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First-of-a-kind tunable balance network for electrical balance duplexers supporting all LTE bands from 0.7-1GHz

02/19/2016  Nanoelectronics research center imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) present a frequency division duplex (FDD) balance network, capable of dual-frequency impedance tuning for all LTE bands in the 0.7-to-1GHz range.

Advance could aid development of nanoscale biosensors

02/18/2016  Researchers from Brown University's School of Engineering have made an important fundamental advance that could make such devices more practical.

The Wi-Fi semiconductor market will reach more than $12B in 2020

02/17/2016  Mobile Experts released a new report today on Wi-Fi Semiconductors, highlighting the trends in combo chips, SoCs, power amplifiers, LNAs, switches, and Front End Modules (FEMs).

Imec introduces broad spectrum hyperspectral imaging solutions

02/15/2016  At this week's SPIE Photonics West, imec will present a new set of hyperspectral sensor and camera solutions with extended spectral range, going from the visible light (VIS) up to near infrared (NIR).

Renesas unveils 90nm one-transistor MONOS flash memory tech

02/11/2016  Renesas Electronics Corp. reported the development of 90nm one-transistor MONOS (1T-MONOS) flash memory technology that can be used in combination with a variety of processes.

The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors

02/05/2016  The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).

Researchers develop hack-proof RFID chips

02/04/2016  New technology could secure credit cards, key cards, and pallets of goods in warehouses.

Cautious expectations amid a slow-growth global economy

02/04/2016  The health of the IC industry is increasingly tied to the health of the worldwide economy. Rarely can there be strong IC market growth without at least a “good” worldwide economy to support it.

Gartner says worldwide wearable devices sales to grow 18.4 percent in 2016

02/03/2016  Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4 percent from 232.0 million units in 2015.

Apple products are driving market growth for MEMS microphones

02/03/2016  The popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6S and other products is boosting the microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) microphones market to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11 percent from 2015 to 2019.

Self-calibrated 10 Mbit/s phase modulator exceeds state-of-the-art performance

02/03/2016  At this week's IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC2016), nanoelectronics research center imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) presented a self-calibrated high-speed (10Mbits/s) phase modulator achieving an excellent Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) of -37dB at 10.25 GHz.

Imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel present small, low-cost, low-power chip for multi-gigabit 60GHz communication

02/03/2016  At this week's IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC2016), nanoelectronics research center imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) presented a four-antenna path beamforming transceiver for 60GHz multi Gb/s communication in 28nm CMOS technology.

Two in five wearable devices will be enabled for wireless charging by 2020

01/26/2016  The wearable technology market continues to rapidly expand, driving more than $40 billion in revenue by 2020.

Led by iPhone 6S, sensor hubs market is growing fast

01/25/2016  The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming.

Fingerprint sensor market growth continues upward trajectory

01/25/2016  Led by Apple’s iPhone juggernaut, unit shipments of fingerprint sensors were expected to have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million in 2015 and will continue to increase each year to peak at 1.6 billion in 2020

Memristor Variants and Models from Knowm

01/22/2016  Knowm Inc., a start-up pioneering next-generation advanced computing architectures and technology, recently announced the availability of two new variations of memristors targeting different neuromorphic applications.

Technavio: Top two emerging trends impacting the global MEMS microphone market through 2020

01/22/2016  According to the report, the global MEMS microphone market is expected to reach close to USD 2 billion by 2020, posting a CAGR of over 12%.

Gartner says worldwide IT spending is forecast to grow 0.6% in 2016

01/22/2016  Worldwide IT spending is forecast to total $3.54 trillion dollars in 2016, just a 0.6 percent increase over 2015 spending of $3.52 trillion dollars, according to Gartner, Inc.

Worldwide device shipments to grow 1.9% in 2016, while end-user spending to decline for the first time

01/20/2016  Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016 , a 1.9 percent increase from 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.

Vesper collaborates with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to deliver first piezoelectric MEMS microphones

01/20/2016  Acoustic sensing company works with top foundry to support mass-market consumer products.




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Advanced Packaging: A Changing Landscape Rife with Opportunities

May 10, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Brewer Science

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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MEMS: Current Status and Future Directions

May 11, 2016 at 12 PM ET / Sponsored by Boston Semi Equipment

In 2015, the MEMS market did not grow as much as we initially expected. In the past, the Smart Phone industry was a strong driver of the MEMS industry with ever increasing volume. Today, MEMS are becoming commodity products with very low price. The webcast will review the latest market data and forecasts for the future. The MEMS “commoditization” paradox will be discussed as well as latest technical trends (sensors combos, packaging).

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Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging

May 26, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Zeta Instruments

Wafer level packaging (WLP) using fan-out technology is an attractive platform for achieving low-cost low-profile package solutions for smart-phones and tablets, which require cost-effective, high-density interconnects in small form-factor packaging. Assembled directly on a silicon wafer, the approach is unconstrained by die size, providing the design flexibility to accommodate an unlimited number of interconnects between the package and the application board for maximum connection density, finer line/spacing, improved electrical and thermal performance and small package dimensions to meet the relentless form factor requirements and performance demands of the mobile market. In this webcast, industry experts will explain the FOWLP process, discuss recent advances and forecast future trends.

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Protecting Electronics with Parylene

This whitepaper provides a comprehensive overview of parylene conformal coating, advantages of parylene, and applications for parylene to protect electronic devices. As technology continues to advance, devices will encounter rugged environments and it is vital that they are properly protected. Parylene conformal coating is one way that manufacturers are giving their devices a higher level of protection, along with increasing the overall quality of their products. Parylene conformal coating applications for Electronics include: · I/O & PCI Modules · Power Converters and Supplies · Backplanes · Other Embedded Computing applications · Other specialty electronics and assemblies April 26, 2016
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

NMT: A Novel Technology for In-Line Ultra-Thin Film Measurements

XwinSys identified the semiconductors recent market trends and developed a novel XRF technology, named NMT: Noise-reduced Multilayer Thin-film measurement. This innovative approach can be used for in-line inspection and metrology features, to accurately and precisely analyze single and multi-layered elements in ultra-thin films. NMT novel technology can be utilized for in-line applications ranging from localized ultra-thin film stacks to the inspection of 3D localized features to the analysis of defects involving geometries, voids and material elements. February 23, 2016
Sponsored by XwinSys Technology Development Ltd.

Adhesives for Electronic Applications

Master Bond custom formulates epoxy adhesives, sealants, coatings, potting and encapsulation compounds to meet the rigorous needs of the electronic industry. We are a leading manufacturer of conformal coatings, glob tops, flip chip underfills, and die attach for printed circuit boards, semiconductors, microelectronics, and more. Browse our catalog to find out more.January 05, 2016
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SID Display Week 2016
San Francisco, CA
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May 22, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Design Automation Conference
Austin, TX
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June 05, 2016 - June 09, 2016
The ConFab
Las Vegas, NV
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June 12, 2016 - July 15, 2016
SEMICON West 2016
San Francisco, CA
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July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

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