By Jay Chittooran, Manager, Public Policy, SEMIInternational trade is one of the best tools to spur growth and create high-skill and high-paying jobs. Over 40 million American jobs rely on trade, and this is particularly true in the semiconductor supply chain. Over the past three decades, the semiconductor industry has averaged nearly double-digit growth rates in revenue and, by 2030, the semiconductor supply chain is forecast to reach $1 trillion. Trade paves the way for this growth.Unfortunately, despite its importance to the industry, trade has been transformed from an economic issue into a political one, raising many new trade challenges to companies throughout the semiconductor industry.China’s investments in the industry will continue to anchor the country as a major force in the semiconductor supply chain. China’s outsized spending has spawned concern among other countries about the implications of these investments. According to SEMI’s World Fab Forecast, 20 … [Read more...] about Turbulent times ahead for trade
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Hopefully everyone is familiar with the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). It was launched in 1992, when the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) coordinated the first efforts of producing what was originally The National Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (NTRS). This roadmap of requirements and possible solutions was generated three times in 1992, 1994, and 1997. The NTRS provided a 15-year outlook on the major trends of the semiconductor industry. As such, it was a good reference document for semiconductor manufacturers, suppliers of equipment, materials, and software and provided clear targets for researchers in the outer years.When the semiconductor industry became increasingly global, the realization that a Roadmap would provide guidance for the whole industry and would benefit from inputs from all regions of the world led to the creation of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).The invitation to cooperate on the ITRS was … [Read more...] about Is It Time for A Roadmap for Equipment and Materials?
Today's New York Times has a creepy account of DDoS attacks that crippled South Korean web sites and some US government web sites during this past weekend. Access to at least 11 major Web sites in South Korea — including those of the presidential Blue House, the Defense Ministry, the National Assembly, Shinhan Bank, the mass-circulation daily newspaper Chosun Ilbo and the top Internet portal Naver.com — have crashed or slowed down to a crawl since Tuesday evening, according to the government’s Korea Information Security Agency. In an attack linked with the one in South Korea, 14 major Web sites in the United States — including those of the White House, the State Department and the New York Stock Exchange — came under similar attacks, according to anti-cyberterrorism police officers in Seoul. The attack was believed to originate from North Korea. Although the National Intelligence Service did not identify whom they believed responsible, the … [Read more...] about Cyber Attack on South Korea and US Said to be North Korean
This post is about an on-going IT whodunit. Late afternoon last Tuesday, South Korea's National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, aka Nonghyup or NH Bank, experienced a system-wide crash that halted all of its banking transactions at 1710 local time. According to various Korean news reports, customers were unable to make ATM deposits or withdrawals, nor conduct any on-line or phone banking, or make use of in-bank deposit or withdrawal services. Some 30 million account holders of the bank - which owns the largest banking network in South Korea - were affected by the massive outage. Partial services - including the use of ATMs along with Internet and phone banking - were reportedly "restored" by Wednesday afternoon. NH bank said that while it wasn't exactly sure of what the problem was, it wasn't caused by outside hacking as in the case of Hyundai Capital. The bank did pinpoint the problem to "an IBM transmission server at a … [Read more...] about South Korean NH Bank’s Week-Long System Failure That Affected 30 Million An Inside Job?
