NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


imec and Lam Research develop novel metallization method

05/19/2015  During the IEEE IITC conference in Grenoble, the nanoelectronics research center imec and Lam Research Corporation today presented a novel bottom-up prefill technique for vias and contacts.

First quarter silicon wafer shipments reach record levels

05/19/2015  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the first quarter 2015 when compared to fourth quarter 2014 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Applied Materials' breakthrough patterning hard mask enables copper interconnect scaling

05/19/2015  Applied Materials, Inc. today announced its Applied Endura Cirrus HTX PVD system with breakthrough technology for patterning copper interconnects at 10nm and beyond.

Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations

05/15/2015  Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation.

Silicon Storage Technology, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announce qualification of automotive grade 55nm embedded flash tech

05/15/2015  Microchip Technology Inc. and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the full qualification and availability of SST's 55nm embedded SuperFlash non-volatile memory (NVM) on GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 55nm Low Power Extended (LPx)/ RF enabled platform.

SEMICON West 2015 focuses on the most critical issues in semiconductor manufacturing

05/15/2015  SEMI today announced the SEMICON West 2015 technical and business program agenda tackling the most important issues facing the future of semiconductor manufacturing.

Janusz Bryzek joins MEMS Industry Group to lead new TSensors division

05/14/2015  MEMS Industry Group (MIG), the trade association advancing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors across global markets, today announced the creation of a new TSensors division headed by TSensors Summit, Inc.

Process Watch: Time is the enemy of profitability

05/14/2015  There are three main phases to semiconductor manufacturing: research and development (R&D), ramp, and high volume manufacturing (HVM). All of them are expensive and time is a critical element in all three phases.

Danaher to buy Pall in $13.8B deal

05/14/2015  Danaher Corporation announced that it will acquire Pall Corporation for $13.8 billion. Once the transaction is completed, the merged company plans to split into two publicly traded corporations.

Freescale speeds the creation of sensor applications for a secure IoT

05/14/2015  Freescale Semiconductor today introduced its Intelligent Sensing Framework (ISF) 2.1, which now includes integration with Freescale’s Processor Expert tool to help create, configure, and generate embedded sensor-based applications for Freescale microcontrollers (MCUs).

Cambridge Nanotherm appoints Howard Ford as chairman

05/14/2015  Cambridge Nanotherm today announced that Howard Ford has joined the board as chairman.

SRC names former Freescale CTO Ken Hansen as new president and CEO

05/14/2015  Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) announced today that Ken Hansen has been appointed SRC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 1.

Moore's Law to keep on 28nm

05/13/2015  Scaling is now bifurcating - some scaling on with 28/22nm, while other push below 14nm.

Solid State Watch: May 1-8, 2015

05/12/2015  First quarter semiconductor sales up 6% compared to last year; New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead; Microchip and GlobalFoundries announce new 55nm embedded NVM; ASE and TDK announce plans for joint venture agreement

Intel, eASIC collaborate on customized Intel-based solutions for the cloud

05/12/2015  Intel Corporation today announced plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the "cloud."

Samsung announces ARTIK platform to accelerate Internet of Things development

05/12/2015  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the Samsung ARTIK platform to allow faster, simpler development of new enterprise, industrial and consumer applications for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Micron Technology names Ernie Maddock as Chief Financial Officer

05/12/2015  Micron Technology, Inc. this week announced that the company has appointed Ernie Maddock as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, effective June 1, 2015.

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting announces 2015 Call for Papers

05/12/2015  The paper submission deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015 at 23:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

JSR and imec partner to enable next generation EUV lithography resist solutions

05/12/2015  JSR Corporation, a materials company and imec, a nanoelectronics R&D center, today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to partner in enabling manufacturing and quality control of EUV lithography materials for the semiconductor industry.

New device could greatly improve speech and image recognition

05/12/2015  Researchers have demonstrated pattern recognition using a magnonic holographic memory device.





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

VIDEOS

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Silicones Meet the Needs of the Electronics Industry

Remarkable silicones. The combination of their unique ability to maintain physical properties across a wide range of temperature, humidity, and frequency--combined with their flexibility--set them apart. Silicone based adhesives, sealants, potting and encapsulation compounds are used in hundreds of consumer, business, medical, and military electronic systems. In this white paper, learn what makes silicones different from other organic polymers, why their properties remain stable across different temperatures, and how they have played a major role in the rapid innovation of the electronics industry.May 12, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

For smaller projects or companies with modest design budgets, ASIC design is becoming a viable option due to low cost design tools and easy access to flexible, mature IC processes. This is especially compelling for developing mixed-signal ASICs for cost-sensitive sensor applications for the Internet of things (IoT). This paper discusses how costs and risks can be reduced using multi-project wafer services, coupled with affordable design tools for developing mixed-signal ASICs. April 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

High-Performance Analog and RF Circuit Simulation

The research group led by Professor Peter Kinget at the Columbia University Integrated Systems Laboratory (CISL) focuses on cutting edge analog and RF circuit design using digital nanoscale CMOS processes. Key challenges in the design of these circuits include block-level characterization and full-circuit verification. This paper highlights these verification challenges by discussing the results of a 2.2 GHz PLL LC-VCO, a 12-bit pipeline ADC, and an ultra-wideband transceiver.March 13, 2015
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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WEBCASTS

Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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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Interconnects

June 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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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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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EVENTS

SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
Design Automation Conference (DAC)
San Francisco, CA
https://dac.com
June 07, 2015 - June 11, 2015
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

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