NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Improving the reliability of dry vacuum pumps in high-k ALD processes

02/10/2015  Design features that contributed most to the improved performance include increased rotational speed, integrated rotor sleeves, and increased purge injection temperature.

Processing of graphene on 300mm Si wafers in a state-of-the-art CMOS fabrication facility

02/10/2015  The building blocks are described that can be used to fabricate other novel device architectures that can take advantage of the unique properties of graphene or other interesting single-layer (i.e., 2D) materials.

Strategy is key differentiator as more efficient GaN, SiC power electronics enter market

02/10/2015  Power electronics based on gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC) have the potential to significantly improve efficiency. But since these materials are higher-cost, companies need market-specific strategies in order to succeed as these new wide-bandgap (WBG) materials claim market share from silicon-based semiconductors, according to Lux Research.

Precision growth of light-emitting nanowires

02/10/2015  A novel approach to growing nanowires promises a new means of control over their light-emitting and electronic properties.

Mentor Graphics launches broadest embedded systems solution for industrial automation

02/09/2015  Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced the embedded systems industry's broadest portfolio for industrial automation.

Qualcomm and China's National Development and Reform Commission reach resolution

02/09/2015  Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that it has reached a resolution with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) regarding the NDRC's investigation of Qualcomm under China's Anti-Monopoly Law.

Spansion and XMC expand partnership to jointly develop 3D NAND

02/09/2015  Spansion Inc. and XMC, China's fastest growing 300mm semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies will work together to develop and manufacture 3D NAND technology.

One-atom-thin silicon transistors hold promise for super-fast computing

02/09/2015  Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering have created the first transistors made of silicene, the world's thinnest silicon material.

Breakthrough may lead to industrial production of graphene devices

02/09/2015  With properties that promise faster computers, better sensors and much more, graphene has been dubbed the 'miracle material'. But progress in producing it on an industrial scale without compromising its properties has proved elusive.

Marktech Optoelectronics metal can packages incorporate Cree LED die

02/09/2015  Marktech Optoelectronics, a supplier of visible and infrared LED products, introduces its latest series of high reliability metal can packages, which incorporate Cree’s LED die.

More than an alternative technology, UV LED technology finds its path

02/06/2015  Now established in UV curing, UV LED technology will find growth opportunities in disinfection and purification and new applications by 2017/2018.

Cambridge Nanotherm appoints Ewald Braith as Non-Exec Director

02/06/2015  Cambridge Nanotherm today announced that Ewald Braith has joined the board as a Non-Exec Director.

Quantum Materials begins shipping cadmium-free red and green quantum dots

02/05/2015  Rapidly growing North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp today announced it has begun shipping Cadmium-free red and green quantum dots in evaluation and production quantities to select consumer electronics manufacturers.

Sapphire industry: What we could expect after Apple’s withdrawal last September

02/05/2015  The announcement by GTAT and Apple in late 2013 of a more than $1 billion combined investment to set up the largest sapphire crystal growth facility in the world had raised hopes that adoption of sapphire in smartphones would rapidly reach a massive scale, with Apple setting up the pace and forcing its competitor to follow suit.

ROHM Semiconductor announces monolithic EDLC cell balancing IC

02/05/2015  ROHM recently announced the development of a cell balancing IC that contributes to increased miniaturization, greater stability, and longer life for EDLCs.

Fairchild simplifies dimmable LED lighting design

02/04/2015  Fairchild, a global supplier of high-performance power semiconductor solutions, today announced the FL7734 Phase-Cut Dimmable Single- Stage LED Driver.

Imec introduces new snapshot hyperspectral image sensors with mosaic filter architecture

02/04/2015  At next week’s SPIE Photonics West 2015, imec will present a new set of snapshot hyperspectral CMOS image sensors featuring spectral filter structures in a mosaic layout, processed per-pixel on 4x4 and 5x5 ‘Bayer-like’ arrays.

SEMICON Show Highlights Chip Manufacturing in South Korea

02/04/2015  The SEMICON Korea conference and exhibition opens Wednesday in Seoul for a three-day run. The show highlights the importance of semiconductor manufacturing in South Korea, home to two of the biggest memory chip makers in the world, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix.

Fabrication of patterns with linewidths down to 1.5nm

02/03/2015  Researchers at aBeam Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory have developed a technology to fabricate test patterns with a minimum linewidth down to 1.5nm.

The CMOS image sensors industry is about to change, with major investment in manufacturing & design

02/03/2015  Driven by mobile and automotive applications, the CIS industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.6 percent from 2014 – 2020.





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

RECOMMENDED TECHNOLOGY PAPERS

Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

Gain a better understanding about glass transition temperature (Tg) and why it is one of many factors to consider for bonding, sealing, coating and encapsulation applications. In this paper, we explore how temperature impacts the performance of polymers, why glass transition temperature is significant, and how it is measured. Tg can be an extremely useful yardstick for determining the reliability of epoxies as it pertains to temperature.January 09, 2015
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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.,

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WEBCASTS

3D Integration

March 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Die stacking enables better chip performance in a small form factor, meeting the needs of smartphones, tablets, and other advanced devices. Through-silicon vias are moving into volume packaging production, but problems with reliability, cost, and scaling remain. The supply chain also must adjust to this “mid” step between front- and back-end chip production. This webcast will explore the wafer thinning, bonding, TSV formation and other critical process steps necessary to enable 3D integration.

Sponsored By:

Materials

April 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. In this webcast, experts will focus on changing material requirements, the evolving material supply chain, recent advances in process and packaging materials and substrates, and the role new materials will play in the future.

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MEMS

May 2015 (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.

Sponsored By:
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EVENTS

The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
SID Display Week 2015
San Jose, California
http://www.displayweek.org
May 31, 2015 - June 05, 2015
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015

FINANCIALS

NEW COMMENTS


Applied's merger with TEL: Still a work in progress
Thermal performance of 3DICs
Smartphone display manufacturers facing pressure to further reduce prices in 2015

NEW PRODUCTS

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Entegris launches Dispense System optimized for 3D and MEMS applications
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