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Apple and Samsung drive adoption of next-generation sensors

11/03/2014  Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology.

Solar glass price plunge to cease as trade sanctions take effect

11/03/2014  After falling by about 50 percent from 2009 through 2014, pricing for solar glass is set to commence a rebound starting next year, as anti-dumping duties levied by the European Union go into effect on Chinese suppliers.

Experts at the Table: Focus on Semiconductor Materials

11/03/2014  The cutting edge in semiconductor manufacturing has meant not only big changes in IC design and process technology, but also in semiconductor materials. Experts weigh in from Linde Electronics; Kate Wilson of Edwards Vacuum; David Thompson of Applied Materials; and Ed Shober of Air Products and Chemicals.

Air-gaps in Copper Interconnects for Logic

10/31/2014  Intel’s “14nm-node” process uses air-gaps in dielectrics; direction disclosed four years ago.

MegaChips to acquire SiTime for $200M

10/29/2014  SiTime Corporation, a MEMS and analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which MegaChips Corporation, a top 25 fabless semiconductor company based in Japan, will acquire SiTime for $200 million in cash.

STMicroelectronics tops five billion MEMS sensors shipped

10/23/2014  Beyond gaming systems, smartphones, tablets, navigation systems, and other widely adopted applications, ST’s sensors have also been used in thousands of other useful, fun, and valuable applications.

Finalists announced for MEMS Executive Congress US 2014

10/23/2014  Six companies selected from a pool of applicants will compete in MEMS Industry Group's (MIG)'s MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase at MEMS Executive Congress.

Mergers, acquisitions reshape the automotive semi supplier landscape

10/22/2014  Capped by last week’s announcement that Qualcomm Inc. would buy CSR PLC, the automotive semiconductor industry recently has been undergoing a wave of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity that has shaken up the competitive order of the market.

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

10/21/2014  University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges.

MEMS Industry Group goes to the 'Shark Tank' for MEMS and sensor-based products

10/20/2014  MIG announces finalists for Elevator Pitch Session at MEMS Executive Congress US 2014.

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light in uncanny ways

10/17/2014  As in Alice’s journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that works like no other.

Wearable sensor market to expand sevenfold in five years

10/16/2014  Driven by rising demand for fitness and health monitoring features as well as by improved user interfaces, shipments of sensors used in wearable electronic devices will rise by a factor of seven from 2013 through 2019

Deeper Dive -- Mentor Graphics Looks to the Future

10/14/2014  There has been a great deal of handwringing and naysaying about the industry’s progress to the 14/16-nanometer process node, along with wailing and gnashing of teeth about the slow progress of extreme-ultraviolet lithography, which was supposed to ease the production of 14nm or 16nm chips. Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Design-to-Silicon Division, is having none of it.

New 'lab-on-a-chip' could revolutionize early diagnosis of cancer

10/13/2014  University of Kansas Medical Center and KU Cancer Center have just published a breakthrough paper in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal describing their invention of a miniaturized biomedical testing device for exosomes.

Smallest world record has 'endless possibilities' for bio-nanotechnology

10/13/2014  Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine.

All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

10/01/2014  Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths.

Smartphone connectivity presents both opportunities and challenges for automotive processor chip suppliers

09/29/2014  The use of smartphones in motor vehicles—already a near-ubiquitous phenomenon—is the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment business today, presenting both challenges and opportunities for automakers and their processor semiconductor suppliers.

SiTime raises $25 Million

09/23/2014  SiTime Corporation, a MEMS analog semiconductor company, today announced that it has closed $25 million in new financing, which consisted of a combination of structured debt facility of $15 million provided by Capital IP Investment Partners LLC and strategic equity investment from other investors.

SPIE Photomask Technology Wrap-up

09/23/2014  Extreme-ultraviolet lithography was a leading topic at the SPIE Photomask Technology conference and exhibition, held September 16-17-18 in Monterey, Calif., yet it wasn’t the only topic discussed and examined. Mask patterning, materials and process, metrology, and simulation, optical proximity correction (OPC), and mask data preparation were extensively covered in conference sessions and poster presentations.

Vesper launches with very high SNR MEMS microphone

09/22/2014  Intending to improve the smallest audio component found in smartphones, wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, a new Boston-based sensor company called Vesper has designed a microphone that will enhance consumers' acoustic experience with voice capture and sound recording.




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Enhancing the Reliability of Flip Chip Assemblies with Underfill Encapsulants

The development of epoxy based underfill encapsulants marked a turning point for flip chip technology, and the semiconductor industry. Underfill encapsulants are carefully formulated to ensure flowability, an acceptable CTE, and other desirable properties. In this white paper, we explore what properties are required for effective underfills to ensure reliability and quality in flip chip applications.October 07, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

Conformal Coatings for Reliable Electronic Assemblies

Modern electronics have become part of our daily lives and the sophisticated electronic circuitry at the heart of these devices and systems must be reliable. Conformal coatings act as a barrier between the electronics and the environment, protecting the areas they cover while strengthening delicate components and traces. Find out more about how conformal coatings enhance the reliability and longevity of electronic printed circuit boards.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

The Next Step in Diagnosis Resolution Improvement

Root Cause Deconvolution (RCD), a statistical enhancement technology recently made available in Mentor Graphics’ Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout-aware diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution (root cause distribution) that is most likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. The results are then back- annotated to the individual diagnosis suspects.April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Extending Moore's Law

January 2014 (Date and time TBD)

Will IC capability, affordability and diversity continue to grow on a Moore’s Law cadence? Will our ability to make ICs denser and transistors smaller and cheaper slow down any time soon? Intel's Yan Borodovsky will discuss multiple path ahead for the industry to continue Moore’s Law for years to come, from the lithographer's perspective.

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How the IoT is Driving Semiconductor Technology

January 2014 (Date and time TBD)

The age of the Internet of Things is upon us, with the expectation that tens of billions of devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. This explosion of devices will make our lives simpler, yet create an array of new challenges and opportunities in the semiconductor industry. At the sensor level, very small, inexpensive, low power devices will be gathering data and communicating with one another and the “cloud.” On the other hand, this will mean huge amounts of small, often unstructured data (such as video) will rippling through the network and the infrastructure. The need to convert that data into “information” will require a massive investment in data centers and leading edge semiconductor technology.

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FinFETs

February 2014 (Date and time TBD)

FinFETs provide better performance than planar transistor architectures, but the entire 3D structure requires strict process control, including fin and gate dimensions, profiles and roughness, and metal gate undercuts. As more advanced node semiconductors enter production, the application of HKMG will be key to yield and cost improvement. Advanced wafer fab tools are needed for HKMG, such as ALD.

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2014 IEEE International Electron Device Meeting
San Francisco, CA
http://www.his.com/~iedm/
December 15, 2014 - December 17, 2014
International Strategy Symposium 2015
Half Moon Bay, CA
http://www.semi.org/en/node/35136
January 11, 2015 - January 14, 2015
European 3D TSV Summit
Grenoble, France
http://www.semi.org/eu/node/8566
January 19, 2015 - January 21, 2015
SEMICON Korea 2015
Seoul, Korea
http://www.semiconkorea.org/en/
February 04, 2015 - February 06, 2015
The ConFab
Las Vegas, Nevada
http://www.theconfab.com
May 19, 2015 - May 22, 2015