NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


SEMI releases second quarter 2014 worldwide PV equipment market statistics report

09/18/2014  Worldwide billings increased to $319 million in Q2 2014, an increase of 33 percent from the prior quarter but 11 percent below the same quarter a year ago.

David Bell joins Triad Semiconductor's Board of Directors

09/17/2014  Triad Semiconductor, Inc. today announced that David B. Bell former President & CEO of Intersil and former President of Linear Technology Corporation was appointed to the company's board of directors.

Veeco Ion Beam Deposition technology reaches significant milestone to support EUV commercialization roadmap

09/17/2014  Veeco Instruments Inc. announced today that its new Odyssey Ion Beam Deposition (IBD) Upgrade for the NEXUS IBD-LDD System has repeatedly produced photomask blanks with zero deposition defects larger than 70nm.

ASML on EUV: Available at 10nm

09/17/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography systems will be available to pattern critical layers of semiconductors at the 10-nanometer process node, and EUV will completely take over from 193nm immersion lithography equipment at 7nm, according to Martin van den Brink, president and chief technology officer of ASML Holding.

Element Six selected by European Consortium as a partner to develop ultrafast pulse disk lasers

09/16/2014  Element Six today announced it has been selected by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development to help develop a new ultrafast pulse disk laser.

eBeam Initiative Survey indicates new eBeam expectations for photomask production

09/16/2014  Continued semiconductor scaling drives new mask design requirements; use of complex mask shapes predicted to increase

Design and Manufacturing Technology Development in Future IC Foundries

09/16/2014  Virtual Roundtable provides perspective on the need for greater integration within the “fabless-foundry” ecosystem.

Monolithic 3D breakthrough at IEEE S3S 2014

09/15/2014  In the upcoming 2014 IEEE S3S conference (October 6-9), MonolithIC 3D will unveil a breakthrough flow that is game-changing for 3D IC. For the first time ever monolithic 3D (“M3DI”) could be built using the existing fab and the existing transistor flow.

35 European start-ups showcased at SEMICON Europa’s Innovation Village

09/15/2014  35 major European start-ups will participate in the Innovation Village and present their new technologies at SEMICON Europa.

Kateeva receives $38 million in financing

09/15/2014  Kateeva announced that it has closed its Series D round with $38 million in financing. The newest participant is Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC).

Process Watch: Sampling matters

09/15/2014  Determining an optimum sampling strategy comes down to weighing the cost of process control against the benefit of capturing the defect or other excursion in a timely manner.

Foundry, EDA partnership eases move to advanced process nodes

09/15/2014  A leading semiconductor foundry and an EDA vendor with design-for-yield (DFY) solutions have enjoyed a long-term partnership. Recently, they worked together to leverage DFY technologies for process technology development and design flow enhancement.

Sapphire display covers featured in Apple smart watches but not in iPhone 6

09/11/2014  The long wait is finally over. From a sapphire industry standpoint, Apple killed the suspense within the first 10 minutes by announcing that its new 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus will both feature a traditional ion-exchange strengthened glass display cover.

Outlook: Healthy equipment spending into 2015

09/10/2014  The general consensus for the semiconductor industry is for this year’s positive trend to continue into 2015 as both revenue growth and unit shipment growth are expected to be in the mid- to high- single digit range.

Beautiful, brilliant people

09/10/2014  It would be difficult to overstate how critical the development of a workable, high volume manufacturing EUV lithography solution is to the semiconductor industry.

SEMI advocates for the industry in Washington

09/10/2014  With changes coming in Washington, SEMI has important work ahead supporting the innovators and job creators of this country.

The semiconductor industry: Out in front, but lagging behind

09/10/2014  Capital equipment suppliers must provide advanced analytical systems that leverage data generated by their tools to help their fab customers address the challenges of Big Data and advanced analytics.

Leti and LUCIOM focusing on high-data-rate bidirectional transceivers for enriched LiFi applications

09/10/2014  CEA-Leti and LUCIOM, which develops visible-light communication using light-emitting diodes (LEDs), have launched a project to develop high-data-rate LiFi transceivers.

Global shutter image sensors

09/09/2014  Different GS pixel architectures and technologies are presented and performances compared.

A fundamental truth of process control

09/09/2014  You can’t fix what you can’t find. You can’t control what you can’t measure.



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November 05, 2014 - November 07, 2014
2014 IEEE International Electron Device Meeting
San Francisco, CA
http://www.his.com/~iedm/
December 15, 2014 - December 17, 2014

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