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ROHM Semiconductor and imec join forces for ultra-low power radio R&D

04/07/2014  Nanoelectronics research center imec and ROHM Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a world-leading supplier of electronic components, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership for research collaboration on ultra-low power (ULP) radio technology for small battery-operated wireless devices.

To bridge LEDs' green gap, scientists think small

04/04/2014  Nanostructures half the breadth of a DNA strand could improve the efficiency of light emitting diodes (LEDs), especially in the "green gap," a portion of the spectrum where LED efficiency plunges, simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have shown.

The sustainable manufacturing imperative

04/03/2014  While sometimes seen as a social, legal and regulatory obligation, sustainability is increasingly considered a differentiating factor in global competitiveness relative to the technologies and products being provided.

UV LED Curing for the Electronics Industry

04/03/2014  This paper provides an introduction to UV LED curing and the many benefits UV LED curing provides for bonding and coating applications in the electronics industry. Product manufacturers, machine builders, and chemistry formulators will gain an understanding of the benefits and how to apply UV LED curing in manufacturing processes. Included are specific examples of how manufacturers are using UV LED to make touch screens, mobile phones, micro speakers, and hard disk drives.

Park Systems introduces automatic defect review for semiconductor wafers

04/03/2014  Park Systems this week introduced the Automatic Defect Review (ADR)AFM for 300mm bare wafers, a fully automated AFM solution that improves throughput of AFM defect review by up to 1,000 percent.

ON Semiconductor to acquire Trusense Imaging, Inc.

04/03/2014  ON Semiconductor today signed a definitive agreement to acquire Truesense Imaging, Inc., a provider of high-performance image sensor devices addressing a wide range of industrial end-markets including machine vision, surveillance, traffic monitoring, medical and scientific imaging, and photography.

MEMS microphone market to grow at 13% CAGR, reaching $1.65B by 2019

04/02/2014  MEMS microphone market has been growing since its first appearance in 2003. The huge worldwide adoption of smartphones, each using more than one MEMS microphone, creates the wide integration and rocketing growth of the MEMS microphone market.

Quantum Polymers announces 8 inch diameter carbon and glass filled PEEK rod products

04/01/2014  These products work well for applications requiring a balance of chemical resistance and mechanical strength in high temperature environments like those frequently found in the oil and gas, chemical processing, and semiconductor industries.

SureCore's 28nm silicon tests confirm world leading power efficiency

04/01/2014  SureCore Ltd has today announced that early testing of its innovative low power SRAM design confirms its simulations that deliver in excess of 50 percent power savings over other SRAM technologies.

MACOM announces IP licensing program for GaN-on-Si technology

04/01/2014  M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. this week announced an IP licensing program for Gallium Nitride (GaN) on Silicon technology.

Fabricating nanostructures with silk could make clean rooms green rooms

04/01/2014  Tufts University engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to generate nanostructures from silk in an environmentally friendly process that uses water as a developing agent and standard fabrication techniques.

Researchers improve performance of III-V nanowire solar cells on graphene

04/01/2014  Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have achieved new levels of performance for seed-free and substrate-free arrays of nanowires from class of materials called III-V (three-five) directly on graphene

University of Washington selects Altatech’s CVD system to develop new process materials

03/31/2014  Altatech, a subsidiary of Soitec, has received an order from the University of Washington in Seattle for an AltaCVD chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system whose unique combination of capabilities allows users to develop new process materials with high added value.

SEMATECH announces leadership changes

03/31/2014  SEMATECH, the global consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, announced today that Ronald Goldblatt, vice president of Technical Strategy and Operations, has been appointed by the board of directors as acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

InvenSense and Sonion announce MEMS microphone development alliance

03/28/2014  InvenSense, Inc. and Sonion today announced a strategic alliance in which the two parties will cooperate in the development of MEMS microphones and related technologies for use in a broad range of hearing applications.

Leti to demonstrate wireless high data rate Li-Fi prototype

03/27/2014  CEA-Leti will demonstrate its new prototype for wireless high data rate Li-Fi (light fidelity) transmission at Light + Building 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany, March 30-April 4. The technology employs the high-frequency modulation capabilities of light-emitting diode (LED) engines used in commercial lighting.

Silicon Valley specialty foundry Noel Technologies names Joe Medeiros Director of Reclaim

03/27/2014  Noel Technologies, a Silicon Valley specialty foundry offering process development and substrate fabrication, has added semiconductor industry veteran Joe Medeiros to its growing management staff.

IP interoperability in SoCs: Mix and match doesn’t always work

03/26/2014  More often than not, a design re-spin isn’t just a simple re-spin with a tweak here and a tweak there. The new design will probably have to comply with modified specifications that inevitably raise the bar for performance and power usage, and it will probably contain new IP that must be integrated.

Roll over flat panel displays

03/25/2014  Flexible displays is a technological field that has been in R&D and pre-commercial development for several years, but what needs to happen to make volume production a reality, in areas including substrates, materials and production processes? Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design discussed the issues with Mac McDaniel, Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Display Business Group, Applied Materials, Michael Ciesinski, MD of the Flextech Alliance, and Keri Goodwin, Principal Scientist from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), in the UK.

The Week in Review: March 21, 2014

03/21/2014  UC Berkley research in on-chip inductors; Equipment bookings and billings continue along a steady trend; SMIC CEO awarded SEMI Outstanding EHS Achievement Award; EVG opens HQ in China; ChaoLogix offers security for semi chips; Applied Materials named a World's Most Ethical Company



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Versatile Epoxy Compounds for Electronic Applications

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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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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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