NEWS ANALYSIS & FEATURES


TI strengthens analog marketshare; Skyworks gains from Apple's favor

05/11/2015  Top 10 suppliers accounted for 57% of analog sales in 2014; 9 of 10 top suppliers with analog sales greater than $1.0 billion.

ASE and TDK announce plans for joint venture agreement

05/08/2015  Driving towards market leadership in setting the industry standard for semiconductor miniaturization in portable and wearable consumer devices.

Channeling valleytronics in graphene

05/07/2015  To the list of potential applications of graphene - a two-dimensional semiconductor of pure carbon that is stronger and much faster than silicon - we can now add valleytronics.

Microchip Technology to acquire Micrel

05/07/2015  Microchip Technology Incorporated, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Micrel, Incorporated today announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Micrel.

MEMS industry influencers to present at SEMI European MEMS Summit

05/07/2015  SEMI has announced that executives from MEMS giants Bosch and STMicroelectronics, MEMS largest fabless Invensense and dominating IC foundry TSMC will be delivering the keynote talks at the European MEMS Summit.

New approaches to small problems

05/07/2015  The market expectations of modern electronics technology are changing the landscape in terms of performance and, in particular, power consumption, and new innovations are putting unprecedented demands on semiconductor devices.

Visualizing formation in BEOL

05/07/2015  New tests show in real-time that cracks can run on top of and through metal layers.

Understanding the structural and optical properties of silicon nitride

05/07/2015  Using first-principles calculations, the electronic structures and optical properties that arise on doping-atom-containing silicon nitride systems are reported as a function of dielectric constant, reflectivity, absorption and loss spectra.

Enhanced thermal management solutions for RF power amplifiers

05/06/2015  Synthetic diamond heat spreaders and GaN-on-Diamond wafers have emerged as a leading thermal- management technology for RF Power Amplifiers.

New JEOL e-beam lithography system to enhance Quantum NanoFab capabilities

05/06/2015  A JEOL e-beam lithography system will soon be a new resource for quantum information science researchers that utilize the cutting-edge facilities at the University of Waterloo Quantum NanoFab in Waterloo, Ontario.

ITRS 2.0: Heterogeneous integration

05/06/2015  Interconnecting transistors and other components in the IC, in the package, on the printed circuit board and at the system and global network level, are where the future limitations in performance, power, latency and cost reside.

Co-design of chips, packages and boards

05/06/2015  A new product from Mentor Graphics called Xpedition® Package Integrator provides a new methodology and platform in addition to a new suite of EDA tools.

Quantum dots are finally ready for prime time

05/05/2015  Quantum dots are finally ready for prime time and will exceed traditional phosphor revenue by 2020 by allowing LCD to compete with OLED in the race for the next display generation.

Silicon Storage Technology, GLOBALFOUNDRIES announce qualification of automotive grade 55nm flash memory tech

05/05/2015  Microchip Technology Inc., through its Silicon Storage Technology subsidiary, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the full qualification and availability of SST’s 55nm embedded SuperFlash non-volatile memory on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 55nm Low Power Extended (LPx)/ RF enabled platform.

"Microcombing" creates stronger, more conductive carbon nanotube films

05/05/2015  Researchers from North Carolina State University and China's Suzhou Institute of Nano-Science and Nano-Biotics have developed an inexpensive technique called "microcombing" to align carbon nanotubes.

Defects in atomically thin semiconductor emit single photons

05/05/2015  Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that defects on an atomically thin semiconductor can produce light-emitting quantum dots.

Improving organic transistors that drive flexible and conformable electronics

05/05/2015  A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors, but not enough is known about how bending in these new thin-film electronic devices will affect their performance.

MagnaChip announces management changes

05/04/2015  MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, today announced that Tae Young Hwang has resigned as the Company's Chief Operating Officer and President and from all other officer and director positions.

New study suggests that rapid innovation in semiconductors provides hope for better economic times ahead

05/04/2015  A new study coauthored by Wellesley economist, Professor Daniel E. Sichel, reveals that innovation in an important technology sector is happening faster than experts had previously thought, creating a backdrop for better economic times ahead.

SEMATECH and Exogenesis form strategic alliance to commercialize accelerated neutral atom beam tech

05/04/2015  SEMATECH and Exogenesis Corp. have agreed to a strategic alliance to commercialize Exogenesis' Accelerated Neutral Atom Beam (ANAB) technology and their nAcceltm accelerated particle beam equipment platform.





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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ASIC Design Made Cost Effective with Low Cost Tools and Masks

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WEBCASTS

Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Thursday May 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST

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Interconnects

June 2015 (Date and time TBD)

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Understanding Defects

July 2015 (Date and time TBD)

Yield improvement and production engineers working on today's ICs encounter many challenges as defects affecting device operation go undetected by traditional in-line techniques. Electrical Failure Analysis (EFA) is a suite of techniques that helps the modern day fab increase yields by isolating faults to areas small enough for Physical Failure Analysis (PFA). In this Webinar, we showcase a few of the proven EFA fault isolation techniques and describe how EFA helps to characterize the underlying defects.

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EVENTS

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
SPIE Optics and Photonics
San Diego, CA
http://spie.org/x30491.xml
August 09, 2015 - August 13, 2015
European MEMS Summit
Milan, Italy
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8871
September 17, 2015 - September 18, 2015
SPIE Photomask Technology 2015
Monterey, CA
http://spie.org/x6323.xml
September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015

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