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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.

AMD Net Loss Widens in 2015 on Lower Revenue

01/20/2016  Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday reported a net loss of $660 million on revenue of $3.99 billion for 2015, compared with a net loss of $403 million on revenue of $5.51 billion in 2014.

ASML Has Record Revenue for 2015; Will Raise Dividend, Buy Back More Stock

01/20/2016  ASML Holding today reported net income of about $1.5 billion on revenue of $6.855 billion for 2015. That compared with 2014’s net income of $1.3 billion on revenue of $6.385 billion.

Gartner analysts reveal unexpected implications arising from the Internet of Things

01/19/2016  More than half of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020, according to Gartner, Inc.

Physicists develop a cooling system for the processors of the future

01/19/2016  Researchers from MIPT have found a solution to the problem of overheating of active plasmonic components.




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High Mobility Transistors

June 21, 2016 at 1 PM ET / Sponsored by Air Products

Transistor performance has been greatly improved with strained silicon and high-k metal gates. Further performance improvements could be had by implementing III-V materials in the channel of nMOS transistors. Both III-V and Ge-based channels being considered for the pMOS device. High electron-mobility III-V semiconductors have been intensely researched as alternative channel materials for sub-7 nm technology nodes, but one of the main stumbling blocks is how to integrate them monolithically and cost-effectively with traditional CMOS silicon technology. This webcast will discuss the latest efforts in this area, including vertically stacked III-V nanowire.

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Interconnection Technologies

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/Sponsored by Air Products

This webcast will examine the state-of-the-art in conductors and dielectrics, -- including contacts and Metal1 through global level -- pre-metal dielectrics, associated planarization, necessary etch, strip and cleans, embedded passives, global and intermediate TSVs for 3D, as well as reliability, system, and performance issues.

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Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

June 2016 (Date and time TBD)/ Sponsored by Epicor and Siemens

An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Greater connectivity and information sharing -- enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility -- will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.

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Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) present both unique market opportunities and significant manufacturing challenges for product designers in nearly every application segment. Used as accelerometers, pressure sensors, optical devices, microfluidic devices, and more, these microfabricated sensors and actuators often need to be exposed to the environment, but also need to be protected from environmental factors. Although standard semiconductor manufacturing methods provide a baseline capability in meeting these challenges, the unique requirements of MEMS devices drive a need for specialized epoxies and adhesives able to satisfy often-conflicting demands.May 12, 2016
Sponsored by Master Bond, Inc.,

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.

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