NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


European 3D TSV Summit 2015: What business for 3D smart systems?

01/06/2015  SEMI Europe will ring in the New Year by holding the first major, international 3D TSV event of 2015. On January 19-21, members of the 3D TSV industry will convene in Grenoble, France for the 3rd edition of the European 3D TSV Summit.

InvenSense to ship over 1B MEMS sensors worldwide

01/06/2015  InvenSense, Inc., a provider of intelligent sensor solutions, announced that since starting shipment of MEMS-based sensors in late 2006, it will reach 1 billion devices shipped in Q1 of calendar 2015.

UCT announces new CEO

01/05/2015  Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. today announced that Mr. James Scholhamer has accepted an offer to become UCT's Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, January 19, 2015.

HLMC develops specialty technology in pursuit of growing IoT market

01/05/2015  Chinese IC manufacturer Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation gave a presentation on its outlook for the Internet of Things (IoT) market and the wide application of its specialty technology at the 2014 China Semiconductor Industry Association IC Design Branch Annual Conference ("ICCAD"), which was recently held at Hong Kong Science Park.

MEMSensing launches the world's smallest commercial 3-axis accelerometer with SMIC

01/05/2015  MEMSensing Microsystems Co. and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation jointly announced the launch of the world's smallest 3-axis accelerometer MSA330, which utilizes SMIC's CMOS integrated MEMS device fabrication and TSV-based wafer level packaging technologies.

Global semiconductor sales in November outpace 2013 totals

01/05/2015  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7 billion for the month of November 2014.

Solid Doping for Bulk FinFETs

01/05/2015  In another example of the old one-liner that “all that is old is new again,” the old technique of solid-source doping is being used by Intel for a critical process step in so-called “14nm node” finFET manufacturing.

A new hardmask process, Saphira

12/23/2014  A new hardmask material and process was introduced this month by Applied Materials. Designed for advanced logic and memories, including DRAM and vertical NAND, the hardmask is transparent, which simplifies processing.

A little more patience required for 2.5/3D

12/23/2014  There is an old proverb that states “All things Come to Those Who Wait.” I personally am not the waiting type wanting to get things done ASAP but most civilizations look at patience as a virtue.

The ConFab 2015: Time for collaboration

12/23/2014  The future of the semiconductor industry continues to shine brightly.

LED chipset demand growth primarily led by LED lighting industry

12/23/2014  The demand for LED chipsets, primarily for the LED lighting market, is forecast to increase substantially through 2018.

Delivering new liquid metalorganic precursors to epi and CVD

12/23/2014  The case is made for delivering liquid precursors from a central delivery system to the epi/dep tool as a vapor of precisely-controlled composition.

Hands on: Crafting ultrathin color coatings

12/22/2014  In Harvard's high-tech cleanroom, applied physicists produce vivid optical effects on paper.

Piezoelectricity in a 2-D semiconductor

12/22/2014  Berkeley Lab researchers discovery of piezoelectricty in molybdenum disulfide holds promise for future MEMS.

Eliminating electrostatic discharge: Protecting tomorrow's technology

12/22/2014  A new range of dissipative materials based on fluoroelastomer and perfluoroelastomer polymers is designed for wafer processing and wafer handling applications.

IoT's divergent needs will drive different types of technologies

12/19/2014  Given the current buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT), it is easy to lose sight of the challenges – both economic and technical.

LED manufacturing with NMP-free resist stripping

12/19/2014  The use of a semi-aqueous organic film stripper and residue remover that does not contain N-Methyl-2 pyrrolidone (NMP) is compared with current NMP-based chemistry.

The most expensive defect

12/18/2014  Defects that aren’t detected inline cost fabs the most.

From transistors to bumps: Preparing SEM cross-sections by combining site-specific cleaving and broad ion milling

12/18/2014  Cross section sample preparation is demonstrated using a workflow that combines High Accuracy Cleaving I(HAC) and Broad Ion Beam (BIB) milling.

Book-to-bill climbs above parity in November

12/18/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.22 billion in orders worldwide in November 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.02, according to the November EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.





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

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.

Sponsored By:

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.

Sponsored By:
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EVENTS

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
SEMICON West 2015
San Francisco, CA
http://www.semiconwest.org
July 14, 2015 - July 16, 2015

FINANCIALS

NEW COMMENTS


A*STAR and industry partners form S$200M semiconductor R&D joint labs
Zinc oxide materials tapped for tiny energy harvesting devices
Zinc oxide materials tapped for tiny energy harvesting devices

NEW PRODUCTS

Ultratech Cambridge NanoTech introduces the Savannah G2 ALD system
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Dynaloy unveils safer cleaners
11/19/2014In response to evolving industry trends and customer preferences for products with better environmental, health, and safety (EHS) profiles, Dynaloy LLC is launching three...
Entegris' VaporSorb filter line protects advanced yield production
10/21/2014Entegris, Inc. today announced a new product for its VaporSorb line of airborne molecular contamination (AMC) filters. ...