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Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain strong double-digit growth in health and fitness

07/31/2014  Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices.

A*STAR and industry partners form S$200M semiconductor R&D joint labs

07/24/2014  Four joint laboratories, representing a commitment of S$200m between private and public sectors, were launched today between A*STAR's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners.

VCs still investing in semiconductor technology, but need strategic partners and capital efficiency

07/24/2014  Investors are still looking for differentiated technologies that solve high-value problems in semiconductor manufacturing, or that bring semiconductor technology to disruptive applications in other fields, particularly in the medical and environmental sectors

Peregrine Semiconductor and RF Micro Devices settle outstanding litigation

07/23/2014  Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, and RF Micro Devices, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency solutions, today announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies.

Micron 16nm NAND flash memory awarded Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year

07/23/2014  Micron Technology, Inc. and TechInsights today announced that Micron has been honored with both the Most Innovative Memory Device and Semiconductor of the Year awards for their 16nm NAND Flash memory technology in TechInsights' 11th Annual Insight Awards.

A new multi-bit 'spin' for MRAM storage

07/23/2014  Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magnetization of materials for data storage rather than electronic charges, boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology, but so far it hasn't been able to match flash memory in terms of storage density.

Understanding graphene’s electrical properties on an atomic level

07/23/2014  Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same. With so few atoms comprising the entirety of the material, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

Fundamental chemistry findings could help extend Moore’s Law

07/23/2014  A Berkeley Lab-Intel collaboration outlines the chemistry of photoresist, enabling smaller features for future generations of microprocessors.

SEMI announces new South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

07/22/2014  SEMI today announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America.

SEMI: June 2014 equipment bookings at the highest level since May 2012

07/22/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.47 billion in orders worldwide in June 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.09, according to the June EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Dongbu HiTek unveils low-voltage BCDMOS process for efficient power management

07/22/2014  Dongbu HiTek today announced the immediate availability of a Low Voltage BCDMOS Process (BD130LV) at the 0.13-micron node that is ideally suited for implementing the main Power Management IC (PMIC) for smart phones and tablet computers.

Solid State Equipment wins 2014 3D InCites Award for WaferEtch TSV Revealer

07/22/2014  Solid State Equipment LLC (SSEC), a provider of single-wafer wet processing systems for advanced packaging (including 2.5D and 3D ICs), MEMS, and compound semiconductor markets, was awarded a 2014 3D InCites Award in the category of 2.5D/3D Manufacturing Equipment.

CEA-Leti: Monolithic 3D is the solution for further scaling

07/21/2014  Hughes Metras, Leti’s VP of Strategic Partnerships North America, introduced the lead talk at their SemiconWest 2014 Leti Day about monolithic 3D technology as the "solution for scaling."

Former NetLogic CEO and Broadcom executive, Ron Jankov, joins eASIC board of directors

07/16/2014  eASIC Corporation, a provider of Single Mask Adaptable ASIC devices, today announced the appointment of Ron Jankov to the company’s Board of Directors.

Teradyne elects Mercedes Johnson to board of directors

07/16/2014  Teradyne, Inc. announced the election of Mercedes Johnson to its Board of Directors. Ms. Johnson was also appointed to the Board’s Audit Committee.

IBM announces $3B research initiative

07/15/2014  IBM announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems.

A nanosensor to identify vapors based on a Graphene/Silicon heterojunction Schottky diode

07/15/2014  Among other carbon-based nanomaterials, graphene represents a great promise for gas sensing applications.

Graphene grain boundaries reviewed

07/15/2014  Graphene has attracted overwhelming attention both for exploring fundamental science and for a wide range of technological applications.

Paradigm shift in semi equipment - Confirmed

07/15/2014  Technology node transitions slowing below 32nm.

A cool approach to flexible electronics

07/10/2014  A nanoparticle ink that can be used for printing electronics without high-temperature annealing presents a possible profitable approach for manufacturing flexible electronics.




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Parylene 101: Learn about the best protection for MEMS

This paper explains the basic history, processes, and applications of the ultimate conformal coating, parylene. Parylene has historically been used to protect printed circuit boards, LEDS, and medical devices from rugged environments and the human body, but now the pin-hole free coating is being used increasingly by the leaders in the MEMS market. With no known chemical that can harm the film, it is a perfect application for fuel tanks, water meters, or any product that must function in a hazardous environment. May 22, 2014
Sponsored by Diamond-MT

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

Learn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, earn more about RCD as the next step in diagnosis solution enhancement. Where layout-aware diagnosis points to a segment, RCD can isolate a particular root cause in that segment. RCD, a statistical enhancement technology in Tessent Diagnosis and YieldInsight products, is the next step in diagnosis resolution enhancement. It works by analyzing multiple layout diagnosis reports together to identify the underlying defect distribution that is more likely to explain this set of diagnosis results. RCD does not require any additional data beyond what is required for layout-aware diagnosis. This means that RCD fits well into existing diagnosis flows. April 24, 2014
Sponsored by Mentor Graphics

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Advances in Wet Processing and Wafer Cleaning

August 14th at 1:00 p.m. ET Wet Processing, including wafer cleaning, is one of the most common yet most critical processing step, since it can have a huge impact on the success of the subsequent process step. Not only does it involve the removal of organic and metal contaminants, but it must leave the surface in a desired state (hydrophilic or hydrophobic, for example), with minimal roughness and minimal surface loss – all on a growing list of different types of materials. In this webcast, experts will identify industry challenges and possible solutions, including a new concept of tailoring chemistries to dissolve very small particles rather than physically removing them.

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450 Update

July 2014 (date and time TBD) The switch to 450mm will likely be the largest, most expensive retooling the semiconductor industry has ever experienced. Will you be ready? 450mm fabs, which will give an unbeatable competitive advantage to the largest semiconductor manufacturers, are likely to cost $10 billion and come on-line in 2017, with production ramp in 2018. Unprecedented technical challenges still need to be overcome, but work is well underway. This webcast will provide an update on the current status of activities, key milestones and schedules, and the status of 450mm research on processes and devices.

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Metrology

August 2014 (date and time TBD) Continued scaling and more complex device structures, including FinFETs and 3D stacking, are creating new challenges in metrology and inspection. Smaller defects must be detected and analyzed on an increasingly diverse set of materials. Chip makers are looking for better wafer edge inspection techniques, higher resolution metrology tools, 450mm-capability and new compositional analysis solutions.

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