NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


Novel solid-state nanomaterial platform enables terahertz photonics

02/17/2015  cientists are pioneering the use of nanomaterials in compact, sensitive, fast, low-cost terahertz detectors with potential in applications such as biomedical diagnostics, airport security screening and high data-rate wireless communication

eBeam Initiative announces education and collaboration focus on reactivating density benefits of Moore's Law

02/17/2015  The eBeam Initiative, a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of new semiconductor manufacturing approaches based on electron beam (eBeam) technologies, today announced that its top theme for 2015 will be the reactivation of the density benefits of Moore's Law through eBeam technology.

Gigaphoton achieves continuous 140W EUV light source output at 50% duty cycle

02/17/2015  Further contributing to the realization of a mass production-quality LPP light source for EUV scanners

Security should not be hard to implement

02/17/2015  Data is ubiquitous today. It is generated, exchanged and consumed at unprecedented rates.

Ghent University and imec demonstrate interaction between light and sound in nanoscale waveguide

02/17/2015  Silicon photonics enables extreme light-matter interaction.

Extreme-temperature electronics

02/13/2015  Many industries are calling for electronics that can operate reliably in a harsh environment, including extreme temperatures above 200° Celsius.

Researchers glimpse distortions in atomic structure of materials

02/13/2015  Researchers from North Carolina State University are using a technique they developed to observe minute distortions in the atomic structure of complex materials, shedding light on what causes these distortions and opening the door to studies on how such atomic-scale variations can influence a material's properties.

Giga-scale challenges will dominate 2015

02/13/2015  It wasn’t all that long ago when nano-scale was the term the semiconductor industry used to describe small transistor sizes to indicate technological advancement.

Imec and Holst Centre to present key achievements at ISSCC 2015

02/12/2015  At this year’s International Solid State Circuits Conference to be held in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 22-26, imec and Holst Centre will present eight scientific papers covering groundbreaking results on ultra-low power design for wireless broadband communication, for wireless sensor networks, and organic electronics.

Silicon wafer shipments reach record levels in 2014

02/11/2015  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased 11 percent in 2014 when compared to 2013 area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMI wins semiconductor etch equipment export control ruling

02/11/2015  This week, after a four-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Commerce declared the export controls on certain etch equipment and technology ineffective, thereby removing a cumbersome and onerous impediment to efficient trade.

Amkor Technology names Susan Kim to Board of Directors

02/11/2015  Amkor Technology, Inc. today announced that Susan Y. Kim has been appointed as a new member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

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.





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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The use of imaging colorimeter systems and analytical software to assess display brightness and color uniformity, contrast, and to identify defects in FPDs is well established. A fundamental difference between imaging colorimetry and traditional machine vision is imaging colorimetry's accuracy in matching human visual perception for light and color uniformity. This white paper describes how imaging colorimetry can be used in a fully-automated testing system to identify and quantify defects in high-speed, high-volume production environments.February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Radiant Vision Systems

Epoxies and Glass Transition Temperature

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Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

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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.

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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.

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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

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