous benefits for your company. A huge plus for companies familiar with NI products, STS is based on the PXI platform that allows for future expansion and replacement of failed or outdated hardware. It also allows easy code sharing between other NI products, LabVIEW and TestStand, to make knowledge-sharing easy while reducing development and testing times.