NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Finding the Achilles' heel of GaN-based LEDs in harsh radiation environments

12/08/2014  Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials.

Mentor Graphics Announces New Verification IP for PCIe 4.0

12/08/2014  Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the immediate availability of its new Mentor EZ-VIP PCI Express Verification IP, which reduces testbench assembly time for ASIC and FPGA design verification by a factor of up to 10X.

Silicon Image launches new subsidiary to focus on Internet of Everything services

12/04/2014  Silicon Image, a provider of multimedia connectivity solutions and services, announced that Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has made a $7 million strategic investment in Silicon Image’s new subsidiary, Qterics, for a 7% ownership interest.

ON Semiconductor adds new distribution partners to expand business in Japan and Asia-Pacific

12/04/2014  ON Semiconductor has announced new distribution channel partner agreements with two multi-national electronics trading franchises based in Japan. Ryosan Co., Ltd. and Macnica Inc. join the roster of ON Semiconductor channel sales partners to help expand domestic sales within Japan and work to drive sales growth in China and other Asia-Pacific geographies.

Imec and Holst Centre announce IC and open hardware development kit for personal health monitoring

12/04/2014  At next week’s mHealth Summit 2014, held Dec. 7-11 in Washington, D.C., nanoelectronics research center imec and Holst Centre will showcase at their booth a development kit based on an open hardware platform using a highly integrated multi-sensor data acquisition chip.

What to expect from the 3rd Edition of the European 3D TSV Summit

12/04/2014  Interview with SEMI Europe’s Yann Guillou gives attendees a preview of the event.

Global semiconductor sales increase in October; Substantial growth projected for 2014

12/03/2014  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of October 2014, an increase of 9.6 percent from the October 2013 total.

Wireless nanorod-nanotube film enables light stimulation of blind retina

12/03/2014  Breakthrough could lead to artificial retinas for visually impaired. Combining semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes, it could potentially form part of a future prosthetic device that replaces damaged retinal cells.

AXSEM and SIGFOX announce ‘ultra-low-power’ System-on-Chip solution

12/03/2014  AXSEM, a developer of lowest-power radio microcontrollers, and SIGFOX, a developer of cost-effective, energy-efficient Internet of Things connectivity, today announced that AXSEM’s system-on-chip (SoC) with an AX8052 microcontroller has been certified SIGFOX Ready for two-way connectivity.

Imec partners with Huawei on high-bandwidth optical data link technology

12/03/2014  Nanoelectronics research center imec and global ICT leader Huawei announced today that they have taken a further step in their strategic partnership focusing on optical data link technology.

SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium to focus on changing supply chain ecosystem and directions for growth

12/03/2014  Microelectronics industry executives will convene at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) on January 11-14 to discuss “Riding the Wave of Silicon Magic.”

Soitec announces new world record for solar cell efficiency at 46%

12/03/2014  The record multi-junction solar cell converts 46 % of the solar light into electrical energy.

Global TV shipments rebound, LCD growth significantly improves

12/02/2014  Third quarter (Q3) TV shipments improved 4 percent, compared to a year ago, and LCD TV shipments alone rose nearly 9 percent.

Semiconductor equipment sales forecast: $38B in 2014 to nearly $44B in 2015

12/02/2014  SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 19.3 percent to $38.0 billion in 2014, according to the SEMI Year-end Forecast, released today at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.

SEMICON Korea focuses on breaking through the limitations of semiconductor technology

12/01/2014  Over 500 exhibiting companies from 20 countries and more than 40,000 attendees are expected to attend SEMICON Korea 2015, to be held February 4-6 at COEX in Seoul.

TSV based memory going to volume production: the era of 3DIC finally begins

12/01/2014  With the recent Samsung announcement of mass production of 64 GB DDR4 DIMMs that use TSV technology for enterprise servers and cloud-based applications, all three of the major DRAM memory manufactures, Samsung, Hynix and Micron, have now announced the commercialization of TSV based memory architectures.

Cymer announces its new XLR 700ix DUV light source

12/01/2014  Cymer, LLC, an ASML company, a supplier of light sources used by chipmakers to pattern advanced semiconductor chips, today announced its new argon fluoride (ArF) immersion light source, the XLR 700ix.

EV Group establishes nanoimprint lithography competence center for photonic applications

12/01/2014  EV Group (EVG), a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that it has established the NILPhotonics Competence Center.

Van der Waals force re-measured

11/26/2014  Although the van der Waals force was discovered around 150 years ago, it is still difficult to quantify when predicting the behaviour of solids, liquids, and molecules.

Protons fuel graphene prospects

11/26/2014  Published in the journal Nature, the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons - hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons - to pass through.





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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Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

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The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

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WEBCASTS

Extending Moore's Law

January 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Will IC capability, affordability and diversity continue to grow on a Moore’s Law cadence? Will our ability to make ICs denser and transistors smaller and cheaper slow down any time soon? Intel's Yan Borodovsky will discuss multiple path ahead for the industry to continue Moore’s Law for years to come, from the lithographer's perspective.

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How the IoT is Driving Semiconductor Technology

January 2015 (Date and time TBD)

The age of the Internet of Things is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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FinFETs

February 2015 (Date and time TBD)

FinFETs provide better performance than planar transistor architectures, but the entire 3D structure requires strict process control, including fin and gate dimensions, profiles and roughness, and metal gate undercuts. As more advanced node semiconductors enter production, the application of HKMG will be key to yield and cost improvement. Advanced wafer fab tools are needed for HKMG, such as ALD.

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EVENTS

International Strategy Symposium 2015
Half Moon Bay, CA
http://www.semi.org/en/node/35136
January 11, 2015 - January 14, 2015
European 3D TSV Summit
Grenoble, France
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8566
January 19, 2015 - January 21, 2015
SEMICON Korea 2015
Seoul, Korea
http://www.semiconkorea.org/en/
February 04, 2015 - February 06, 2015
LithoVision 2015
San Jose, California United States
https://www.nikonprecision.com/lithovision/
February 22, 2015 - February 22, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015

FINANCIALS

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The most expensive defect
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