NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Semiconductor CEOs urge congress to enact Trade Promotion Authority

04/16/2015  The SIA board of directors, led by Intel CEO and SIA chairman Brian Krzanich, sent a letter today to congressional leaders expressing support for the legislation and urging its swift passage.

KLA-Tencor introduces new portfolio for advanced semiconductor packaging

04/16/2015  Today, KLA-Tencor Corporation announced two new systems that support advanced semiconductor packaging technologies: CIRCL-AP and ICOS T830.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge pricier to build, cheaper to buy than comparable Apple iPhone 6 Plus

04/16/2015  The recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, but has a lower retail price than a comparable iPhone 6 Plus, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Technology Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service.

A*STAR's IME and partners to enable low cost packaging technology for system scaling within smart devices

04/15/2015  A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME), together with industry partners, have formed a High-Density Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging (FOWLP) consortium to extend FOWLP capabilities for applications in devices such as smart phones, tablets, navigation tools and gaming consoles.

Solution-grown nanowires make the best lasers

04/14/2015  Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed Monday, April 13 in Nature Materials, is a shortcut to lasers that are extremely efficient and able to create many colors of light.

Quantization of 'surface Dirac states' could lead to exotic applications

04/14/2015  Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Japan have uncovered the first evidence of an unusual quantum phenomenon--the integer quantum Hall effect--in a new type of film, called a 3D topological insulator.

ClassOne enters ECD lab partnership with Shanghai Sinyang

04/14/2015  Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology announced today that it has signed a joint electrochemical deposition (ECD) applications lab agreement with Shanghai Sinyang Semiconductor Materials Co., Ltd.

GaN Systems seals distribution deal in Japan and Asia

04/14/2015  GaN Systems Inc., a developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, today announced it has signed an agreement with Japanese semiconductor and electronic component distributor, Value Integrated Technology (Vitec).

Fifty years of Moore's Law made possible by semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers worldwide

04/14/2015  April 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the business world’'s most profound drivers, now commonly referred to as Moore's Law.

SEMI seminar focuses on European packaging, assembly and test

04/14/2015  On June 18, the SEMI Packaging Tech Seminar will take place in Vila do Conde, Portugal.

SEMI reports 2014 semiconductor photomask sales of $3.2B

04/14/2015  SEMI reports that the worldwide semiconductor photomask market was $3.2 billion in 2014 and is forecasted to reach $3.4 billion in 2016.

Duke University research advances testing of 3D integrated circuits for cost-effective development of electronics

04/14/2015  Duke University researchers are working to advance the tools and methodologies used to test 3D integrated circuits (ICs), which promise to help ensure the ongoing development of higher performance, lower power semiconductor chips.

IDT appoints semiconductor veteran Robert A. Rango to Board of Directors

04/10/2015  Integrated Device Technology, Inc. today announced that Robert A. Rango, a former Broadcom Corp. executive with extensive leadership skills in the global semiconductor market, has been appointed to IDT’s Board of Directors, effective April 6, 2015.

Automotive touch panel revenues to hit $1.5B by 2018

04/10/2015  The explosion of touch-enabled screens used in smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices, along with improvements in touch technology, are increasing demand for touch-screen automotive displays.

New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip'

04/10/2015  A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. These ultra-small antennas - the so-called 'last frontier' of semiconductor design - would be a massive leap forward for wireless communications.

Graphene looking promising for future spintronic devices

04/10/2015  Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known.

Sensor shipments strengthen but falling prices cut sales growth

04/10/2015  Sensor shipments are getting a big boost from the spread of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications, but sales growth is being pulled down significantly by price erosion in this once high-flying semiconductor marketplace.

2014: A year in review - Semiconductor equipment and materials market and outlook

04/09/2015  2014 was the second record breaking year in a row in terms of semiconductor device revenues; the industry grew a robust 10 percent to total $336 billion, according to the WSTS.

MEMS shipments to reach 43.3B units by 2018, says Semico Research

04/09/2015  The market for MEMS has been growing at a fast rate. But growth will come as a result of a wide variety of emerging MEMS and will be driven by the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), where MEMS devices will replace conventional sensors, and by the introduction of new sensor technologies.

Techniques for simplifying pulsed measurements: Part 2

04/08/2015  Common pulsed measurement challenges are defined.





Innovators

n&k systems: the go-to solutions for the most challenging thin-films and periodic structures

The company offers a wide portfolio of fully-and semi-automated systems for production control and R&D in Semiconductor, Photomask, Data Storage, and Flat Panel Display industries.
Sponsored By: n&k Technology, Inc.

SACHEM reveals innovations in IGZO and TSV reveal processing

SACHEM is a global chemical science company specializing in designing and manufacturing ultrapure chemistries for the microelectronics manufacturing industries.
Sponsored By: SACHEM

Technifab keeps cold liquids colder

Technifab designs, builds and installs cryogenic liquid systems along with providing the assistance customers need to make a cryogenic delivery system work.
Sponsored By: Technifab

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Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
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May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
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May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
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May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
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June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015

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