NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology

09/02/2014  Electronic circuits are based on electrons, but one of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons.

Engineers develop new sensor to detect tiny individual nanoparticles

09/02/2014  A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lan Yang, PhD, the Das Family Career Development Associate Professor in Electrical & Systems Engineering, and their collaborators at Tsinghua University in China have developed a new sensor that can detect and count nanoparticles, at sizes as small as 10 nanometers, one at a time.

IDC lowers tablet projections for 2014 as demand in mature markets levels off

09/02/2014  Following a second consecutive quarter of softer than expected demand, International Data Corporation (IDC) has lowered its worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast for 2014 to 233.1 million units.

TowerJazz and Triune Systems announce Neo-Iso Products ramping to mass production

09/02/2014  TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry, and Triune Systems LLC, a mixed signal and power management IC provider, today announced that Triune has developed a proprietary isolated power and data technology using the TowerJazz TS18PM process on its 0.18um based power management platform.

SUNY CSNE to use yield management software from Rudolph Technologies

09/02/2014  Rudolph Technologies, Inc. announced today that the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), Albany, NY, has selected its Discover Enterprise Yield Management Software (YMS) to provide an integrated data warehouse and analytics system for the Global 450 Consortium (G450C) equipment development program.

MEI Wet Processing Systems reveals performance data for new critical etch system

09/02/2014  MEI Wet Processing Systems and Services revealed performance data today on its newly released Cu & TiW Critical Etch System for compound semiconductor manufacturing.

Semiconductor and circuit manufacturing: one of the top export industries in the United States

09/02/2014  Although operators will continue to face strong international competition, new opportunities in next-generation semiconductors and electronic inputs will encourage operators to invest in product development.

Intel Announces “New Interconnect” for 14nm

09/02/2014  Intel has just announced that “Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB”) packaging technology will be available to 14nm foundry customers.

Lithography: What are the alternatives to EUV?

09/01/2014  Hopes remain high for EUV, but long delays has caused attention to shift to various alternatives.

Controlling warpage in advanced packaging

09/01/2014  As we continue to miniaturize, warpage remains the main problem encountered in all areas of advanced packaging.

The significance of IBM's EUV benchmark

09/01/2014  IBM’s NXE3300B scanner, at the EUV Center of Excellence in Albany, recently completed a “40W” EUV light source upgrade.

The Week in Review: August 29, 2014

08/29/2014  Intel releases new packaging technologies; Fairchild Semiconductor to close two facilities; KLA-Tencor introduces new metrology tools; UMC joins Fujitsu's new foundry company; Thinnest-possible semiconductor; SEMI announces keynotes for Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit

UMC joins Fujitsu's new foundry company

08/29/2014  United Microelectronics Corporation and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited today announced an agreement for UMC to become a minority shareholder of a newly formed subsidiary of Fujitsu Semiconductor that will include its 300mm wafer manufacturing facility located in Kuwana, Mie, Japan.

Copper shines as flexible conductor

08/29/2014  Bend them, stretch them, twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have extraordinary technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic paper.

A new, tunable device for spintronics

08/29/2014  An international team of scientists including physicist Jairo Sinova from the University of Mainz realises a tunable spin-charge converter made of GaAs.

Lithography: What are the alternatives to EUV?

08/28/2014  Hopes remain high for EUV, but long delays has caused attention to shift to various alternatives.

Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit —keynotes and highlights announced

08/28/2014  SEMI today announced the keynotes for the 2nd Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit(September 16-17), an executive conference focused on Vietnam’'s growing role in the global semiconductor industry.

MEMS Industry Group hosts 10th annual MEMS Executive Congress US

08/28/2014  MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will host MEMS Executive Congress US 2014, an annual business conference and networking event for the MEMS and sensors industry, November 5-7, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Seoul Semiconductor launches smart lighting Acrich LED Light Engine

08/28/2014  Seoul Semiconductor announced the release of a new LED light engine with Acrich 3 technology.

The industry's first foundry business for MEMS utilizing thin-film piezoelectric elements

08/28/2014  ROHM has recently established a process for MEMS utilizing thin-film piezoelectric elements, and implemented the industry's first foundry business that integrates product design and manufacturing processes, from wafer pulling to mounting, in order to meet a variety of customer needs.



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APC (Advanced Process Control) Conference XXVI 2014
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.apcconference.com/
September 29, 2014 - October 01, 2014
Strategic Materials Conference
Santa Clara, CA
http://www.semi.org/node/41386
September 30, 2014 - October 01, 2014
SEMICON Europa
Grenoble, France
http://www.semiconeuropa.org
October 07, 2014 - October 09, 2014
MEMS Executive Congress US 2014
Scottsdale, AZ
http://us2014.memscongress.com
November 05, 2014 - November 07, 2014

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