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GLOBALFOUNDRIES completes acquisition of IBM Microelectronics business
07/01/2015GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that it has completed its acquisition of IBM’s Microelectronics business....
Power transistors seen stabilizing and setting record sales in 2015
06/25/2015After six years of gyrating between strong increases and sales declines, the power transistor business is returning to more normal gr...
What chipmakers will need to address growing complexity, cost of IC design and yield ramps
06/29/2015As these early days of the Internet of Things show the network’s promise and reveal technological challenges...
Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization
06/22/2015Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Applied Materials, Inc. today announced the companies are collaborating on a development program t...
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IHS says Moore’s Law led to trillions added in global economy; Cadence and Applied Materials collaborate on CMP process optimization; Power transistors seen stabilizing and setting record sales in 2015; Nanowires could be the LEDs of the future

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Ambiq Micro appoints Mike Noonen as interim CEO

07/01/2015  Ambiq Micro, a developer of ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, today announced the appointment Mike Noonen as interim Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles

07/01/2015  Flexing graphene may be the most basic way to control its electrical properties, according to calculations by theoretical physicists at Rice University and in Russia.

New method can make cheaper solar energy storage

07/01/2015  EPFL scientists have now developed a simple, unconventional method to fabricate high-quality, efficient solar panels for direct solar hydrogen production with low cost.

Consumer, healthcare, and industrial to drive wearable industry to potential value of $90B by 2020

07/01/2015  Wearable electronics is one of the consumer market’s hottest topics. Indeed, giants like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Huawei are now competing for a slice of a very promising pie.

MEMS foundry X-FAB selects ClassOne Solstice for electroplating

07/01/2015  Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology announced that X-FAB — recently named “MEMS Foundry of the Year” — has just purchased a new Solstice S8 Electroplating System.

SPP Technologies to acquire SPTS Technologies' Thermal Products business

07/01/2015  ORBOTECH LTD. today announced that SPTS Technologies Group Ltd. (SPTS), an Orbotech company and supplier of advanced wafer processing solutions, has sold its Thermal Products business to SPP Technologies Co, Ltd.

SEMI and Solid State Technology announce the 2015 “Best of West” Award finalists

06/30/2015  The award was established to recognize new products moving the industry forward with technological developments in the microelectronics supply chain.

Biodegradable, flexible silicon transistors

06/30/2015  Wisconsin researchers have developed a new biodegradable silicon transistor based on a material derived from wood, opening the door for green, flexible, low-cost portable electronics in future.

EMC2015 - New Devices, Old Tricks

06/30/2015  The 57th annual Electronic Materials Conference, held June 24-26 in Columbus, Ohio, showcased research and development (R&D) of new device structures, as well as new insights into the process-structure-properties relationships of electronic devices now running in high-volume manufacturing (HVM) lines globally.

Taiwan tops fab spending - Driving anticipation for SEMICON Taiwan 2015

06/29/2015  In 2015,Taiwan is projected to have the highest capex for semiconductor manufacturing worldwide.

Opening a new route to photonics

06/29/2015  A new route to ultrahigh density, ultracompact integrated photonic circuitry has been discovered by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

Photolithography equipment & materials market is attracting new players, but success is not guaranteed

06/29/2015  Growing photolithography equipment markets in advanced packaging, MEMS and LEDs are attracting new players; but they have to navigate complex roadmaps.

Making new materials with micro-explosions

06/29/2015  Scientists have made exotic new materials by creating laser-induced micro-explosions in silicon, the common computer chip material.

The peaks and valleys of silicon

06/29/2015  When the new iPhone came out, customers complained that it could be bent -- but what if you could roll up your too big 6 Plus to actually fit in your pocket? That technology might be available sooner than you think, based on the work of USC Viterbi engineers.

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Isolating Electrical Faults in Advanced IC Devices

July 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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Interconnects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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Lock-in Thermography for Advanced Assembly Qualification

August 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Increasing IoT business opportunities drive a need for new packaging techniques such as FOWLP, Embedded Component Packaging, etc. Such new assembly techniques allow more components and functionality to be integrated into an ever decreasing package space. In parallel the faster product cycle drives the need for faster production ramp to stay competitive. All these challenges highlight the need for a better methodology to determine root cause of assembly-related defects during the new package process qualification process. We will demonstrate a totally non-destructive fault localization method based on a lock-in thermography with examples in these areas.

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SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
SEMICON Europa 2015
Dresden, Germany
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 06, 2015 - October 08, 2015
International Electron Device Meeting 2015
Washington D.C. United States
http://www.his.com/~iedm/
December 07, 2015 - December 09, 2015

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