NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


More GaN-on-Si players on the playground, business is starting

04/24/2014  GaN-on-Si is entering in production. Under this context, what is the patent situation?

Epistar extends collaboration with Intermolecular

04/24/2014  Intermolecular, Inc. today announced that Epistar Corp. and Intermolecular have signed a multi-year extension of their existing collaborative development program (CDP) and royalty-bearing IP licensing agreement to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of Epistar's light emitting diode (LED) devices.

imec reports 4 percent growth in 2013 fiscal year

04/24/2014  Revenue for 2013 totaled 332 million euro, a four percent growth from the previous year.

IEEE Photonics Society announces Call For Papers

04/24/2014  The IEEE Photonics Conference 2014 (IPC-2014) has announced a Call for Papers seeking original technical presentations in lasers, optoelectronics, optical fiber networks and related topics for the industry’s premier fall photonics conference.

Spansion adds to flash memory portfolio

04/24/2014  Spansion is adding three new Serial NOR and three new NAND memory densities specifically qualified to meet the extended temperature ranges and stringent quality requirements of the automotive industry.

Zeta Instruments hires former KLA-Tencor exec as new CEO

04/24/2014  Zeta Instruments, Inc., an optical profiling and inspection company providing solutions for high-tech manufacturing, has announced that Jeff Donnelly has joined the company as its chief operating officer.

Contour Semiconductor names former Intel exec as new CEO

04/22/2014  Contour Semiconductor, Inc., a provider dedicated to producing low-cost, high-volume, non-volatile memory chips, today announced that it has appointed veteran semiconductor industry executive Saul Zales as Chief Executive Officer.

High-performance, low-cost ultracapacitors built with graphene and carbon nanotubes

04/22/2014  By combining the powers of two single-atom-thick carbon structures, researchers at the George Washington University's Micro-propulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory have created a new ultracapacitor that is both high performance and low cost.

STS Semiconductor and Invensas to partner on high volume bond via array mobile solutions

04/22/2014  Tessera Technologies, Inc. announced today that Invensas Corporation and South Korea-based STS Semiconductor & Telecommunications, a semiconductor assembly and test solution provider, have entered into an agreement to validate high volume manufacturing capability for Invensas' Bond Via Array (BVATM) technology for next generation smartphone and tablet customers.

New technology symposium at SEMICON West 2014 to spotlight critical issues in semiconductor manufacturing

04/22/2014  The new program addressing the most important and critical issues facing the future of semiconductor manufacturing in a new and more technical conference format.

"Exotic" material is like a switch when super thin

04/21/2014  Researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick.

SanDisk donates $1M to Berkeley College of Engineering

04/21/2014  The donation will fund recently completed renovations to Cory Hall, home of the College’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the undergraduate student Computing Lab, which has been renamed the SanDisk Computing Lab.

Cadence to acquire Jasper Design Automation

04/21/2014  Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced plans to acquire Jasper Design Automation, Inc., a provider of formal analysis solutions, for approximately $170 million in cash.

Altera and TSMC collaborate to bring advanced packaging technology to Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs

04/21/2014  Altera Corporation and TSMC today announced the two companies have worked together to bring TSMC's patented, fine-pitch copper bump-based packaging technology to Altera's 20 nm Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs.

SEMI announces 2nd Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit

04/18/2014  Following the successful inaugural event in 2013, the 2nd annual SEMI Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit will be held September 16-17, 2014 at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

LG-Swiss researchers announce graphene membrane breakthrough

04/18/2014  The findings open up the possibility in the future to develop highly efficient filters to treat air and water.

In the permanent bonding market, EV Group is leading, Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron are merging

04/18/2014  Permanent bonding technology is a key process for a wide range of applications in the semiconductor industry such as MEMS, advanced packaging, LED devices, and SOI substrate applications.

Global scientific team "visualizes" a new crystallization process

04/17/2014  Sometimes engineers invent something before they fully comprehend why it works. To understand the "why," they must often create new tools and techniques in a virtuous cycle that improves the original invention while also advancing basic scientific knowledge.

MKS introduces dynamic frequency tuning patented DFT technology offered in RF plasma generators

04/17/2014  MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, has introduced Dynamic Frequency Tuning (DFT) technology in RF plasma generators.

The Week in Review: April 11, 2014

04/11/2014  SIA reports sales of semiconductors in February 2014 increased 11.4 percent from February 2013; GSA celebrates 20 years; SEMI expanding Innovation Village at SEMICON Europa



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UV LED Curing for the Electronics Industry

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Multiphysics Modeling of MEMS Devices

April 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), such as actuators, sensors and resonators, rely on the interactions between multiple physical effects. In this webinar, we will show how a multiphysics simulation approach allows you to combine electrical, thermal and structural effects accurately in order to design reliable and high-performance MEMS devices.

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May 2014 (date and time TBD) MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. This webcast will explore the latest trends in MEMS devices – including sensor fusion, biosensors, energy harvesting – new manufacturing challenges and potential equipment and materials solutions to those challenges.

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May 2014 (date and time TBD) Advanced packages rely on high-performance materials – die-attach film, solder bumps, conductive adhesive, underfill, TIM – to ensure reliability, fine-pitch interconnect, thermal management, and chip performance are optimized. Learn about the latest assembly materials and how they can improve the package, speed packaging throughput, and even lower packaging costs in the webcast.

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EVENTS

The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
June 22, 2014 - June 25, 2014
2014 International Workshop on EUV Lithography
Maui, Hawaii, USA
http://www.euvlitho.com
June 23, 2014 - June 27, 2014
SEMICON West 2014
San Francisco, California
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 08, 2014 - July 10, 2014
SPIE Photomask Technology 2014
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott,
http://spie.org/photomask.xml?WT.mc_id=RCal-PMW
September 16, 2014 - September 18, 2014
Photomask Technology Exhibition 2014
Monterey Conference Center and Monterey Marriott,
http://spie.org/photomask.xml?WT.mc_id=RCal-PMW
September 16, 2014 - September 17, 2014

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