One of the best ways for semiconductor industry professionals to stay informed of industry news is to subscribe to semiconductor industry publications. There are many publications, trade journals and newsletters available that cover current trends in the semiconductor industry; but rather than inundate yourself by subscribing to them all, you may want to pick and choose the ones that best meet your business's needs.
There is a huge selection of industry publications to choose from. Where some are very limited and cover specific topics, others give an overview of the whole industry and offer a variety of resources. The trick is to get the most information out of the fewest resources, thus saving you money and keeping you informed without consuming all your valuable time. When choosing a semiconductor industry trade publications, remember the following:
1. Some semiconductor industry news publications offer free trial subscriptions that you can take advantage of.
2. When subscribing for publications, find out what period your payment covers. Make sure you receive any back issues within the time period you pay for. Some semiconductor processing trade publications may just begin subscription with the current issue.
3. Order your publication directly from its website, if possible, or you may miss out on subscription perks.
Subscribe to semiconductor trade publications and take advantage of the perksMany publishers offer discounted pricing with subscriptions, in addition to other perks. Check to see if they offer free trial subscriptions or copies. You may even be able to cancel your subscription without payment or penalty if you are not absolutely satisfied.
Take advantage of online semiconductory industry magazinesE-mags and web publications have come a long way, and there are many benefits to taking advantage of them. Not only are they readily available, the medium also allows publishers to compliment articles with multimedia resources. You may have to sign up, but that can be an added bonus. Often, it gets you access to free sample copies or journal archives.
Join a professional association for access to semiconductor publicationsIf you a own a business or work in the semiconductor industry, you may consider becoming a member of an association for semiconductor industry professionals. As a member, you'll receive access to free publications, as well as other informational resources. If you sign up as a business, you can extend these services to your employees as well.
- Check with your local library for semiconductor journals, as many subscribe to online databases that may include journals and industry magazines.