NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Lighting accounted for one-quarter of all LED driver IC revenue in 2013

07/16/2014  One out of every four dollars spent worldwide on light-emitting diode (LED) drivers in 2013 was used for lighting applications, illustrating the growing importance of illumination in the LED business.

Power supply market to grow by $3.5B in four years

07/16/2014  The global market outlook for AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies is set for healthy expansion starting this year until at least 2018, with revenue during these four years projected to grow by $3.5 billion.

Capacitive touch controller IC market to grow at double-digit CAGR until 2017

07/16/2014  The capacitive touch controller IC market is predicted to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50 percent from $1.9 billion in 2013, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

Former NetLogic CEO and Broadcom executive, Ron Jankov, joins eASIC board of directors

07/16/2014  eASIC Corporation, a provider of Single Mask Adaptable ASIC devices, today announced the appointment of Ron Jankov to the company’s Board of Directors.

Renasas Electronics announces development of new capacitive-touch sensing technology

07/16/2014  Renesas Electronics America Inc., a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced development of innovative new intellectual property (IP) that implements capacitive-touch sensing technology ideal for home appliances and healthcare equipment.

TriQuint achieves GaN defense production milestones as part of the Defense Production Act Title III Program

07/16/2014  TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., an RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, announced that it has reached a defense production milestone, successfully completing the Defense Production Act Title III Gallium Nitride on Silicon Carbide Production Capacity program.

Teradyne elects Mercedes Johnson to board of directors

07/16/2014  Teradyne, Inc. announced the election of Mercedes Johnson to its Board of Directors. Ms. Johnson was also appointed to the Board’s Audit Committee.

Sustainability through Materials Recovery

07/16/2014  Recovering and reusing materials is becoming an increasingly essential consideration in order to ensure consistent quality, a stable supply of materials, and lower costs. On- and off-site options are reviewed for helium, argon, sulfuric acid and Xenon.

Entegris announces GateKeeper GPS platform

07/15/2014  Entegris, Inc., announced last week the launch of GateKeeper GPS, its next-generation of automated regeneration gas purification system (GPS) technology.

A nanosensor to identify vapors based on a Graphene/Silicon heterojunction Schottky diode

07/15/2014  Among other carbon-based nanomaterials, graphene represents a great promise for gas sensing applications.

Graphene grain boundaries reviewed

07/15/2014  Graphene has attracted overwhelming attention both for exploring fundamental science and for a wide range of technological applications.

Bruker introduces Inspire nanoscale chemical mapping system

07/15/2014  Bruker today announced the release of Inspire, the first integrated scanning probe microscopy (SPM) infrared system for 10-nanometer spatial resolution in chemical and materials property mapping.

Paradigm shift in semi equipment - Confirmed

07/15/2014  Technology node transitions slowing below 32nm.

2014 iTherm

07/10/2014  iTherm is the Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems. The 2014 iTherm was held concurrently with the ECTC in Orlando, FL. This year’s General Chair was Mehdi Basheghi of Stanford and program chair was Madhusudan of Google. Attendance this year was up 50% to ~ 400.

A cool approach to flexible electronics

07/10/2014  A nanoparticle ink that can be used for printing electronics without high-temperature annealing presents a possible profitable approach for manufacturing flexible electronics.

KLA-Tencor Evolves Inspection and Review Portfolio for 3D Future

07/10/2014  Systems detect and categorize defects that limit yield in advanced IC manufacturing.

How to Drive and Motivate Modern-Day Innovation

07/10/2014  Technology innovation isn’t slowing down. But its steady acceleration isn’t happening spontaneously, and Tuesday’s Silicon Innovation Forum keynote from Professor of Innovation Dr. Bob Metcalfe outline how he believes to effectively drive the complex cycle that is modern-day innovation.

Vacuum Technologies Needed for 3D Device Processing

07/10/2014  Complex effluent management of ALD and CVD processes using novel precursors

Development of Silicon Photonics Devices Discussed in Forum

07/09/2014  Six speakers discussed developments in designing and manufacturing silicon photonics devices in a TechXPOT North session on Wednesday morning.

The Connected Experience: A Manufacturer’s Dream?

07/09/2014  Imagine being able to not only track and address equipment degradation in real time, but also analyze patterns in your factories’ equipment and address potential issues before they even present a problem. It may sound too good to be true, but Microsoft’s Sanjay Ravi explained in Wednesday morning’s keynote that this innovation is becoming available now to manufacturers.



VIDEOS

RECOMMENDED TECHNOLOGY PAPERS

Parylene 101: Learn about the best protection for MEMS

This paper explains the basic history, processes, and applications of the ultimate conformal coating, parylene. Parylene has historically been used to protect printed circuit boards, LEDS, and medical devices from rugged environments and the human body, but now the pin-hole free coating is being used increasingly by the leaders in the MEMS market. With no known chemical that can harm the film, it is a perfect application for fuel tanks, water meters, or any product that must function in a hazardous environment. May 22, 2014
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Learn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, earn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, RCD can isolate a particular root cause in that segment. RCD, a statistical enhancement technology in Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution that is more likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. RCD does not require any additional data beyond what is required for layout-aware diagnosis. This means that RCD fits well into existing diagnosis flows. April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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WEBCASTS

Wet Processing

July 2014 (date and time TBD) Wet processing including wafer cleaning, is one of the most common yet most critical processing step, since it can have a huge impact on the success of the subsequent process step. Not only does it involve the removal of organic and metal contaminants, but it must leave the surface in a desired state (hydrophilic or hydrophobic, for example), with minimal roughness and minimal surface loss – all on a growing list of different types of materials. In this webcast, experts will identify industry challenges and possible solutions.

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450 Update

July 2014 (date and time TBD) The switch to 450mm will likely be the largest, most expensive retooling the semiconductor industry has ever experienced. Will you be ready? 450mm fabs, which will give an unbeatable competitive advantage to the largest semiconductor manufacturers, are likely to cost $10 billion and come on-line in 2017, with production ramp in 2018. Unprecedented technical challenges still need to be overcome, but work is well underway. This webcast will provide an update on the current status of activities, key milestones and schedules, and the status of 450mm research on processes and devices.

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Metrology

August 2014 (date and time TBD) Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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EVENTS

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

FINANCIALS

NEW COMMENTS


Top 10 LED manufacturers in 2011, and shifting regional dominance
Flexible glass firms branch into new applications
Gopal Rao at The ConFab: Scaling isn’t enough anymore

NEW PRODUCTS

Entegris announces GateKeeper GPS platform
07/15/2014Entegris, Inc., announced last week the launch of GateKeeper GPS, its next-generation of automated regeneration gas purification system (GPS) technology....
Bruker introduces Inspire nanoscale chemical mapping system
07/15/2014Bruker today announced the release of Inspire, the first integrated scanning probe microscopy (SPM) infrared system for 10-nanometer spatial...
MEMS wafer inspection system from Sonoscan
06/25/2014Sonoscan has announced its AW322 200 fully automated system for ultrasonic inspection of MEMS wafers....