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IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting announces 2017 Call for Papers

05/23/2017  The 63rd annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), to be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel December 2-6, 2017, has issued a Call for Papers seeking the world's best original work in all areas of microelectronics research and development.

North American semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2017 billings

05/23/2017  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.17 billion in billings worldwide in April 2017 (three-month average basis), according to the April Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Chengdu partner to expand FD-SOI ecosystem in China

05/23/2017  GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the Chengdu municipality today announced an investment to spur innovation in China's semiconductor industry.

Technology partners at SEMICON West focus on innovations driving industry growth

05/22/2017  SEMI today announced its plans to deliver specialized programs at SEMICON West 2017 (July 11-13 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.) in partnership with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE), and imec.

China's semiconductor industry and "win-win" growth

05/22/2017  As China embarks on the Made in China 2025 plan with electronics and semiconductor technology as one of the Top 10 focus areas, China's semiconductor industry has an unprecedented growth opportunity.

Worldwide semiconductor revenue grew 2.6% in 2016, reports Gartner

05/15/2017  Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $343.5 billion in 2016, a 2.6 percent increase from 2015 revenue of $334.9 billion, according to final results by Gartner, Inc.

ON Semiconductor wins Gold Stevie American Business Award for Large Manufacturing Company of the Year

05/15/2017  ON Semiconductor Corporation announced that it is has been named the winner of the Gold Stevie Award for Large Manufacturing Company of the Year in The 15th Annual American Business Awards (ABAs).

Racyics launches 'makeChip' design service platform for GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 22FDX technology

05/12/2017  Racyics GmbH announced today it has launched makeChip, an design service platform, developed using GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 22FDX process technology and supported by Cadence.

Renesas Electronics announces absorption-type merger with consolidated subsidiary

05/12/2017  Renesas Electronics Corporation announced it will consolidate its subsidiary Renesas System Design, Co., Ltd. through an absorption-type merger.

Synopsys IC Validator physical signoff verifies 10 billion+ transistors within hours

05/11/2017  Synopsys, Inc. today announced that its IC Validator was successfully deployed on some of the industry's largest and most advanced designs to accelerate design rule checking (DRC) closure.

SMIC transitions CEO responsibility to Dr. Haijun Zhao

05/10/2017  Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation announces the appointment of Dr. Haijun Zhao as CEO replacing Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, who will continue to serve as Vice Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the Board and guide the Company's future strategic direction.

Infineon rides automotive wave into Top-10 semi supplier ranking

05/09/2017  Memory market surge propels SK Hynix and Micron up two spots in the top-10 ranking.

SiFive secures $8.5M in funding to advance RISC-V based semiconductors

05/08/2017  SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, today announced it has raised $8.5 million in a Series B round led by Spark Capital with participation from Osage University Partners and existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures.

Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

05/08/2017  Conductivity is highest-ever for thin film oxide semiconductor material.

Organic electronics: Semiconductors as decal stickers

05/08/2017  No more error-prone evaporation deposition, drop casting or printing: Scientists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich and FSU Jena have developed organic semiconductor nanosheets, which can easily be removed from a growth substrate and placed on other substrates.

Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Stanford researchers develop new wave of electronics

05/02/2017  A new semiconductor developed by Stanford researchers is as flexible as skin and easily degradable. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste.

VLSI communities come together to identify new dimensions for continuing exponential growth beyond Moore's Law

05/02/2017  Program unveiled for 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits – includes short courses, focus sessions, panel discussions and demo session on "Harmonious Integration Toward Next Dimensions" theme.

Global semiconductor sales in March up 18.1% year-to-year

05/01/2017  The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $30.9 billion for the month of March 2017, an increase of 18.1 percent compared to the March 2016 total of $26.2 billion and 1.6 percent more than the February 2017 total of $30.4 billion.

Samsung poised to become world’s largest semi supplier in 2Q17

05/01/2017  Intel could yield the #1 position it has held since 1993.

MRAM lowers system power

04/28/2017  ST-MRAM (spin-transfer magnetic RAM) is an extremely promising new technology with the potential to replace major segments of the market for flash, SRAM, and DRAM semiconductors in applications such as mobile products, automotive, IoT, and data storage.




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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



Learn the Basics of Power Amplifier and Front End Module Measurements

The power amplifier (PA) – as either a discrete component or part of an integrated front end module (FEM) – is one of the most integral RF integrated circuits (RFICs) in the modern radio. Download this white paper to learn the basics of testing RF PAs and FEMs via an interactive white paper with multiple how-to videos.May 22, 2017
Sponsored by National Instruments

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

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