Applications

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Reducing conducting thin film surface roughness for electronics

03/07/2017  In a significant advance, particularly within the microelectronics realm, University of Massachusetts Amherst engineers have established electrical surface treatment of conducting thin films as a physical processing method to reduce surface roughness.

Mentor Graphics Launches Unique Xpedition PCB Systems Vibration and Acceleration Simulation Solution

03/06/2017  Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced its new Xpedition® vibration and acceleration simulation product for printed circuit board (PCB) systems reliability and failure prediction.

Sweat patch mops up real-time performance monitor

03/06/2017  In 2016, the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC), a FlexTech-managed consortium focused on human performance monitoring technology, and funded in part by the Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL), contracted with a broad-based team of industry and academia researchers, to develop a wearable monitor based on sweat analysis.

New optical nanosensor improves brain mapping accuracy, opens way for more applications

03/03/2017  Potassium-sensitive fluorescence-imaging method shines light on chemical activity within the brain.

Semiconductor manufacturing's next big thing at ASMC 2017

03/02/2017  Manufacturers, suppliers and academia gather to understand the road ahead.

Global MEMS manufacturer selects ULVAC Technologies' plasma ashing system

03/01/2017  ULVAC Technologies, Inc. has been selected by a global MEMS inertial sensor manufacturer to deliver an ULVAC ENVIRO-1Xa advanced plasma ashing system for running critical low-temp descum processes and high-temp bulk photoresist strip processes.

Nano 'sandwich' offers unique properties

02/27/2017  Rice University researchers simulate two-dimensional hybrids for optoelectronics.

STMicroelectronics, DSP Group, and Sensory create keyword-smart microphone for voice-controlled devices

02/27/2017  Ultra-low power voice processing and MEMS microphone circuitry enables sound detection and keyword recognition in a miniaturized single package.

Picosun and Hitachi MECRALD Process

02/24/2017  ALD fab films at lower temperatures.

STMicroelectronics works with Sigfox to extend plug-and-play IoT security to industrial and consumer device makers

02/23/2017  STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced the expansion of its STSAFE family of secure elements with the introduction of a powerful plug-and-play solution that provides state-of-the-art security features to devices connected to the Sigfox low-power wide-area network (LPWAN).

Microhotplates for a smart gas sensor

02/22/2017  Toyohashi University of Technology researchers have developed microhotplates (MHPs), in which an SU-8 photoresist was employed as a supporting material. The MHP can moderate the requirement for the layout design and the process condition of integrated smart gas sensors.

Improved polymer and new assembly method for ultra-conformable 'electronic tattoo' devices

02/22/2017  Process uses household inkjet printer without soldering to create 750nm-thin elastomeric sheet.

Flemish government increases financial support of imec

02/21/2017  Today, the research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology imec, and the Flemish Government announced a new, 5-year strategic commitment that aims at strengthening the pioneering role of Flanders' renowned research hub.

SEMI appoints Ajit Manocha as president and CEO

02/21/2017  SEMI today announced the appointment of Ajit Manocha as its president and CEO.

Chips must learn how to feel pain and how to cure themselves

02/20/2017  Two specialists in the field explain how to make self-healing chips.

Avnet and IBM advance IoT solutions with joint development lab

02/16/2017  Avnet, Inc. today announced a collaboration with IBM to accelerate the time to market for IoT solutions.

Vital Control in Fab Materials Supply-Chains - Part 2

02/16/2017  Expert panel discussion at Critical Materials Council (CMC) Conference

Why are solid-state IC technologies changing the medical imaging market?

02/15/2017  In a US$35 billion medical imaging equipment market in 2016 with a 5.5% CAGR until 2022, solid-state IC players are clearly changing the medical imaging landscape by offering competitive disruptive technologies.

A new sensitive and stable self-powered photodetector

02/10/2017  Researchers in Singapore and China collaborate to create new photodetector based on GdNiO3/Nb-doped SrTiO3 p-n heterojunction.

imec, Holst, ROHM debut all digital phase-locked loop for IoT radios

02/08/2017  At the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco (US), imec, Holst Centre and ROHM today presented an all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) for Internet-of-Things (IoT) radio transceivers.




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Advanced Packaging

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Back-end packaging is increasingly important to semiconductor device form factor, thermal and power performance, and costs. Compounded by the demand for lead-free processing and the soaring cost of gold, the industry is developing new approaches to packaging, including redistribution layers (RDL), through silicon vias (TSV), copper pillars, wafer-level packaging (WLP) and copper wire bonding. Experts will discuss these and other approaches in this webcast.

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Materials

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Success in electronics manufacturing increasingly relies on the materials used in production and packaging. More than 50 different elements from the periodic table are now used in semiconductor manufacturing, and the list grows even longer when you consider the requirements of flexible/printed electronics, LEDs, compound semiconductors, power electronics, displays, MEMS and bioelectronics. 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 such as carbon nanotubes will play in the future.

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MEMS

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MEMS have quite different process and material requirements compared to mainstream microprocessor and memory types of devices. We 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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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



Wafer Handler Predictive Monitor and Equipment Verification, Excursion Detection, Defect Reduction & Tool Matching

Consistent equipment performance, avoiding unscheduled downtime, reducing defects and preventing excursions is key to reducing cost and improving die and line yield in semiconductor manufacturing. The fully automated InnerSense SmartWafer (SMW2) system addresses these key metrics. The SMW2 system is effectively being used as a predictive monitor for handler PM’s, a leading indicator for mechanical defects and can detect, predict and prevent most mechanical related excursions, including wafer damage that can lead to subsequent wafer breakage. The SMW2 system can further improve tool availability by improving post PM recovery and tool matching.January 24, 2017
Sponsored by InnerSense

What You Should Know About 802.11ax

The upcoming IEEE 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless (HEW) standard promises to deliver four times greater data throughput per user. It relies on multiuser technologies to make better use of the available Wi-Fi channels and serve more devices in dense user environments. Explore this technology introduction white paper to learn about the new applications of 802.11ax, the key technical innovations to the standard, and its test and measurement challenges. January 10, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

Electrically Conductive Adhesives Make the Right Connections

As electronic circuits become more complex, engineers are finding new ways to assemble and package them. Electrically conductive adhesives provide durable bonds with conductive paths to suit a variety of electronics applications. They can be engineered to combine bond strength and electrical conductivity with other service-critical properties.November 11, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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EVENTS



CMC Conference 2017
Dallas, TX
http://cmcfabs.org
May 11, 2017 - May 12, 2017
The ConFab 2017
San Diego, CA
http://www.theconfab.com
May 14, 2017 - May 17, 2017
ASMC 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY
http://www.semi.org/en/asmc2017
May 15, 2017 - May 18, 2017
Design Automation Conference 2017 (DAC)
Austin, TX
https://dac.com
June 18, 2017 - June 22, 2017

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