Dynamics of the Semiconductor Industry

Where micro meets nano

Jan Van der Spiegel

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Course at a Glance

This course deals with semiconductor technology and devices that form the cornerstone of the trillion dollar electronics industry. The class explores the changing semiconductor industry landscape and business models. The escalating cost of semiconductor manufacturing is shaking up the semiconductor industry, posing challenges for the long term future of the industry but also creating opportunities, in particular for IC companies who do not own a fab ( fab-less companies). The class review s the underlying technology, devices, products and design strategies as well as the supply chain and available ecosystem for the design and manufacturing of semiconductor products, particular ly from the point of view of a fabless company. Students will understand the technology and business of making semiconductor products. The class will consist of lectures by the instructor and case studies with student participation. No prior knowledge of electronics or semiconductors is needed.


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Jan Van der Spiegel
Dept. of Electrical and Systems Engineering/ Rm 201M
200S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6390
215-898-7116 (Phone)
206-202-1357 (Fax)
Email: :jan@seas.upenn.edu

The grading will be based on the quality of the papers, presentations and participation in class discussions.

Created by J. Van der Spiegel: Updated: January 22, 2013