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Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design ( was created by engineers and journalists to shed light on some of the incredibly complex technology and business issues in manufacturing and designing semiconductors. SemiMD consists of a monthly newsletter, daily updates, videos, research results, roundtable discussions, and a portal that serves as a forum for exchanging ideas and answering questions in this complex market. SemiMD is part of the Solid State Technology network which is now relied upon by over 250,000 engineers and managers around the world.

SemiMD covers the technical and business news related to semiconductor manufacturing, including DFM, equipment and materials, changes in the supply/demand equation, and related topics.

All stories are professionally written or edited by independent journalists and engineers with deep industry knowledge and experience. and Solid State Technology is owned by Extension Media LLC. Extension Media is a privately held business-to-business media company and a provider of valuable information, insight and marketing solutions that serve readers and clients around the world. Extension Media operates over 50 business-to-business magazines, engineers’ guides, email newsletters, web sites and conferences that address high-technology industry platforms and emerging technologies such as chip design, semiconductor manufacturing, embedded systems, software, architectures and industry standards. Media programs include Chip Design,,, Low Power, Solid State Technology, The ConFab Conference,
Embedded Intel® Solutions, Embedded Intel® Solutions China, and the Multicore Developers Conference

Editorial Staff

blogger John Blyler, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief
John is vice president, chief content officer for Extensionmedia, which includes brands such as Chip Design, Solid State Technology, RF-Microwave Systems, and others. He is a frequent guest on Chipestimate.TV, where he covers technology trends and intellectual property issues. John was the senior editor for Penton’s Wireless Systems Design magazine and, before that, an associate editor for the IEEE I&M magazine. He has co-authored several books on systems engineering, RF design and automotive hardware-software integration for Wiley, Elsevier and SAE, respectively. John has over 23 years of systems engineering hardware-software experience in the electronics industry—including work at the DoD, within the semiconductor private sector, and at software start-up companies. He remains an affiliate professor of graduate-level systems engineering at Portland State University. Mr. Blyler holds a BS in engineering physics from Oregon State University, as well as an MSEE from California State University, Northridge.

Pete Singer, Editor
Pete Singer has been involved in technical journalism for more than 30 years and has written well over 150 articles on all aspects of semiconductor manufacturing and related industries, Pete holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and is a member of IEEE, Electrochemical Society, American Vacuum Society and Materials Research Society

Shannon Davis, Web Editor
Shannon Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Huntington University, IN. In addition to her years of freelance business reporting, Shannon has also worked in marketing and public relations in the renewable energy and healthcare industries.

Sara Verbruggen, Senior Editor for Solid State Technologies-SemiMD
Sara Verbruggen, based in Europe, is a technology journalist and editor, writing about the semiconductor, solar photovoltaic (PV), printed electronics, nanotech and energy storage industries. Before going freelance in 2010, she worked as a B2B editor for several years, specialising in printed electronics and nanotechnology.

Dave Lammers, Contributing Editor
David Lammers is a veteran chip industry reporter writing about chip manufacturing, process technologies, equipment and materials, and related topics. He began covering semiconductors as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Tokyo in the 1980s. He continued there and in Austin, Texas, with EE Times and most recently with Semiconductor International (now Solid State Technology). Dave is currently a senior contributing editor for SST’s Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design (SemiMD) portal.