NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Cavendish Kinetics adopts STATS ChipPAC's wafer level technology for its SmarTune RF MEMS tuners

04/07/2015  STATS ChipPAC Ltd. announced that Cavendish Kinetics, a provider of high performance RF MEMS tuning solutions for LTE smartphones and wearable devices, has adopted its advanced wafer level packaging technology

Standing Egg chooses MIPS CPUs for sensor hubs targeting mobile, IoT, wearables and automotive

04/07/2015  Imagination Technologies announces that South Korea based MEMS sensor development company Standing Egg has licensed Imagination's MIPS Warrior M-class CPU for use in its next-generation sensor hubs targeting an expanding range of products including mobile devices, IoT, wearables, and automotive.

Flexible facilities for 450mm wafer fabs

04/07/2015  When the commercial semiconductor manufacturing industry decides to move to the next wafer size of 450mm, it will be time to re-consider equipment and facilities strategies.

Better sensors for medical imaging, contraband detection

04/07/2015  MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors.

Web tension control in roll-to-roll web processing

04/07/2015  Achieving precise registration accuracy is a factor of two related variables: web tension and transport velocity.

Future electronics based on carbon nanotubes

04/07/2015  The exceptional properties of tiny molecular cylinders known as carbon nanotubes have tantalized researchers for years because of the possibility they could serve as a successors to silicon in laying the logic for smaller, faster and cheaper electronic devices.

SEMI reports 2014 global semiconductor materials sales of $44.3B

04/07/2015  The global semiconductor materials market increased 3 percent in 2014 compared to 2013 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 10 percent.

TSMC certifies Synopsys design tools for 16nm finFET plus production and for 10nm early design starts

04/06/2015  This certification enables mutual customers to deploy tools in Synopsys' Galaxy Design Platform for 16nm production designs and 10nm early engagements.

AWSC purchases ClassOne’s Solstice S8 electroplater

04/03/2015  Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology announced the sale and delivery of its Solstice S8 Plating System to Advanced Wireless Semiconductor Company (AWSC) of Taiwan.

C3Nano Inc. and Kimoto Ltd. Japan partner in a strategic alliance

04/02/2015  C3Nano, Inc., a developer and supplier of solution-based, transparent conductive inks and films announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Kimoto, Ltd. Japan.

Consider packaging requirements at the beginning, not the end, of the design cycle

04/02/2015  Consider these eight issues where the packaging team should be closely involved with the circuit design team.

Southeast Asia to spend $19B for semiconductor equipment and materials by 2016

04/02/2015  Programme information is now available on the inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, which will run from 22–24 April at SPICE in Penang.

Imaging tomorrow’s components, acoustically

04/02/2015  Packages are changing. Acoustic methods provide a way to image and analyze them.

Advanced analytics for yield improvement and zero defect in semiconductors

04/02/2015  Machine learning based advanced analytics for anomaly detection offers powerful techniques that can be used to achieve breakthroughs in yield and field defect rates.

Supplier Hub answers the needs of a changing semiconductor industry

04/02/2015  Supplier Hub answers the needs of a changing semiconductor industry.

Light-powered gyroscope is world's smallest

04/01/2015  A pair of light waves - one zipping clockwise the other counterclockwise around a microscopic track - may hold the key to creating the world's smallest gyroscope: one a fraction of the width of a human hair.

Pibond introduces a new product line for logic, memory, power and MEMS devices

04/01/2015  Targeting 10nm node semiconductor processing, 3D NAND, power ICs as well as MEMS applications, this technology enables advanced device manufacturing through reduced cost of ownership (COO) and simplified processing.

NXP-Freescale fusion creates automotive semiconductor powerhouse, IHS Says

03/31/2015  The merged company would become the leading supplier of semiconductors to the automotive market, with at least $1 billion more revenue than the next-largest supplier, Renesas.

Roll up your screen and stow it away?

03/31/2015  Tel Aviv University researchers develop molecular backbone of super-slim, bendable digital displays.

Imec and sureCore collaborate on SRAM Design IP

03/31/2015  sureCore Ltd., the low power SRAM IP company and nanoelectronics R&D center imec today announced that they are collaborating on low-power SRAM IP.





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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WEBCASTS

Trends in Materials: The Smartphone Driver

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

To understand 3-D FinFET doping and high mobility channel material, this talk will first review the current doping and Fin/channel mobility enhancement techniques used for 22nm FinFET production by Intel for both high performance logic and SOC devices and the changes they made for their 2nd generation 14nm FinFET.

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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.

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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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EVENTS

ASMC 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2015
May 03, 2015 - May 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015
65th Annual ECTC
San Diego, CA
http://www.ectc.net
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015
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

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