Unpacking Semiconductor Packaging: Insights with Jan Vardaman

James Sweetlove
|  Created: April 23, 2024  |  Updated: July 1, 2024
Unpacking Semiconductor Packaging: Insights with Jan Vardaman

In this episode of the Altium OnTrack Podcast, host Zach Peterson sits down with Jan Vardaman, president and founder of TechSearch International. With decades of experience in semiconductor packaging, Jan shares her expert insights into the global semiconductor industry, focusing on the shift away from Asia for advanced manufacturing and the critical need for an integrated supply chain in the U.S.

This episode not only highlights the technological and industrial shifts in semiconductor packaging but also discusses the economic and policy dimensions affecting the sector.

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Key topics covered include:

  • The transition of high-end semiconductor packaging from Asia to other regions like Taiwan and Korea.
  • The impact of new facilities in Malaysia on the global supply chain.
  • The role and challenges of the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing program in the U.S.
  • Detailed discussions on substrate manufacturing and advanced assembly operations outside China.
  • The significance of workforce development in sustaining local manufacturing initiatives.
  • Future trends and strategies for semiconductor fabrication and assembly in North America.

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About Author

James Sweetlove is the Social Media Manager for Altium where he manages all social accounts and paid social advertising for Altium, as well as the Octopart and Nexar brands, as well as hosting the CTRL+Listen Podcast series. James comes from a background in government having worked as a commercial and legislative analyst in Australia before moving to the US and shifting into the digital marketing sector in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from USQ (Australia) and a post-graduate degree in political science from the University of Otago (New Zealand). Outside of Altium James manages a successful website, podcast and non-profit record label and lives in San Diego California.

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