Brand : Daniel Nenni

Fabless: The Transformation of the Semiconductor Industry



Hemanth k. thangudu |

Good beginner read.

This is a great read for anyone who is new to the world of semiconductors. i would couple it with the "essentials of telecommunications" and a simple overview of electromagnetics and chemistry on brilliant.org. i think nenni is off the mark with a few things that are subjective, but otherwise i'd recommend this book to anyone looking to get immersed.

Steven h. leibson |

Absolutely "fabless" – a book review

Semiwiki’s daniel nenni and paul mclellan published “fabless: the transformation of the semiconductor industry” a couple of months ago. i’ve just finished reading it and have to say that if you have anything to do with the semiconductor industry you need to read this book. nenni’s and mclellan’s book is invaluable if only to document the history of the industry’s fabless semiconductor transformation. in the beginning, semiconductor vendors were soup-to-nuts companies that both designed the ics and developed the process technologies and fab facilities needed to turn the designs into chips. in the 1970s, nearly anyone could get into the semiconductor business and many people did. such companies were originally called “semiconductor vendors” but nomenclature evolved and they’re now called idms (independent device manufacturers). however by the 1980s, fabs, processes, and chip designs got more complicated—a lot more complicated. then they got even more complicated. that’s when it became apparent to a few people that chip design and chip fabrication should become independent specialties. this fork in the road produced fabless semiconductor companies like xilinx and semiconductor foundries like tsmc. the same situation also saw the rise of independent eda companies. in the early days, the semiconductor vendors developed their own tools. ibm was perhaps the most well-known example of a semiconductor company that developed its own tools. but the rise of fabless semiconductor companies created an exploding market for eda tools, so the fabless revolution sparked an eda revolution too. all of this is captured in “fabless: the transformation of the semiconductor industry.” a three-decade chronicle in 216 pages. (full disclosure: i wrote the chapter on xilinx in this book.)

Ernesto |

Excellent book if you want to get to know the fabless business model history and the major players.

I extremely recommend it to any semiconductor professional who's interested in the history of the fabless ecosystem and its major players in the different realms (foundry, fpga, asic, eda, and ip). very informative, well written and entertaining.