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Order activity for semiconductor equipment holds steady in July

08/21/2014  North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.

Intel and Unity Technologies announce collaboration

08/21/2014  Intel Corporation and Unity Technologies today announced a strategic collaboration to advance the development of Android-based applications on Intel architecture.

Amkor Technology names David Watson to Board of Directors

08/21/2014  Amkor Technology, Inc. today announced that David Watson has been appointed as a new member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

MediaTek launches R&D center in Bengaluru

08/20/2014  MediaTek today announced the establishment of a new research and development facility in Bengaluru, India.

Renesas Electronics expands portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs

08/20/2014  Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expands its portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs, with innovative 16V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to 3A continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8V.

STATS ChipPAC’s fcCuBE technology surpasses 100 million unit milestone

08/20/2014  STATS ChipPAC Ltd., a provider of advanced semiconductor packaging and test services, announced today that it has shipped over 100 million semiconductor packages with the company’s fcCuBE technology, advanced flip chip packaging with fine pitch copper (Cu) column bumps, Bond-on-Lead (BOL) interconnection and enhanced assembly processes.

Promising ferroelectric materials suffer from unexpected electric polarizations

08/19/2014  Electronic devices with unprecedented efficiency and data storage may someday run on ferroelectrics—remarkable materials that use built-in electric polarizations to read and write digital information, outperforming the magnets inside most popular data-driven technology.

Himax Technologies and Lumus announce collaboration to develop next-generation smart glasses

08/19/2014  Himax Technologies, Inc., a supplier and fabless manufacturer of display drivers and other semiconductor products, and Lumus, a producer of Augmented Reality glasses, announced today another joint initiative to continue developing the next-generation of smart glasses that will set new technological standards in image quality and performance.

SmartPlay to offer design services for customers of Intel Custom Foundry

08/19/2014  SmartPlay Inc., a design services company with expertise in digital, analog, wireless software and system design, announced that it is ready to offer design services to customers of Intel Custom Foundry that require expertise, know-how and unique IP in critical embedded applications.

ON Semiconductor completes acquisition of Aptina Imaging

08/18/2014  ON Semiconductor today announced the completion of its acquisition of Aptina Imaging.

Riding the embedded software wave

08/18/2014  Software that controls and powers embedded devices is playing a key role in making possible the highly integrated, multi-functional ‘smart’ devices we take for granted in our daily lives – from the ubiquitous smart phones/tablet to ‘smart’ home appliances and wearable electronics.

The Week in Review: August 15, 2014

08/15/2014  The growing semiconductor market in India; MEMSIC's monolithic, wafer-level packaged accelerometer; Si2 adds new director of 3DIC Programs; Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014; LightFair announces Call for Speakers

The growing semiconductor market in India

08/14/2014  The semiconductor industry in India is estimated to grow from $10.02 billion in 2013 to $52.58 billion in 2020 at CAGR of 26.72%, according to Research and Markets new report the "Semiconductor Market in India 2014 - 2020."

Pairing old technologies with new for next-generation electronic devices

08/12/2014  UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semiconducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Strong growth in second quarter 2014 silicon wafer shipments

08/12/2014  Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased during the second quarter 2014 when compared to first quarter area shipments according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

SEMICON Taiwan 2014 to capitalize on growing market opportunities in Taiwan

08/06/2014  Taiwan is forecast to have the largest regional semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials capital expenditures in both 2014 and 2015.

New material allows for ultra-thin solar cells

08/04/2014  Extremely thin, semi-transparent, flexible solar cells could soon become reality.

Atomic Layer Etch now in Fab Evaluations

08/04/2014  Lam’s CTO talks about the future of etch in beta-site tests.

Cavium to acquire switching and SDN specialist Xpliant

08/04/2014  Cavium, Inc., a provider of semiconductor products, announced an agreement to acquire Xpliant, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California.

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.




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TECHNOLOGY PAPERS



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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WEBCASTS



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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Advanced Packaging

Sept. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

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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Interconnects

Oct. 2014 (Date and time TBD)

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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SEMICON Taiwan 2014
Taiwan
http://www.semicontaiwan.org/en/
September 03, 2014 - September 05, 2014
Vietnam Semiconductor Strategy Summit
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
http://www.semi.org/en/node/46001
September 16, 2014 - September 17, 2014
APC (Advanced Process Control) Conference XXVI 2014
Ann Arbor, Michigan
http://www.apcconference.com/
September 29, 2014 - October 01, 2014