Do not come between the Korean public and their Blizzard video games. It would not go well for you. Ever seen any of the footage of the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Seoul back in 2007 when they first showed off StarCraft II? It was bananas. People were weeping. It would be like if, in August 2020, the NFL announced a sequel to football and Joe Montana was somehow 30-years-old again and ready to play in this new and exciting version of the sport. Every World of Warcraft update is practically a national holiday. Diablo III’s release was so big that it’s created an international incident with Chinese players logging onto Korean servers to get a taste of the game and virtual war breaking out between the nations’ players.International conflict isn’t the only snafu coloring Diablo III’s release in the country though. The Korea Times (via Shack News) reported on Tuesday that the Korean government has started a full investigation of Blizzard Entertainment in … [Read more...] about Korea vs. Blizzard: Government raids Seoul office to determine if studio broke the law with botched Diablo III release
A whole new Jetsetter! A new fantastic point of view on the world of international gaming! No one to tell us no or where to go or say we’re only dreaming. Except for me of course, but as the columnist, it’s my job to tell you where to go for the duration of the article. Don’t worry, it’s for the best, you’ll get a taste of what’s going on in the video game world at large outside the United States, the biggest video game market this is.This is Jetsetter, Digital Trends’ weekly column looking at the international gaming scene. From Poland to India and beyond, we check out what’s happening in the growing gaming scenes outside the US. Know something we don’t know? Tell us about it in the comments section. If you like what you see here, follow me on Twitter at @ajohnagnello.* Mumbai’s Yellow Monkey Studios sets Huebrix for Independence Day release.On August 15th, India will celebrate its 65th anniversary of independence from … [Read more...] about Jetsetter: Huebrix debuts in time for India Independence Day and LG brings cloud gaming to Korea
While still facing language and cultural challenges in the international e-commerce arena, Asian e-commerce is set to boom at home, and U.S. companies smelling opportunity are already diving into the region with big-dollar investments.According to research firm Forrester, the surge in Asia-Pacific e-commerce will result in $1.6 trillion (US$) of revenues by 2004. This volume of business will make the region a powerhouse in the overall global Internet economy, said Stuart D. Woodring, vice president of research for emerging Internet economies at Forrester.The study forecasts that worldwide online spending will reach $6.9 trillion in 2004 -- with the Asia-Pacific market accounting for more than 20 percent of total sales.Recent trade agreements between Asian countries designed to promote e-commerce are expected to fuel the Internet ecomony there. For example, the first regional e-commerce alliance in Asia, connecting the markets of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, was formed this week.A … [Read more...] about U.S.-Asian E-Commerce Alive and Clicking
Internet users around the world have a greater willingness to buy products and services online than do their U.S. counterparts, according to a report released Tuesday by research firm International Data Corp. (IDC).The firm also predicted that by 2004, many countries -- including Korea, Japan, France, Brazil and China -- will demonstrate significant growth in business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce. IDC surveyed 30,000 Web users in over two dozen major Internet-using countries before reporting its findings.IDC's researchers analyzed the international markets for financial services, computer hardware and software, and media industries.For companies offering products in these categories, the report outlines which countries' consumers will be "the best targets" based on their propensity to make online purchases in the category, according to IDC chief research officer John Gantz."Companies making the decision to go global need to move at Internet speed because the international markets are … [Read more...] about E-Commerce Demand Highest Outside U.S.
Samsung Telecommunications America has announced it will launch its latest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S II, on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S. this fall.The device apparently has won consumers' hearts and minds, with 5 million units having been snapped up in 85 days in Europe and Korea, Samsung claims.The Galaxy S II has a Super AMOLED Plus display and a dual-core application processor. It has entertainment, messaging, social networking and enterprise capabilities. It will run Android Gingerbread.Although the underlying hardware will remain the same, Samsung will tune devices specifically for each of the three wireless companies in the United States carrying the phone.All three Galaxy S II smartphones are 4G devices.Despite an overall warm critical reception for the phone and Samsung's clout in the Android scene, the Galaxy S II still risks being lost in the crowd."We've seen so many Android smartphones coming out so often that it's hard to compare them," Allen Nogee, a … [Read more...] about Galaxy S II Whirls Into US
When we have a hostile country regularly lobbing missiles into the ocean with the stated objective of transforming a U.S. state into a radioactive cloud, we have a problem. One "oops" and we could suddenly become a 49-state nation again -- and that is only if we forget the issues with fallout and the potential for a nuclear winter (granted, that could be good news for the global warming folks).However, the approaches to cutting the legs out from under North Korea largely have been in-the-box thinking: economic sanctions that require China's cooperation (and aren't working); military and assassination options that would trigger retaliation that likely would result in a lot of us glowing at night; and revolution efforts that have little or no chance of succeeding.Still, there are companies that have been working on technologies that effectively could contain North Korea's missiles and turn their leader into more of a vocal than a physical problem. Since I'm on the West Coast and … [Read more...] about OPINION Could Tech Nerf North Korea?