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How to attract more diverse candidates to your STEM workforce

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Jack Trompert

There’s a misconception about the underlying reason behind the lack of representation of women and minorities in STEM-related jobs: women and minorities are not choosing to pursue degrees in these fields and therefore not available for hire. It’s easier for recruiters or hiring managers to shrug off the importance of bringing in diverse candidates when they can blame the universities and the lack of graduates coming down the pipeline. But this way of thinking contributes to passive bias and lack of action to find more diverse candidates for STEM positions.

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What lies ahead for the semiconductor industry in 2018?

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Jack Trompert

It’s been 50 years since Intel’s co-founder Gordon Moore gave us his prediction that would become a rule for chipmakers: the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. In recent years, Moore’s Law seemed to be shaking hands with the Grim Reaper in the world of semiconductors. Many questioned what would happen to the industry when Moore’s Law reached its end.

Yet, not only has the industry been able to sustain through the final years of the law, but also flourish seeing record setting growth for the global market. So what can we expect from the semiconductor industry in 2018? Let’s weigh in on what experts are saying about the semiconductor industry this year.

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2017 Semiconductor Technology News and Updates You Don't Want to Miss

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Jack Trompert

While it’s hard to believe 2017 is already coming to an end, the year has not been short on buzz and activity in the semiconductor industry. Each year, we develop our Semiconductor blog to cover the latest semiconductor news and technology trends, and keep you apprised of what’s going on in the world of semiconductor and engineering talent. We want this blog to be a place full of educational resources to keep your engineering team running strong and prepared for wherever the industry is headed. Take a look back on our most popular content from 2017, and be sure you never miss an update from the Semiconductor blog.

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Q4 2017: Semiconductor Industry News to Know

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Jack Trompert

After posting the highest-ever quarterly sales in Q3 2017, the global semiconductor industry boasted another $37.1 billion in worldwide sales in October to kick off Q4 2017. October 2017 saw a 21.9 percent increase from the previous year and a 3.2 percent increase from September 2017. That means Q4 2017 began with the highest-ever monthly sales total for the industry. With these record-breaking figures, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) president and CEO John Neuffer believes the global market is “poised to reach its highest-ever annual revenue in 2017.”

As we near the end of the year and the final quarter of 2017, let’s take a look at the industry’s latest news. Read on for the latest on growth, research and development, and other important updates that will finish out one of the biggest years for the industry.

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3 Common Challenges of Contingent Workforces: How MSPs Can Help

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Jack Trompert

The trend is clear: blended workforces (teams made up of full-time and contingent workers) are growing in popularity. In fact, it’s estimated that 40% of today’s workers are contingent. Many point to the 2008 recession as the genesis of the growing “gig economy,” as widespread layoffs pushed a wave of freelancers into the workforce. Over the years, the trend has continued thanks to advancements in telecommuting technology, the Affordable Care Act and an increasing number of flexibility-demanding millennials.

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AI and its Effect on the Semiconductor Industry

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Jack Trompert

Comb through almost any tech publication and you’re bound to run across the phrase “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) at least once. In fact, one study found that 2016 saw two times as many articles mentioning AI than 2015 did, and four times as many as 2014.

This growing sector has become a hot topic in recent years as it has the capacity to revolutionize every business across all market sectors. It is likely the semiconductor industry will experience some of the most drastic change, as the chips are the backbone of our most widely used technology today.

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3 Tools Every Design Engineer Should Know

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Jack Trompert

To bridge that gap between concept and reality and stand out in their field, engineers today need a potent combination of creativity and technical knowledge. These two skillsets are particularly important in the career of a design engineer as they must take projects from idea to completion and have a complete understanding of the design software that can get them there.

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4 Ways a MSP Can Improve Your Semiconductor Business

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Jack Trompert

As more companies in the U.S. recognize the benefits a contingent workforce provides, we see the popularity of this type of workforce rise. In fact, contingent workforces have become such a popular choice among employers, it’s estimated that 40% of the U.S. workforce is currently made up of contingent workers.

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How Drones and Self-Driving Cars are Changing the Semiconductor Industry

Posted on October 6, 2017 by Jack Trompert

After years of smartphone and PC domination, many are pointing to Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs) as tech’s next big thing. The demand for this cutting edge technology is increasing, and UAV tech is pushing the industry forward by requiring more from semiconductors than ever before.

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Q3 2017 in the Semiconductor Industry: What You Need to Know

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Jack Trompert

As Q3 winds down, we wanted to make sure you’re fully caught up with recent sales numbers, technological advancements and economic developments within the semiconductor industry so you can be informed and prepared for what’s ahead. We’ve kept a close eye on some of the most recent happenings in the field and we’ve put together a few quick summaries of the most important stories.

Let’s jump into it!

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